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September 28, 2013

Letter: Destructive GOP forces push us to brink

To the editor:

As Oct. 1 looms ever closer, and the Tea Party “whacko birds,” primarily in the House, seem poised to make good on their threat to shut the government down in a desperate, and likely doomed, attempt to destroy “Obamacare” and, hence, the Obama presidency, I cannot understand why more people aren’t irate.

Here we have what amounts to a relatively small number of right wing extremists representing tightly gerrymandered congressional districts, where they have a stranglehold on political discourse and are, for all intents and purposes, holding the entire nation hostage to their extremist, ideological agenda.

One of the on line comments in response to my letter about Tea Party/Republican Senator Ted Cruz alleged that the implementation of “Obamacare” would be a much more neo-fascist development for the nation than the election of a right wing “whacko-bird” — you gotta love John McCain for coining that term — like Cruz to the presidency.

I, and many, many others, take exception to that assertion.

It’s so ironic that “Obamacare” is strikingly similar to the health care reform proposal Richard Nixon, a Republican president, put forth 40 years ago and that Ted Kennedy rejected because it was, and is, not even close to a single-payer, universal system.

“Obamacare” is also a national replication of “Romneycare” here in Massachusetts. In short, “Obamacare” is more of a Republican proposal than it is a Democratic one.

Yet, the right wingers who now dominate the base of the GOP, and much of the House Republican caucus, are woefully ignorant of that historical reality. They are so blinded by their hatred of this mixed race president, for whatever their reasons, they do not and cannot see the irony in their behavior and opposition to a health care reform measure their own party has long championed.

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