by Roland S. Martin
Enough with the spoiled brat antics of Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor.
Enough with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz decrying a government shutdown that he is largely responsible for.
Enough with the tea party turning members of Congress into wimps, showing how a small band of deranged individuals can screw with the lives of million Americans.
And enough with political pundits spewing nonsense on TV, radio and online, saying it’s time for President Barack Obama to show some leadership and strike a deal with a confused Republican Party.
Leadership doesn’t mean sitting down with folks who are stuck on stupid and negotiating against yourself. Sometimes leadership means standing up to bullies and saying, “No more. That’s it. The madness has to end.”
President Obama shouldn’t entertain a single GOP idea until they have shown they are willing to behave like adults.
Conservatives are lying through their teeth when they say, “Oh, the GOP just wants to delay the Affordable Care Act for a year. They don’t want to kill it.”
Have you heard the rhetoric of House and Senate Republicans? Their motive is clear: Get rid of a law passed in Congress, signed by the president and deemed constitutional by the right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court.
But no, in their minds President Obama should fall for their shenanigans and entertain their ludicrous suggestions.
If you want to understand why the GOP resembles the bumbling Keystone Kops, just check out this quote to the Washington Examiner from a Republican House member from Indiana.
“We’re not going to be disrespected,” said Rep. Marlin Stutzman. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
So Stutzman thinks the GOP is being disrespected and wants something, but he has no clue what that is.
And this genius has a vote to determine so much in our lives.
What is so pathetic about their actions this week is Republicans are up in arms about World War II veterans being locked out of the memorial on the National Mall, yet don’t understand that had they not shut the government down, the monument — and all others — would be open to everyone.
This really ain’t that hard.
How about North Carolina Republican House member Renee Ellmers.
At a time when 800,000 government workers are forced to be at home without pay, this not-so-bright-bulb-in-a-dark-room said this: “The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line.”
Really, Rep. Ellmers?
I wonder how many government workers in your district and state would love to get their check. I bet the U.S. Capitol Police who are on duty protecting members of Congress would love to get their checks, too.
This is what is so maddening about this shutdown: Conservatives are gleefully rejoicing about it, as if the 800,000 government workers have no families and no financial obligations.
Millions of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, so any delay could hurt them in a major way. But do Sen. Cruz and his merry band of anarchists care? Not a bit.
It’s pathetic when politicians on both sides treat government workers and hard working Americans as a political football, tossing it around with reckless abandon.
But on this one, President Obama has no choice but to stand tall. He must be willing to look the Tea Party lunatics in the eye and say, “No deal. No more.”
I have no problem if President Obama chooses to go play golf every day, get in a round of tennis, bowl a few frames or go bike riding. Until the GOP is willing to pass a clean bill to fund the government and not negotiate over the raising of the debt ceiling, he should tell them to buzz off.
Call it hardball. I simply call it common sense.
It’s abundantly clear that is lacking among the tea party crowd, who clearly doesn’t care what damage they inflict on this country.
No mas, Mr. President, no mas.
Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and the author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at www.RolandSMartin.com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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