American Political Terrorists

August 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Posted in politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Family walking on highway, five children. Started from Idabel, Oklahoma. Bound for Krebs, Oklahoma. Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. In 1936 the father farmed on thirds and fourths at Eagleton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Was taken sick with pneumonia and lost farm. Unable to get work on Work Prjects Administration and refused county relief in county of fifteen years residence because of temporary residence in another county after his illness.  1938 June.  Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration photographer (Library of Congress)

Family walking on highway, five children. Started from Idabel, Oklahoma. Bound for Krebs, Oklahoma. Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. In 1936 the father farmed on thirds and fourths at Eagleton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Was taken sick with pneumonia and lost farm. Unable to get work on Work Prjects Administration and refused county relief in county of fifteen years residence because of temporary residence in another county after his illness. 1938 June. Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration photographer (Library of Congress)

Steve Benen directs readers to an on-point column by Steven Perlstein that pretty well nails the political problem this country faces. But it’s not just health care reform, Republicans are putting party before country at every possible moment, even if it means interfering with national security and foreign policy .

The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems. [emphasis mine]

Republicans would apparently be undisturbed by a return to the conditions evident in the photograph above if it got them back in control of the government which they despise.

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