Blame the GOP


In the democracy we live in, the winners of elections basically get to make the rules.

The U.S. House of Representatives currently has a Republican majority. I accept this as to the best of my knowledge these people were all legally and correctly elected. The U.S. Senate currently has a majority of Democrats, all legally and correctly elected.

The current president is a Democrat. As we all learned in school, changes to our laws must pass the House and the Senate by simple majorities and then be signed by the president. Should the president refuse to sign a law, his veto may be overridden by a two-thirds majority in both houses. This system of government has served our country and our way of life well for 237 years.

Currently a simple Republican majority in the House is trying to undo our method of government through extortion by threatening to harm the nation’s business in order to bypass our most basic rules of governance.

This is not a case where both parties are to blame. This is not some cute new political ploy. This a threat to our nation and our very way of life. The blame for this shutdown rests solely on the shoulders of the Republicans in the House. Our current representative, Bill Johnson, has chosen to side with the simple majority and bring our government to a grinding halt. This will harm all of us and waste billions of U.S. tax dollars.

This is not the first time that the Republican majority in the House has used this ploy to extract concessions from the remainder of the legislative and executive branches, but it must be the last. The government cannot be held hostage by the will of a few. If the remainder of the legally elected government were to give in to this extortion it could mean the end of our democracy as it has existed for 237 years. Write Bill Johnson and tell him to stop trying to undermine our democracy.

Donald Durbin