As many know around here we are no friend to Senator Mitch McConnell. Although we are from the Commonwealth of Kentucky we know neither of our Senators serve us. Mitch McConnell serves his true masters in Communist China and Corporate America, and Rand Paul serves his fantasy world where bong hits are awarded as sacrifice to Aqua Buhdda. The harm that bong had on his brain cells is quite evident. However, despite our quite low expectations of these two zealots sometimes they can manage to do things that make even us wonder how in the hell these guys got anyone, anywhere to vote them into any office.
And of course when you talk about disgraceful Kentucky Republicans who care nothing but enriching themselves on the backs of others who else to start with but Mitch McConnell? Mitch McConnell has long been a cancerous tumor not only for Kentucky but indeed for America and the whole concept of democracy. He has ensured during his long career that policies that depleted the middle-class and stacked our country's wealth at the top were enacted. He has subsequently seemed to manage to always vanquish anything that even resembles helping working families cope and live a better life.
And now that a Conservative Supreme Court has upheld Universal Healthcare what does McConnell do? Instead of accepting begrudgingly the fact that 30 million Americans will indeed at least have a glimmer of hope to enjoy one of the benefits McConnell feels entitled to, healthcare he is throwing a typical McConnell hissy fit. Indeed, McConnell is determined to do everything in his power to deny them that hope:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said the Supreme Court ruling upholding the president's healthcare reforms cleared a path for the Senate to undo the law and that he would push for a repeal vote before the November elections.
"If I'm the leader of the majority next year, I commit to the American people that the repeal of ObamaCare will be job one," he said.
Yes, just like when Americans needed McConnell to be working with the President to create jobs McConnell will now stab us in the back once more. He is simply more concerned with his own agenda than he is the well being of anyone in Kentucky or America. Well, anyone that works. Worse yet, after using the 60 vote threshold for the last two years to deny any kind of relief to anyone but Wall St. Mitch McConnell now says he can deny healthcare with a simple 51 votes:
The GOP leader said the Supreme Court's decision to hold the individual mandate as constitutional under Congress's taxing powers meant senators needed only 51 votes to repeal that particular provision.
"Reconciliation is available because the Supreme Court has now declared it a tax," McConnell said.
Most insulting of all is this. Mitch McConnell does not even try to hide the way he feels. He thinks he is better than the rest of us and deserves more than we do. He thinks because I work hard and have Type 1 Diabetes I do not deserve the same benefits he has. He doesn't even consider myself along with 30 million people an issue whatsoever:
Pressed by Chris Wallace to say what he would do to insure the 30 million people who will get insurance under Obamacare, McConnell at first dodged the question, instead launching into a litany of complaints about the law. He repeated the debunked claim that it would cut $500 billion from Medicare. Asked the question again by Wallace, McConnell actually laughed, and said he'd "get to it in a minute," before claiming the best thing we can do for the health system overall is to get rid of the law and all of its "cuts" to health providers. He labeled Obamacare a "monstrosity" and vowed that there would not be a "2,700 page" Republican reform bill.
Asked a third time how Republicans would insure those 30 million people, McConnell said: "That is not the issue. The question is how you can go step by step to improve the American health care system."
What he does consider an issue however is that vulturous leeches like himself will continue to provide themselves with the best government they can buy. Indeed, when the Supreme Court upheld that it was all love from McConnell. He even accused the Obama Administration of using the tactics he himself made famous:
"The administration's most prominent effort to limit speech is the so-called DISCLOSE Act, a bill the grew out of the president's very public and unseemly rebuke of the U.S. Supreme Court in early 2010," the Kentucky Republican explained. "An attempt to get around the court's decision in Citizens United, this proposed law would compel grassroots groups to disclose the names of their supporters."
"This administration claims that the goal of this bill is transparency, but the enthusiasm with which it has embraced the thuggish tactics of the left suggests that its true goal is to silence critics," he added. "A growing number of people on the political left and now within the government itself have appeared to have concluded that they can't win on the merits. So, they've resorted to bullying and intimidation instead."
"When you've got an administration that's willing to throw core constitutional protections out the window for the sake of an election - whether its religious freedom or the freedom to speak without fear of intimidation - we're in very dangerous territory."
I mean how in the hell does this guy continue to fool people? Silence critics? Did he not do that when real patriots dissented on the Iraq War? McConnell had already LOST on the merits of his arguments and the disaster his vision caused this country. He then bullied and used every tactic to deny relief to millions of Americans from the economy he was so instrumental in crashing. All in a selfish attempt to defeat a President who merely did not agree with him on everything but would compromise.
Sadly though, all of us at Hillbilly Report have seen this many times before. There is a reason why we consider Mitch McConnell our number one enemy and enemy to all that is decent in this country. He is. Sadly too, after having a lunatic in the Senate with McConnell for two terms Kentucky has merely replaced him with another raving lunatic.
Yes, Rand Paul got elected because he thinks you should just shut the hell up and work for less. He thinks that when you do that it is perfectly acceptable that some of you die if it hurts property or means that pesky federal government starts snooping around to try and protect Americans from being hurt or even killed by less than scrupulous employers.
Now the Mad Doctor is fancying himself a Constitutional genius. However, he forgot that our nation is a nation of laws. If he respected to Constitution he would accept the fact that the Supreme Court does indeed determine the Constitutionality of laws. Even if you disagree with them as we do here on Citizen's United:
"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so," Mr. Paul said in his written statement after the ruling. "The whole thing remains unconstitutional."
Now before continuing I would just like to say one thing. Rand Paul is an embarassment that probably should never have been able to be elected to the local schoolboard. When he speaks on anything as a Kentuckian I can only wince. Unfortunately, he continued:
Mr. Paul did not back down. In an article for National Review, he repeated that "just because a majority of the Supreme Court declares something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. Millions of Americans simply won't accept it and will act to help overhaul it."
He also suggested Americans should revolt. "The Stamp Act was a direct tax imposed on the colonies by King George III. This act inevitably led to the American Revolution," Mr. Paul wrote. "Just as the Stamp Act did in 1765, Obamacare should act as a wake-up call. Chief Justice Roberts provides us with a similar call to action."
First, if Mr. Paul can summon his flock of ignorant troops to fight the government influence on their Medicare then more power to him. That is his recourse.
However, comparing the Stamp Act to the Affordable Care Act shows not only how ignorant Rand Paul really is, but how himself and those who suscribe to his extreme ideology really do not know a damn thing about the ideal of this country and why it was founded.
Our country was founded as a place where people could flee the kind of government Paul believes in. Far from being a tax to extract from and exploit colonists without representation it affirms the ideal this country was founded upon. That all men are created equal and deserve to be treated that way.
Even if they expect to get paid for working and come home alive at the end of their shift.