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Speaker John Boehner, Senator Ted Cruz, and virtually every one of the radical right-wing Republicans in the US Congress have tried to extort the US President and by extension the American People to stop or end a duly passed law of the land that has passed Supreme Court muster by illegal unilateral executive action. They are determined to kill the Affordable Care Act even though they don't have the votes in the Congress. They're holding the full faith and credit of the United States by threatening to not raise the debt ceiling. Their ransom to raise the debt ceiling is for the President to illegally stop or end the Affordable Care Act.

Disregarding the virtues of the Affordable Care Act, how can the President unilaterally stop or end a Congressionally enacted law of the land that has passed Supreme Court scrutiny?

The radical right-wing Republican Congress members' hostage is not raising the debt ceiling and shutting down the US Government.

No one knows exactly what would happen if the United States defaulted on its debts. Commentators speculate that it would blow up the US economy, blow up the world economy, raise the costs of borrowing money for the government and all the rest of us.

And what does this horrible law that must be destroyed threaten to do:

    - it has already ended pre-existing conditions so that sick people can get insurance.
    - it has already allowed people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' insurance plan.
    - it has already begun to flatten healthcare inflation.
    - it seeks to insure 30 million currently uninsured American workers and families.

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  •  Stewart - the crime of Treason (2+ / 0-)
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    ManhattanMan, Wisper

    is in the Constitution. You should read it.

    Treason seems to be one of the most misused words on this site. We can call the destructive actions of the Republicans lots of things, but to call them treason makes no sense because their actions don't meet the clear test of treason as outlined in the Constitution. In addition, members of Congress have broad immunity for actions they take as legislators, so it would be nearly impossible for them to be guilty of any crime.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:08:51 AM PDT

    •  Technically, you're right.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but I think that the Republicans are giving "aid and comfort" to those who hate the United States.

      I mean, they are actively trying to destroy and dismantle the Federal Government. They are trying to subvert elections and overturn the legitimate results of the ones they can't subvert.

      They place the interests of non-human (and foreign-owned) Corporations over the interests of Citizens and Residents of the USA.

      If they succeed in denying healthcare to millions of kids, they will be (indirectly) responsible for the deaths of more American children than Tojo, Mussolini, or Osama bin Laden.

      The Republicans are trying to destroy the full faith and credit of the US. This is as dangerous as if they were caught sabotaging our warships or missiles. Probably more dangerous.

      I say call 'em TRAITORS. Not by the legalistic definition, and not that they might be jailed, but call them traitors because in their hearts they are selling out their country to the 1% and the Corporations.

      •  MM - they could be called Traitors (0+ / 0-)

        I have no problem with that. That's a term that covers a lot of ground.

        I don't think there is any risk of default, even if the debt ceiling is not raised. All the maturing Treasury securities can be rolled over without any increase in the debt ceiling (the Fed can help here) and there is more than enough cash flow to pay the interest on a timely basis. I don't think the President and Treasury Secretary will allow a default, regardless of the actions by Congress.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:36:46 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  MM - I forgot that Stewart is basically (0+ / 0-)

        a hit and run poster here. He rarely responds to comments in his diaries and never writes comments in the diaries of other authors.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 09:19:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  In the election year, we should have a new policy (0+ / 0-)

      Anyone that misuses the word "Treason", "Unconstitutional" or "Fraud" and/or calls for criminal prosecution of something that is NOT an actual crime has to immediately contribute 25¢ to Hillary's campaign.

      Don't even get me started on the bizarre interpretations of "Free Speech" around here......

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:45:52 PM PDT

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  •  The NSA, now there's some traitors for you. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Rivers are horses and kayaks are their saddles

    by River Rover on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 09:33:44 AM PDT

  •  Thanks so very much for the discussion. (0+ / 0-)

    Treason has been used in a non-legalistic manner since the founding of the Republic. It is a strong term that I meant to use knowing that some folks who share my values who oppose its usage. I respect that. But I swear these bastards in their determination to hold onto and increase their wealth and power astound me daily with their willingness to turn the US into an oligarchy with only the thinnest veneer of fake democracy. It is fine to disagree and fight over policy, but to undermine the world's first democracy, intentionally kill our kids, openly use racism as a tool against the President and his policies call for a serious fight. They want to subjugate us -- and we are the canaries in the mine to call them on their shit. I'm with Manhattan Man. Call it what you will, they intend to take over the republic.
    -stewart

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