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We should collectively be very angry at what a small minority of fringe extremist beneficiaries of gerrymandered districting is doing to this country. I regret that there is no legal way to remove from office these fanatical right-wing Tea Party freaks who have gone completely mad in their desire to obstruct our president's attempt to provide an affordable insurance option to the poor and working class. Their immoral strategy? Hold the country hostage by not passing a clean CR to fund the government. And make no mistake about it, the debt-ceiling, something far more catastrophic is next. Don't back down Mr. President. Don't give them a thing!

Congress has one primary duty as is outlined in the Constitution, to pass spending bills that fund the government. So what do the American people think about their abrogation of this responsibility? A large majority, 64% to 27%, in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday said they opposed this Republican effort to dismantle the health care law. They must pay the price at the ballot box for this!

So why is this happening; why is the will of the American people being ignored? Because these petulant, immature, querulous Republican malcontents didn't get their way. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed by the President, approved by the Supreme Court and endorsed by American voters in the last presidential election and is in effect. Their actions are immoral, criminal and dangerous and they are doing irreparable harm to real people. And . . . they are petulant children.

"We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

The unenlightened, well meaning or not are calling for congressional compromise and negotiation. Hell no I say! This is a watershed moment and we must not under any circumstances establish a precedent for legal nullification of the will of the people and law of the land by means of blackmail and coercion. If so who or what will be the next hostage? A woman's right to choose? Elimination of food stamps? Medical care for children? Home heating subsidies for the elderly?

I fully and unconditionally support President Barack Obama and the Democrats and courageous Republicans in Congress who are standing firm in the face of this attempt at what can legitimately be called an attempt at domestic terrorism. This should not, can not and will not stand.

Do not back down Mr. President!


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