"We don't want to detonate a bomb in Washington. We really don't! So why are you threatening to make us detonate a bomb? Just give us what we want and everything will be fine."
If a member of al Qaeda said this to President Obama trying to get his demands met, we would call it what it was: terrorism.
It's a sad attempt at nifty rhetoric (see article below) and nobody's going to fall for it.
So think: that's just what the GOP Congress is threatening -- to shut down the federal government unless Obama agrees to de-fund a law that was passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court.
That's not "checks and balances" stuff, folks. Such tactics were not written into the Constitution or ever anticipated by the Founding Fathers. That's political terrorism. And the hostages are you and I.
Like I said before, for Democrats' political fortunes, I hope the GOP tries to hold us hostage to nullify a law passed by Congress because it will backfire on Republicans. But for America's sake, for our economy's sake, I hope the GOP wises up and steps back from the brink.
By Katrina Trinko
August 21, 2013 | National Review