House GOP Tells ‘Values Voters’ Democrats are to Blame for Shutdown

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Jose Luis Magana/ AP

Audience members sing the national anthem during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action.

Members of the House of Representatives, who sparked the government shutdown through fervent opposition to the Affordable Care Act, used the opening day of the Values Voter Summit as an opportunity to rouse right-wing citizens from across the country on the idea that Democrats — Senator Harry Reid and President Obama in particular — are to blame for the government shutdown.

“The President and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during an afternoon question and answer session with Congressmen. “This has been coming for a long time … Democrats were waiting on a shutdown they could blame on Republicans.”

A 17-year-old member of the audience from Ohio approached the mic and asked why the shutdown hasn’t come to an end. “Once the President and Harry Reid see that the American public have seen through their smoke screen, that they are intentionally making americans suffer … you will see the shutdown come to an end overnight,” Gohmert said.

But efforts to show the impact of the shutdown on regular Americans — such as tales of veterans visiting memorials and getting turned away — were what brought and kept the crowd on their feet.

“The reason that veterans could not visit their memorials is because the President ordered the Congressional Budget Office to tell the National Park Service to make life miserable for our veterans,” said Gary Bauer, president of American Values, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “unite the American people around the vision of our Founding Fathers.”

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), told her version of the story of how veterans were let into the World War II Memorial on the first day of the shutdown. “Six hundred Americans took the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday,” Bachmann said, holding up police tape as the crowd cheered. “Who would have ever thought you’d see a barrier in front of the Lincoln memorial?”
Bachmann also told the crowd that she’s proud of the House leadership for standing up for the values of the American people.

“This is the time to fight. We finally have the will to stand up and take on this oppressive President,” Bachmann said. “We’re supposed to be ashamed that this fight is about Obamacare. I’m not.”

33 comments
KathyVerbiestBaldock
KathyVerbiestBaldock

More than anything, this insane Tea Party action is testing the grit of the Constitution that they so quickly tell us is at the CORE of their being. 

The ACA was debated, passed and signed and is law. NOW, they want to say oops and get a do-over? 

The problem is people believe them. I watched much of the VVS and it was a frustrating endeavor. Michele was intensely convincing and patriotic. He gang made this shut down happen and then she went out to he Mall to "take back' what she shut down???!!! 


bobcn
bobcn

Michelle Bachmann gets up on the stage and brandishes police 'Do Not Cross' tape she tore down at the Lincoln Memorial.  She then insults and condemns the federal rangers at the memorial she had just vandalized, who are working without pay to protect the memorial from vandals.

Glenn Beck and some of his teabagger minions clean the National Mall while cameras follow them around.  Does anyone really believe he'll be back there cleaning from now on -- when all the cameras have gone?

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

They spin me right round baby right round like a record baby round round

barneydidit
barneydidit

Classic Republican value distortion- they're all riled up about not being able to visit a memorial, but are utterly unconcerned with people not being able to get the subsidies they need to feed their families...well.. I'm sure those people are probably poor either because they're lazy, or they offended God by being Black or Latino so I guess that makes sense then. 

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

...and the stork is responsible for bringing babies.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Of course they do. Much as a spousal abuser blames the victim.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

We are imploding.

Lies and distortion are the accepted methods of communicating "the facts" these days.  Responsibility and accountability have been replaced by the artful dodge and finger pointing.  Blame is everything. 

Extremism is rampant and many of We the People are buying into the B.S.

grape_crush
grape_crush

These right wing pols sound insane, completely bereft of their senses...it's beyond typical political spin and mischaracterization of their opponents. It's more like, "what planet do you think you're on?"


RosaHines12
RosaHines12

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Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Tea Party utopia is an interesting place.  Fictional and interesting.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ... Tell us (and the rest of America) MORE about these fine and wonderful people..Help make them the FACE of the GOP and be who the majority think of when the polls open next time and in the decades that follow..


These folks are the gift that keep on giving...To the Dems...And we THANK you!!


(And when you get handed your aholes next time? CLEARLY you aren't conservative enough, so I suggest doubling down..seriously..Thanks)

rivers
rivers

Since Obama have right to sign the affordable care act, he just do his job and want to help the lower-income people have right to take medicare insurance. the republican stand no place to criticize obama and the government shutdown, the republican cant take this for the shutdown cause. this is an shame for republican

notsacredh
notsacredh

Of course the Tea Party can rouse the base . It's all they have left. They could convince the base that Obama and Reid caused the exteinction of the dinosaurs.

glennra3
glennra3

Read Joe Klein's take on the shutdown:


"It isn't hard to locate the immediate cause of the shutdown and impending debt-ceiling debacle: the radical nihilist minority of the Republican Party and the GOP's craven leadership. Words should not be minced here. These radicals--it is wildly inaccurate to call them conservatives--are a pestilence feeding on ignorance and cynicism, preying on fear as a period of unprecedented prosperity wanes. They are not the apocalypse but represent the desperate last gasp of the white majority and of an era." 


Spot on.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Shocker - GOP telling their base that dems are to blame. The irony of the immoral people telling self-moralized who's at fault is precious.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Considering the number of "values voters" who believe the earth is only 6000 years old, who deny evolutionary theory, or  anthropogenic global warming, this isn't much of a stretch. Orwell got it right in 1949.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

The GOP have not been known in recent years to tell the truth, why should anyone think they would start now?

JohnAdams1235
JohnAdams1235

@bobcn You're a moron. An absolute moron. "teabagger"? Really" How old are you?

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@barneydidit Meanwhile they bad-mouth the 47%'ers or "those on the government dole."  Where is the outrage about the wealth inequality in this nation?  Where is the outrage about the current job market?  Where is the outrage about depressed wages and scaled back benefits?  I don't hear much about these things coming out from Washington.

Those 47%'ers, for the most part, are victims of the economy and current market system.  While the 1%'ers, Wall Street and the Too=Big-To-Fail investment giants are making record profits, and enjoying very nice compensation and benefits packages,  We the People are still struggling more than 5 years after the Great Recession. 

And what am I hearing?  Consumer's aren't buying, 47% of the people don't pay taxes.  etc.  We aren't buying and paying taxes because we don't have any money!  And we need help unless those people who are hoarding it all for themselves start taking care of the people that take care of them.

Republicans seem to be oblivious to this.  Much easier to point fingers, I suppose, then to actually understand the trends that are creating this problem.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

@AlphaJuliette 

Blame it on the news media. Journalists are nothing but political activists working for one party or the other.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@RosaHines12 Great!  Tell her to sell it to Boehner.  He's going to need a car that doesn't use much gas.  We all will.

manlyman
manlyman

Yep. I bet if you looked hard enough you'd find one of em wrapped in the flag. Oh the nerve!..

BryceWard
BryceWard

@rivers Poor people are lazy.  Medical Insurance is priviledge not a right.  If you want it you have to WORK for it.

manlyman
manlyman

Careful rivers, the grammer/spelling police are everywhere. Oh, wait, you're a low-information obamniac. You're safe.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@sacredh According to the Tea Party, dinosaurs went extinct because the could't fit on the Arc. 

manlyman
manlyman

Joe kleins take. When joe klein speaks, everybody lis.....well nevermind....

manlyman
manlyman

Care to expand alis? There's a catch-phrase in there somewhere, find it man, make it your own! You could be huge!

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@mary.waterton @AlphaJuliette Certainly the news media adds to the controversy.  They paraded the dead vets without benefits story for days and milked it for all it was worth.  Because they re-told it so often I actually believe some editors and news outlets were using that story to put pressure on Washington.  Well, fine.  But overall, they tend to rush into story's and don't fact check like they should.  It is for this reason that I tend to wait a day or two for the facts to catch up.  This is especially true for fast breaking news story's.

But, after weeks of this budget debate and years of confrontational and partisanship on the issue I believe it's a good thing overall that we do have a free Fourth Estate reporting.  Without it We the People wouldn't know what the heck was happening.  It's up to each and every one of us, as responsible and informed citizens, to step up and do our own homework to find the facts to determine what the spin and distortions are and what the truth is.

manlyman
manlyman

Guess we should call it "sharpland"