Obamacare is now on the chopping block. The GOP’s promise the “repeal and replace” Obamacare is now up for a vote possibly even next week. I almost wish they’d go ahead and get their wishes so they could get onto something else. But, oh yes, they would only find something else to oppose. They are the “party of no” and without something to oppose they would have no identity at all.
They make me think of Cato the Elder in ancient Rome. He hated Carthage so much that he would end Senate sessions with a perfunctory call, “Carthage must be destroyed” for so long that he ran it into the ground and he became a joke. He became the butt of jokes for this obsessive issue, commonly thought of as a daffy old man.
Ideas are dangerous. We get one of ‘em in our mind, and let it become too intoxicating, it is difficult to impossible for reason to dislodge it. This is because some of these ideas satisfy emotional needs and have nothing to do with reason. Cato the Elder was a daffy old man and the GOP is a “daffy old group of old men…and a few women” who are ideologues and have foresworn the risk of critical thinking in favor of “the well-worn words and ready phrases that build comfortable walls against the wilderness” that lies beyond the comfy zone they are ensconced in.
I know I wear this out but, Goethe summed it up, “They call it reason, using light celestial just to outdo the beasts in being bestial.” But the people Goethe had in mind are so steeped in a bestial variety of reason that they cannot consider ambivalence and bow each day to the dark god of certainty, not daring to venture into the murky realm of faith. Oh, sure they have their noble biblical bromides but then they march lock step behind a demagogue who has the hots for his daughter. The hypocrisy is readily justified, though I’m not for sure how. They don’t like to “touch” that subject.