All Hail the Obstructionist Heroes

Despite the fact that the economy is going from bad to worse, Republicans are quite pleased with their unanimous opposition to the stimulus package and are planning on continuing it when the legislation heads to the Senate.

After being crushed at the polls for the last two elections by voters fed up with their inability to govern, those on the right side of the aisle have apparently decided that the best course of action is to simply obstruct President Obama and the Democratic Congress as they attempt to repair the damage the Republicans have done to the country over the last eight years …. and for that they are being hailed as heroes by the likes of the Family Research Council:

In the face of the most popular incoming President since JFK, Republicans stood together in statement of solidarity. We applaud them for showing real backbone against unprecedented government expansion … Swimming against the liberal tide isn’t easy, and House Republicans need your encouragement to stay motivated for the work ahead. Please call the leader in your district today and thank them for refusing to back down on H.R. 1.

And here is Tony Perkins saying that the stimulus bill is “more about pork and political payoffs than economic recovery” and calling on Congress to enact more tax cuts instead of “abortion promotion”:

Apparently, Republicans and their allies on the right believe that they have “better” ideas for dealing with our myriad problems … and just because those “ideas” have failed to work, damaged the nation, and caused the party’s prospects to utterly collapse, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to press ahead with their obstructionism. 

Just check out this email from Vision America:

Stop Taxpayer Funded So-Called “Recovery!!”

“Tell Congress to STOP the So-Called Taxpayer-Funded “Recovery” TODAY!!” – Pastor Rick Scarborough

Friends of Vision America,

In the revised edition of my newest book, Enough is Enough, I wrote the following:

Jonah Goldberg documents in his best-selling book, Liberal Fascism, how liberals need a crisis to in order to push their agenda forward, whether it’s a declared war on poverty or a real war. During a perceived or real crisis people make decisions that reflect the seriousness of their situation. Christians have the wonderful advantage of calling on an all-sufficient Creator to provide guidance through the crisis. Crisis can force us to a place of fully placing all of our trust in God and God alone.

Unfortunately, most people in America no longer turn to God first but rather government as their source and provider which makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was given god-like powers to dispense the first Federal bailout which we now know did not work, made a dire prediction that the current financial meltdown could become “so extreme that martial law may have to be imposed on the American people.” This was an ominous warning granting the government almost unlimited power to impose the will of those in charge.

This week the House of Representatives presented its version of the major economic stimulus bill, H.R.1, otherwise known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Senate is considering its own version (S.1), expecting the completed bill to be signed by Obama by mid-February. One version of the bill contains over six hundred pages of promises to preserve and create jobs; invest in our national infrastructure, decrease unemployment; and stabilize our local and state economies. But as always, the devil is in the details and the more we learn of what’s in the fine print, the more convinced I become that WE THE PEOPLE MUST SEE THAT THIS BILL NEVER BECOMES LAW!!!

That’s right – according to the Religious Right, the biggest problem at the moment is that “people in America no longer turn to God” and the stimulus bill will only exacerbate that, so it must be defeated.