Now, before you start screaming at me because of the title, we need to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth about politics:
The primary goal of political parties is to gain control of the government.
Democrats want it and Republicans want it.
They want control of the House of Representatives, they want control of the Senate, they want control of the Presidency, and they want control of the Supreme Court.
Republicans want to be the majority in the legislative branch (Congress), the executive branch (the Presidency), and the judicial branch (the Supreme Court).
Democrats want to be the majority in the legislative branch (Congress), the executive branch (the Presidency), and the judicial branch (the Supreme Court).
99% of the actions they take are actions that they believe will help them win the next election.
You know it and I know it.
Okay. Now that that’s out of the way…
There’s only one reasonable explanation for why the Republicans pushed the government shutdown (you can read my thoughts on that here):
They think Americans will eventually embrace Obamacare.
That’s the most probable explanation.
Keeping in mind that their primary goal is to win the next election, their actions in this shutdown show that they will do anything to stop Obamacare from being implemented. They’ll even stand by a shutdown that is causing millions of people hardship.
Let’s think about this.
If Obamacare is truly going to be the horror they’re claiming it’s going to be, this is how it will play out:
Obamacare will be fully implemented.
Obamacare will be horrible.
Americans will hate it.
In the next election, Americans will vote in the people they know are going to repeal Obamacare.
That’s right. If the Republicans truly believe Obamacare is as awful as they claim, letting it go into effect would guarantee them control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.
If Obamacare is truly as bad as the Republicans claim, the absolute best way to stop it would be to let it get implemented. That would then guarantee that enough Republicans could get elected to repeal it.
But the Republicans aren’t doing that. They are fighting tooth and nail to make sure it doesn’t get implemented because they’re afraid that once it is, it will benefit enough people to allow the Democrats to gain control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.
And they’ll do anything they can to stop that from happening, even if that means shutting down the government and hurting millions of people across the country. It’s not just the federal employees that are suffering. It’s every employee of every small business that relies on government contracts. Just as one example, every souvenir shop at every national monument is being hurt by this, but you don’t see them creating bills to take care of those people.
So this shutdown is hurting millions.
Doesn’t that mean the Republicans are hurting millions to protect millions?
That doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Unless you realize they’re not protecting millions.
They’re protecting themselves.
This shutdown is their last-ditch effort to prevent Americans from learning – on their own – whether or not they support Obamacare. They don’t want Americans to experience the ACA, so they’re doing anything and everything they can to stop it from being implemented.
That’s why they’ve put forth 42 votes to repeal it. Now that their backs are against a political wall, they’re throwing around words like “compromise”, but they weren’t throwing those words around for the past 3 years. For the past 3 years, all they’ve screamed is “repeal it!” Over and over again. That’s because they don’t want to fix it. They don’t want to make it better. I’m the first to say that Obamacare needs work. It needs to be improved. But the Republicans don’t want to improve it. They don’t want it to work because that would make you like it.
And you liking it would be very bad for them.
The Republicans do not want you – whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat – to experience Obamacare and decide for yourselves.
If the Republicans truly believed Obamacare was as bad as they’re claiming, they would let the law go into effect because that would let Americans see just how bad it is, which would then get the Republicans elected in the next election. Then they could finally repeal it, once and for all.
But they aren’t doing that.
Because they’re afraid if they let it get implemented fully… it might just work.