Thank You, Congress, For Making America Look Like a Nation of Morons

congressWhen the United States was forced into the first partial federal shutdown in 17 years on Tuesday, the outside world watched in almost disbelief. The U.S. government, which purports to be the world’s foremost model for democratic governance, had ground to a temporary halt amidst the drama of partisan squabbling.  The international media were seemingly ready to cast blame, and Congressional Republican leaders bore the brunt.  From London to Beirut commentators have let rip, sharpening their pens – and their criticism – for one side of the aisle in particular.  “There is a frustrating tendency in American political reporting to adopt a position of “both sides-ism” – as in, “both sides” are equally to blame for the nation’s chronic political dysfunction,” writes The Guardian  Michael Cohen, before pointing the finger of blame firmly in the direction of the Republican Party.  Cohen sees members of the GOP’s right-wing – including Sen. Ted Cruz of recent filibuster fame – as the instigators of this shutdown. He even called Sen. Cruz “the GOP’s self-made monster” in a separate op-ed last week.  “That the U.S. will have come to such a pass – for no reason other than the extremism of the Republican Party – is an important reminder of who is blame for the governing dysfunction that has come to define the U.S. democracy today,” he writes.

And

While Russia Today devoted an entire article to U.S. shutdown comedy, featuring noteworthy images and tweets carrying the #govtshutdown hashtag, photojournalist Lynsey Addario tweeted from India that the shutdown was not being taken too seriously.  “I’m in India, and my driver and translator are laughing at U.S. govt shutdown. So much for world’s great superpower. It’s closed,” she said in a Tuesday tweet.

And more.  So thanks, Congress.  Dimwits.

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5 Responses to Thank You, Congress, For Making America Look Like a Nation of Morons

  1. Thomas L. Thompson says:

    The American House of Representatives do not merely look like morons to the functioning democracies of this world, they are morons. This is not merely a extreme right wing out of control, but destructive policies of the Republican leadership.

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  2. ““That the U.S. will have come to such a pass – for no reason other than the extremism of the Republican Party – is an important reminder of who is blame for the governing dysfunction that has come to define the U.S. democracy today,”
    Pardon for not trusting this piece writer’s total journalistic independence! 9 proposals of compromise were offered; the offers included a range from, funding the government but also included from defunding the “not-so” Affordable Care Act to, to later, a proposal that Obama offer the little guy the same options he offered the big guys with an opt out, exemptions and etc. What is so unreasonable on that proposal? It is a law voted by Congress that Obama modified by fiat, like a dictator. Why then is Cruz and other Republicans being demonized? Is it for lack of information? Is it because we expect our political officials simply to cave to bad law just because we need to “keep the democracy going” and because other countries will laugh at the USA?
    Sorry, but no! I’d say, let them laugh… we have plenty to laugh at them as well. I’d also say, Obama is the one attempting to demonstrate that he will deal with the Iranians before he deals with the Conservatives only because Putin showed the world how weak he is and he can’t afford further demonstrations of weakness; only because of not wanting to appear weak he won’t even negotiate to extend that which he already approved, to wit, options and exemptions to the rich corporations. No wonder even his minions in the Unions, the Union Minions, are against him on that one! That is indeed mockery-worthy!

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  3. Fortunately, the best joke – a joke that makes you smile and think – was made by Americans themselves.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2013/09/30/potential_government_shutdown_how_would_the_u_s_media_report_on_it_if_it.html

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  4. mhacleth says:

    I’ll pray for your country my friend.

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