Delusions of Grandeur

Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) concedes that defaulting on the national debt would be “distasteful, unpleasant and not appropriate,” but it’s for your own good.

“We have to make a decision that’s right long-term for the United States, and what may be distasteful, unpleasant and not appropriate in the short run may be something that has to be done,” he said. [...]

“I will remind you that this group of renegades that decided that they wanted to break from the crown in 1776 did great damage to the economy of the colonies,” Griffith said. “They created the greatest nation and the best form of government, but they did damage to the economy in the short run.”

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of poor people, children, and employees of the state.

Morgan Griffith appears to be implying he and his colleagues are determined to save America from itself by destroying America. They’re here to take their country back, because trying to defund a law that offers affordable healthcare to previously uninsured persons is just like revolting against the British monarchy.

The Kamikaze Caucus is hyped on their own bullshit.

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  • Ryan Gray

    Also because there’s absolutely no difference in scale between the percentage of the world economy the colonies represented and the percentage represented by the current United States. Democrats should make a non-negotiable term of the GOP shutdown surrender that they are forbidden to reference Revolutionary War history, slogans, symbols, heroes, etc., until they actually learn it.

  • Badgerite

    They were not a ‘group of renegades’ that decided to break from the Crown. In fact, they were the landed gentry, the educated elite and those people who were leaders in their own colonies who lead the rebellion. And they did so to establish a nation, as opposed to a colony, and to do so on the basis of ideas from the Enlightenment.
    This is in no way similar to ruining the American and possibly the world economy for a generation to come for the purpose of preventing uninsured people from getting insurance, or maintaining sequester cuts to the government, or deficit reduction. And ”catastrophic” does not imply that things will work out for the best in the ‘long run’. And the money people are saying “catastrophic”.
    This is the reason that the GOP’s first priority on gaining power in the State Houses was to get out their gerrymander tools and also to try to make voting harder. And why they lied so much about the Affordable Care Act. Their policy choices are not only wrongheaded, they are truly unpopular when the public is aware of what they really want to do. People tend to know when someone is acting in their best interest, or when they are just acting out of brain dead ideology.

    • Christopher Foxx

      People tend to know when someone is acting in their best interest, or when they are just acting out of brain dead ideology.

      I was with ya up to that point. That the Republican party still has a significant percentage of folks who support them shows this simply isn’t true.

  • Badgerite

    They were not a ‘group of renegades’ that decided to break from the Crown. In fact, they were the landed gentry, the educated elite and those people who were leaders in their own colonies who lead the rebellion. And they did so to establish a nation, as opposed to a colony, and to do so on the basis of ideas from the Enlightenment.
    This is in no way similar to ruining the American and possibly the world economy for a generation to come for the purpose of preventing uninsured people from getting insurance, or maintaining sequester cuts to the government, or deficit reduction. And ”catastrophic” does not imply that things will work out for the best in the ‘long run’. And the money people are saying “catastrophic”.
    This is the reason that the GOP’s first priority on gaining power in the State Houses was to get out their gerrymander tools and also to try to make voting harder. And why they lied so much about the Affordable Care Act. Their policy choices are not only wrongheaded, they are truly unpopular when the public is aware of what they really want to do. People tend to know when someone is acting in their best interest, or when they are just acting out of brain dead ideology.

    • Christopher Foxx

      People tend to know when someone is acting in their best interest, or when they are just acting out of brain dead ideology.

      I was with you up to that point. That the Republican party still has a significant percentage of folks who support them shows this simply isn’t true.

      • Badgerite

        You can fool some of the people all of the time.

        • Christopher Foxx

          And clearly “some” is a significant amount.

          • Badgerite

            Afraid so!

  • trgahan

    Wow…amazing what electing a black guy who wants to use government for the betterment of ALL American citizens (and those who want to become contributing citizens) gets you.

    What Griffith is suggesting would be the equivalent of those 1776 “renegades” revolting against King George for not being an ABSOLUTE-enough monarch and letting segments of colonial society have any rights.

  • Badgerite

    The GOP is not now, nor have they been in the recent past, about JOBS. They are not threatening to destroy our economy and the world’s economy over jobs. Their main priority is finding some excuse to do away with programs that are popular with the public such as Medicare and Social Security. And if they can’t do away with them outright, they seek to starve them to death by starving the economy. T
    These programs are popular with people not because they are ‘communists’ or ‘socialists’ or anything-ist. They are popular with people because they make their lives a little better and a little more secure. And for some reason (see Ayn Rand) that is supposed to be a bad thing.

  • muselet

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of poor people, children, and employees of the state.

    Sadly, they really do think like that (or, if not, they behave exactly as if they think like that).

    –alopecia

  • Sabyen91

    You are not my father and you are not feeding me fish because it is good for me. You are a sociopathic stranger that is committing an act of economic terrorism on the country you claim to love. You give not one thought about the people who are suffering so you can forward your Randian agenda and send the country down a more callous, uncaring, selfish path.