LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2013 — As President Obama threatens to shut down the government and blame it on Republicans, the American people are suffering from government shutdown fatigue. Rather than listen to an ineffective and unskilled president and a disliked Congress, perhaps the American people need something more drastic than a government shutdown: It is time for a government shut up.
President Obama should lead by example and stop talking. He conducts himself like an elementary school child on the playground, replacing serious discussion with recess rankout contests. The man who demanded civility of us all after the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been most uncivil himself.
Obama and congressional liberals have referred to Republicans as hostage takers, extortionists, suicide bombers, and other synonyms for terrorists. These same liberals want diplomacy with Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, who actually do commit terrorist acts. Yet when dealing with Republicans, Obama breaks out every tired “too cool for school” insult short of telling “Yo’ mama’s so fat” jokes.
The American people have tuned him out, and now it is time for him to voluntarily give everybody a break from him. Liberals can attack conservatives as racist, bigoted, sexist homophobes who kick puppies and kittens, but these accusations have long since passed their effective expiration date.
The issue is not that Obama is black. He’s just boring. He speaks when he has nothing to say, devaluing his own bully pulpit. World leaders openly disrespect him, and he keeps talking. In football, 0-16 teams do not spike the football and trash talk. Obama is unique in that his self-regard increases while the quality of life for most American citizens decreases. Fox News Analyst Greg Gutfeld refers to Obama’s condition as SBS: Spoiled Brat Syndrome.
Now Obama is threatening to shut down his own ineffective government to stop it from doing his bidding. Why should we care? He remains under the illusion that his government enacting his policies would actually make a positive difference in our lives. From Obamacare to Dodd-Frank, this has proven not to be the case.
Americans no longer believe in their government, and that starts with the man in charge. Obama says Washington is broken, but he is Washington. So in the interest of replacing Obama’s rhetoric with reality, everything he says should be met with a collective yawn and shoulder shrug.
A government shutdown is like the French going on strike. How can you tell?
Obama threatening to shut down his government is like a woman threatening her ex-boyfriend with the silent treatment while he is watching football.
If Obama wants the GOP to cave he should threaten to keep talking and keep the government open. If they don’t surrender peacefully he can employ a drone against them by giving the microphone to John Kerry.
A government shutdown could hurt “non-essential personnel.” Why do we have non-essential personnel on the government payroll? The only reason Obama wants to protect them is because he is non-essential personnel.
Essential personnel do things. Obama talks. Then he talks some more. Then when he is done talking, he talks some more. “Let me be clear” is followed by him being crystal clear, perfectly clear, totally clear, and completely clear. Yet clarity never comes. “Make no mistake about it” is followed by endless mistakes as quickly as red lines written in invisible ink.
So let’s have a government shut up. Until those in charge learn to do things, there is no need for them to say anything.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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