Mitch McConnell’s Announcement Incites Republicans To Shutdown The Government

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After Republicans failed to defund Planned Parenthood exactly one month ago, a group of theocratic conservatives in the House pledged not to vote for any government funding bill that includes Planned Parenthood. The provocative stance creates the potential for yet another fiscal crisis as part of the evangelical Republican battle plan against people in government that believe religion has no place in women’s healthcare decisions. The Republicans who are enthralled with the idea of legislating by religion intend to shut down the government if they cannot deny millions of poor and low-income women access to cancer screenings, family planning assistance, and reproductive healthcare.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed Republicans and evangelicals the GOP is indebted to that there are not enough votes, again, to defund Planned Parenthood. In fact, McConnell failed to make any mention of a government shutdown and attempted to calm the evangelicals by telling them they just have to wait until 2017 when a new president will surely be eager to join the religious GOP’s war on women. McConnell said,  “The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood.”

Interestingly, McConnell implies that the only thing standing between Republican theocrats and wiping out Planned Parenthood is President Obama, and yet a month ago there were not enough votes to defund the women’s healthcare organization. He did, however, promise to give Republicans another opportunity to fail and pledged that the Senate would vote again on defunding Planned Parenthood after Congress’ 5-week paid vacation despite the failed Senate vote last month. McConnell even alerted biblical legislators that holding another vote was sheer futility when he said that the votes are just not there to deny poor women reproductive healthcare .

McConnell said, “We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like. Again, the president has the pen to sign it. If he doesn’t sign it, it doesn’t happen. But, yeah, we voted on that already in the Senate, we’ll vote on it again, but I would remind everyone that the way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it and the president has to sign it.” It is good that McConnell at least understands the process for using religious legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, but it did nothing whatsoever to pacify religious Republicans who insist their religious duty is either using evangelical legislation to deny poor women reproductive care, or shut down the government.

One can hardly blame any Republican for wanting to shut down the government again because the last time they did it they increased their majority in the House, won control of the Senate, and increased their gubernatorial numbers. Still, McConnell’s announcement, and his explanation about “the way you make a law in this country,” did little to ease the angst of evangelical legislators who expressed their righteous religious fury by attacking McConnell for not upholding good conservative standards which when translated into neo-Christianity means “upholding good evangelical standards;” there is nothing ‘conservative‘ about denying reproductive healthcare to low-income American women.

Not only did McConnell’s announcement enrage evangelical Republicans who lack the votes to deny millions of women reproductive healthcare, there were numerous angry responses from conservatives who expected a Koch-bought Congress to “be more confrontational with Obama;” particularly over legislating religion. For example, evangelical fanatic Ted Cruz’s spokesperson, Phil Novack, expressed his boss’s ire by saying, “Senate leadership first told us we needed the majority before we could act on conservative principles. But now it appears that they are making yet another excuse for a failure to act on our promises.” Obviously, having to adhere to the legislative process is considered “making yet another excuse for failing to act on our promises” and perhaps that is why Cruz accused McConnell of lying earlier this summer.

In the House, Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) compared McConnell’s announcement that there are not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood to “waving a white flag.” He advised Senate Republicans to fire McConnell as majority leader and replace him with a true evangelical; as if that will garner sufficient votes to defund Planned Parenthood or convince President Obama to go along with legislating according to religion. Mulvaney is so put off by McConnell’s inability to garner votes to defund Planned Parenthood, he has been busy gathering Republican lawmakers’ signatures for a letter promising to shut down the government if Planned Parenthood is not defunded; something he blames solely on Mitch McConnell. Mulvaney said, “Tell me the difference between Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.”

According to the chairman of the conservative “ForAmerica” group, Brent Bozell, Mitch McConnell’s worth to religious Republicans is the same as that of Senate Minority Leader Reid; nothing. Bozell said, “McConnell is useless. He won’t fight for a damn thing and then whines he doesn’t have the votes. Why, exactly, is he there?” The executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Dawn Laguens, attempted to answer Bozell’s question. She said, “The real question is can McConnell convince the rest of Congress to not hold the federal government hostage as a few politicians try to score cheap political points by cutting health care for millions.” It is highly likely that with McConnell’s announcement, he is going to have a more difficult time swaying more than a few members of Congress from his party that shutting down the government over religion is not part of the Republican game plan.

Many people are under the wrong impression that Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood just because of the heavily edited and secretly recorded videos by anti-abortion groups. The videos have already been deemed phony as a three-dollar bill, but that is not going to stop religious Republicans from their ‘crusade’ to defund Planned Parenthood. It is noteworthy that defunding the reproductive healthcare organization was high on religious Republicans to-do list long before activists taped the organization’s officials discussing how they donate aborted fetuses, with consent, for medical research. In fact, the videos were contrived by anti-women’s groups solely to give Republicans extra incentive to hold the government hostage to defund Planned Parenthood.

On October 1 the federal government allegedly “runs out of money” unless the Koch Congress sends spending legislation to keep the government operating to President Obama’s desk. According to many Republicans, anything less than President Obama signing off on defunding Planned Parenthood means the government will not be funded because religion, fetus, and Republicans’ anti-women’s reproductive health agenda.

Mitch McConnell may have been better positioned to head off a shutdown, if that is what he really wants,  if he had not announced that there is no way Republicans can defund Planned Parenthood; either because they lack the votes or if they had the votes President Obama is not going to play theocracy with them. What McConnell has done is give religious Republicans extra time to seethe over not being able to deny millions of low income men and women healthcare services and time to gather their forces together to shut down the government. Shutting down the government is something that may work well for Republicans going into a general election because two years ago their 16-day shutdown paid huge dividends and gave them a greater majority in the House and won them control of the Senate which says little about Republicans and speaks volumes about the idiocy of the American electorate.

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53 Replies to “Mitch McConnell’s Announcement Incites Republicans To Shutdown The Government”

  1. Why do they want to go back in time? We had change in the 60’s cause it was bad, now they want that again??? Its too bad that the “men” in Congress fear women so much, they try to degrade and demean us.

  2. Republicans believe in John Birch scorched earth policies for America. In essence, destroy government if they don’t get their pea brained policies put in place. The supporters of these evil legislators, love pain, guns, and anarchy.

  3. In the words of the late great Stuart Scott…BOO-YAH!

    Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski makes 34 for Iran Agreement.

  4. I’m sick and tired of these Evangelical Christian Conservatives, trying to make America into a theocracy. It’s time they learned the meaning of “separation of church and state”. They believe that the bible is more important than the Constitution and that our laws should be based on the bible.

    I hate to tell them, that not everyone is a Christian. They get upset, fearing that sharia law is coming to America, but they want to impose their version of a Christian sharia law on America.

  5. McConnells priorities have nothing to do with the good of the country. His main objective is to keep himself in power. When has this guy ever shown any intrest in any paticular issue. If he deems it’s politically advantageous, then thats his position. The difference between PP offering cancer screenings or abortions doesn’t mean anything to him. Which way is the political winds blowing, and if thats advantageous to his career. Thats the strategy thats kept him in the senate for over thirty years.

  6. They’ll shut down the government again and then whine that the National Parks are closed and it’s President Obama’s fault.

  7. I disagree. Shutting down the government again, especially for failure to defund something that the majority of Americans support, will NOT work well for them.

  8. “I hate to tell them, that not everyone is a Christian…”
    to which I add that most who are
    are repulsed by these Talibangelicals
    and feel a need to vomit
    each time one of ’em slithers out
    from his foul and fetid swamp.

  9. Fireman,

    I am with you – I am in Tennessee, Land ‘O MegaChurches – people want and need Planned Parenthood; people also are sick of the Repigs doing absolutely nothing for the American people. Even the bigots are tired of nothing getting done because they need the government to work – it is not just us ‘libtards’.

  10. May I offer an edit? Replace ‘low income women’ with ‘tax payer.’
    Every ‘low income’ citizen who uses Planned Parenthood pays TAXES. Sales TAX, income TAX, TAX TAX and service fees. They are TAX paying citizens, being denied access to services they PAY TAXES to receive. By people whose salaries they pay for with their TAXES.

    Women pay TAXES at the same rates as men. We also die in combat.
    Thank you.

  11. It is unfortunate when even a so called progressive ssie buys into the Republican argument that the shut down helped Republicans in the 2014 elections.
    How quickly they forget the Ebola and ISIS crises. These dominated the conservative airways before the election. Even the MSM was forced to cover them. But how quickly after the elections were held did Ebola drop from the news coverage.
    ISIS is still in the news, but as we get closer to the 2016 election, the Republicans will have to identify their plans for how they would deal with ISIS. This should be a major change from 2014, when they did not to defend, but could attack the Administration for not doing enough (subjective statements, not objective answers).
    So lets keep vigilant and be prepared for false issues which the conservative media will bring to the front during the upcoming elections. For if it is not done, the conservatives will be able to control the narrative.

  12. Can someone please explain to me (just a Crazy Canuck) why the GOP continues to take positions that the polls say are the opposite of what the American people favour? From PP to gun control to the Iran deal to immigration and so on — do they ONLY pay attention to the religious right? They have to know that their base is limited, that women are 51% of the voting public, that they have already lost the Hispanics and the African Americans. It just doesn’t make any sense to continue to alienate those folks who might even consider voting for them.
    Our political leaders here in the Great White North are campaigning for a federal election in October. If any of them (including the Conservatives) took any of the positions publicly that the GOP are espousing they would be laughed out of politics forever.

  13. Obama is driving the Republicans CRAYZEEE!!! Their heads are spinning and they are running into each other scratching their heads: “What can we do?” :(

    Their only weapon is to : SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT. That’s all they got.

  14. Even the dimmest bulb in the goper conclave knows that everyone got hurt in the last shutdown. It would be a HUGE mistake for the gopers to think that another shutdown is going to do anything in their favor.

    A lot of purple states would turn blue if they are dumb enough to try this stupidity a second time.

  15. the republicans never did shut down the government Obama did when he did not get his own way then he told anyone who was low information enough to listen it was the republicans fault.

  16. Hey pull your head out of your teabagging ass. The thugs wanted him to defund the ACA that wasn’t happening but your low info no that’s wrong your no information self is so stupid you don’t know what went on

  17. what does women being tax payers have to do with anything? Planned parent is a slaughter house for babies. there are many many other places women can get services such. Abortion is not a health care issue. It is not healthy for the baby or the woman. 90% of what plannedparenthood does is abortion. they take money from the government and sell baby parts and are making an enormous amount of money doing it

  18. I cant have a discussion with someone who lives in an alternate universe. Now go pick up a book and then come back

  19. Damn you are stupid. PP of all their services only 3% are abortions. No babies are being killed since you have to take a breath to be considered alive your own fairy tale the bible tells you that. No taxpayer money funds abortions since it is forbidden by law. Try google the Hyde Amendment

  20. News flash: Xtains are not Christ-like, the definition of Christian. However it is very clear to see how the Bible refers to people turning away from “religion” in end times. This false adoration followed by this group will make it sooooo easy for the ANTICHRIST to take over the world. The Pope seems to be a simple man of charity and forgiveness, please pray for his safety.

  21. Get over it evangelicals. America was not made by your rules. If you don’t like it, move to Iran or Iraq.

  22. The bible IS more important than the constitution,I don’t believe in a theocracy,You do not have to fear for your life living in a Christian neighborhood,(your comparison to shariah law),and you might want to read the second part of the “separation of church and state”where it says”nor prohibit the free exercise thereof” ,also,you might want to research it,our laws ARE based on Judaeo-Christian principles,(you know,thou shalt not kill,which I would think you would like to keep in place),and now let the name calling began.I am commanded to love you anyway.Or are you one of the tolerant ones?

  23. Then you babble thumper why is the murder rate higher in the bible belt
    Strange thing about the relationship between religion (specifically Christianity) and murder…

    …for the most part the relationship runs in reverse of what you might think…

    …at least if you use church attendance as your measure of “religious.”
    Read More
    http://www.cybercollege.com/fog33.htm

    Bible Belt Has Most Sinners, Research Suggests: How Sinful is Your State?
    Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/bible-belt-has-most-sinners-research-suggests-how-sinful-is-your-state-111293/#cwHmtCmO21x4OSvZ.99

  24. There OUGHT to be a religious test for public office: something to prove these yahoos understand and will uphold the separation of church and state.

    I emailed my Congressmen to indicate my support for PP. One senator replied that PP sells fetal tissue and deserves to be shut down.

    He knows it’s illegal to sell fetal tissue AND that Planned Parenthood has been found innocent of the charge. Guess he mistook me for one of the stupid people and expected me to believe him.

    So even though the “videos have already been deemed phony as a three-dollar bill,” it isn’t stopping the Right Wingers from perpetuating the lies.

    Reminds me of something Daniel Patrick Moynahan said: “You’re entitled to your own opinion. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”

  25. if they shut it down again it will be the very welcomed end of their party’s world : Theme song by REM “It’s the end of the world as we know it”

  26. The free exercise there of, doesn’t mean anyone can exert their religious values on me. That is what that clerk was doing. In addition she wasn defing the ruling of SCOTUS.

  27. I don’t get why this is even a political issue. Seems like the politicians who are always droning on about abortion, are using it as a cover, or because they are trying to gain favor with the dull witted masses! Maybe the Rowan Co, Ky clerk can take some solice in the fact that same sex marriage will never lead to an abortion.

  28. Not quite true. If two women are married and one gets raped she could have an abortion but then again you may be right since even if raped they will force you to carry the fetus to term

  29. Planned Parenthood fallout puts fetal tissue research in jeopardy
    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/252492-planned-parenthood-fallout-puts-fetal-tissue-research-in-jeopardy

    So all the non-fetus people out there who are sufferers and potential sufferers of the numerous diseases researchers are using fetal tissue to combat—Parkinsons, macular degeneration, various cancers, spinal cord injuries, and AIDS and Ebola. Your life and your health doesn’t count. Not any more than the life of the woman whose body is nothing more than a vessel for sacred fetuses. Same goes for the millions of people who didn’t get hepatitis A, German measles, chicken pox, and rabies because they got vaccinated—vaccines developed with fetal tissue.

  30. RWNJs have no clue how our country works. They will destroy us if we let them. When are left leaning voters going to get it? If you only vote in presidential years, but don’t vote in midterm elections you are clueless too how our country works. We have to vote in every election or repubs will continue to hold us back. That is how they got to draw the district lines (by us not voting in 2010) last time. That is why repubs have way more power in DC, but not throughout the land. So how do we get left leaners to understand?

  31. Are they bringing their confederate flags and pitch forks? What a great way for republicans to get to the WH and make this country great again!

  32. Thank you my friend Rmuse! A great thorough article! Change Christian to First Church of KOCH! These teatards say the are for life! Wrong! We all know that they don’t give a crap about people after they’re born
    through old age. It’s just a rebirth of
    like the illegals who came to “Turtle
    Island” (North America) & they
    committed GENOCIDE on Native
    American Indians! May they burn in
    HELL! WADO! #CherokeeStrong

  33. You know I used to be a born-again Christian. Then I found out that the most hypocritical people I ever encountered in my life were Christians. I ran away from this false religion as fast as my feet would carry me. I am now a proud atheist with knowledge of all the major world religions, and my life is guided by my own inner compass, not some 2000 year old book that has no relevance to modern day life.

    So you can keep your hypocritical religion. I will not call you names, but I will say this: Christianity was much better off staying out of secular government. You would not be experiencing this much hate and vitriol if you had just kept your noses out of everyone else’s lives instead of judging everyone. And if you actually lived by Biblical scripture rather than using it to judge people.

  34. CyberGrrl, Many of us have reached a level of CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS.
    We live by something Republicans have all sadly forgotten:

    “Whatever you have done for the least among you….You have done it for me”

  35. “says little about Republicans and speaks volumes about the idiocy of the American electorate.”

    I am not sure how much this says of the American electorate, but it speaks volumes about electoral boundaries used to district the politics of voting. Gerrymandering is so manipulated,it ensures that some Republicans cannot be challenged. In addition, I am not confident about newer electronic voting booths that possibly can be programmed to change votes without anyone’s knowledge; and oversight of this is left up to the State’s attorney general which can be aligned with political motivations. Lastly, voting results are often switched to servers located elsewhere, and can be tampered with before the final tally of election results. I’m not suggesting a conspiracy theory, just I know what can be done by people with ways to accomplish their aims–and if they’ll gerrymander to their favor, they’ll likely do much more.

    Final point: Abortion in America is down to it’s lowest point…

  36. Didn’t make the cut:

    Final point: Abortion in America is down to it’s lowest point, given as 14 out of 1000 women, or 1.4% of all women. I trust women to know whether it’s necessary or not, and I’ll leave it at that.

  37. It boggles the mind that Republicans are using women as a political electoral tool. We are over half the population, we are human beings, Planned Parenthood saves lives, it has cut down on teenage pregnancies and abortion by education given low income and young women an education of how their health matters, be it cancer screenings, prenatal care, protection, choice, etc. We cannot allow them to treat us the way terrorist do, or other countries where women are cattle and owned by a patriarchy. We must end this terroristic war on women NOW!

  38. The greatest reason for the decline in both Protestants and Catholics today can be placed at the feet of the phony, pseudo/religious evangelical conservatives themselves. They can’t even agree with the Pope himself who has announced that women who have had abortions can be forgiven. Can the radical right wing do that? No way.
    With their absolute sixteenth century preaching, they are squeezing the beliefs out of today’s sincere Christians and turning them away from the Church in droves.

  39. Daris, sorry, but you are misreading and misunderstanding the law. Like someone said earlier, Talibanish-Christian thinking goes far beyond “shall not infringe….” Christians are trying to make the US a theocracy, not prevent it. As to Judaeo-Christian principles, there are Islamic principles involved too…remember they are 3 sister faiths under Abrahamic principles (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). So step back before you fall over the banister into the cesspool of hedge-mony Christianity.

  40. I’d like to point out that Christians aren’t the only people with strong morals and high principles. I stand against organized religion, but know right from wrong and live by it. Our friends are people of excellent character and all are intelligent and informed. The so called Christian political battle is an extension of the same brain washing being attempted by organized religion, in my opinion. Throw out the lies, embellishments and the spin and you have nothing. We switched parties, after being registered Republicans our whole lives. There is nothing there for us as it stands now. There is no moral high ground in the Evangelical Republican Party. A den of snakes for the most part.

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