Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hostages and South Dakota Stockholm Syndrome

This morning on the way into school I heard a lot of hostage talk.  The GOP are trying to claim that the Democrats are hostage takers by not giving into demands and Pelosi are claiming that the GOP are hostage takers by threatening to do harm if they don't get their way.

GOP view:
"What you need to do is quit holding the national parks, the Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum and others hostage to your desire to shut down the government — that's what's going on here," he said. "You think we're holding the Affordable Health Care Act hostage? You're holding our national parks hostage."
Dem view:
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the effort "pathetic" and "not responsible," and encouraged all Democrats to vote no. 
In a letter, House Democrats cited Cruz's possible involvement as a reason. 
"They took hostages by shutting down the government, and now they're releasing one hostage at a time," Pelosi said. 
The question is how can the Democratic party and Obama be the hostage takers.  They simply said, lets pay our bills and follow through with what was legally passed and deal with the budget in the proper way.  Then the GOP talking about this strategy for years said, we get what we want or you get a government shutdown.  Which one sounds like the hostage taker?

Now we have Kristi Noem and John Thune repeating the illogic that the Democrats did this.  
"House Republicans will continue to do what the American people elected us to do – keep the government open and get rid of Obamacare," U.S. Rep Kristi Noem wrote in a statement, shortly before voting for another bill that would delay aspects of Obama's health care overhaul in exchange for preventing a shutdown. 
In a conference call with reporters, U.S. Sen John Thune also accused Obama of failing to "compromise." 
That attitude by our GOP leaders will end up hurting us all.
Evert Van der Sluis, an economics professor at South Dakota State University, said that however government cuts are implemented, they're bad news for the state economy. 
If the shutdown continues through to the end of the year, Van der Sluis said, it is projected to reduce national GDP growth from 1.4 percent to 0.2 percent in the final three months of the year. 
"This is going to effect all of us," he said. "There's no doubt about it." 
Maybe that is their grand plan.  Hold America hostage until they develop the Stockholm Syndrome and will look at the GOP that abuses them as saviors.  At Discovery Health, they explain the causes of the Stockholm Syndrome
People suffering from Stockholm syndrome come to identify with and even care for their captors in a desperate, usually unconscious act of self-preservation. It occurs in the most psychologically traumatic situations, often hostage situations or kidnappings, and its effects usually do not end when the crisis ends. In the most classic cases, victims continue to defend and care about their captors even after they escape captivity. Symptoms of Stockholm syndrome have also been identified in the slave/master relationship, in battered-spouse cases and in members of destructive cults.
The question, I guess, is what does that make Kristi Noem, John Thune, and the GOP?  My money is on a destructive cult.  Now the cult of Ted Cruz. 

1 comment:

  1. I like Chris Matthews' analogy of the Repubs are like kidnappers who have stolen the money (funding) and demanding the baby (PPACA).