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Editorial: They threaten our democracy

For the last 30 years or so, presidents of the United States have at different times told the American people that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”

President Barack Obama is right to hold steadfast to this line of thinking in refusing to negotiate with a home grown terrorist group, otherwise known as the House Republicans.

An over-the-top description of these members of Congress? Hardly, and here’s why.

The House Republicans have decided to hijack government and the nation because of their single-minded desire to stop the president from any kind of achievement. Was there not the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), these federal lawmakers would have found some other excuse to try to smear this administration.

Having failed what seems like an infinite amount of times to legislatively reverse course on Obamacare, and having also seen the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the act, these radical Republicans remained unwilling to accept the act as “law of the land. ” Instead, they have chosen to ignore the democratic process and opted to hold the federal budget and debt ceiling vote hostage as a way to try to force the White House to give them what they want.

We almost pity Rep. John Boehner, who as speaker of the House is the Republican mouthpiece when it comes to the demands of his colleagues. But instead of providing leadership, he is cowed by the fringe elements in his party, thus stamping his feet and issuing demands that the White House and Senate Democrats negotiate.

But here’s what the president said: “I am happy to talk with him and other Republicans about anything ... not just issues I think are important but also issues that they think are important. But I also told him that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations shouldn’t require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people.”

The American people. The ones whom the House Republicans are supposed to be representing, 70 percent of whom disagreed with shutting down government as a means to torpedo Obamacare.

“We can’t make extortion routine as part of our democracy,” Obama said Tuesday. “And this is not just for me. They shouldn’t have to pay ransom for me. We have to put a stop to it.”

We agree.

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