Well isn't this just the bloody cherry on top of the dystopian sundae that is American politics. I'm looking at this New York Times' headline and I'm furiously grinding my teeth. What fresh, Hellish farce is it now? With the House teetering on the edge of a shutdown, golden boy of controversy, Matt Gaetz, is leading the pack, snarling and baring teeth against House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy. It's a spectacle, certainly, but a sad and pitiful one, when the House of Representatives is turning into a playground for petty squabbles and grandstanding.
I always figured that one's party was supposed to exhibit some attempt at internal harmony, some semblance of united strength against common adversaries. The Democrats may be a cacophony of ill-conceived policies and outlandish ideologies, but at least they work together in their flawed pursuits. And yet, here we have the GOP, devolving into infighting like a pack of rabid hyenas over the last carcass in times of famine.
I've never revered Gaetz as the paragon of conservative virtue, but I did hope he would understand the necessity of a unified front in the face of the unrelenting liberal tide. Instead, the man spends more time attacking his own house than resisting the opposition. It's like a boxer too preoccupied with shadow-boxing in the corner of the ring, leaving the opponent uncouched and free to rain down punches at will.
As for McCarthy, why oh why does every conservative leader have to be such a goddamn pushover? Here's a man who is more concerned about maintaining a friendly public image rather than standing ground on the key issues affecting our nation. It's like we're being led by a wet noodle. I'd argue that his approach, his perpetual hesitancy, has increasingly diluted the assertiveness of the Republican party. It's this lack of conviction, this lack of spine, that hands ammo to the liberals on a silver platter.
And let's not forget the victims in this debacle, the hardworking Americans who depend on the House to function seamlessly. But no, instead of conducting due governmental diligence, the office is teetering on the brink of a shutdown, brought about by Congress members functioning less as rational leaders and more as cocky schoolyard brats.
The conservative cause does not need this buffoonery, this circus of egos running rampant within its own ranks. Attention should be focused on opposing the Democrats' unhinged progressivism, instead of curating a theatre of conservative self-destruction. As a far-right gay man, the least I expect is that the GOP offers me a shred of respect and shows that they’re committed to serving the people and preserving our conservative values. Instead, we're served up a heaping plate of drama and inaction.
You need to remember the international stage, you fools! We ought to present strength and unity, not unending bickering and tomfoolery. For Christ's sake, get your act together or step aside for those who can. This isn't a damn reality show, it's our nation's livelihood at stake!