Politics Brings Our Nation to the Brink

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Politics Brings Our Nation to the Brink
By RAY HANANIA
Southwest News-Herald Friday, October 04, 2013
By the time you read this, the nation will either have shut down or, once again, slapped together a last minute plan to keep the government running.

A shutdown would cause great harm, not only stopping paychecks to many Americans but also creating an economic slide that would be devastating.

But none of that really matters. Government has never really cared about the needs of Americans. The threat of a shutdown has caused a lot of anxiety for many in this country, but not our Congress. They only care about themselves.

Here are some fundamental facts.

America is no longer a democratic nation. It is a divided nation. As much as people insist it has nothing to do with race, racism is the driving force that is making the difference in the debate that has made America more divided and more polarized.

The right and left are further apart than they have ever been. Instead of being helpful, the Internet is fueling this divide with both sides inundating social media with hate, anger, incendiary rhetoric and demagoguery.

House Speaker John Boehner saw a chance to destroy President Obama — the black President the right sometimes refers to as “President Hussein” — by wrapping the spending bill in a move to delay the Affordable Care Act, which the right refers to also as “ObamaCare.” If “ObamaCare” is not a racist term, it is a representation of how personal the animosity against the president has become.

Boehner has no problem holding America hostage over “ObamaCare.” Let’s face it. His followers are among the wealthiest. They could live without paychecks probably an entire year they make so much money.

Members of Congress as a whole are filthy rich and couldn’t care less either. They will get paid if the country shuts down because they are excluded from the shutdown.

You might lose your income this week. But you are a Schmoe! And as a Schmoe, you run to one side or the other falling into the trap of anger and hate, screaming at the other side and blaming them.

I think the divide is so great that many Republicans are hoping the nation is brought to a grinding halt. They don’t want a last-minute, “minutes to midnight” compromise.

That’s why the only thing they care about is stopping “ObamaCare.” If they can stop “ObamaCare,” they would deal an embarrassing blow to the president, and that’s what they want. They want to humiliate this president.

Boehner isn’t a leader. He is being held hostage by the fanatics in the Republican party like the new poets of hatred, Senators Ted Cruz and Congressman Ted Poe, both from the state of Texas, which has become the symbol of all that is corrupt in American politics. They’re nuts.

The Republicans know their only hope to win three years from now is to bring America to its knees now, win seats next year in Congress and then, with that record, defeat Hillary Clinton for president. Clinton is a threat.

Instead of destroying America for the cheap goal of defeating the Affordable Care Act, they should work on it to make it better. But members of Congress don’t want “affordable care” because that means “cheap care,” or “incomplete care” and “not enough care.”

The fact is the Republicans “Don’t Care.”

When the world comes to a grinding halt, they know they have far more wealth and resources to outlive the rest of us. And when they do, they think they’ll be able to redefine America in their image. And we all know exactly what that image will be.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. You may reach him at http://www.TheMediaOasis.com and follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RayHanania.)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com