Though some political pundits have voiced on television shows that the deadline stretch can last until November 1, time is of essence here. Besides, the American public is sick and tired of the same ole funding crap that’s been occurring the last three years.
In last night’s episode, Jackson “Jax” Teller (played by actor Charlie Hunnam, the guy who turned down the leading role for the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” and will star in “Pacific Rim)” got the Gang of Sons together for a meeting that proved to be worthwhile and positive.
TVrecaps.EW.com gave comments on last’s night episode –
This was the most uplifting episode of the season, with the large collection of Sons beating the table in support of Jax's decision to get out of guns, and Bobby, who we all thought was going nomad, revealing that he was actually recruiting for SAMCRO all along. (Just typing that, I teared up.) But how long will this reprieve from death last? That's the beauty of an episode like this: it just makes you more nervous for what lies ahead. Let's dig in.
SAMCRO stands for “Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original," which actually is a real organization. But in the series, now in its sixth season, this outlaw motorcycle gang came to grips with themselves last night when the opening started with the destruction of the clubhouse; caused by a blow-up, and Jax and the MC confronting their past.
There was a good action motorcycle scene, when two Eden motorcycle cops went after the group and stopped them. The cops obviously did not want the Sons in their territory and when “Juice,” a Son member got adamant with the cops, a confrontation ensued; which caused a brawl and getaway that was cool.
But the best part of the show was when the Sons had a meeting – the league – and Jax took charge. Despite the conflicts of personalities and the illegal goings-on, the gang was at a crossroads and changes needed to be made.
This scenario fits perfectly like the auspices on Capitol Hill today by Congress – one side wanting to change the health care law already into place, the same side responsible for the sequester, the same side that shut down the government, the same side willing to forego the debt limit, the same side that loathes President Obama. America is already in a downfall, with high unemployment, low wages and policies that have been put on hold.
In an exchange on Capitol Hill that was reported on Sept. 23 between Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX.), the two became hostile. Politico.com related this exchange in a report –
The exchange underscores the bad blood between Cruz and Reid and the high stakes countdown to an Oct. 1 government shutdown: Both want to keep the government open, but the Texas freshman wants to do so only if the CR is preserved as passed by the House and does not fund Obamacare, while Reid seeks to keep President Barack Obama’s signature health care law fully funded. Anything less is “dead” in the Senate, Reid said.
“We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,” Reid said in a blistering opening speech. “The simple fact remains: Obamacare is the law of the land and will remain the law of the land as long as Barack Obama is president of the United States and as long as I’m Senate majority leader.”
The Sons of Anarchy in the television program, despite their differences and mayhem, were willing to come together and listen to what Jax had to say; while first hearing a call made by outsiders trying to close a deal. Jax told the men on the phone he wanted to take a vote with members in which one on the other end shouted “I don’t care about your democracy!” Wow, what a statement, Americans sure can relate to that! The comparison of this can be made with the Republican Party, not only a party against the Democrats, but against each other. In silence the Sons nodded their heads in agreement
The Sons meeting continued with Jax announcing changes he wanted – more of a legitimate enterprise, that a deal was struck with the Irish to maintain peace, and the direction to go to “keep us out of jail, keep us whole and keep us alive;” along with controlling the use of guns due to “20 members being killed in the last two years.” The meeting ended with the Sons banging on their tables in agreement.
If an outlaw gang, which many consider thugs, could do it (it has been done real time), then why can’t Congress come to a sensible agreement? Do a few (i.e. Tea Party) control the many? What is the role of the Speaker of the House (is it for your party or the WHOLE house)? Isn’t your responsibility to prevent conflict (not maintain it) and to generate harmony?
Newsflash! The Washington Post online has printed this today –
Senators reach debt deal
Agreement raises U.S. borrowing limit, ends shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a bipartisan deal on Wednesday to raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end the 16-day-old government shutdown.
The bill must be passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and signed by President Obama, and it is unclear whether all that can happen before the Treasury Department exhausts its borrowing power Thursday.
These last minute shenanigans must stop – now Americans have no choice but to wait.