Letter to the editor | A subversive faction

November 6, 2013 

A subset of the Republican Party, by threat and by action, is subverting our democratic system by holding the normal appropriations process hostage and blackmailing Rep. John Boehner and the rest of the government in order to meet their demands.

The normal system works on majority rule. Clearly, that is not what is happening.

Let us get our definitions straight. Subversion is a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working within the system.

The verb blackmail is to force to do something by using threats.

The action of shutting down our government and further threatening its good faith and credit unless they get their way is subversion.

Shutting down our government is also a subversive act, designed to do damage to our government and our economic system unless we comply.

We should consider whether this minority is committing illegal acts that could be subject to criminal prosecution. If you think this is over, think again. This is the new norm and a way other democracies have met their demise.

Are we really ready to give up our democracy for a bunch of billionaire Koch-brothers-supported irrational tea party representatives dictating programs they will fund and to what degree from among the programs and obligations the whole government has already agreed to under normal processes?

Doug Keith, State College

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