We'll send John Boehner a pacifier for every person who tells him to end the shutdown
John Boehner can do two things with the thousands of pacifiers we hope to send him:
1. He can see them as a message from an overwhelming number of Americans that it's time for him to act like an adult, and stand up to the irresponsible and childish behavior among his party that is putting our nation in serious jeopardy.
2. He can hand them out to the members of his party, as a message that members of Congress must stop acting like spoiled brats. Their actions have consequences, and the longer they keep the government shut down at the hands of their petulant and reckless tantrum, the greater those consequences become -- both for their jobs and for our nation.
Boehner has the Republican votes he needs to pass a clean budget resolution and end the Republican tantrum which has shut down our government.1 All he needs to do is call a vote.
But until he puts on his big boy pants, and starts acting like an adult who serves in one of the most powerful offices in U.S. government -- speaker of the House -– we’re going to treat him, and the Republicans he leads, according to how they are acting.
Sign the petition to John Boehner. We’ll send him a pacifier for every person who signs - up to 100,000 pacifiers!
John Boehner has been called a cry baby in the past.2 But right now it's not Boehner who is crying -- it's the federal workers who aren't receiving paychecks. It's the small-business owners who saw their business vaporized when the national parks visitors they depend on for their livelihoods were turned away at the park gates. It's the parents of a child with cancer whose access to experimental and possibly lifesaving medicine was cut off because the NIH had to cancel a drug trial.
The op-ed pages of the nation's newspapers have spared few words in laying the blame on irresponsible Republicans. Even the usually conservative USA Today put it bluntly:
"[This shutdown] is the product of an increasingly radicalized Republican Party, controlled by a disaffected base that demands legislative hostage-taking in an effort to get what it has not been able to attain by the usual means: winning elections... More immediately, the party needs to get out of the hole it is digging for itself and the nation. That will require Boehner to allow the House to vote on a bill to fund the government without any Obamacare amendments... Whether and when Boehner will permit such a vote remains to be seen, but as the shutdown drags on and the toll on the economy mounts, the public will have little trouble seeing where the blame is properly laid."3
The Washington Post went even further, more or less calling for Republican leadership to resign if they aren't willing to end this mess:
"More specifically, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives are failing. They should fulfill their basic duties to the American people or make way for legislators who will... Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Budget Committee chairman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and their colleagues may be in a difficult political position. Honestly, we don’t much care. They need to reopen the government and let it pay its bills."4
Instead of stepping up, Boehner is still acting like a babysitter who got conned into letting the kids make the rules: Watch R-rated movies as late as they want, eat lots of candy instead of dinner, and shut down the government if they don't get their way after 42 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a failed effort to overturn it in the Supreme Court, and a failed effort to overturn it at the nation's ballot box.
With each passing day of this shut-down, Republicans do more damage to their party, their re-election prospects and most important, our nation.
Help us send thousands of pacifiers to John Boehner's office to convince him that it's time for an adult moment. Sign the petition now.
Thanks for helping to hold irresponsible Republicans accountable.
1. "Here's A Tally Of Which House Republicans Are Ready To Fund The Government, No Strings Attached," Huffington Post, 10/1/13
2. "John Boehner, Cry Baby," The New Republic, 5/6/2010
3. "The Shutdown Party: Our view," USA Today, 10/2/13
4. "House Republicans are failing Americans in their effort to kill Obamacare," The Washington Post, 10/1/13