For the last 5-6 years, the Republicans have shown an interesting new pattern in the logic that they have been using. It seems like a pattern we’ve seen before.
Most recently, Marco Rubio explains that if President Obama doesn’t give in to the demands of the House Republicans, then Obama will be forcing the House Republicans to shut down the entire government, and it will be all President Obama’s fault.
In previous years, John Boehner has said that if President Obama didn’t rubber-stamp every budget cut that the House Republicans wanted, they would refuse to raise the debt ceiling and collapse the entire credit of the United States, and that it would be all President Obama’s fault.
Many House Republicans have claimed that if the Senate didn’t submit the exact budget that they demanded, then it would be all the Senate’s fault that a budget didn’t get passed.
If this style of argument seems familiar, it’s possible that you’ve seen it in one or two places before…..
Mother Gothel, in Tangled, is angry at Rapunzel for disobeying her, and so stabs Flynn (whom she loves) mortally in front of her, and says: “Now look what you’ve done!”
Fester’s “mother”, in The Addams Family, upset that Fester didn’t fulfill her every wish exactly as she wanted it, hits her son and then, referring to the Addams family, says: “See what they made me do? Hit my own son!”
In the season 2 finale of Heroes, Maya tries to go against Sylar’s wishes, she struggles with him, and then Sylar “accidentally” shoots her and says, “Now look what you made me do!”
In the novel Misery, Annie Wilkes chops off Paul Sheldon’s foot with an axe and cauterizes the wound with a blowtorch, while pointing out that it was obviously his own actions that forced these things to happen….
The list goes on and on.
In fact, this style of logic can be traced all the way back to Shakespeare! In his play Henry V, Henry gives a threatening speech to the Governor of Harfleur, in which he says that if the town doesn’t surrender instantly, he will lose control of his soldiers, and it will be Harfleur’s own fault for subjecting itself to destruction and rape.
Well, the GOP certainly knows a good argument when it hears one. Just make sure to remember that they are following in a long and proud tradition of
villains characters who are used to getting their way.