When the majority party of the House voted late last night to effectively shut down the government come October 1, it was following the design of a little known freshman member from North Carolina.
Leigh Ann Caldwell with CNN wrote what must be a singular piece of investigative work that directs our attention to Mark Meadows, a heavily vetted Tea Party candidate who managed to persuade the Speaker of the House and the entire GOP conference to draft the CR in question.
Meadows hails from the gorgeous village of Cashiers, NC, a true small town with an official population of 1,974. This is just the kind of closed community that foments close-minded ideology, so it’s no wonder that Meadows passed the Tea Party validation test with flying colors.
According to his Project Vote Smart profile, Meadows is against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), anti choice, anti abortion, pro gun, anti “Big Government”, anti Obama, pro “traditional marriage,” anti civil unions by lesbians and gay men,… you get the picture.
When small town Meadows arrived in D.C., he carried with him the dictates of the NC Tea Party and the top item of that list was to overturn the ACA, aka Obamacare, enacted into law two years before his election.
According to the Caldwell article, Meadows wrote Boehner a letter last month in which he quoted the Federalist Papers. Here’s a portion of that letter:
James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 58 that ‘the power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon… for obtaining a redress of every grievance…’
Boehner dismissed the idea at first. But Meadows managed to round up a sizeable number of his Republican colleagues, all of whom agreed with the strategy to tie up the purse strings of the federal government to “redress their grievance.” In other words, the Meadows’ crowd deliberately schemed to block the budget of the government as a means of repealing the ACA , their “grievance.”
Eventually the feckless Boehner bent to the idea presented by small town Meadows, and lest we forget, his overlord, the Tea Party. The result is the legislation that passed through the House last night.
Meadows, like his cronies, publicly states that he doesn’t want a government shut down. But the fact remains that the machinations of an ultra conservative from a town of less than 2,000 has taken the country to that historic brink.