October 4th, 2013
11:12 AM ET
6 years ago

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Conservatives say they need it in shutdown debate

Washington (CNN) - The great government shutdown of 2013 is about Obamacare and budget priorities, but it also is about respect.

In short, conservative House Republicans don't think they get enough of it from President Barack Obama and the Senate.


Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    You painted yourself into a corner and now you want someone to rescue you, right John? Sorry. Wait until it dries and do what you Republicans always claim you want everybody else to do... help yourself!

    October 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. kirk

    Right Hector, you do know your supposed to add water to your koolaid?

    October 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    All this President has done is extended olive branches out to republicans, at the dismay of us in the center left & left, & what do republicans have the audacity to do? They turn around and smack him in the face with the branch he extended out.

    October 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    RESPECT? How can we respect politicians who throw common people to the wolves while licking the boots of billionaires?

    October 4, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. CA Independent

    77% of Americans want the individual mandate either repealed or delayed. Obama has changed the law numerous times without congressional approval. Obama has failed to uphold existing immigration, marriage, gun, etc laws. Parks and privatized historical buildings that receive no federal funding were ordered shutdown? Open monuments had barricades created around them? While I agree that the shutdown shouldn't occur, but after looking at how Obama operates, how can I really blame Republicans? Democrats have shown no desire to correct the issues that Americans want addressed.

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Hal

    Personally, i have lost respect for the president and all members of the house and senate. Makes me wonder why I should work or pay taxes.

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Data Driven


    "All the Congress and Obama are guilty"

    Nope, just John Boehner. I'll go and repeat this: there are enough votes in the House, according to all reports, to pass a clean CR and end the shutdown. Boehner, and Boehner alone, is to blame for not bringing it to a vote.

    If Republicans want to negotiate, they need to negotiate during budget conference committees, not during routine fiduciary business like paying our bills that we've already incurred.

    If Republicans want to determine the direction of public policy, they need to convince voters that their way is better and win national elections. They failed last year.

    October 4, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. 2020

    Are you serious? respect? what do they think this country is, all idiots like them?

    Respect can only be EARNED, not DEMAND by 2 year old crying babies.

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They wouldn't know respect if it slapped them in the face.
    Can we test out your theory? lol!

    October 4, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Thomas

    They could start by earning respect , demanding it now is childish .


    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Thomas

    If you don't show respect for others , why should you deserve respect ?

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine


    @Tom Paine

    This is a quote from a park ranger who is following orders by this administration (Obama):
    “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

    Did it occur to you that the park ranger may have been referring to the reps who berrated them, the ones who are on tape verbally harrassing them? I guess context is something that eludes you.

    October 4, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Doug in NYC

    Respect?? Conservatives are demanding respect??? Let's add up your respect credits shall we??

    Respect for LGBT = 0
    Respect for women = 0
    Respect for President = 0
    Respect for immigrants = 0
    Respect for the environment = 0
    Respect for children = 0
    Respect for poor = 0
    Respect for unemployed = 0
    Respect for teachers = 0
    Respect for science = 0
    Respect for religions (other then Christianity) = 0
    Total respect earned = 0

    There you have it, you don't deserve respect, you have no respect credits to cash in!!

    House Speaker Flaccid, I respective demand you resignation, effective immediately!

    October 4, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. kayla

    RESPECT is what you tea baggers have not shown the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    October 4, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. tiscali.it

    don't change the subject...we know what this is about

    October 4, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    You know, its actually funny that the GOP suddenly are trying to portray themselves as the friends of Federal Workers when Michelle Bachmann said that her colleagues were overjoyed about the shutdown.

    October 4, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. vikingwoman

    If the GOTP want R-E-S-P-E-C-T they need to TCB, just like the lyrics state! Right now they are doing everything BUT Take Care of Business! "Find out what it means to me" in 2014, GOTP!!

    October 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    And, as usual, the Right feels they are the victims here. Funny, they never actually want to admit they might be fallible, but, boy, do they want everyone else to confess every sinful thought and deed they've ever had.

    October 4, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. somebody

    Conservatives are getting the amount of respect they have earned. None!

    October 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. lolo

    You have to give respect to earn it. The Republicans really are on a trip without a suitcase. Can you believe these fools. Boehner is a cry baby. I bet the drunk is drinking out the bottle every night trying to figure how to get the ditto heads in the House of Representatives to understand government operations. Like I said before moose killer Sarah Palin really dumbed down the GOP/TP Party. They need to ask her to return those millions of dollars they sent to her for her fake Pac.

    October 4, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Guest

    Nothing but partisan hate here.. Why expect anyone in Congress to act any differently?

    October 4, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Anthony in California

    Respect is earned.
    Shutting down the government, hurting the entire country because you cant get your way with an existing law youve tried to repeal over 40 times that the supreme court has upheld.... NOT RESPECT WORTHY.

    October 4, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. lolo

    They still don't get it. They will be losing their minds again in 2014 just like they did for the 2012 election when President Obama won a second term. (Priceless) We the people have spoken and you better believe we are kicking their lazy no good for nothing , greedy behinds out for good.

    October 4, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    @ Tom Paine

    The context is: "Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways." The republicans are trying to open the barricades for the veterans who fought for our country – not keep them out. You have it all turned around.

    October 4, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. freedom

    @Tom Paine

    No, the republicans do not feel like they're victims – that's the card the democrats always play. We don't waste time doing that. Boehner is simply speaking the truth – the door has been slammed in his face with every offer – that is not respect – that's rude – and it's with the American people in the balance – high stakes.

    October 4, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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