(CNSNews.com) - A stern President Obama lectured Republicans on Thursday, one day after they accepted a Democrat deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit until Feb. 7--getting nothing in return.
The president suggested that the system of checks and balances invoked by tea party Republicans in an attempt to defund Obamacare is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
"Let's work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse," Obama said.
"That's not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government.
"You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don't break it. Don't break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That's not being faithful to what this country's about."
Conservative Republicans attempted to invoke the power of the purse, granted to them by the Constitution, to force changes to a law they believe will harm Americans as well as the economy.
Republicans repeatedly complained throughout the process that President Obama flatly refused to negotiate with them.