Enemies of the State

Protestors at the Philadelphia Tea Party on Ap...

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The Tea Party was born out of anger at the U.S. Government for stepping in to rescue U.S. financial institutions in order to avoid the collapse of the U.S. economic system. This group of people managed to send enough representatives to the U.S. House to form a powerful block within the Republican Party. We are now seeing the fruit of their labors, and the fruit is quite consistent with the interests they have shown from the start.

Last week they threatened to shut down the U.S. government unless the President and the Senate gave into their demands to cripple various programs of the U.S. government. They won a compromise that got them closer to their goal. They managed to make cuts to the EPA, law enforcement, and high speed rail development.

Now they’re ready for round two.  John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the house has already indicated that he would refuse to raise the debt ceiling on what the U.S. government owes unless more programs of the U.S. government are gutted.

If the debt ceiling were not raised, then this could lead to the U.S. government defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history. The ensuing financial crisis doesn’t much matter to a  man who was swept into power by a group who was angry the last time the U.S. government acted to avoid such a crisis. He is enjoying the bravado of a politician with a Dirty Harry sort of swagger, “go ahead, make my day.”

The President of the U.S., Barak Obama was swept into power by a group who was angry at the divisive politics of Washington.  He is interested in solving problems through reasonable means. Boehner, the Republicans, and the Tea Party are trying to use this to their political advantage. They see compromise as a weakness. They extol the “strength” of not being willing to compromise.

I wonder what we should call these enemies of the state who want to dismantle every government program in the service of reducing the taxes of the wealthy? What made these citizens hate their government so much that they’d rather see it fall into crisis than to continue serving its citizens in the way it is doing today?

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