Nate posted a good article at Five Thirty Eight addressing the claims that Republicans may actually want the US to default rather than raising the debt ceiling. I certainly hope the nation is growing tired of the game of chicken the Republicans keep playing and I hope Nate is right in predicting that even Republicans aren’t dumb enough to let the country default. But they could.. Corporations and their Republican representatives would be the least likely to hurt if the Nation defaulted on its debts. Those of us out here on Main Street would be the ones most likely to feel the pain. I can sense Roger Ailes turning the sausage maker up to full over at Fox News as he figures out how to get Americans to blame President Obama for the ensuing financial disaster.
I generally try to keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum but when I read the article by Sandy Goodman, former producer for NBC Nightly News, I decided I needed to state what is becoming painfully obvious; Republicans are the single greatest threat to America. They don’t even try to hide it anymore. They hate Obama. So much so that I honestly think they would burn the country to the ground to stop him. I also think it’s long past time to keep being polite about it. We are under attack by the conservative right and we should view it just as seriously as any other attacker.
Right now, Republican Governors are taking steps to undermine the democratic process by union busting and making voting registration laws harder at the state level. This is having some serious backlash but the damage is being done. Republicans in congress are blocking everything (with the exception of Leon Panetta). And it’s telling that bat-shit crazy candidates like Michele Bachmann are seriously considered viable for the office of President.
Matt Taibbi summed up the typical Tea Party voter effect in his article on Michele Bachmann:
All of those people out there aren’t voting for Michele Bachmann. They’re voting against us. And to them, it turns out, we suck enough to make anyone a contender.
This is a particularly angry mob. They’re angry because they lost. They’re angry that they may not get a shot at the brass ring of capitalism. They think liberal Democrats are their enemy. This is a house divided and it may fall. I hope we find a way to avoid it but I think we may have passed the point of no return. We should be doing everything possible to deny the Republicans any more gains in congress. It is a necessary tyranny.
- On the Claim That Republicans Want a Debt Default (Five Thirty Eight at NYT)
- How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory (Rolling Stone)
- Republicans: The Single Greatest Threat to America (Huffington Post)
- Michele Bachmann’s Holy War (Rolling Stone)
- Fighting for America’s Middle Class (Al Franken’s Netroots address)
- The Truth About the Tea Party (Rolling Stone)
- Andrew Reinbach: The GOP Checks Into Jonestown (huffingtonpost.com)