Is there an invisible, resistive shell around this White House? It's not as if rogue Republicans ever obscure their slash-and-burn battering, nor shy away from telegraphing relentless, predatory, anti-federal punches. That Texas-size policy contradictions erupt is, apparently, beside the point, if Iowa hayseeds count. Logic and Tea Party politics were always mutually exclusive.
Why not a straw-poll Bachmann-Paul ticket? Better still: Perry-Bachmann, winning the Old South, conservative, small-town Mid-west voters along with western-prairie GOP strongholds. Just add FL, OH, and PA. Right, a bonanza of backwoods boneheads resolving America's complex of high-risk, high-tech challenges! When does deadlock not signal downfall, epitomized by our bipartisan default in national leadership -- and not just in politics? Are CEOs or clergymen, professors or union leaders, showing a better way? Yes, climate scientists are trying hard but ideology vetoes evidence -- so it's no wonder the center isn't holding and 75% of us bemoan the nation's direction.
Bottom line: we cannot win or end wars of choice any more, grow jobs (except overseas), nor fend off calamities -- from criminal banksters, oil spills, or mining accidents. Turning debt creditability into a political football caps the power gridlock from 2010 elections. What's "exceptional" now is our emerging "can't do" spirit -- can't do taxes, can't grow industries, can't do planning, can't exit quagmires -- now can't do compromise. Paralyzed, top leadership, right or left, staggers and freezes, risking credit and, worse, national credibility.
Nearly as transparent and predictable as Tea Party nonsense is White House capitulation, crippled, letting without serious combat a radical 20% minority dictate whether the entire federal government lives or dies. This is an historic tipping point as, most tellingly, no outside forces or agents, human or natural, drive this fiasco, no new spending or real proposals (read: problem-solving) are being debated, and no pitiful cries from corporate overlords come forth: "Please, sir, more interest-free loans."
Nothing Tiny about TP Govt.
The biggest joke is Tea Party theocrats won't dismantle big government -- not when anointing invasive crusaders with Christian banners to support "friends," or commit billions battling "terrorism" while abusing civil rights, or impede/outlaw abortion rights, gay rights, even teaching evolution, climate change or the obsolete line between church and state. For the Bachmann-Perry Dominionist gang, righteous government must be large enough to enact their distorted, Christian-Koch Brothers delusions to regain Reagan's golden age. A rightwing government that hates taxes but glorifies control of sin can go bankrupt, too. Imagine costly armies of prosecutors to root out unAmerican members of Congress, or investigate/impeach an unAmerican president, plus monitor/crush dissent, perceived or real.
Why President Obama doesn't blast such blatant anti-Americanism mystifies, if only to redeem his popularity. Either this administration remains as insular and self-satisfied as Bush-Cheney or Obama is just as entrenched as all his key advisers (economic, military, State Dept., education, or resource regulators). This is no idle Obama Bush linkage, for W. never belittled his own base, nor forgot which loyal voters re-elected him. Despite jokes about being "compassionate conservative" -- the "Decider's" greatest bit of hucksterism after WMDs, W. stayed with his source -- as rock-ribbed corporate, Republican tax cutter, deregulator, and military defender-expander of empire. To what source or constituency is Obama this loyal?
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