Call it what you will, but madness reigns in the halls of Congress as well as the White House.
Illogical, bereft of reality and thoroughly disreputable with all the blather pontificated on by all sides in the current debt crisis mania and all the proposals put forward by all sides, leaves one slack jawed.
Are they and we living in the same country?
This writer has previously characterized the folly we are witnessing as a charade, a "food fight" and something reminiscent of the old movie "Animal House".
If it weren't so earth shaking with unimagined consequences it would be seen as just another political farce. But these buffoons are ready to wreck havoc.
The duplicity of the Republicans, even for them, is astounding. Their willingness to cut social security, Medicare and Medicaid, limit unemployment benefits, defend and extend tax cuts for the richest 1% while saying not a word about Wall Street's excesses and the complete deregulation of the financial industry that created this "great recession", the costs of the nation's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as ignoring the bloated defense budget as a main component of irresponsible fiscal spending (a major cause of the current debt) is simply mind boggling.
Meanwhile the president seeking compromise with those who'd just as soon see his head on a stake, stands ready and willing to sacrifice whatever integrity he has left by accommodating the far right's wishes and joining them in savaging the social safety net of the country.
Who is representing the people in this deadly game? It surely isn't those we the people supposedly elected to represent us.
Next Tuesday, August 2 is the day the government defaults on its obligations if these sycophants don't vote to extend the debt limit, which until the crazed Republicans in the House upped the ante, was a routine matter, passed by a simple voice vote.
But let's be clear, this debt "crisis" is as contrived as the unnecessary pre-emptive wars we fight, the unnecessary nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers and ant ballistic missile systems we build against an enemy that no longer exists as well as fighting a war on terror with large standing armies against terrorist criminals our policies helped to create.
It is all a colossal charade made to appear real with propaganda masquerading as the truth.
We the people are being violated by the subterfuge.
Our complacency, acquiescence and passive indifference make us unwitting accomplices and enablers to the legalized malfeasance exercised by our elected leaders in our name.
On July 4th, 1776 we knew what we had to do, declare our independence and resolve to overthrow the oppression of a King George III.
Our time is no less critical.