But they are more dangerous than Al-Qaeda ever was.
That famous terrorist organization has been able to kill thousands of innocent people. Not just on 9/11, but all over the world. They have killed, maimed, and terrorized people in multiple countries. Governments have correctly put them on wanted lists and are actively pursuing them. The assassination of Osama Bin Laden was a necessary military operation widely praised as a victory against terrorists.
But we have a special type of terrorist who is capable of inflicting more damage, and is much more reckless than the average Islamic extremist. For lack of a better term, we can call them political terrorists and they reside in the US House of Representatives.
|Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas is a prime example |
of the fanatical wing of the Republican Party.
We currently have, in the Republican Party, a sizable group of politicians who are willing to jeopardize their own country, and even the entire world, to get their way. This type of behavior used to be the stuff of James Bond movies where an arch-villain was willing to endanger the entire planet to get a personal benefit.
It has become fashionable for people to blame Speaker of the House John Boehner for a lack of leadership and an inability to work with the President. This is the same charge leveled at president Obama when people alleged that the President was unable or unwilling to work with the Congress. The answer for both of them is that one cannot (must not) negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages more acts of terrorism.
|Senator Mitch McConnell steps up to the plate and |
shows that there are still reasonable Republicans
As the great sage, Yogi Berra, was prone to say, this March it will be “Déjà vu all over again.” For some reason, the conservative claque of the Republican Party has convinced itself and a large portion of the public that the debt ceiling is a negotiable item. They call it leverage. That is like calling bank customers leverage if you are a bank robber. Yes, bank customers can be leverage, but only if you are willing to kill them to get what you want. The consequences of exercising this type of leverage is morally reprehensible, not to mention catastrophic. The debt ceiling, contrary to what these political terrorists allege, is not a license for more government spending – it is simply the government paying its bills. It is nothing short of extortion for the Congress to threaten not paying its bills. The consequence of America not paying its bills is catastrophic, not only domestically, but with dire consequences for the entire world economy. So calling people who would threaten to not pay America's bills political terrorists is not an exaggeration.
|Speaker John Boehner breaks with the "Hastert Rule"|
There are ultra-conservative people, many of them in the Tea Party, who allege they are living under a totalitarian regime. Ironically, this posture is a ploy by which they capture votes in a democratic system. Then, when elected, they adopt undemocratic tactics in order to pursue their anti-government agenda, their real goal put forth under the guise of concern with the national debt.
...holding the good faith and credit of the
United States hostage is not the way to
achieve a lessening of the debt.
Their main accomplishment so far is the downgrading of America's credit rating due to the last debt ceiling fight, a feat that could very well be repeated in March. It is inconceivable that America would default on paying its debts, but the mere fact that this is even a remote possibility is sufficient to get the ratings agencies nervous and the ironic net result would be that we would end up increasing our debt, not lowering it.
|Vice President Joe Biden shows why |
President Obama picked him as his running mate.
While the pundit class is whining away, predicting more and more gridlock, the gridlock mold has been broken with this vote, rendering the political terrorists temporarily irrelevant.
For the sake of the country they should only stay that way.