The US Christian right, the mirror image of its Islamic counterpart in Syria and many other Islamic countries, is further proving it is the greatest tool for driving infidels into the alms of Allah as it heads down the path of holding the economic system of the US, and consequently, the world, as hostage to their demands. This party, the core of which derives from congressional representatives who insist on their 'Christian' ideology, has readily endorsed a collection of atrocious armaments spawned in the USA, and used by the USA, that consists of:
is now shrieking that it will destroy the credit worthiness of the Treasury Bond infrastructure on the edge of which the entire global economic system teeters if the President dares to offer to the citizens for whom they work nothing more than what they(the Congress) already have themselves: Healthcare Coverage. In fact, as the T party is currently demonstrating, they demand that the citizens of the US pay the Healthcare costs of members of Congress, although a great deal of them are in fact millionaires and every one of them makes far more than necessary to afford to pay for their own health insurance, yet, rather than allow that coverage to be extended to their fellow citizens, they will, not in secret, not as part of any 'conspiracy theory', but right out in the open, destroy the Creditworthiness of the country and topple the global economic system into the abyss over which it teetered but a few years back, saved only by throwing a TARP over the problems, which have since been papered over with government debt. Debt they have shown themselves determined to demonstrate to the world they have no willingness to pay. And this time, the abyss over which we dizzily totter is yawning wide beneath us not because of incompetence and untrammeled greed gone wild, but has instead been opened up deliberately and maliciously.
This is not governance, this is fanaticism. A fanaticism that doesn't cry for social justice, for economic equality, but a Christian retributive justice that demands the poor and unfortunate of the country be left to die in their own deserved penury. This is as pro-Islamic as the GW Bush administration giving the Taliban $45 million in April 2001, even as they shielded Al-Qaeda in the hills of Afghanistan.
This is nothing short of financial terrorism, using the same financial weapon of mass destruction that Bin Laden chose. His attack on 9/11 was designed, not simply to bring down the WTC, and make the Pentagon gone, but to wreak financial havoc and destroy the center of Capitalism: the exact same outcome that the T party so fervently desires.
You may agree with them that the US is too heavily indebted already, but as we look around the globe at the most prosperous countries in the world, they are actually already formed into a little union via IMF designation, called The OECD countries, consisting mostly of Europe, Japan and the United States, all of which, as is now known by pretty much everyone, are the most hopelessly indebted nations ... ever. And, while BofA has released a list of the 'unintended consequences' of a shutdown, that is a designation, like 'collateral damage', that is specious and deceitful. For, as in collateral damage, where you know civilians will be killed, but you launch a military attack anyway, making it planned, not collateral, damage, 'unintended' consequences, when they are known beforehand, can no longer be referred to as unintended, as they are quite clearly intentional. You know full well going in what will ensue consequent to your threatened action, you simply don't care (or secretly wish that to happen, and prepare, by buying credit default swaps, to enrich yourself on what will impoverish everyone else). What you can't do, however, is deny culpability for those consequences when they result directly from your actions.
Thus has the very nature of US foreign policy now invaded the institutions that are held hostage to them. We as a country have adopted Madeleine Albright 's attitude that "What's the use of having all these weapons you're always talking about if we can't use them?" which in one sentence, from a sitting US Secretary of STATE, proved the USSR correct in their assessment of Reagan's SDI initiative, not as defensive at all, but, by cloaking the US behind a shield of invincibility, made previously unthinkable weapons, the ICBM in particular, usable, and therefore, offensive weapons. And what this has done to the psychology of the country is that it's corrupted us more than we know, and to such an extent that it makes us unwilling, and now it appears, unable, to negotiate on anything like equal terms with anyone, which includes, apparently, even ourselves. We have become so besotted with having our own way or the highway, that we take an uncompromising stance on everything, as though the country has been transformed into a nation of comic book heroes who simply fight for truth, justice, and the American Way, now with the proviso that what that boils down to is My Way, and to hell with truth and justice.
As we continue to wage our War of Terror all around the globe, we have rallied around the cry of Democracy and Fukuyama's concept of "The end of History" wherein liberal democracy is hailed as the final form of governance. Yet here, in the citadel of said governance a small minority is holding the entire country, and really that means the whole world, hostage to their demands for the repeal of a law they've had more than five years to get repealed, and failed. But rather than admit defeat to their rabid constituency, they threaten destruction of the government they've sworn to uphold in their oath of office. An oath, as god-fearing Christians, they swore to deceitfully, having run on the platform that the government is evil. That a group of terrorists should be able to connive their way into the heart of power and pervert it this way may indeed prove Fukuyama correct. This may well indeed be the end of history. Because this isn't a game, and to state we dangle over a precipice is no hyperbole. The very power of our country depends on its creditworthiness, and to toy with that yet again, in the span of just a couple of years, tells holders of US debt that the pillar on which they think it stands is made of sand, which can suffer liquefaction, not by an act of god, nor an accident of nature, but by deliberate malfeasance by the very government sworn to pay it. Somehow this seems to me to make that debt, a debt that already can't be sold unless the FED buys it up to the tune of $45 billion/month, somewhat less attractive.