Sunday, July 31, 2011

Debt Ceiling Follies: The Tea Party is a Faction That Has Betrayed The Constitution, Why Doesn't Anyone Have the Courage to Call Them Out as Such?



An opening question: Is the Tea Party GOP trying to force President Obama's hand into using the 14th Amendment to resolve the debt ceiling morass they created? Thus, adding more fuel to their narrative that he is illegitimate and should be deposed from office?

The debt ceiling debacle is like giving yourself a prostate exam. A few years back, I fondly remember listening to Dr. Dean Edell answer a caller who asked how to perform said procedure on himself. The good doctor said it was possible, but it was not at all easy or particularly pleasant.

There are multiple levels of political mania at work in the Tea Party GOP and the free market fundamentalism jihad and suicide game they are playing with the American economy. On one hand, watching Speaker Boehner being neutered by his own zealots is great sport; the ascension of Michele Bachmann is also a fun spectacle as she lays in wait, sharpening her knives; when Conservative Right-wing low information voter populism runs amok I always enjoy the car wreck...except when I (and all of you) are potentially the collateral damage. But alas, this is serious business and the adults in the room have given in to the impetuous brats in the Tea Party wing on the Republican Party.

Normal politics is dead. The Republican Party (with the help of the Koch brothers) made the monster. Now they are trapped by it.

There are two ironies at work here regarding the Tea Party's gambit and hostage taking.

First, while the Tea Party GOP are Constitutional fetishists, they have a deep and profoundly childish understanding of said document. In fact, their policy goals are more in line with the Articles of Confederation than the United States Constitution they onanistically worship, while they sit, self-satisfied, rubbing themselves with the political feces produced from their own fat and bloated guts.

Second and most pointedly, the Tea Party brigands are acting like the very definition of a Faction as outlined by The Federalist Papers. Their policies are counter to the Public Interest and speak to how the framers were quite properly worried about the out-sized power of small groups in a democracy to work against the Common Good in the pursuit of their own narrow agendas.

I wonder if the Tea Party GOP highwaymen understand the beauty of that fact? History is a great teacher, as she always is. The Federalist Papers echo in the debt ceiling debate and I am curious, as I often am about such things, why a talking head among the pundit classes does not call out the Tea Party for the Faction they are? It would make for a clear and easy talking point that would ether those trolls.

I won't even charge--this time--for the suggestion.

Some words of wisdom from Madison, Hamilton, and John Jay from The Federalist Papers Number 10:

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects...

The inference to which we are brought is, that the CAUSES of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its EFFECTS.

If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.

When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens. To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.

9 comments:

Oh Crap said...

@CD

"An opening question: Is the Tea Party GOP trying to force President Obama's hand into using the 14th Amendment to resolve the debt ceiling morass they created? Thus, adding more fuel to their narrative that he is illegitimate and should be deposed from office?"

Could be. I think they were going for the illegitimate/impeachment route, either way.

Congress doesn't raise debt ceiling, credit rating gets knocked, economy falters; he's illegitimate/should be impeached.

The Obama administration goes 14th Amendment, which they HATE anyway;he's illegitimate/should be impeached.

They have no ideas. This is all they have left.

Daniel Goldberg said...

Timothy Burke's comments are, as usual, instructive:

http://blogs.swarthmore.edu/burke/2011/07/29/do-i-really-look-like-a-guy-with-a-plan/

nomad said...

It's got to be said. And looks like its up to me again to say it. You cannot overlook the elephant in the closet. Yes, I agree (how can I not?) the Tea Party is a dangerous faction. Extreme right. But why is Obama always capitulating to them? Actually, a commenter on another blog phrases it in a way I cannot improve upon. 'Right now, Obama is a much more dangerous political player than the T-party, in working against the non-wealthy people of this nation. He engineered this malicious and stupid "crisis" in order to go after SS and Medicare.'
He uses the threats from the extreme right to justify his own conservative bent. Remember who it was that put SS and Medicare on the table in the first place. How many times must this guy sell you out before you recognize him as a sellout?

chaunceydevega said...

@Ohcrap. I am starting to think we all don't have any ideas left. The only folks with "vision" are the ones driving us over a cliff.

@Daniel. Thanks for the link. Check this too:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4946/our_economic_theocracy/

@Nomad. Obama is showing us who is. I used to think he was held hostage, but at a certain point you must own the situation you have created for yourself. There are moments of real brilliance where I am like, "yup that is the guy I voted for, donated money to, and the like." There are others where he has totally capitulated to bullies and political thugs. I am no longer of the belief that he is playing some 4d game of chess.

He needs to understand that you can't be reasonable with unreasonable people. Unless, you are in league with them...an interesting thought.

nomad said...
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nomad said...

@CD
Yes. That is an interesting thought. I have been thinking along these lines, as you can probably tell, about 2 years now.

Thrasher said...

Obama is a creation of his own campaign mantra..He is soft good happy negro which was only way to get elected in a white nation NOW this very softness has made him a loser ..Can't win being a one drop rule colored guy ...lol,lol,lol

Thrasher said...

BTW...I am buying any of the chatter from the chatter class unles it begins and ends with CD....Sorry Daniel I 'm not feeling your boy he concludes with the world still revolving around white folks that is what got ourt empire into this clusterfuck of course..

nomad said...

@Thrasher
Call me cynical, but Obama's not soft. He's conservative. This was his plan from the jump. Beware elephants in donkey clothing.