It's an interesting phenomenon: You have a tiny shard of the U.S. population holding itself, and the world, hostage via the Shutdown-Blowdown-Blowup fever dreams of a handful of boneheads who dress up like Constitutional preservationists and protectionists -- while those same boneheads betray the very document they themselves claim to be supporting and providing safe harbor, all while using that same document as a handy club on all who dare disagree with them.
It's interesting, all right -- and in the same twisted, horrific, hold-your-breath-way that it's interesting to consider what happens, say, when a freight train filled with 13 million gallons of molasses and Super Glue piles into an oncoming train loaded down with 42 tons of high grit sandpaper and radioactive goose feathers .
But, then, such confusing Constitutional antics are in keeping with all the other hypocrisies of Tea Party nitwits, so there's no real surprise that their train of thought has once more leapt the tracks and pulled up outside a station named "Tri-Cornered Logic" -- if you'll pardon the oxymoron.
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Who are these enormously self-important pissants holding our country, and the world, hostage? Who are these alleged people who hold the world on the financial tenterhooks of a forced scorched-earth policy? Who on earth are the unfeeling automatons at the bow of the ship of humanity who are bellowing at us all, insisting that it be full speed ahead -- damn the torpedoes and the two-mile plunge below! -- right over the roaring waterfall ahead?
Why, they are Republicans. Please meet Dunceus Unmistakablis Zombius Unpatrioticus, aka Mywayus Orthe Hiwayus Grandstandus.
They've also been called the "suicide caucus" in The New Yorker. Estimates say about 80 people in all are holding the planet hostage. Most figure we're really talking 30 to 40 members of Congress, tops, come crunch time.
How in the hell could such a thing happen, that so few boneheads could corral such enormous, and potentially species-threatening power?