"Well the correct answer is: [Barack Obama] is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no—that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?"
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
The Tea Party forced the Republican Party’s hand during the recent debt negotiations, commanding them to be rigid and inflexible in their dealings with President Obama over the debt ceiling. It got to the point where conservative radio talk show host and Tea Party mouthpiece Mark Levin even called a debt plan, reached by Republicans and announced by Speaker John Boehner, a “scam,” urging his listeners to call and condemn GOP members of Congress that supported the agreement.
And now, we’re suffering the consequences: a 600-plus-point drop in U.S. markets (that have recovered, somewhat, today); world markets roiled; America’s credit rating downgraded; and just about every single American citizen set to feel the pinch in the form of higher interest rates, tougher credit requirements, and higher prices for any and all consumer goods, from milk to cars and everything in between. (The “job creator” rich, of course, will be immune from these effects, since — thanks to the Tea Party — they got to keep their tax cuts.)
All because the Tea Party didn’t want to compromise? All because spineless Republican leaders like John Boehner and Eric Cantor didn’t want to lose their jobs by standing up to these bullies?
This is why we’re in a world of shit right now?
Conservative talking-point generators like Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh will run headlines like “Barackalypse” and talk up blame for the current economic crisis on “Democrat-run Washington” while completely ignoring the Tea Party’s role in leading us to this sad point in our nation’s history.
The Tea Party claims to have America’s best interests at heart. But really, they’d rather drive a stake through it. In the name of what, exactly? Fewer taxes? Less government regulation? We’re not even sure anymore exactly what it is the Tea Party wants, other than to get Obama out of office — and if the country gets destroyed in their wake, then so be it. That is just fucking insane.
Tea party’s over, folks.