Lack of Leadership or the Audacity of Independent Thought?
The national reply to the recalcitrant Republican members of the House of Representatives has been curious. “Tea Partiers,” whatever that means and whoever they are, were once simply written off as half-crazy partisan rabble-trousers, but now that we’re on the edge of the fiscal cliff (again) the derision has turned to disdain. They’re now viewed by both the left and the right as something more than just the garden variety political wingut, something more sinister. Almost evil. Pointy-eared, hunch-backed gremlins fiendishly intent on destroying America and wrecking the middle class.
Why, you say? Simple answer: they have had the audacity to ignore party bosses, think for themselves and vote just the way they said they would when they were campaigning. Yes, independent thought, my friends. It’s something unknown in Washington since Mr. Smith (and even that was fiction). Heeding George Washington’s advice to put aside party, these members have completely disrupted the process, changed the paradigm, mixed things up. Whatever you want to call it, these representatives in continuing to oppose raising the debt ceiling effectively send a very simple message that every elected representative in any capacity should hear:
Think for yourself.