Fans of representative democracy know that there are ways to advocate one’s beliefs short of threatening and delivering harm to the larger society. It used to be that one could blame the parade of manufactured crises not on the whole Republican Party but on its unruly tea party faction. That’s becoming less and less so as what remains of the pragmatic leadership caves in to the extremists’ demands.
The GOP’s perspective on governing seems to have moved from enlightenment to medieval. It’s become the party of pain.
Before I go on, let me salute some individual Republicans for standing up to the insanity within their party: Rep. Peter King of New York, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. You represent the Republican Party of my father.
For all their patriotic posturing, the tea party bomb throwers don’t like America very much. Worse, they don’t understand how democratic governments or economies work. Some of their political leaders do know but don’t care, using their electorate’s confusion to enrich themselves off their bankroller billionaires and right-wing media.