The fiscal cliff fight is over and a compromise was reached. Arguments will be made over who won and what is ahead but what I would like to talk about is a phenomenon that is a threat to our very existence as a free people.
Why has it become so hard to govern? Is it because a number of our legislators have forgotten their oath of office in fealty to their pledge to Grover Norquist? When did Norquist become the anointed one who is destined to be worshipped at the altar of the Tea Party to the detriment of the country?
It has been said that paying taxes are the price of admission to living in a free society. The Tea Party Republicans and Grover Norquist apparently either do not believe this or they simply don’t care. Over 160 house republicans voted against the deal including two from my state, Nebraska. Why? It’s about good government not ideology.
Anytime fealty to an ideology takes over from reasonable discussion and compromise we all suffer. I wonder how many of you reading this have ever had to deal with a two year old who didn’t want to do something. If you have, then you know how it must feel to deal with the likes of the Tea Party republicans and their fearless leader Grover Norquist.
As the latest fiscal fight begins – raising the debt ceiling – we, the people of the United States, will likely once again feel the pain as the ideologues put their beliefs over our prosperity. If the Tea Party Republicans and their master continue down their path of ideology over government at least we know that historians will refer to the next recession as “The Tea Party Recession.”