CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's no coincidence that the rise of the tea party has resulted in the decline of the U.S. sovereign debt rating. So, thank you, Grover Norquist-signing, know-nothing, do-nothing, cut-everything fools who held the nation hostage for months with a reckless policy of slash and burn.
Your shenanigans have damn near ruined the country. All of us on the left will do our best to rid your worthless rears of their congressional privileges as soon as electorally possible. We make no apologies and we're calling you out.
You support an end to Medicare and Medicaid. You want to abolish vital federal services and starve government of all tax revenue it needs to function as a civil society. Your economic knowledge, shared by your scions Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, is limited to second-grade math. You said nothing would happen. You paraded that deadbeat dad of a representative, Joe Walsh, out onto televisions to spew your brand of terror economics. Now, the United States has lost its prime credit rating because you wouldn't compromise with the president.
When the nation nearly defaulted, you still voted no. When John Boehner pleaded with you to make nice with your enemies, the way elected leaders of character have done for 235 years, you balked.
Do not tell me there is shared blame. Democrats wanted a $4 trillion deal but your insistence on protecting wealthy people, the true reason for your existence, wouldn't allow it.
Do not tell me there is shared sacrifice. Democrats wanted revenue enhancements on the wealthiest members of our society, but you would have none of it.
Do not tell me the nation should pursue your brand of domestic terrorism to deliver us from this economic malaise. You worship only at the idol of yourselves. You are neither a lover of country nor of kin. You are the emperor who has no clothes. You threaten like a dockyard bully. Your bile has poisoned our politics, our economy, our landscape and even our friends.
People frustrated by the abuses of government have stupidly rallied to your cry. That you do not support term limits means your power agenda is no different from those who preceded you. Your stench has hit the jet stream and now lingers in the halls of power the world over where America the Beautiful is now a laughingstock.
Every economics expert in the nation said it was playing with fire to dither on the debt ceiling. But, you, in your incredible insolence, knew better. Now, if there is any real justice in the world, there will be a severe consequence for your folly. Millions of Americans have lost retirement investments, mortgage financing and other financial opportunities all because you folded your arms and held your breath on the Washington playground.
You have made a cesspool of my beloved country's tried and true form of getting things done -- compromise. Worse, you have crapped the nest for the rest of us. Jesus told us to love our enemies. All I can say is, you were sent from God all right, just as your hatemongering alleged-Christian followers say, but not for the reasons they say. The truth is, you were sent here to make me a better Christian, for I am having an awfully hard time not hating you. God bless America, and rescue us from the tea party. Amen.
Swindell is an associate professor of journalism at Marshall University. Spar with him on political matters at Swind...@marshall.edu.