The debt ceiling showdown continues, and Congress has yet to pass legislation to extend the nations debt limit and or fix the spending issue. The Democrats and the GOP are demonstrating to the American people their dysfunction and ineffectiveness in handling a national crisis. Both Speaker of the House; John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader; Harry Reid (D-NV), are reluctant to break away from their partisan politics, and pass a bill that has some teeth and substance that addresses our debt issue.
While Congress banters back and forth like the modern day version of the Montague’s and Capulet’s; we American’s in the real world suffer the consequence of their impotence. This tragic play has put into the forefront, the question: Has the debt ceiling debacle demonstrate the need to move beyond partisan politics, and shift political control outside the purview of the monopolize power elites, and into the hands of sovereign independents? I believe so. Political parties, as Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine elegantly put it:
“The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are becoming less important. When you see the Tea Party, when you see the online swarm around Howard Dean, it’s time for us to grow up as Americans and realize we don’t need a maximum leader to get things done. The parties were nice while they lasted. They’ve been around for 200 years, and their day is gone.”
The origins of the political party grew from the Federalist and Anti-Federalists, and degenerated into two partisan power hoarders-the Democrats and the Republicans. Our country, over the last 235 years, has gone through tremendous changes, both socially, economically and politically.
We are freer in our personal lives than we have ever been before. We can purchase a plethora of goods that has made our life easier. We can wear what clothes we want, listen to any type of music we choose, and form companionships with anyone we want (Generation after generation, we grow more acceptable of others’ alternative lifestyles). We strive towards this because we want to express who we are as individuals, and this was made possible without restricting the individual. Over the last decade or two, there has been a massive explosion of “alternative lifestyles,” that bear the fruits of a freer individual.
Sadly, we aren’t as free politically because power is hoarded and concentrated into the hands of the few. This hoarding of power is cause by our two-party close system, and in dire times like today, makes us vulnerable. The political parties did serve an essential purpose, but today, we don’t need nor can count on these two parties to resolve our country’s ills; we as a united people can rally and be as efficient, but we must reinstate ourselves as the bosses. We must understand and reinforce that when we elect members of Congress, they are beholden to the voters, and no longer should we be beholden to the officials who hold the voting cards. We must stop kissing the ring of our political Don’s.
Let’s move beyond labels and political segregation of the “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a Republican,” and come together as Americans-this is our identity, and not the political association of “I against abortion I have to take the Republican side, or I’m for gun control, I’ll side with the Democrats.” This partisan malarkey just divides us, and when we are divided, we are easier to control. These parties have been pitting us against each other for a very longtime, and monopolized the minds and souls of those that check the D or the R on the voter registration card (Try talking to a diehard Democrat or Republican. They walk around spewing their party’s talking points and demonstrate the lack of freewill to think for themselves. This does not exclude those in office either).
Until then, the debt ceiling crisis will continue to plague our public discourse with overlays of “Armageddon is coming,” and produce further uncertainty in our country’s future. The Dow Jones will open Monday, probably down about 200 points, and on Tuesday dip further. Even if Congress can set aside their partisanship, we will eventually be downgraded from our AAA rating, and stocks will continue to slide south. The debt must be liquidated, and for this to happen, prices must rise. This form of inflation is an instant tax for consumers, and when the Presidential Debate next year kicks into high gear, it will be centered on price controls and rising food prices. The pain has yet to begin, and the effects of a fiat monetary policy, rests just over the horizon, but when historians examine this snippet, they will conclude-death by politics.