If the government is a battle ship, the T-party has called out its Kamikaze suicide bombers to take it down. Economists, pundits, even fellow conservatives have been vocally critical of the T-party caucas strategy of using the debt ceiling and government shutdown as bargaining chips to advance its agenda.
Like the suicide bombers, the T-party is willing to kill themselves even in their goal to defund Obamacare and other programs it oppose. Not only could they endanger the world wide economy, they could wreck their own future. A recent poll shows a 70% disapproval rate of the Republican Party.
This 70% disapproval rate could translate into sweeping Democratic wins in the 2014 elections. Already, Democratic front groups like Thinkprogress and Moveon.org have been calling for increased donations on this assumption.
So where does this political drama originate ?
It goes back to the founding of the United States. Two competing visions of government originated. One was the Jeffersonian model of limited government. The other was the Hamiltonian model of centralized democratic power.
Practical policies and issues are often just a smokescreen for deeper economic divisions. The Jeffersonian model of limited government was advanced to keep a central government from ending the Peculiar Institution. Slavery.
More than a few commentators of the period noticed how slave owners would talk of freedom while denying it to their slaves.
Southern states continued the rhethoric of limited Federal power even after the demise of slavery. It was none other than Geoege C. Wallace of Alabama who railed against "pointy headed " government bureaucrats. Southern racists of the 1960s consistently wrapped themselves in the flag of states' rights as a cover for segregation's injustices.
Barry Goldwater, from Arizona, even voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it interfered with his perception of private property rights.
Today's T-Party continues the tradition of bashing Federal power.
In his counter vision to Jefferson's slavocracy, Alexander Hamilton envisioned a modern economy based on updated principles. Hamilton realized that government involvement was needed for a robust economy.
The T-Party economic view envisions a dream world of circa 1765 where there was no central government power. The hard truth is that government and economy have always been intertwined since the building of the Pyramids in Egypt. There is no genie to put back in the bottle like the T-Party wants you to believe.
Government intervention in the economy built the railroads, highways and waterways of this country. Government policies allowed for the industrialization of the nation. Government policies have softened the hard edges of capitalism through social program.
It is true that government can not solve every problem. But it is just as untrue to say that government power is always negative.