The Gadfly has to admit that his laughter at this video was couched in a copious cocoon of misgiving.
The Gadfly finds it utterly amazing that just 40 malevolent neanderthals, who laughably call themselves the "Freedom Caucus," can hold an entire political party hostage, with wet dreams of doing the same to the entire nation if given the opportunity, unless they get their way on every policy position that they have an obsessive interest in. What is even more disturbing is that these asshats very likely will suffer no repercussions for their toxic senselessness. And that really is a reflection on just how bugfuck insane that a significant portion of the electorate has become for this situation to have evolved in to what it now is.
One of the guest bloggers over at Hullabaloo hits the nail on the head with this devastatingly truthful analysis:
The Freedom Caucus wants to guarantee its ability to use the threat of triggering a "recession comparable to or worse than 2008 financial crisis” over raising the debt ceiling to secure "significant structural entitlement reforms" (read: cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid).
The Freedom Caucus wants the next Speaker to commit to passing "all 12 appropriations bills" (no omnibus) to maximize extremists' ability to extract maximum concessions in extended fights over each one. And to commit to shutting down the government "unless President Obama (and Senate Democrats) agree to defund Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and a host of other priorities." Or else they'll hold their breath until our faces turn blue.
No wonder Rep. Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the Speaker race and Rep. Paul Ryan is trying avoid having the job thrust upon him. The Washington Post calls the caucus' approach "nihilism vs. a willingness to govern." Legum writes:
The agenda of the House Freedom Caucus makes a difficult job effectively impossible. Agreeing to their demands means presiding over a period of unprecedented dysfunction in the United States.
That is a polite way of saying what nobody wants to say out loud: the Congress is being held hostage by a doomsday cult. If the Freedom Caucus doesn't get its way, it will ride like jilted Brünnhilde into the flames and burn the place to ashes if it cannot return God's Own Party to the Rhine gold standard, or something. Or something like one of those dreary murder ballads. They really do love their country. And if they can't have her, then nobody can.
That pretty much is the gist of it. 40 unhinged cult members braying loudly and menacingly that they are willing to drive the country over a fiscal cliff as a consequence of every single one of their ransom demands not being satisfied.
The Gadfly doesn't like bandying about the word "treason," because it was the word that the G.W. Bush supporters attempted to use to stifle and silence the views of The Gadfly and other progressives when we dared to question the wisdom and legality of Dick and George's great Iraq sandbox adventure. Nonetheless, if the "Freedom Caucus," out of pure spite, intentionally causes another, likely even worse financial crisis to occur, one which would most assuredly devastate the economic livelihoods of millions of Americans, and endanger this nation's moral and leadership standing around the world, then perhaps it is time to pull that word out of mothballs and take a hard look at how it can be applied to those kinds of actions, and specifically to the ruthless assholes behind those actions.