The debt ceiling crisis is over. We can all go home now and breathe a huge sigh of relief. Everything we were worried about has vanished, except for the terrorists.

If your mind is conjuring up images of people in paramilitary fatigues or balaclavas, erase those and replace them with images of Tea Party Republicans. Yep, those Congressional Freshpersons who insisted on no new taxes–and got it. Those representatives who faced down Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of the RINOs in Congress.

Nobody likes the guy at the party who points out poop in the punch bowl. Little surprise, then, that pundits are calling Tea Partiers names. I like this one from Politico’s William Yeomans:

…the tea party’s hostage-taking has evolved into the intentional infliction of harm on innocent Americans to achieve a political objective – terrorism.

William, try the decaf.

Or how about this one from Joe Nocera of the New York Times?

For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough. After all, they’ve gotten so much encouragement.

I am afraid Joe may need more than a change in his coffee habits to recover. And while we are at it, let’s encourage all our liberal friends to take a moment. Breathe deeply. That’s it. Let your shoulders drop and your mind relax. Find your Happy Place. Now listen.

Your view of the world is dead. We did not kill it. It killed itself. We only pulled back the curtain surrounding the sick bed. Government cannot do all the things you want it to do and should not try. It is on life support from trying. The debt ceiling circus merely brought to light the unsustainability of an ideology you foisted upon us starting with FDR.

It took decades to truly endanger the US economy, but by golly you did it. By papering over economic reality with printed money, you managed to convince everyone that they could have everything without working for it or thinking about it. You convinced your fellows to hate the rich and love the poor, no matter what their individual merits or faults were. You have consistently tried to erase individual autonomy and foster uniformity–of effort, of opinion, and of character. You have tried to dodge reality and you have failed.

We stopped you from killing this country off completely and we have a lot to do. Please don’t bother us unless you actually want to help. Calling us terrorists does not qualify. If all you can do is huddle in the corner and whimper, we will check on you once in a while. When you decide to act like an adult, we will welcome you back.

Unlike you, we do not believe that saying something is so makes it so. We believe reality reigns supreme and that intelligence and effort are required for humans to prosper. We believe that a free country with free markets creates enough for everyone. We do not hate the people who create all those wonderful things and we want them to excel. We do not hate people who don’t create wonderful things–they can work for those who do. Last of all, we do not hate people who cannot do either. We will gladly help them–on our own terms and in our own way, not in yours. Those days are over.

Indulge if you must in childish name-calling. We don’t much care. You are sore because you lost. We, on the other hand, are ready to see if there is anything left to salvage from the world you created. Grab a shovel or get out of the way. We gave you your chance and you blew it.



About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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