1 party’s strategy is ‘domestic terrorism’
John Pierre’s column “Is America Following in Rome’s Footsteps?” clearly puts the responsibility on both parties for the current state of United States affairs.
This is the very old and hackneyed “pox on both their houses” argument.
In a philosophical sense, over a long period of time both Pierre and the old expression are correct.
However, in a political sense, both parties are not responsible equally. Moreover, in a psychological sense, one party, the Republican party, bears a greater burden of guilt.
In a family, if one member chooses a strategy that threatens the (parental) leadership of the family by refusing to cooperate on any rulemaking, and threatens the economic credit of the family, then that member stands alone is his ability to permanently damage the family.
If two NBA teams reach the finals, and one team walks out on prior agreements and rules, and takes the ball and leaves, who is to blame?
Walking out on the U.S. government, its fair play, its debts, and, yes, its mistakes, is a form of domestic terrorism and a form of irrational rage.
There is only one party currently dealing with this strategy.
Michael Thompkins, Psy.D