“The apocalypse is upon us,” says Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The loyal governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, slips into old school agit-prop: The Tea Party “pirates” and the Republicans are “recklessly holding our economy hostage.”
Pirates and hostage-takers, terrorists too, says White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer. And Drudge cites, plaintively, fatalistically, headlines from abroad outlining the end of America. But perhaps the crisis and decline we are seeing today is the beginning, not the end, a crisis of creative transition of historic proportions: America is dying on the edges and awakening in the middle. Power is seeking a new center. In a free state, this will occur naturally. When politics blocks it, trouble inevitably follows. And it will get worse next week in the debt-ceiling crisis.