Americans have become Orphans, abandoned by their leaders as we descend further into the abyss of debt default. The president has thrown his progressive base and the Democratic leadership in Congress under the proverbial bus, while the tea party wing of the Republican party wants to dismantle the entire federal government in favor of a Darwinian free-for-all.
The White House continues to focus on the Republicans and making the “deal” while ignoring the Democratic leadership which is now calling for the president to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling and be done with it. Even Bill Clinton has weighed in saying if it were his call, he would do so “without hesitation” and let the courts work it out. Yet unbelievably the president insists that this option is not in play. The White House at the very least is showing an appalling lack of strategic political skill.
Meanwhile, Americans are struggling to maintain what little economic security they have in spite of the continued rise is joblessness and foreclosures, while a Democratic president seems intent on trading the social safety net that has been the hallmark of Democratic legislation over the last 80 years for a one shot deal and a bad deal at that. Americans are being abandoned and increasingly feel like exiles in their own country unable to trust in functioning legislative and executive branches elected with the belief that the people’s business will be attended to. Right now, this means providing JOBS and financial stability to continue to grow the economy.