"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
The Tea Party has shown itself to be nothing but extremely out of touch with reality and obstructionist in every sense of the word. They are a flash in the pan faction that has done nothing but harm this country.
You can dance without a lawyer
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
But that's what you do. I don't know what you think it gets you, but it is . . . in post after post after post.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Furthermore, S&P specifically cited that debacle as one reason in its decision to downgrade our debt... a path which, if continued, could certainly lead to default (can't sell enough bonds to service our debt).
Lastly, Tea Party extremists like Sarah Palin have called to "starve the beast", which is exactly what they are doing -- trying to cut off/choke off gov't funds, which again will lead to an inability to service our debt which ultimately leads to -- default.
Therefore, while the Tea Party may be too ignorant to understand their course of action, pointing out the destination that said course leads to does not a strawman make.