...to blame the US government shutdown on Congress as a monolithic institution, but let's be clear: this being carried out by a small group of Right Wing extremists who have been committed from the very beginning to strangle the government and make it "small enough to drown in the bathtub." They do not care what the election results were, they do not care what the will of the majority is โ€” the only thing that matters to them is the purity of their ideology and this makes makes them fundamentally no different from any other extremist group who has carried out other acts of sabotage, extortion and terrorism in the name of their cause.

This is what happens when the inmates of the asylum are given access to the levers of power. This is why extreme views on either side of the political spectrum are so fucking dangerous.