There's been nothing like it since "The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door."
And so we witness another futile fight against the unstoppable forces of predestined inevitability.
On June 11, 1963, Governor George Wallace became a national symbol in bold defiance of federal law when he attempted to block the entrance of two black students to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. It was a symbolic effort to honor his inaugural promise to support "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
Confronted on the spot by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach supported by a phalanx of Federal Marshals, Wallace abandoned his one-man blockade and many years later in 1979 stated, "I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over."
Whether House Speaker John Boehner will eventually experience a similar "Road to Damascus" conversion remains to be seen, but he now embarrassingly stands in open rebellion against the expressed will of the American people in abject surrender to the most conservative elements of his hopelessly divided, morally bereft Republican Party.
Even while remaining under attack from ultra-extreme fringes calling for his immediate ouster as Speaker, Boehner announced last week in an abrupt turnaround that, while still not allowing a House vote on Immigration Reform for fear of instantaneous majority passage, he would yield to Tea Party pressure and approve a vote on defunding The Affordable Care Act of 2010 as the cost of approving a stopgap spending measure.
The government will theoretically run out of money at midnight, Sept. 30, so you might not have to bother looking for your Social Security check in October if Republicans don't get their way.
So you might not have to bother looking for your no Medicare payments, or extended unemployment benefits. No food stamps for anyone. No Army. No Navy. No Air Force. No government.
Hey, No I.R.S.
Down with all "Takers."
Up with "Freedom" finally honestly and openly defined as "keeping all our money instead of paying taxes."
It's a matter of principle.
Heck, let's just blow the whole thing up.
Or maybe that won't happen till a few weeks later in mid-October, when raising the debt ceiling to pay for things already purchased becomes hostage as it did thanks to the GOP in the summer of 2011 resulting in the first downgrade of credit in U. S. Government history.
Factoring everything, a new study by the Bipartisan Policy Center indicates that fiasco will cost taxpayers $18.9 billion over 10 years as a consequence of higher interest rates on government borrowing.
Experts warn that inability to make a deal this time around may well lead to an immediate risk of U.S. government default, a major financial crisis and downward economic momentum well on the road to deep and prolonged recession.
As President Obama properly observes "We have not seen this in the past, that a budget is contingent on us eliminating a program that was voted on, passed by both chambers of Congress."
But that's where we seem to be locked in a renewed confrontation with fantasy driven, tri-corner hat sporting, Obama hating, pretentiously posturing, self-designated "patriots" who clutch to their hearts a Federal Constitution they seem amazingly incapable of fully understanding, truly appreciating or ultimately defending.
An ever-careening cartoon. It would be laughable if it were not so terribly tragic.
"Those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists they have a static and inward-directed view of things."
"I have never been a right winger" Pope Francis I New York Times (9/19/13).