Even with the defeat, the tea party folks are not about to relent. They're not going to suddenly see the light and start working with people who hold divergent views to get things done. They weren't sent to Washington to get things done. They were sent to stop things from getting done.
Most of the financial press has focused on how awful a technical default would be, and who is upset. But our leaders might ask a different question. Who are the reprobates that are cheering for the possibility of a technical default on the U.S.? Who stands to gain?
The history of how the filibuster has been used in American history shows it to be a tool heavily weighted towards reactionary minorities, short-sighted isolationists, and those who oppose a strong national government.
What is needed is a new and fresh vision for change from our nation's leaders -- at all levels. And child advocates across this country must redouble their efforts to demand change and progress at the local, state, and national levels.