According to news reports, Americans are apoplectic with anger at Washington for the debt ceiling gridlock. We hear the now familiar complaints about "Why don't they get something done and quit playing politics" or "It's time to forget partisan politics and do the right thing for the country." Of course, left unsaid is what exactly is the "right thing". From my standpoint, it's kind of like fans compalining that the Super Bowl went down to the last play. Why couldn't the game be a blowout so we wouldn't have to experience all that doubt and stress? Better yet, why couldn't they just compromise ahead of time and give the trophy to both teams? That way everyone wins. You're living through history people, and often history is messy. Embrace the moment, relish the conflict of competing philosophies and recognize that we are experiencing what is potentially a tectonic shift in the political firmament. This appears to be the hill the Tea Party has chosen to die on rather than surrender. This week may well have doomed Obama's hopes for reelection. It's unclear how it all comes out, but politics doens't get any more exciting than this. Enjoy it.