The Democrats and moderate Republicans are reeling from the Tea Party Movement's pressure on those elected officials to keep their promises to the American people. If the government shuts down, then it is the Democrats who have been in office, who have failed the citizens they represent, not the GOP or the Tea Party Movement.
The two-party system is a detriment to fiscal responsibility and reduction in government. It is long past time we stop voting for Democrats and Republicans alike, and begin electing independent or third-party candidates that will represent their constituents best interests.
The recent telephone conversation that was made public, with Charles Schumer calling the Tea Party Movement "extremists" is indicative of how effective the Tea Party has been, and why the pressure needs to be turned up. His seat will not be up for reelection until 2016, so there is plenty of time to find his replacement.
The 2012 Presidential race is going to be crucial to saving the republic. Of all candidates parrying at present, only Ron Paul makes sense from a Tea Party ideology, as he is the only candidate who has demonstrated throughout his Congressional career to be totally void of party politics, and his voting record testifies to his commitment to reduction in government spending and influence in our daily lives.
The fact that his son Rand Paul (R) Kentucky was elected to the Senate seat vacated by the retiring Jim Bunning, and Rand was also endorsed by the Tea Party Movement demonstrates the integrity passed on from father to son. To date, he has been living up to his commitments, and has not compromised with leadership of either party.
The election results of November, 2010, was merely a shot across the bow of the "business-as-usual" D.C. bureaucracy. November, 2012 will be the full salvo, replacing all incumbents that have demonstrated their lack of responsibility to We the People.
And please be sure you vote the same in your local elections too.