After several weeks of mindless squabbling and theatrics, the Republicans and the Democrats have finally come to an agreement on a plan to cut down on spending. Default will be avoided tomorrow, just in the nick of time, and things will go on business as usual.

But is business as usual a good thing?

We’ve successfully avoided a major economic collapse, which is of course a good thing (or at least have avoided in causing further economic damage), but have we really gotten down to the root of the problem?

The reason why we went through this god-awful affair is because of partisan politics. Neither side wanted to bend to the will of the other and was willing to put the entire world’s economy at risk. Stubbornness and spite ran rampant through capital hill. Things quickly devolved into Us vs. Them. But it is not the politicians who suffer from this political mindset. No, it is those they claim to represent.

And there’s nobody to blame for the way things are but the people themselves. We’re too lazy and stupid to put thought into who we vote for. We don’t want to do research on the issues; we don’t want to know who stands for what. We want to be told who to vote for; we want to be spoon fed.

Sure, it’s easy just to pick a side. But when the only two parties hate each other so much that they are willing to undo everything their counterparts have done there is no room for progress.

We’ve become polarized as a nation and it is slowly killing us from the inside. (Along with corporatism and lobbying, of course) We’ve lost sight of the things that matter. More and more of us are going broke, losing our homes, going hungry. And it’s going to continue if things keep going the way they are.

The Middle Class is a dying breed. Soon there will only be the very rich and the very poor. Unless we change our habits as voters and at least make an effort to become informed citizens instead of getting caught up with the touchie-feelies and all of the other mindless distractions that we have in our day to day lives.

This election do some research into which candidate you vote for, and not just one from the two major parties.

George Washington was right when he said that political parties will become “potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government.”