President Barack Obama and Ambassador Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, wave to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan as he departs from the North Portico of the White House, Jan. 11, 2013.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [via NBC’s First Read]

PRESIDENT OBAMA is the commander in chief and the keeper of America’s prowess and prestige, which includes the financial vibrancy of this nation.

If Congress, specifically the American right in the House, believes they have the authority to put the full faith and credit of our country on the line for the sake of some ideological tantrum, President Obama not only has the obligation, but must use all the power given to him legally to make sure the extremist fringe doesn’t take this country down fiscally.

The letter quoted above, joined by Senators Patty Murray, Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer, puts it succinctly and every single American should put aside politics to support them.

The minority fringe right, led by the wackos on wingnut radio, have no right to lead the American populace around by their extremism, whether its through N.R.A. nonsense, or their economic hostage taking.

Politicians and their fanatical supporters who encourage economically extremism and ideological suicide should be called out for putting their own financial hallucinations over country. If a politician doesn’t know the debt ceiling is about paying our bills, each member of Congress who threatens to vote against doing what’s right deserves to be recalled by the people who sent them to Washington to do their job.