Charlie Pierce reminds us that John Boehner still pretends to be Speaker of the House, but is for all intents and purposes powerless. The Flying Monkey Caucus (h/t Pierce) has risen up to tear down any notion of We, the People. To them, it’s all about protecting what they’ve got and to hell with the rest of the the nation. For the Flying Monkey Caucus, there is no good reason for government, and it must be killed.

But on the wall of the entryway of George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon, there is an old iron key in an old glass case. It’s a symbol of something much more powerful, a vision much more compelling than “I’ve got mine.” . . .