Charles Pierce has written the perfect summary of How Came We to Our Current Unfortunate Situation:
We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
This is what they came to Washington to do — to break the government of the United States. It doesn’t matter any more whether they’re doing it out of pure crackpot ideology, or at the behest of the various sugar daddies that back their campaigns, or at the instigation of their party’s mouthbreathing base. It may be any one of those reasons. It may be all of them. The government of the United States, in the first three words of its founding charter, belongs to all of us, and these people have broken it deliberately.
And one of the commenters over there prescribes what may be the perfect penance for this horde:
This Congress should only be flown by pilots that don’t believe in flight. They should only be treated by doctors that don’t believe in medicine, or the efficacy of surgery. They should live in houses built by people that don’t believe in carpentry. And they should eat only food prepared by people that don’t believe in cooking, or the germ theory of disease.