The rise of the Tea Party may well be the demise of democracy as we know it. Due to the Tea Party's unwillingness to compromise on the budget and their willingness to let our government default on its debt, our AAA credit rating has been downgraded. The founding fathers purposely set up a two-party system that depends on negotiation and compromise. We are all in this together and we all need to make sacrifices. Somebody needs to tell the Tea Party it's not all about them.