WATCH: The Debt Ceiling Campfire Sing-Along [Cartoon]

Composed and performed by Grover Norquist and featuring Boehner, Cantor, and Bachmann!


Editors’ note: Mother Jones illustrator Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on the political news and current events of the week. In this week’s animation, welcome to the Camp Wee-No-Budge midsummer campfire sing-along, with Grover Nordquist strumming up a tune for those happiest of happy campers, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann. As always, that’s Saunders doing the voices and the sound effects are courtesy of freesound.org. If you’d like to sing along, full lyrics to the song are posted beneath the animation. Click here for the latest on what’s happening with the debt ceiling.

We are out to screw the country, there’s no doubt
We are out to screw the country, there’s no doubt
If we bring a big disaster we’ll get elected so much faster
And our enemy Obama will be out.

There is nothing we wont do to get our way
There is nothing we wont do to get our way
We are betting a depression, will win us the next election
And our corporate cronies promise they will pay!

If you lose your job and house who gives a damn
If you lose your job and house who gives a damn
We’re hoping that it makes you madder and you’ll vote out Ol’ Obamer
And we’ll be on top to push the latest scam

We’ll protect our corporate Masters, come what may
We’ll protect our corporate Masters, come what may
We’ll keep their tax breaks bulging cause our mission is indulging
All our corporate buddies, who we must obey

Lower taxes is our permanent refrain
Lower taxes is our permanent refrain
We don’t care who might get hurted just as long as we have skirted
Any taxes our contributors disdain.

So sink the economy is what we say
So sink the economy is what we say
The more destruction that we wreak on all the poor and sick and weak
The more we think we’ll win the next election day.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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