The fall of Babylon the Great City can be caused by a small matter pushed to irrational extremes:
“A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” ~Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792
"The Tea Party: America Upended" – it is symbolically interesting … a Tea Party might have given birth to a nation, and another one might bring it to its knees.
“A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.”
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792
The right-wing Tea Party has made it a point to lie and promote ignorance.