This is a short diary, mostly to ask a question of the history mavens in the crowd. To wit:
Has there ever been a time in world history when a political group that lost the last election has taken the whole government hostage to force their agenda on the government?
I know the Republicans have blamed the messenger (and not the message) for their loss in 2012, but I have wondered if this same sort of shutdown has ever occurred anywhere. Is this something that would happen in third world countries? I've seen overthrows of governments, but not shutdowns.