Shut Down

Nobody needs to be told about what is happening in Washington right now. Its disgusting, tragic, unprecedented, shameful, and any other colorful negative description you can think of. 800,000 employees have been without work for over two weeks now, with no end in sight. I myself am so mad about this I have been avoiding discussing it with friends and colleagues because of how startlingly angry I become. But who do we direct our anger at? Is it responsible of us to be angry at all politicians and our way of governing in general? I don’t think so. I think it’s important to look objectively at what is happening and place blame clearly and squarely upon the people responsible: the Tea Party.

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In most undesirable circumstances there is plenty of blame to go around. That old saying usually applies: “it takes two to tango.” I get that. However, in this case I believe that the blame doesn’t go around, instead it starts and stops with this political group, and they are the only ones tangoing. Tea Party republicans have waged a crusade against Obama for years and will stop at nothing to embarrass him. They have put themselves ahead of the needs of the country and we are all paying the price. Here is my best (truncated) analogy for what is happening:

Two children in school have a disagreement. The first thinks that the school should provide every student with pencils. The second child hates the idea. To resolve the issue they call the principle. The principle decides that it’s a good idea and once the money is in order the school board will create a new policy providing pencils to every student. Universal pencil disbursement. Needless to say the second kid is pissed. He gathers all his cronies together and makes an appeal the next day. After a very long meeting with the principle, the group of miffed students are unsuccessful. The policy remains unchanged. Now the second kid is beside himself with anger. He decides that from this moment on, until the time he graduates, he is going to make it his personal mission to undermine the pencil policy. If he yells loud enough and is diligent enough in sabotaging the policy at every turn, maybe, just maybe, he can get the get what he wants.

The first child with the pencil plan is Obama and his affordable healthcare plan. Child number two represents the tea party republicans who have attempted to repeal Obama care over 40 times. OVER 40 TIMES! Even after Obama was re-elected by a landslide, the supreme court found the policy constitutional, and our government is shutdown, this senseless group still make it their primary objective to repeal Obamas healthcare plan. The people, law makers, courts, and American people have spoken. “Obama Care” is a law. Please respect that fact and the political process by which it was made and let our government go back to work.

Republicans are on the wrong side of history. Wrong side of immigration policy, social issues, minorities young people, women, and now the best interests and well being of our country. It is a shameless display of ignorance, ego, and denial from a party that refuses to let go of the idea that America is a constantly evolving country that grows increasingly tolerant, diverse, and unorthodox. As long as this faction of the republican party remains in tact this country will not see a republican president or any productive discourse between the two major parties. Hopefully it ends soon.

One thought on “Shut Down

  1. Maybe the Tea Party needs to go back to kindergarten –

    Robert Fulghum wrote – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    “These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

    1. Share everything.
    2. Play fair.
    3. Don’t hit people.
    4. Put thngs back where you found them.
    6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
    7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
    8. Wash your hands before you eat.
    9. Flush.
    10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
    11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
    12. Take a nap every afternoon.
    13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
    14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
    15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
    16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”

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