If it were a snow day, nobody would care or even give a second thought about the federal government being shut down. Nonessential employees would remain at home until notified to return to work. Life would continue to go forward in Washington, D.C., as well as life in the rest of America.
I find it interesting that a partial shutdown of the federal government has caused such a “crisis” in our country. We, the American public, are deluged with sad stories about museums and national parks being closed. Those mean-spirited Republicans! And as a result, we are to shed crocodile tears for our collective loss.
The phrase “we the people” used to mean something. It used to mean that we the citizens had popular sovereignty. Power was ours to give to Congress through our duly elected officials. Not any more. This crisis has revealed the arrogance, self-importance and self-worth of those who have been elected to represent the citizens of this nation. They wrongly think that we must be dependent upon their very existence! How vain!
Government and those who serve must be held accountable from time to time. If the government is shut down, then good. If it’s closed, government can’t tax, spend and diminish our rights. America must wake from its slumber and remind our elected officials what “we the people” means. I say let them find out in 2014.
John C. Huffman