Emotions are powerful and can be more dangerous than any other weapon when not channeled appropriately.
Who is getting hurt by the government shutdown? Perhaps, the more appropriate question should be who is not getting hurt.
I wrote this piece, “Have you thought about the government shutdown this way,” to bring attention to some hurts which might not be readily visible to others.
A huge amount of politicking has focused on the closing of various venues. I commented on some of the responsibilities for those actions in “Memorials and Monuments are Closed to the People.”
“When We Want Government: An Example” attempted to illustrate a double standard that I and many have. Things do look differently when one is willing to look at things from another perspective.
Yesterday’s events at the World War II Memorial here in DC trouble me. I can understand the frustration by those who have served this country in our military. In no way am I discrediting military service as I also include individuals who work in law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, and others under the “served this country” umbrella. Some of these individuals are unpaid volunteers. Teachers and many others serve this country as well. Many would be better off financially in other occupations, but like the others they chose to try and help others. I’m merely asserting that those veterans today are not alone in their feelings of disrespect and frustration.
It bothers me though when current US Senators such as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee decided to use the frustration of these veterans for their personal political purposes. The reason the WWII Memorial and others are closed is due to a failure in both Chambers of Congress. Seriously, Ted Cruz can waste 20+ hours on the Floor of the Senate reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and comparing that sacrifice to what individuals endured at Bataan and then blame others for the closings?
He apologized for the Bataan remark, but honestly what in the heck has he done as a US Senator in support of Veterans other than talk? The President signed an Executive Order “Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families” because Cruz and his fellow Members of Congress felt other matters were of more importance.
Sarah Palin quit on her state of Alaska by no completing her term as governor. If I would delve into the number of public records requests and other matters, I might agree with the argument that resignation saved the state the $1.9 million as some claim. I can state that the number of public records requests in comparison to previous governors of Alaska receive do not surprise me. With the added national recognition of being on a Presidential ticket, the post nomination flux of inquiries is an expected result of that exposure.
I do not, however, buy into the attention placed on the children argument. During the campaign, my opinion is that children who are teenagers and younger should not be subject to media coverage and scrutiny. Even adult children should be a focal point of any media campaigns for a candidate.
That said if negative attention were such as an issue, why would the daughters have a reality show? I can only think of money and keeping the Palin name in fashion. I might feel differently if that show depicted the children in either a family or Christian fashion as those are a push of the Palin name marketing. Instead of a Duck Dynasty image of Christianity and family importance, that Palin reality show featured language and actions by the girls which if I had done the same at that age would have found me eating soap courtesy of Mom or Grandma to clean my mouth. Dad and Grandpa would have had me out digging in the fields without benefit of fancy technology such as a shovel. Even today if I spoke that way or acted that way, my Dad would kick my tail. I’d even expect my Grandparents and Mom to somehow emerge from their graves or send their spirits to provide me with healthy swats on either butt or head depending on where my brain happened to be at the time.
Ted Cruz, you asked yesterday: “Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?” Given that you sir are a United States Senator and part of the Branch of the Federal Government who appropriates and spends money, shouldn’t you be the one answering that question?
Sarah Palin, you stated yesterday: “…so we will not be timid in calling out any who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game.” Of the crowd present, why didn’t you call out the two US Senators and any other Member of Congress egging the crowd on to remove the barricades?
Thomas Sowell at the Hoover Institution recently wrote “Democrats Chose the Shutdown And Republicans are within their legal and constitutional rights to act as they have.”
“As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.”
“But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.”
I agree with Mr. Sowell.
Senators Cruz and Lee and former Governor Palin, there are the answers to your questions.
All of the wasted dollars, inefficiency, debt which you and others blame on the President and Democrats are issues that the House of Representatives refuse to address because they are or too lazy, too stupid, and unwilling to make those decisions. Special interest money, personal profits, and reelections mean more. They can get away with it because some people simply hate the President and blame him for everything.
They get away with it because people like you hate the President for whatever reason and blame him and everyone else for all the problems. Some argue that this President is the most divisive in history.
The basis of that position has become clearer. Barack Obama is President of the United States of America. Sadly, a lot of people appear to desire a retirement of that position and replace it with President of the Republican Party, Tea Party, or some other title or position which means to give me what I want, when I want it, but I get to decide if someone else has any of the rights which have been bestowed upon me and everyone who agrees with me.
While this piece has focused on the GOP, my positions that President Obama has done a poor job in promoting the many positives of ACA which exist and addressing the negatives that also exist remain the same. Without 60 votes, any simple majority like that of the Democratic Party today in the US Senate has little meaning in terms of getting legislation passed on the Floor. Still, I believe that Senator Reid among others may have been able to ease some tensions in that Chamber through more interactions across the aisle outside of the Floor.
All Members of Congress, whether they label themselves as Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, Libertarians, Independents, Men, Women, or whatever else, need to remember one thing which many seem to have forgotten. They are Americans and represent the people of the United States of America. They should not represent a special interest or should their allegiance be to political party before country.