Valentine weighs in on shutdown

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013



The nation is in a government shutdown, slowdown or thin down, depending on who you ask.

The mere rhetoric of the debates, discussions and conversations of the various parties are a testament to the fact that Washington has lost its collective mind with few exceptions. Apart from the diehard party loyalists few people in their right minds, who are able to conceive the harm that can be done to so many, would celebrate the shutdown of the government.

The people mostly responsible for this shutdown have said it is a slow down or a thin down. While they apply various names to the action on the part of Congress many people are getting hurt.

It really defies logic that any party believes that it can use brute force, threat and intimidation to force another into undercutting and even eliminating legislation that it enacted for the welfare of the people. It is surprising that the Republicans who lost in the battle to stop what is called Obamacare from being enacted, lost in the elections, lost in the Supreme Court to dismantle or destroy it, have now taken the fight to the place where it’s not just their party that will look foolish, but the whole spectacle reflects on the nation as a whole.

There are no winners here, not when we consider the reputation of the nation, the hurt to individuals and the economy.

Ideologists might think differently, but at some deeper level most people must realize that what is happening is not how it is supposed to happen.

How can people who are people of principle fight in such an unprincipled manner? How can you stand for principle end up hurting me more than it hurts you? Why are so many people without a paycheck while the people who started their personal fight and are engaging in their personal fight are still getting paid?

Something is not right.

It is not fair to enact legislation for those among us who have influence as a group and can hurt you politically, while others suffer. The Republican Party had no option but to pass legislation that would enable veterans to still get their pay checks, because if they didn’t they wouldn’t have a party for long.

Veterans united have more muscle than the entire Republican Party. But what about disenfranchised, disconnected groups with little or no political clout?

Whatever games our politicians might be playing at the expense of others but especially the poor, the marginalized and those with no voice we should remember that you can’t hurt the helpless for long and remain great. There is someone who fights for them and the future of the Republican or Democratic Party is more in His hand than it is in the voters’ hand. Politicians can play to the voters as much as they want and spin the truth as much as they want, but there is a God who sees and knows.

It is said that a country gets the leaders it deserves. I hope that is not true in our case at this time. I believe Americans deserve better leadership than what we are getting from Washington. But probably I am wrong. Being American I might not be the best judge.

Let’s pray for America.

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