I am utterly appalled by the recent events transpiring in Washington, D.C. It’s a good thing that the government shutdown is now over (for the time being), but this whole affair should never have happened in the first place.
I, for one, have personally witnessed serious disagreements in my day, back in the 1700s. And, yes, I also do recall that escalating our response to the level of outright warfare in the American Revolution might seem like a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
But when so many people depend on this modern-day government for their livelihood and their very survival, it is extremely irresponsible on the part of national leaders to have let this go on as long as they did.
When government-run public welfare programs are seriously endangered, or when furloughed federal employees find it impossible to put food on the table for their families, then something is very, very wrong. No one should have to suffer because of the failure of some infantile elected representatives to work out an equitable compromise.
I spent a good part of my life finding ways to work for the public good, to improve people’s health care, education, security, and so forth. But it seems like what is going on in our national capital these days is the exact opposite.
Instead of asking “what good can I do in this world?”, those self-serving career politicians are seizing every opportunity to ferret out “what good things can I appropriate for myself in this world?”
Your humble servant,