I laugh every time I read a "news" story on the shutdown. Naturally, most of the reports blame the Republicans but a couple think the Democrats have a tiny share of the blame.
Not one blames the right people.
Us. The voters.
We are the ones who keep electing "the lesser of two evils" instead of standing up and insisting on reps who actually represent US and what matters to us.
There is a reason I have not voted for a major party candidate in well over a decade. So long as we choose evil...and the lesser of two evils is still evil...we are going to get what we deserve.
Self-serving, destructive "leadership" that enhances the power of the government, removes the reward for industry from the hardest working and benefits the people who are most visible/least productive is what we vote for and what we have gotten because "it is less bad than the other guy". (Hindsight has proved this correct approximately zero times in history...)
The unfortunate side effect is the move further away from good principles. Like him, hate him or ignore him, anyone who LISTENS to him should recognize Rand Paul had a great point...people claiming to follow God who glory in war clearly missed Scriptures such as "the Spirit which comes from above is first pure, then peaceable", "the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE", "turn the other cheek", the whole point of the parable of the Good Samaritan...
And furthermore, our disgust at the proliferation of welfare, funding for trash like Planned Parenthood or "art" such as the famous cross in urine, etc. has led people who used to care about others to reject Biblical principles such as caring for the lost...doesn't James say that pure religion is to visit the widow and orphan in their affliction, with the very clear inference that visiting includes caring for them and helping them.
There are elements of Obamacare, for example, that I really dislike. But look at the basic thing it is attempting; ensure anyone who needs health care can get it. Yes, the execution is abominably bad...but people who should know better attack the principle instead of the flaws.
We kept accepting the lesser of two evils. Now we have a bloated, unsustainable government swelling the debt for every American. We spend so much money servicing the debt, aiding foreign countries, fighting wars of dubious moral rightness and even more dubious value and yet everyone keeps their hands extended...one for their peace of the tax pie, the other to push away those who need help.
And yes, often enough those who need help are there by their own actions. They made and continue to make poor choices. We as a society mock education, praising "recess" and "summer vacation" while harping on the drudgery of learning...small wonder many of the most impressionable of our youth reject scholarly pursuits and end up needing that helping hand.
We demand more, more, more money for education without using it to educate. Instead it goes to extra administrators and makers of red tape. We keep ineffective but tenured teachers. I could go on, but why?
It is just another in a long line of incompetent decisions made at the voting booth.
There is really one way this "shutdown" could turn into a win for us all. That is if we vote the entire government out. From the major-party candidates for President on down to the newest Congressman.
Lets stop putting in new laws and start cleaning up the old ones so we have at least a chance of knowing the rules. Lets scale back the money going out of the country, get rid of the crippling debt and bring our soldiers home.
Then we might have the extra money to cover food for the hungry, health care for the sick, and get rid of the resentment of the ever increasing taxes.
But of course that will never happen so lets just enjoy the lessened damage done when they can only concentrate on this hole we have dug.
7/15/17 Elk Ridge - J and I were taking on D and JA up at Elk Creek in Carson, WA. They elected to play blue tees. I was good with that, though somewhat concerned as my game ...
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