Okay, so I was unsure about writing this piece because everyone has their opinions of how the government should operate, but then I came to my bold senses and decided to tell Congress to have a seat…all 544 members.
A quick recap: both Republicans and Democrats could not come to a consensus on the new budget for the fiscal year that has already began because they were aimlessly focused on The Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare).
Congress does not have the most difficult of occupations, so this of course shamed American soil like black lip liner applied around the lips, forming some type of stencil that continues to shame the individuals who still feel that is acceptable (it’s not).
There are so many issues with the government shutdown, but the one that hit home for many Americans still had to report to work and not receiving a paycheck! (And yes, some positions have received retroactive pay for furloughed government workers, but some have not).
Regardless of the many Americans who were laid off or furloughed, Congress still received their paychecks on time! Not all them accepted their checks. 47 representatives in the House stated that they were donating their checks to charity/treasury. Admirable, but does that solve the problem?
Speaking to colleagues, some feel that the shutdown was a racial issue, and that the Republican Party is determined to ensure that President Obama fails at whatever opportunity presents itself (Obamacare). Others say that it was a class war, meaning that the upper class is determined to keep their status as well as ensuring all other classes remain at their ‘respected’ level.
Despite the reasoning behind the madness, are we responsible for allowing these individuals to take the seat in The House? Have we become so numb and reactive to societal deficiencies that crises no longer deserves immediate response?
How did these political figures position themselves to speak on the very behalf of the people who are no longer employed or are still waiting for their retro pay? Yes the government reopened, but for how long?
Our voice as a people, as Americans matter. We have proof of that through the election of President Obama, but for some reason we won’t apply that to the places we call home. Our local elections are just as important as the Presidential election. We must learn who our local representatives are. Study their platforms and understand the laws. Something that rings true to me is that madness doesn’t occur overnight. It was a long time coming, and being the reactive society that we’ve become, not much was done.
I salute those who take the time to educate others on political awareness. And for those who don’t for whatever reason, know that you can make a difference. This is our America, and we make this what we want it to be. The Civil Rights Movement was a result of a group of people coming together with one cause in mind, and after the many lives lost, and the shedding of many tears, we have the right that my ancestors did not have not even 70 years ago.
So with the opportunities that you have, don’t take them lightly. Empower yourself, empower others, and as I always say, be the change you wish to see.
Below are links to information about the Government Shutdown and Obamacare. Take the time to learn about what’s going on now so the future can be determined.