I don't know enough to make an intelligent comment on the American government shutdown thing. Really, I don't. So, I don't comment on it directly. I know it is not a good thing, and my suspicion is that those who are causing it have motives that actually have very little to do with what they claim them to be. But, as I said, I don't know that for sure and I keep my mouth shut about it because of that.
But here is what I do know for sure: Stupid people say stupid things.
The people we elected to Congress who are blocking this thing should not get paid while the shutdown is ongoing, as a punishment for causing it. Frankly, that is just pure nonsense.
I will tell you why. You can argue with their logic in what they do, what they think, how they act and what their motives are. I am fine with all that. But, if you argue that they shouldn't vote or act with their conviction (however misguided it may or may not be) then you are basically saying that Congress, The Senate and even any form of government which has as its backbone an elected official as representative of those who elected them--is not worth having.
Why would we want them to do anything else but vote with the conviction that others theoretically elected them to do? We all complain how it doesn't matter who we elect, or what party, as they are all the same. In this case, those tea party people are standing out, acting differently, voting for what they truly believe in. Or so it seems. They have to know that they are committing political suicide by doing this. Yet, they do it anyway. We should be happy that they are willing to do that, even if we are not happy with the results and their theories on why they wish to do it.
If I elect you and we have a common belief, like say that Obamacare is a bad thing and we don't want it to become law, then we should vote against it and vote against anything else that we don't want. If we were to not do that, because we were blackmailed into voting against our beliefs, just so that we could still get a paycheck, and maybe even a perk down the road, then why even bother?
The people who elected them want them to represent them, and if that is what they feel, then they should do exactly that. To say that we should blackmail them into voting with the majority because they don't get paid if they don't goes against the very principle of why we have representation in the first place. If everyone in the world would just follow the party line to get the benefits that come with that, we would have grown up under Nazi rule. And likely we would still have slavery.
Now, I believe in majority rule and maybe in this case, majority is not ruling. If that is the case, then they are doing us another favor. They are showing us that the system we believe in doesn't actually operate the way we think it does and it needs to be fixed. Again, punishing them for that is stupid as well.
So, if you subscribe to the idiotic theory that we should actually do that, you are just plain stupid.
So, take some time, and really think about what you are saying. About what you really want. Because if you really want those who you elect to vote against your own interests because they are being blackmailed to do so, think about what that really means. If you can. Maybe you can't. Maybe you are just too stupid to figure that out. If you are, then I guess you didn't really understand my point in this blog anyway. In fact, you probably didn't read this blog, because you don't want to understand how stupid you sound. You like being stupid and believing your own delusional sound bites because they sound cute and your friends will click like on them. Because, they are probably stupid. Just like you.