This is my first post since surgery in early July. The recovery has been slow but real. I’ve not been able to do much reading because of fatigue but my mind has continued to mull things over in quiet ways.
Much of my recent mulling, of course, has been centered around the prospect of a government shutdown, which has now become a reality. Each side in the debate has rushed to prove its own immaturity by playing the childish game of blaming the other person. Years and years of offering pastoral counseling have made it clear to me that those who focus on blaming others are simply refusing to accept responsibility for themselves.
There is plenty of cause to blame both Democrats and Republicans for the inexcusable mess in Washington but, in the matter of this shutdown, it has been clear for several months that Republicans have been itching for this failure, hoping the public will blame the Democrats. There is no plausible reason why budget, debt ceiling, and the Affordable Care Act should be tied together. It is simple dishonesty on the part of the Right.
The Tea Party, which has bullied its way into influence, has proven to be profoundly un-American, rejecting the unambiguous results of democratic elections. They have wanted to send America back to the period before the Civil War, despising the twin results of that awful War: the freeing of the slaves and the affirmation that the national government has precedence over the states’ rights.
At the same time, though history has proven time and again that Big Business left unfettered is an agent of repression, the Right claims our best hope to is remove government restrictions on Big Business. Have none of them been watching America’s financial story in the last ten years? Are they truly as blind as it seems? Have they not noticed that the wealthiest have profited immeasurably from the suffering their greed has imposed on the majority of Americans?
I do not believe there is any excuse for anyone today to trust that our largest and wealthiest institutions are our best job creators. They evidence against such blind faith is blatantly obvious.
Hmmm, seems the surgeons removed not only some of my insides but also some of my subtlety. . .or maybe I’m just frustrated by this utterly irresponsible shutdown. I so wish we would send some grownups to lead us in Washington.