Thank goodness saner heads have prevailed and this government shutdown silliness is over. While the Democrats should take the heat for this one, both parties are serving us poorly. Far too many of our elected leaders are focused on using every weapon possible to bludgeon the other side and refusing to compromise. Political infighting and maintain ideological purity is more important to them than the needs of the country.
The only reason we even have a country is that men with differing views got together and worked out a compromise. That is how a democracy is supposed to work. It is certainly possible to have strong views and still be willing to work with the other side. Nobody will doubt Ted Kennedy’s liberal credentials but he often worked with Republicans to get legislation passed. I once heard former Oklahoma Senator Tom Corburn say he was so concerned about the state of the country that he was willing to give more than 50% of what he wanted to get something done.
I urge you do follow my example and say no to both parties. It can be frustrating to be stuck with the choices they give us. Please be patient. One day our voices will be heard.