But there is no government shutdown.
Is the IRS still operating?
Are millions of Americans still paying taxes under the threat of government persecution?
Are taxpayer salaried federal minions still collecting those taxes and funneling them into the national treasury?
Are political swine still poking their snouts deep into the stolen loot to fund their pet projects while skimming as much as possible into their own bank accounts?
Then the government hasn't shut down.
Dean also observed, "we are much closer to communism than I ever imagined."
But only single-ideology countries can be so clearly labeled. Cuba and China can be safely identified as "communist." Virtually all Europe countries are "Socialist." Others such as most African nation-states are merely non-ideological dictatorships.
America is schizophrenic. It's dominated by two virulently irreconcilable ideologies.
When the political left calls the right fascists and the right calls the left socialists they're both right.
America's massive taxpayer-funded government-mandated social welfare programs aren't "progressive," they're socialist.
America's economic system that "allows" citizens to "own" their businesses while the government dictates nearly every aspect of their operations isn't "free market," it's fascist.
Yet both factions have exactly the same policy: to use the brute force of government to impose their own ideology on everyone else.
The people at the very top of the criminal enterprise that ordinary citizens have been trained to call "government" have become adjusted to this status quo. Since neither can gain the total control they truly desire they're willing to divvy up the loot amongst themselves.
That means their primary goal is to keep the loot coming. What political form the government takes is irrelevant.
It also explains why people outside the status quo, the Ralph Naders and the Ron Pauls, are vilified as extremists and radicals; they threaten that status quo.
No government that continues to deliver the loot stolen from the masses into the hands of the ruling classes will ever be allowed to shut down.
The only solution is libertarianism's Zero Aggression Principle; once everyone is stripped of coercion they're welcome to spout all the ideology they want.
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