Well, it looks like our long, national nightmare is over. The government shutdown has ended, and we can all go in peace. What? You didn't realize the government was shut down? Me either. They still took money out of my paycheck every week. Can we get a refund on that? No. Once the government has taken something, it stays took.
Unless you are a ranting, raving, narcissistic talking head on cable news, one of the 800,000 non-essential government employees (redundant, I know, but we'll get to that later), or a simple citizen attempting to view a national monument under the clear blue sky on government property, you would not have noticed that the government ceased operations for the last two weeks.
I wonder if that scares them?
Ratings on cable news are through the roof. Partisan politics will do that, and politics have never been as partisan as they are now. So much for the Great Unifier.
Somehow, politicians have managed to supplant lawyers as the most despised people in the country. Remember the old joke? How many dead lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Who cares, as long as they're dead. Thank you senators and congressmen, say the attorneys, you are the new punch line in every dead lawyer joke.
But they have come to an agreement, you say. No more will World War II veterans be prohibited from visiting the World War II monument in Washington D.C. Why would they be prohibited in the first place?
This land is your land, this land is my land, from California, to the New York islands.
It's not our land anymore people. It belongs to them, and we are just visiting. Does that seem right?
How about this idea of non-essential government workers? If they're not essential, why are we paying them? And make no mistake, we are, just as we are paying for the national parks we were prohibited from visiting, the historical sites that we couldn't get into, and the supposedly essential government employees that continued to burn the midnight oil negotiating this agreement to kick the can down the road, what, a few more years?
The most imminent threat to this nation, and its sovereignty, is debt. Politicians from both sides of the aisle continue to fight about how this borrowed money should be spent, but never about whether we should be borrowing the money in the first place. Until this changes, and we will have to force it to change, we will be facing another government shutdown, another armageddon, another battle for the soul of the nation, in about 6 months.
Welcome to the new normal. Are you happy with it? It's our fault. We voted for them.