Something occurred to me today while I was driving home. Well, driving is an understatement for what I was doing. Where I live, there are so many bad drivers that you don't so much drive as you just try to avoid getting hit. Usually while sandwiched between a car driven by someone who has all the time in the world, and someone who must be both giving birth AND on fire. One guess at which person is in the car in front of you, and which one is in the car behind.
Anyways, I managed to have time to think about political garbage. But I can't for long, I just end up ranting. Partially because the government is shutting down. For such an incredibly stupid reason. One party won't compromise, and the other one thinks it's special enough that it doesn't have to follow the rules. You know, the ones we used for the first 200 or so years of this country's existence?
Majority parties have been doing what they want like this for centuries now. In fact, the majority party has acted like a bunch of dicks while in power since the country was founded. Too bad they don't remember what it was like to be in the minority, huh? In fact, there were actual gunfights between politicians on a few occasions because of stuff like this. Hmmm there's a way to fix this. A shootout.
But the minority party having a hissy fit and shutting everything down is a recent idea. They are doing this because they want to skip getting democratically ELECTED, and just change the law. Who cares how they do it? And who cares that going around the law like this could end up screwing just about anyone in the future? Wouldn't it be ironic if the Democrats used a stunt like this to ban guns? Not a GOOD thing, just ironic.
Another thing: the 'we don't like what the government is going to (make us) do, so we're taking our ball and going home' approach has been tried before. Historians refer to it as the 'Civil War'. In the end, it didn't go very well for the country, especially the people who decided to try it. Perhaps there is a lesson to be found somewhere in that.
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I wonder if the Republicans will be surprised when the same stunt gets pulled on them, when they are in power. Knowing the stupidity level of politicians in Washington, I doubt it.
It's about the fight now, not what they are fighting for. And this isn't about my stance on the issues, it is about people lying to us for years- and getting away with it. Pop quiz: which party, if every one of their members agreed to ban abortion, could do it tomorrow?
Hint, it starts with an R. They control the Supreme Court (and have for years). They could also avoid the shutdown, so you can't even use that as an excuse. So, a political party spends years talking about banning abortion, then they get the power to do it. End of story, right?
Funny thing is, nothing has been done. You would think that overturning a Supreme Court decision would be pretty easy- when you control more than half of said court. I wonder why no one else gets that.
Second quiz. Which 'antiwar' party has been trying their hardest to bomb the hell out of people for the last two months?
Anyone who defending either group is a partisan hack or a talking head. Maybe there's an issue they are obsessed with, and one party claims they care about it too. How any issue can make those clowns seem important is lost on me though.
But, on the bright side, the government is shutting down. So they can't mess anything up for a while...