A comment on someone’s Facebook status today read:
WOW being held hostage by our own president ” REALLY”
Grammar and punctuation aside, this is exactly what’s wrong with the situation. There’s no accountability for those responsible, because too many people remain happily, blindly uneducated about what’s really going on. This isn’t the outcome of an uninformed electorate though; this is willful, antagonistic political stupidity worn as a sandwich board in the middle of the street. It’s the equivalent of #TeamEdward or #TeamJacob, except it’s #TeamRepublican and it’s fucking terrifying.
This isn’t a fucking game, people. This is a nation founded on principles, laws, and checks and balances. A piece of legislation passed both branches of congress, was signed by the president, and was later upheld by the Supreme Court. The president who used that legislation as his central platform won two elections with a majority of both the popular and electoral vote. That. All. Happened.
Now, a group of Republican lawmakers has effectively shut down the government all because something that has been vetted every possible way by the American system didn’t go their way. They are throwing a temper tantrum and blocking the escalator in the middle of a crowded mall because somebody else got a Playstation 3 when they wanted an Xbox 360. Or rather some other outdated, bloated and expensive piece of hardware. Maybe a Sega CD.
People, wake the fuck up and hold the right people responsible. Stop listening to the 24-hour news cycle. Stop regurgitating talking points. Become educated. Stay informed.
And if you see a Republican congressman, punch them in the motherfucking face.