- Posted October 1, 2013 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
THIS IS NOT FAIR!!!
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Up until now, I was thinking maybe Obama should give in a little...if this many Congressmen don't want Obamacare, then maybe it's worth reconsidering...then it hit me. We have a system in place to change laws and all this drama is because of a small faction of Republicans who are not following the system they swore to uphold. Obama, keep holding fast!
So...CNN asked me some questions about my last iReport that made me think a little more:
I was inspired to write the last article because I am fed up with what's going on with the current shutdown. I felt confused and wanted a simple explanation so I created the iReport.
My message to Congress would be this "To the House Republicans that are holding the government hostage... Obamacare passed fair and square through the legal political process. The majority of Americans voted for those in power who passed it. Your repeal of it is has not passed because there is not enough American support to repeal it. You lost the battle. If you truly think it's not a good policy then get more Republicans in power to change it. Until then, stop pouting and give the !@#$ thing a chance. If it works, then we're better off. If it doesn't work, then maybe enough Americans will be motivated to elect more of you in power to repeal it. In either case, it's only fair to move on and focus on making the best of it for now."
This impacts me and those close to me. I work for a consulting firm in DC where the majority of our clients are federal. Many of my employees have received a stop work notification. If there is not enough work occurring, then we're not needed. My wife works for an educational non-profit that receives government funding. What will happen to her and the kids she serves?
My biggest complaint with the shutdown is that people are not fighting fair; they are not following the system they created. We have 3 branches of government: Judicial, Legislative, and Executive. We learned that as children. A small faction of conservatives did not win because they did not have enough support in those 3 branches. Now they are trying to do whatever they can to hold on and are fighting dirty instead of using the system they created. Over the course of history, political power has been an ebb and flow. This is a natural and healthy cycle for America. However, this conservative faction is acting like spoiled brats and it's making all Americans look bad. Take a risk. Support the President who was elected by the majority of Americans, unify the country, and if things flop THEN you can blame liberals, and people will more readily support a more conservative President next time. If it doesn't flop, then we're all better off!
When I first heard about the pending shutdown, I was confused. I didn't understand why the shutdown occurred. I thought both sides were being stubborn. Then I realized that it was a small faction of the conservative side that is holding the budget hostage. Then I became infuriated at the thought that someone would "hold onto the keys" because they didn't like the direction the majority voted on going. That made no sense to me. If the majority voted on turning left, then turn left and if it's in the wrong direction then learn from it, course correct, or turn around and go right. What upsets me the most is that i seriously doubt the average American understands this concept of why the government is shutting down.
There has been too much emphasis in the media on who's to blame. More plain speak is needed. Currently the different factions of Congress are married to each other. When married, the last thing you want to do is blame the other partner. "Working together" looks like this: talk through your separate concerns, come to a compromise, and move forward together. If you can't come up with a compromise then the side that will have to deal w/ the most repercussions makes the call. For example, if we're at a fork in the road and my wife wants to go left and I want to go right, if I'm the one that has to deal with the danger if we go the wrong way then I get to make the call. Your partner should support your call and if it doesn't work out, you both learn from it or they make the call next time. If Obamacare doesn't work it's the President that will deal with the majority of the heat, so let him make the deciding call, but as a country we elected him and must support him.