My FB news feed has been overflowing with different photos and memes that use nonsensical references comparing the evil dark side of the government (whichever side you feel is more evil) to the morally superior correct side of the government (again whichever side you feel is the correct side). Both sides are dug in and the "base" of both sides are eating up the imagery and parroting back some of the vilest, devoid of logic, random crap I have read/seen in a long time. Instead of just telling your representatives to work together, you . . . yes YOU are feeding into this abomination of a spectacle, by "liking", re-tweeting, texting, and whatever the hell else people do to spread supposed "information" to others. The age of 24/7 news, the internet and the constant threat of politicians being re-called, impeached, voted out, etc. etc. over doing the right thing and working together to meet in the middle is ridiculous and is what lead us to this point. If a politician so much as blinks you see people turning on and threatening them with “firing” them. Whatever happened to teamwork, not talking badly about your rival and respecting their point of view? The so called "other side" is not the enemy or terrorists or murders or whatever other crap I have read. They are patriotic Americans who are serving or attempting to serve their country but YOU the voter won’t let them. It disgusts me to hear so called educated people use terms that invoke instant negative visuals “a bomb strapped to their chest”, “holding us hostage”, “they have a gun to our head” but that’s the crazy rhetoric the noisy minority want to hear from their politicians. Both sides want what is best for the country and the system has worked by letting the far right comes to the middle and the far left comes to the middle by working together. . . YES TOGETHER! This is not a winner takes all battle we are not at war (some FB memes would want you to think otherwise) with the other side. We need to tell OUR government to work together to solve this and not work against them by telling them to not “back down or you are fired”. One side or both sides will need to budge but how can they with the constant threat of being removed from congress?
I am a government employee one of the so called “lucky” who is still working and I probably will not get paid until the shutdown is over since the people that process and approve payroll are furloughed however I am not that concerned about that. It is what it is. What I am concerned about is the debt limit increase that is needed in the next few weeks. That is what truly scares me, if they can't get a CR passed (not even a real budget) how are they going to come together on a real issue? This mess is caused by the American people and can only be solved by the American people, please let congress do their job. Turn off the political rhetoric that tells only one side, stop liking posts/photos that spread hate, half facts, no fact, false analogies and everything else that causes a divide. Write your congress person and ask them to represent you and act in a manner that you want someone YOU have a conflict with to act. Yes, I want people to think about how they want the other side to act in a perfect world and then act that way! That is how we should all act and then maybe, just maybe we could create a world where people are respectful of each-others views, where name calling would not be tolerated and most importantly where things get done. Is that too much to ask?
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