- Posted October 14, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough – Day 12 – What If They Just Said No More?
I respect my government, and my President. I respect the office I hold. I respect the fact that as a government employee I have to check some of my rights and freedoms at the door. It is what I signed on for. I know that being a federal employee in this day and age is often a thankless job. I accept, though not happily, that as we find ways to be more fiscally responsible I must suffer through budget reductions, spending ceilings, pay freezes, and other similar cuts. I just want respect for the job I do and acknowledgment that I am more than unessential.
So what if all federal employees said enough? What if every federal employee in our country showed up for work? What if they all; peacefully, and ensuring no laws were broken, just drove to work one morning? What if they all showed up and stood outside the doors and gates of their offices, stations, and sites as if it was a normal business day and they were waiting for the guards to unlock the doors? What if they just stood there; no signs, flags, or banners, just them and their patience? What if they all, even if for only a moment in time, said we are all essential? What if they said “No more”?
Would it mean anything? Would it make a difference? Would anyone notice? Would it send the right message? The message that everything is not ok, and though our government can tell us not to work as federal employees, we refuse to sit back and act like it is ok. It is not ok. Put us back to work so we can continue striving to make a difference. No more fighting. No more posturing. No more communication breakdowns. No more excuses. No more shutdowns. No more.
I am not saying anyone should do this. But I do wonder.