- Posted October 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough – Day 13 – How Did This Happen?
I thought of that. I thought about how much our government needs a time out followed by a forced hand shake. Then I realized our government has a percentage of folks who don’t want to shake things or work things out. It seems that the disruption they are causing is exactly what they want. Then I wondered how one branch of our government became so broken because of just a relatively small group. It made me think of another situation in history and I realized just how easy it is for your government, country, and world to fall apart around you.
In the world’s not so distant past there was an organization that came about with reform minded focus and need on its mind. Its country, which had been embroiled in war for almost five years, was angry over the terms its surrender. The party, known as The Worker’s Party, started small with just over 100 members. However, with vibrant speakers and propaganda the party became powerful. They did not come to power overnight. It was done over time, piece meal, using contributed funds for leaflets and posters, all made up of mostly fictional propaganda. The reached out to those who were alienated, felt disenfranchised, and angry over their countries direction. In over a year their party grew into the thousands. For the next ten years the party grew in power through a multitude of means including disruption and intimidation. By year 15 of its existence the party has assumed power of its country through a dictatorship. Almost twenty years from its founding the Nazi party would go to War with the world. However, it was long before this that military campaigns and genocide were being carried out. Think about that for a minute. In twenty years an organization formed from a splinter group of extremists became a world power whose leader would go down in history as one of the most evil people to ever exist. And they did this, yes through intimidation and coercion, but also through the passive collusion of many of the citizens of German and eventually other European countries.
Now take a minute and consider what is happening with our shutdown and debt ceiling talks. Very few want a government shutdown. Fewer want the debt limit to not be increased. Most of our country wants a healthy Congress and for the budget issues to be worked out. Yet few, beyond internet posts and a handful of demonstrations, are really making any move to force Congress’s hand or share their voice in a proactive manner. Much of America is watching chaos reign like its Monday night football with no intention of acting. Literally, we as a country are about to let the global economy take a hit and most will do nothing even after it happens. Why? Only sociology and God knows why.
Does our government and more specifically Congress need a teacher to walk in, give time outs, and force handshakes? Probably would not hurt. But more importantly we as a country need to take a stand to not allow our system of government to be broken down by those who do not want to work across party lines, or any lines for that matter. If we are passive, we will eventually loose what we treasure most? If we are passive, we could lose everything.