If you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you might not know that our government has shutdown. Hell, even if you are living under a rock, you still probably know. It is the talk of the town; every town. I realize that this is a personal finance blog, but there are times when I just have to get things off my chest.
We have seen our “leaders” in the government completely fall apart these past few years. The government shutdown showdown was really the straw that broke the camels back. Our elected officials have gone off the deep end and now they are just fighting back and forth.
This is the word that I am going to use to describe what is happening in our government. I am also going to describe our election process as insanity. For those that don’t know what insanity means, please use this perfect quote from Albert Einstein.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
If you read that quote, you know exactly what I am talking about. Our election process has become one of the biggest consumer affairs. Let me break this down a way that many would understand:
Most people out out and buy a brand name item from a store because they saw an ad for it on TV or online. Advertising is very effective in our culture, but most consumers don’t take time to research the product they are buying. Is the product actually right for you? Does it fill your need? Is there a better option out there?
These are just a few of the questions that most people should be asking themselves before they purchase said product. The problem is that most won’t. They just get sucked in by the advertising and they purchase. No research, whatsoever.
The same thing happens with our elections. The candidates market their “services” to us as we watch TV. You know what I am talking about when it comes to election season. The ads are out of control. The biggest issue is that there are too many people in this country that take those ads at face value. They hear it and that has become their truth. Many don’t take the time to research the claims or see what the candidate is really about. This is the downfall of our election system. People have stopped thinking for themselves. They have to be spoon-fed information.
I blame this problem on mainstream media and the proliferation of the internet. People hear what they want to hear, but never take the time to find out the answer for themselves. It is truly sad. This pushes the problem of people continually voting along party lines expecting something to change. This is insane. Why can’t we vote for the candidates based on what they will do for us? Why can’t we just vote for officials that we do what we “hire” them to do? If you vote only for those in your party because you “can’t” vote for someone in another party, you are insane. Yes, I said it. You are part of the problem!
It’s Time to GROW UP!
I don’t care who is Republican or Democrat, that is not the point here. The point is that both parties need to put on their big boy pants and get shit down. Stop getting in front of the camera and placing blame on other parties. This is ridiculous. Stop dividing this country in half and do your damn job. It is time to be an adult and do what you were hired to do.
If I acted like our Congressional representatives in my job, I would have been fired years ago. If I refuse to do what I was hired to do, my employer would can my butt and find someone else that is qualified. That is how the real world works. Why not Washington? Why is there a double-standard?
I was thinking about the current shutdown situation and I realized that each party is essentially just blackmailing the other party to get what they want. We hear it on the news every day and we just shake our head. We don’t think about it, but the last time I checked, blackmail is illegal. If you tried to blackmail someone else to get what you wanted, you would get arrested. Why can our “leaders” do this all day long and get away with it?
According to Bloomberg, 90% of House members were re-elected and 91% of Senate members were re-elected in the last election. Did you know it was that high? Remember my insanity quote above? This is exactly what I am talking about. Congress’s approval rating is at an all time low at 10%. Yet, we continue to vote in the exact same people that are causing these problems in our country. What the hell is wrong with us?
We all say we want change and we want something different, but when we exercise our right to vote for something new, we stick with the old crap that are already in. We can’t make a change if we continue to elect the same people that aren’t working now. Our unacceptable disdain for the other political party has gotten out of hand. Why can’t there be a happy medium? Why does it have to be either blue or red?
Our Nation Is Run By Children
I actually feel bad comparing our Congress to children because it is disrespectful to children. It is sad when you hear them talk and all you can think about it children fighting over a toy that they both want. The issue is that children just don’t know any better, but grown adults sure do. As a parent, I know that if my son would bicker like this because he didn’t get his way, he would be grounded. I wouldn’t accept this type of behavior. The extremely sad thing is that we accept this from our government. Not only do we accept it, but we not expect it. One word describes this: Unacceptable!
How can we expect our country to get anywhere when all we have is division? Children can’t possibly run a country and that is all we have representing us. We need to make a change and soon!
We The People
It is time that we the people take control of this dysfunctional system that money has created. It is not about Republican or Democrat, it is about what is right. We cannot have our officials holding the American public hostage when they want the other party to do something. We should NOT be the bargaining chip. We are not pawns in this game.
I would normally just let this kind of bickering go and say that it is just how it goes, but now it is affecting me. When you hold the government hostage because you want this or he wants that, then you affect me. I am losing money everyday that the government can’t get their crap together. When you make me lose money, you make me angry. I elect someone to represent me and to do their best to fight for me. I am not happy when they fall victim to the political machine and then just become another town crier.
The only way to make a change is to stop letting the political marketing machine run this country. We have to stop feeding on the marketing tidbits that are spoon-fed to us by each and every media outlet. If we really want to clean the slate, then we have to vote out every incumbent in our government and start fresh. I know that this will almost never happen, but this is what has to happen. We have to come together as a nation and stop running down the political dividing line. This is our nation and our voice has to be heard.
The only thing I have left to say is directly to our elected officials…..
Here is a great little video from the Daily Show just to hold you over until the shutdown ends.
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