I've been debating all day whether or not to blog about the government shutdown. I've been all over facebook and twitter, and I normally don't talk about "hot button" issues here, but this is beyond that.
This is wrong.
It is wrong that Congress is throwing a temper tantrum because they didn't get what they want. Congress has been compared to a kindergarten class, but really, the kids are behaving better.
It is wrong that people who have already been furloughed this
year have to suffer through this again because members of Congress can't
stop playing politics.
It is wrong that Congress is holding the country hostage - affecting people's livelihoods, while they continue to get paid.
It is wrong that the most bad ass move so far came from 90-year old veterans on an honor flight who were determined to see the WWII Memorial - even though it was shut down.
People are rallying. Social media has been crazy today, and even local businesses are taking action any way they can.
But we have to do more.
Politics can be a tricky business - even just discussing topics with friends can lead to arguments or hurt feelings. But now is the time to put that aside - regardless of whether you're a Democrat, Republican, or somewhere in between.
Do something - no matter how big or small.
Call your Congressman. Sign a petition. Share articles. Write a blog post. People's jobs, their careers, their homes, their families are being affected. This is at the very core of our lives - even if it's not directly affecting you, it probably is for someone you know.
So do something. The people responsible for this shutdown are not fixing it on their own. They need to hear from us - the people, their constituents, telling them this is wrong.
I've been listening to Sara Bareilles a lot lately, and I'm a little obsessed with one of her songs, "Brave."
Taking action can be a big and scary thing. But you can do it.
No matter how big or small.
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.