Oct 1, 2013

Time to be brave

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.

6 comments:

Leah Campbell said...

Yes, yes, yes! This whole thing is ridiculous and infuriating and should really leave us ALL ashamed and wanting to take action, no matter what side of the political ally we are on.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good for you for putting words to the frustration you are feeling! It is frustrating to watch what is happening. Since I am in such a minority in the social media community, I don't think I could ever take to social media to express thoughts on it because I feel like I'd be on the receiving end of an onslaught of negative comments about me/my political affiliation. And I guess I am just not brave enough to face that. But I do think doing things like writing to my elected politicians to express my thoughts is right thing to do. I hope this shut down gets wrapped up very quickly.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Sigh. I don't like the kindergarten comparison, as you said- K kids usually behave way better than this. They can also usually be reasoned with and/or ignored, and don't all decide to have a temper tantrum at the same time. This is going to sound like an attitude of defeat (and I know there are some great politicians out there), but right now I just feel like we have way too many people making big decisions for all of us that are more about their own ego/party line etc, rather than about what is "best" for others. Maybe it's too much to ask since what is best for one may not be best for another...
I just find the whole thing frustrating and I'm grateful my job is not affected.

Nora said...

It's affecting my family and my small business already and it's making me sick. the phones are quieter, my top customers aren't so top right now and who knows when we'll see payments and etc. for services already rendered. The DoD is one of our largest customers so this really puts a strain on our company. It makes me sick and it worries me. We have already reached out to our House of Representatives personnel and Congresswoman. I hope it does something and that this ends SOON.

Mandy said...

This shutdown has be so pissed, I'm ragey. Its ridiculous and I'm worried for my friends who are already being negatively impacted by this. I've definitely emailed my congress people.

Amber said...

Well shoot. Typed up my whole comment and then deleted it! Anyways, this whole government shutdown thing completely confuses me because we never have had (or would have) something like this happen in Canada (that I know of anyways). We've had federal workers go on strike before (like our post office a couple years ago) but the whole government shutting down blows my mind. I'm also SO CONFUSED about why people don't want health care in the USA. Not that there aren't many issues with our healthcare in Canada, and trust me it's NOT completely free, but I definitely don't ever have to worry about not getting an x-ray if I think I have a broken bone because it would cost too much OR about having to save up thousands of dollars to have a baby. Once again, blows my mind why people are against better health care down there. The stories I've heard absolutely appall me and I would NEVER want to live in that situation.

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