Franklin Roosevelt said, regarding events during the Great Depression, “Better the occasional mistake of a government that cares, than the constant omission of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
The Obama Administration seems to be trying to do the things needed doing for our country. But there are many who seem to be not only blocking every initiative, whether it be a jobs program, a public-private partnership to repair infrastructure, immigration reform, gun safety laws or providing health care for the uninsured. The constant obstruction is bad enough, but these same individuals, unfortunately from the fragmented Republican Party, are also constantly trying to create fear and crisis in the American public. The moment these individuals run into a brick wall, as happened with the government shutdown when it was realized, after almost three weeks, that they could not do what they thought they could do, they immediately brought out all the crazies, again, and started in, again, on the NSA ‘scandal’, the Benghazi ‘scandal’, the ACA rollout ‘scandal’, and whatever else they can scrape up that would turn attention toward the Presidency and away from their own behavior.
There are many who would ask what sort of behavior the Republican Party is really exhibiting? Our concern is that the Republican Party has become like a snake swallowing its own tail, at a time when we need discussion and dissent and intelligent decisions in our government. In other words, we need a credible Republican Party to keep the Democratic Party balanced and credible as well. And you cannot create credibility by simply creating and/or promoting one crisis after another.
When enough voters wake up and find reasonable candidates to replace as many as possible of the GOP House and Senate members who either sponsored the government shutdown or simply went along for the ride at our country's expense, then and only then will the GOP realize that lies don't work, doing nothing doesn't work, and that the American voters simply want a government that works for them. It is, after all, OUR government, yours and mine.