Sometimes even adults do not play nicely together. When it comes to our dominant political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats have never quite seen eye to eye. Their ongoing hate for one another is similar to the Hatfields and McCoys. It will always be there. The feuds, the threats, the evil looks and leers. The differences between the two parties is not a pretty sight. Patriotism is put on hold as each side demands to have their own way. It all came to a head this past week when the Republican party threw a temper tantrum and the government was shut down.
In efforts to defund Obamacare, the arguments grew escalated and tiresome. No solution was found other than to stop the government’s authority to spend money. The men and women we have put our trust in to lead this country, need to come to a meeting of the minds in order to get things moving again. The elephant in the room is alive and well and is not going to budge. The stubbornness of our leaders has demonstrated a lack of compassion to the American people as we struggle to survive. We elected officials to take care of our nation, but it seems as if they only want to keep the power to themselves. Too many cooks in the kitchen, every one has a special recipe or solution and no one wants to agree. The Republicans did not back down on the issue of government healthcare, known as Obamacare, and threw a temper tantrum.
The effects have been costly and inconvenient. At least the daily bills kept rolling in along with the junk mail, as the U.S. Postal Service operates as an independent business. Sadly, our National Parks have closed their gates to visitors, due to the shutdown, turning away disappointed citizens in hopes of seeing the Grand Canyon or Yosemite’s beauty. The ugly truth in a situation like this is the fact that someone will win and someone will have to lose. The fun and games of being a big wig in the nation’s capital can result in popped balloons of hope and too many games of pin the Tail on the Donkey. The finger pointing is disheartening to witness and respect for our leaders gets harder to muster up.
The Republican party has historically taken a stand with its conservative family values. It can claim one of the greatest, if not the greatest presidents of all time. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president and led our nation out of war and slavery. Down through the years, many other fine Republican leaders have emerged with strong opinions on economics, marriage, abortion and health care.
Sometimes it comes down to agreeing to disagree. As the Democrats keep calling “Red Rover, Red Rover, send your votes right over”, the Republicans offer a game of tug of war. The opponents will just have to battle it out as the Republican party throws another temper tantrum to get its way. Which ever side the voter is on concerning Obamacare, it has become a hospital bed housing a lingering illness. We need our elected officials to get back to business of making this land profitable and running again in good health.
Written by: Roanne H. FitzGibbon