By now most of us are aware that the government shutdown is over. Although, even though tragedy has been averted until at least February 2014 (that's when we will in all likelihood go through this whole exercise again) the true damage has already been done.
Did Congress preserve our countries Triple A credit rating? Yes. Did Congress put millions of government employees back to work? Yes. Will our veterans and senior citizens continue to receive the benefits and services that they deserve? Yes. All of the "measurable" effects of the shutdown have been reasoned out, money (as it were) is flowing through the government coffers again and it's back to business as usual.
The damage that has been done though is not really measurable. The damage is to our countries reputation. The damage is to the sparkling image that my ancestors and your ancestors worked so hard to polish. Around the world the United States government is seen as bunch of teammates on some sort poorly scripted Survivor-like reality show.
Let's meet the cast. Shall we?
First you have the host: President Barrack Obama. He clearly favors one team, let's call them the Heros. He wants them to win no matter what and is pulling their strings to push his agenda. Which in all fairness to him was the platform that he ran on, was elected and accomplished. Not only did he accomplish his agenda, but it was validated with his re-election.
Next, you have the Democrats in Congress, clearly the Heroes. Don't take the term "Hero" as my endorsement of their agenda, that is material for another post. No, these idiots are pushing their own agendas and are not willing to see anyone else's point of view. They think that the only way to solve problems is to throw money at it. And none of them seem to understand that this is money that we as a nation don't necessarily have.
Then you have the Heals, or rather Republicans in Congress. Again, this is merely a term that I've assigned to them because they come off as the "bad guys" here. They were willing to ruin our countries credibility, credit and stability over something that can't be fixed overnight.
Finally you have the Villains, the Tea-Party Republicans. They were the negative influence on the whole process. They were trying to be a disruptive force, which isn't always a bad thing, but this wasn't the time or the place. They egged on the party-line Republicans into being less sensible then was reasonable. Witness head Villain Ted Cruz's 21 hour 19 minute speech on September 24th and 25th. All he REALLY accomplished was running his mouth for almost an entire day and delaying due process.
And that's not the worst part. The reason that I say that this reality show is poorly written is because there is no ending. We get to relive the whole thing again in three months. All that our government managed to accomplish was a three month commercial break.
But worst of all, our government that is elected by the people, for the people and of the the people will do relatively little about this debacle. Sure, social media is filled with signs of outrage and proclamations, but the reality is when it comes to brass tacks this whole scenario will be replayed over and over again, because we are country of second chances and we love to argue.