The recent government shutdown demonstrates that there are some glaring issues that exist between Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are so stubborn that neither was willing to make concessions in order to reach a decision. On September 29, a day before the last day of the United States Government’s fiscal year, Paul Krugman published an op-ed article for the New York Times called Rebels Without a Clue. In this article, Krugman blames radical Republicans for being stubborn, and for shutting down the government in order to persuade President Obama to stop implementing health care reform.
An online Political Typology quiz, by PewResearch, classified me as a ‘Post-Modern.” This positions me exactly in the middle of the two political extremes-‘Staunch Conservatives’ and ‘Bystanders.’ Krugman’s article gave me a unique perspective on the issue, but my reaction to it aligns with my post-modern stance.
Although I do not agree that Republicans are solely to blame for the shutdown, the article demonstrates to me how complicated our political system actually is. Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around politics and understanding both parties’ viewpoints; however, after reading Krugman’s article, I immediately connect the issue at hand to a popular book series—The Hunger Games.
In The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, children from various districts fight against each other until one individual is left standing to be named the tribute. The Hunger Games are an every-man-for-himself type of competition. Even though participants may form strategic alliances to get to where they need to be, in the end there can only be one winner.
I feel as though this concept is essentially what is happening between Democrats and Republicans, which is why the government is at a standstill. Neither side is willing to give in to the other, which prevents them from making decisions. The Hunger Games, however, is not representative of real life. Democrats and Republicans need to learn to compromise. This is not an every-man-for-himself type of competition, but rather a government system that requires concessions from both ends in order to be successful.