I was identified as a post-modern. Apparently this means I am environmentally conscious, socially liberal, and watch the Daily Show on a regular basis. All of this is correct. Essentially the quiz pinned me as a tree hugging, peace loving, white college student from the suburbs. I’d be offended if it wasn’t accurate.
In general, post moderns favor diplomacy and discussion over force and conflict. So when it comes to the federal government shut down, post moderns are not in favor of the irrational way Congress has been acting. I have to agree. It seems absurd to me that a group of people elected to serve in the best interest of citizens have decided to shut down the government. Think about that sentence. Imagine if company executives couldn’t come to an agreement and just decided that the company was no longer going to work. They would be FIRED and replaced with people COMPETENT enough to do the job they are paid to do. Here is my opinion: sorry to everyone who didn’t want the bill to pass. It passed. The Supreme Court approved it. That is how our legislative system works. You do not get to shut down the government like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum because you do not like the outcome.
(The Statue of Liberty is not having it either.)
I searched for a source that could explain why anyone would see this situation as acceptable. I found this Forbes article. The article explains that defunding a law that is detrimental to the country is better than promoting that all laws should be funded indefinitely. Right now, we fear a Congress that will defund any law that it slightly dislikes. Our response is to say that Congress should not be able to defund laws. Therefore everything should be funded, which would mean increasing the debt ceiling. But “isn’t the ultimate threat to democracy an enforced vow, that once one hapless collection of Members or another votes to spend money on something important, that we have to pay for forever?” The article argues that if members of Congress think that if a law “is horrible (like, a truly inexcusable mistake with real, rotten, and lasting bad consequences) then they’re in dereliction of their political duties not to try to take the money away.” Basically, if Congress needs more time to deal with a law that they think is going to be disastrous to the country, then a government shutdown is acceptable.
I think that if Congress was truly trying to defund the law for the sake of the country, and that the law was going to destroy America as we know it, then go ahead and shut down the government until you figure things out. It has happened 17 times in the past, provoked by extremely polarizing topics, according to this Washington Post article. But it is my sense that the opposing party is selfish reasons. The law was approved by Supreme Court justices that were elected mostly by Republican presidents, despite the fact that Republicans are currently trying to defund the law. I trust the court’s decision and it seems to me that the nation’s welfare is no longer the priority of Congress, the shutdown is unfounded, and this is a pathetic excuse for what our government was created to do.