I chose an article by Byron York. The name of the article was What Republican Rebels will do next in Shutdown Fight. This article did not really sway my view, but led to more worries than I had before. When taking the quiz I was told that I was a Libertarian, which is true. I usually consider myself to be an independent who leans more towards the republican side of things. However, what I have come to realize through this government shutdown is that no side is willing to negotiate. They are set in their ways and will do whatever it takes to get their way. It is no longer about what is good for the American public but one side doing whatever necessary to gain the upper hand.
Immediately I became worried about what the article was about because of the title. Republican rebels? What I understood by that was that this was a war within our federal government, which the article portrayed. The Republicans are now seen as a rebel movement who will do whatever it takes to stop Obamacare and most if not all of the Democratic ideas. And the Democrats are now seen as defending their prized possession and will not budge. Obama has repeated said that he will not budge when it comes to Obamacare. This is his crown achievement and he won’t let anything take that away from him.
What worries me about this article and the government shutdown in general is that it is no longer about the American people. Both Democrats and Republicans I feel have lost sight of what their job is, which is to represent the American people. No one is willing to compromise anymore. And both sides will sacrifice whatever necessary to ensure they are the “winner.” If the federal government cannot learn to compromise for the good of the American people then this government shutdown is just the beginning of many many problems to come.