Ever since I began taking political quizzes in middle school to see where our own political philosophies lie, I have consistently tested in the middle. Being in the middle is at times frustrating because the major news networks are usually one way or the other, and nothing in-between. When I do have time to watch TV or read an article, I feel as though there is just constant bickering, name-calling, and finger pointing. With this blogging assignment, I read both left and right wing articles in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the government shutdown. Besides each side calling the other names, they both claim that the other won’t compromise and that they’re behavior is foolish.
Only one article by conservative columnist Byron York, did not make me roll my eyes the entire time while reading. It spoke about a private interview conference held by a GOP Representative, expressing his opinion and understanding of the situation.
It was the beginning of the article that grabbed my attention. The article opened up saying that the congressman held the meeting on the condition he remained unnamed and only referred to as a House lawmaker. It struck me as sad that someone who wants to speak frankly about the shutdown chose to remain unnamed due to the hostility within each party.
In the meeting, the Representative made a great historical comparison between the current government shutdown, and the Battle of Gettysburg:
“I would liken this a little bit to Gettysburg, where a Confederate unit went looking for shoes and stumbled into Union cavalry, and all of a sudden found itself embroiled in battle on a battlefield it didn’t intend to be on, and everybody just kept feeding troops into it. That’s basically what’s happening now in a political sense. This isn’t exactly the fight I think Republicans wanted to have, certainly that the leadership wanted to have, but it’s the fight that’shere.”
As he continued speaking, he explained the different issues leading up to the shutdown, including the Cruz campaign, and different concessions over Obamacare that he had expected to occur but remained to be unresolved. The Representative also said he never imagined we would end up in a government shutdown.
In summary of the meeting York wrote, “What became clear after an hour of discussion was that the House Republican leadership’s position at the moment is the result of happenstance, blundering, and a continuing inability to understand the priorities of both GOP and Democratic colleagues.”
I really enjoyed this article because it did not blame one side or the other. Instead, the Representative pointed out flaws of each party. The article left me desiring to know whom the Representative was, so that I could appreciate a thoughtful lawmaker.