Unprecedented in our history, a law is being held hostage. A law; not a bill. One that was passed by the Senate and Congress, signed by the President and has been tested by the Supreme Court of the United States. The hostage takers have shut down our government, whose very operation is their job.
Much as I fear the effects of the shutdown, I firmly believe we cannot allow this behavior to prevail. What law will be held hostage next time? And I assure you one will. Will it be removal of the Civil Rights Act? Or laws protecting minorities? Or laws protecting women's rights?
Political Cartoon by Mike Luckovich
I know that some of you may not agree and that is your right. But I do encourage everyone to learn as much as possible about the consequences of this shutdown. Go to all reliable sources and get informed.
And then, regardless of your position, I urge you to contact your Representatives and Senators and let them know how you feel. If you have already done so, another contact won't hurt. You can find contact information about your Representatives at http://www.house.gov/ and your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/.
The voice of the people is crucial to an end of this standoff. Make certain your Congressman or Congresswoman knows you are from his/her district and that you vote. Write the others and tell them you are from his/her state. Don't just rant and rave. Give honest talking points in a calm but determined manner. And try not to blow up when you get a canned answer as I have. Keep your eyes on the prize. You may think your one voice doesn't matter, but it does. E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.