“I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
- George Carlin
George Carlin's quote recently had me thinking while reading the news about the government shutdown. First of all not many people understand the facts about why the government shut down or really what it means. When I looked at different news channels this morning, all I saw was how the Republicans want to be obstructionists or how they have shut down government. Well, it's not true. First of all it's more of government slimdown. Essential services and the military are still up and running without any interference. Those services deemed non-essential like the parks have shut down. The news makes it seem as it we will be living in anarchy and the world will collapse with this shutdown. That's not true. The only collapse will be with those people who think we cannot live without total governmental rule.
Secondly, the Republicans don't want to shut down government. They just want to fund everything but the Affordable Care Act. It's the Democrats who won't sign a budget unless this totalitarian law is funded. Plus, the House has every right not to fund this law. It is the basis for the checks and balance system. If the executive branch becomes out of control, like with Obama, it can defund all those laws which are deemed not worthy of taxpayer money.
If the media actually told the truth, people would understand why we are in the predicament we are in.