Get the Shutdown Story Right

OK, so this isn't really about "saving the world" so much as saving the country, the U.S. But it is about feeling empowered to act.

Friends, like you, I have been watching the political wrangling between House and Senate regarding our national budget as the October 1st deadline loomed.  The Republican-controlled House kept passing versions of the budget that include attempts to weaken the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Democrat-controlled Senate kept rejecting them.  This continued as we lurched towards a government shutdown, and then finally on Tuesday slipped over the brink.  You might be feeling powerless about this situation right now, as we citizens have been powerless to stop many things that have happened in and by our government.  

But there is one very important thing that you can do, that ANYONE has the power to do, and that is to make certain that the story of this shutdown is being told correctly. 

  • This is NOT "partisan gridlock." 
  • This is NOT "Congress needs to grow up." 
  • This is NOT "Both sides are equally wrong." 

By allowing the continuation of such false equivalencies, we encourage the House Republicans to do what they are doing, which is hold the country hostage.  This is one party in one house of Congress, which had unsuccessfully tried 42 previous times to overturn a lawfully enacted piece of legislation that has been upheld by the Supreme Court.  They can't overturn it outright because they don't have the votes.  And they don't have the votes because U.S. citizens decided in the last general election that Republicans aren't doing a very good job of representing their interests.  So now House Republicans are resorting to trying to extort the Senate and President into dismantling the ACA by letting you suffer during the government shutdown - holding we the people hostage, particularly the most vulnerable among us.  They are counting on you to get so angry at "Congress" in general that the Democrats feel compelled to cave on a lawfully enacted and upheld piece of legislation designed to make health care more afforable to the U.S.American people.  Do not let this behavior go without consequences.  Blaming all of "Congress" lets the perpetrators of this mess off the hook and just encourages them to do more of the same.

  • When you hear friends and family blame the shutdown on "Congress," correct them.  Make sure that they know the fault lies with House Republicans. 
  • When you see the media refer to the problem as "partisan," correct them.  Comment on their website; write a letter to the editor; call in to their radio show.  Make sure that folks know the fault lies with House Republicans.
  • Use the hashtag #GOPshutdown on twitter.

Because the only way that politicians can be held accountable for their actions is if they are identified.  There are many things that we seem to have no control over. But together we do have the power to do this.  The government shutdown is the fault of House Republicans. Get the shutdown story right and make sure that everyone knows it.

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