posted on Oct, 2 2013 @ 04:18 PM
I came to the United States from England to join my Bostonian wife several years ago; I am still not taken by either side in US politics. I have
always felt that the state's is like any other developed country on Earth, good in some ways and bad in others. However, I have always thought that
it was a civilized nation with benevolently oriented civil values.
Therefore, the current circumstances are dismaying to say the least, particularly when those effects of political wrangling affect my life and the
lives of people I care about. The opening post states some very specific misconceptions about what is going on and what the situation is. The scribe
seems to be under the impression that only certain people are affected and apparently... I quote, "deserve it."
The perceived ideology seems to be that only a couple of hundred thousand government 'blue meanies will have to endure some inconvenience. That
concept apparently is acceptable to a deserving sacrifice for these evil minions of chaos. The proposition being, that the few rotten bureaucrats who
just tax us all anyway, will just "miss a paycheck or two."
While I accept that the writer does not represent all of us here and our conceptions and opinions, I do not see anyone else expressing an alternative
view or a clearer understanding. Which can only imbibe me to believe that the same ideas are at least partially agreed with.
It may be true in some case, that some of the blue meanies do deserve it. There are always bad eggs in any given organization, the current
administration tends to be hiring the wrong sort of people to do the jobs. There is also a very poor level of internal policing of the manner in which
policies are interpreted and applied and trained. That is not to say that still a great many people within those jobs are not actually trying to do
their best for others also.
We tend to only see the bad ones on the tube videos and web sites. Mainly, because their antics and bad behavior, challenges the laws and society,
they are 'supposed' to be responsible for. Hence, their actions are as criminal as any criminals. Nevertheless, most people in the jobs are just
ordinary people, trying to earn an honest days pay for an honest days work.
The problem is, that many people are blinded as to exactly what constitutes a federal employee paid position. Well... my wife happens to be one of
those people under that edict. I'll tell you what she does, she's an ER nurse. My wife was a commander in the US navy and wanted to come to give her
medical skills to native American peoples.
For the past several years, she has been acting upon that dream, she just happens to be paid by the federal government. The nature of the job means
that she is constantly exposed to danger herself, from exotic diseases, to dangerously violent people and situations. Throughout, and during which she
attempts to save people's lives.
My wife has been punched, and suffered back injury trying to do just that. No re-compensation, no recognition by the public, just a federal job on the
res. She suffers the traumatic stress constantly of seeing small children dying in assaults and vehicle accidents, which of course, it is then my job
to try to help her deal. We love the local culture, and She has become an honorary medicine woman for the hospital.
She comes from a long family line of Navy people, her father having been the flight deck director who dispatched Senator McCain on the day he was shot
down (does that make him a blue meanie of the dark side; I don't know!). Her parents are all buried with full honors in Arlington's cemetery, and
she will also be buried there herself with full honors at the end of her days.
Now of course, she is under financial threat from the administration shut down. Many people with whom she works are also under the same shadow. These
are often people with their own problems of need for medication, single and pregnant mothers who need to feed their families. People who have to pay
rent for their own reservation accommodation.
So, apparently my wife who is one of these evil minions of chaos, will miss a paycheck or two and supposedly... 'deserves it'. That same, must also
go for the many, many other federal employees throughout the US and abroad. The vast range of people whose jobs range from administration to cooking,
medical actions and other life-saving tasks. They now have to go through all of the stress, the extra unbearable stress of no pay for their families
and the stress of their job.
They cannot speak out in forms like this; they are held by their oaths and the requirements of the organizations they represent. Oaths to which they
feel loyal and accountable. The same to which the administration itself is 'supposed' to be committed. They seem to have gained an inability to
actually carry out that simple task and now people must suffer.
But is it only the blue meanies who are carrying the weight of pain, no... it is not. Remember, those same organizations need money to keep going and
buy stocks or supplies. It is my wife who has to tell someone whose little child or grandmother has been lost to them that the proper supplies may not
be available. To inform them that the right care is not up and running right now. People (will) die during this shut down (emphasis... will), and
millions, (millions) of contractors will be canceled and not paid.
That seems to extend somewhat the concept of a couple of hundred thousand blue meanies being inconvenienced. Now we see that many millions of lively
hoods will be affected. Lives will be ruined; livelyhoods lost, and even lives lost. The effects will be felt for some people for decades.
So... everyone on the web is obviously happy with the changing events, Congress is still getting two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year. I like
the United States, you can tell because I haven't gone home yet. I would like to see the nation doing what is should be doing, simply supporting
people to live their lives and supply the service to them that the law expects.
That is the administrations' job, not to increase power bases, but instead to serve the public. It is what the words 'public servant' is defined
by. The argument over healthcare can be fought separately without sacrificing the lively hoods of veteran skilled people. The same people who have
families and other people to pass their skills onto.
Hence, instead of insulting people with ignorance try to show some support. The people who exist and will suffer these next few months. Just thank god
that you are not one of them and hang your heads a little in somber sympathy; for those who are giving that sacrifice for what we hope will work out
for the best.
My wife is a veteran, a loyal American, and is dedicated to saving lives everyday, now she just has a lot more stress than before. I hope everything
comes back to normal in the United States and my wife, and I can get our lives back to normal. We are about to enjoy our seventh American anniversary;
it would be nice to enjoy that in a happy, friendly environment. Thank you.