We Dodged The Bullet, But they Still Have The Gun

We are now almost 24 hours past the votes that ended this nation‘s odyssey into irrational, damaging and costly governance.  Or should I say a lack of governance.  I have been following our political scene for over 50 years and while I have occasionally seen government act irrationally or stupidly, I have never seen anything like this.  Let’s take a closer look at what actually happened here.

A small group of ideological radicals, bent on making their point, regardless of any impact on  national security, the economy or individual livelihoods, successfully paralyzed our government.  I don’t need to provide analogies or metaphors.  We have all heard those ad nauseum.  The facts are the facts.  The question, therefore isn’t about what happened, but rather what we’re going to do about it.  Because, let’s be clear, these “true believers” are not going away.  Just take a little trip through history.  We can identify many such groups.  Some of them ultimately achieved national power, while others faded into the sewer of history.  Again, I don’t have to bore you with examples.  We are all aware that revolutions often start with a charismatic leader and a few committed followers, and end with a changed nation.  We may think they are nuts, but don’t make the mistake of dismissing them as a passing fancy.  They did shut down our government and almost throw the world economy into chaos.

We may have dodged the bullet this time, but they still have the gun.  While this effort has not ended in the way that they had hoped, be sure that they will make future efforts, and use what they have learned during this go around to perfect the next challenge to our nation and the world.  Remember, they do not view this last effort as a defeat, just the first battle in a war they plan to wage all the way through to 2016.

English: Starting position of a chess game. Ho...
English: Starting position of a chess game. House of Staunton Collector set. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We need to be ready to demonstrate, demand and  fund all attempts to defeat them at the polls and in the government.  We need to be as demanding and assertive as they are.  We need to hold our senators and representatives feet to the fire and not allow them to capitulate.  At the first sniff of another attempt to jeopardize our national and individual future we must confront and halt their efforts.  They are attempting to bend our system to meet their needs.  It is a corruption of our Constitution and our nation they profess to hold so dearly.   Though sometimes these battles take on the characteristics of a game of chess, be assured, this is no game.  They still have the gun, we can’t allow them to load it again.

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