Partisan bickering is something we have all become exasperatingly accustomed to. As one of my friends noted, they look a lot like preschoolers quibbling over a ball. As true as that often is, the government shutdown is one of those rare instances where something of value really is happening in Congress — someone is finally taking a stand.
As a military wife I am thrilled to see members of Congress having the courage to stand for the same principles my husband puts the uniform on every day to defend. And I urge you to stay the course. Don’t give in to the Democrat shutdown.
Yes, I said Democrat shutdown. Let’s be honest, the Republicans didn’t shut down the government. There aren’t enough Republicans in either house who are principled enough to have the guts to do it. It wasn’t the Republicans that forced the government shutdown, it was the Senate — Republicans and Democrats.
And for what? An impersonal, inadequate government-run healthcare system that, I can already tell you from experience, doesn’t work?
The president gave some flowery speeches on his healthcare mandate — parading emotional stories that tugged at our heartstrings, but he left out a lot of key information.
Information like, how long it takes to get a “same day” appointment or the fact that many doctors won’t accept government insurance programs because the government is notorious for not paying their bills. People have the mistaken idea that “free” healthcare means everyone will get top quality healthcare at little or no cost.
As one who already participates in government-run healthcare (through the military) I can assure you, the president is grossly misrepresenting the benefits of Obamacare and purposely leaving out the myriad of negatives — and more and more people are waking up to the realities of this every day .
My husband was one of those who received a letter from the president saying “it’s not you, it’s them.” Well “them” is us. We support the defunding of Obamacare 100 percent no matter the cost. And there is a cost.
Our family recently returned to the continental U.S. from an overseas tour. We are in the final stages of the loan process for a Veterans Administration home loan which has been stalled due to the shutdown. My parents, who live with us, are on a very fixed income based mostly on Social Security benefits. My son is employed full-time at a national park which is now closed. Tuesday the base commissary closed indefinitely and there is a very good chance we will lose the low rate we locked in on our VA home loan if the shutdown continues.
Our family is just one of the families being personally hit by this shutdown and in spite of it, I am fervently pleading with Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and those members of Congress standing with them to stay the course.
Yes, it pinches and it pinches hard but I would much rather be pinched than suffocated. And that is exactly what Obamacare would do.
For three years the American people have tried everything in their power to stop Obamacare.
Then, just when all seemed lost and there was nothing left we could do, two Senators — a Democrat and a Republican — stepped forward with an idea.
In spite of the President’s claims that this is a partisan issue, the political parties have nothing to do with it. This is simply a modern day version of David and Goliath. There are only two parties in our government today — the Government and the People.
Republican and Democrat mean very little anymore. But there are a small group of lone wolf conservatives in both parties who really are trying to do the right thing. They ran for office, not for a job or an expense account. Because, like my husband, they believe in America and what she stands for. Those “lone wolves” are the voice of We the People and they aren’t the ones that shut down the government; they are just the ones that stood up to it.
I have heard a lot of speculation as to why more members of Congress aren’t standing up with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to defund Obamacare. The reason is actually much simpler than most people think. Congress has degenerated to an adult version of high school and no one wants to be “the nerd”.
When you’re in high school everything is about high school — how popular or unpopular you are. Nothing else matters. Everyone wants to be the cute cheerleader or the star football player. But when high school ends and the real world hits you in the face, the star football player is the one mowing the nerd’s yard, not the other way around. And when reality hits the fan on Obamacare, Congress will realize Ted Cruz and Mike Lee weren’t the nerds, they were the heroes.
Mark Twain once said “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
For whatever reason those of you in Congress are on the band wagon now, I urge you to stay the course. Do not allow the President to hold you hostage. Don’t give in to the Democrat government shutdown. Defund Obmacare and I assure you, in the eyes of millions of Americans just like me, you will not be the nerds, you will be the heroes.
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