by Jean McCamy
It’s so embarrassing. We have international visitors and here is the United States with its pants down, oops, no, sorry, with its government down. Not exactly an easy little faux pas to ignore or explain away, is it?
I frankly can’t think of any explanation for how a group of well-educated, well-paid, well-dressed, well-fed, well-coiffed (etc.) men and woman in Washington can make such a bloody mess of things. I suppose there are a few blameless souls up there, but they are certainly inconsequential and well hidden right now.
There are, of course, two ways to look at the mess, and my view is that we have a law that was passed by Congress and vetted by the Supreme Court and the job of our lawmakers is to put their heads together and make sure it is implemented in the most beneficial way for the American people.
I doubt any of us think every law on the books is perfect, but that doesn’t mean that a few people, elected or not, should be able to say they’re not going to follow the rules as written and they won’t play the game unless they can throw out the rules they don’t like and make up all new ones, especially when it affects so many people
And, as terrible as it is for people to be out of work and agencies to be closed and people to be inconvenienced, it’s certainly not fair for a few people, elected or not, to decide to tweak the system and give back a few pieces of candy, but keep the rest of the box out of reach until they get their way.
And I don’t think it is the President’s job to let them get their way by acting juvenile and irresponsible and throwing hissy fits. In my book, that’s not even good parenting, much less good governing.
Anyway, we are enjoying our English visitors who are confounded by the shenanigans in Washington, and we are grateful that the government shutdown is not directly affecting their visit. Lots of other tourists are not so lucky.
—Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.