Normally, I would have written an article about how vastly important it was that Ted Cruz continued to fight for Americans against Obamacare, and how he should be commended for his courage as a freshman senator to do this. Under normal circumstances, I probably would have come up with some clever, slightly nerdy title for it, too, like “Help Us, Ted Cruz – You’re Our Only Hope!” But honestly, I’m more than a little upset about the “Defund Obamacare Bill” being defeated, and the subsequent government shutdown.
So before I go too far off the rails here and write a scathing article about politicians in Washington and their arrogance, I think its time for a bit of a confession on my part. Recently I’ve become a little hot-headed about a lot of issues. If you follow me on Twitter, this would probably be obvious. But what I, and I would guess most people forget, is that politicians (for the most part) are not monsters. They are human beings made in the image and likeness of God, just as I am and just like we all are.
But, being human, they make mistakes. They have lapses in judgement like the rest of us. It just so happens that these lapses in judgement are typically more publicized than ours, and they affect millions of people across the country. That’s a lot of pressure for anyone, but this is why we elected our representatives to office in the first place: we believe them to have enough merit to hold the position, and we should hold them to this standard. When we look at the effects they’ve had on our country, it should be obvious that we need real hope and change. Now.
The current government shutdown is estimated to put 800,000 government employees out of work, and everything from food programs to public health is being affected. National parks and museums are temporarily being closed, and even the Statue of Liberty won’t be open to the public while the shutdown is in effect.
But the catch is that none of this was unavoidable. Every Senator who voted against the bill to stop funding for Obamacare willingly dismissed the American people and prompted this government shutdown. To be clear, Republican senators standing their ground didn’t cause the government shutdown. The unwillingness of others to compromise with them did. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have placed their own values above that of their constituents, and in doing so, have shown us where they really stand.
In reality, however, this is good. Now we can utilize a Republican solution to a Republican problem: let’s vote them out of office.
Madison made a great argument in Federalist Paper No. 62:
It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.
If you didn’t see an immediate connection to Obamacare when you read that, I would highly suggest that you learn more about the bill.
The point of bringing Madison into all of this? If you truly oppose what government is doing with regards to national healthcare and shutting down the government, and you want to be a true American, vote these people out. They don’t represent us, and they don’t deserve to hold the same offices as the great men and women before them that have championed the liberties of the people. The American system is unique in its ability for the people to check the powers of those they have elected; let’s not take these liberties for granted. We seem to have fewer and fewer every day.
Conner Dwinell | Hillsdale College | @ConnerDwinell