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For the first time in 17 years, America heads into the very real possibility of a government shutdown.
And, as happened 17 years ago, the shutdown will come at the hands of an unrealistic group of Republican office holders in Congress who have forgotten — as they too often do — that their first loyalty is to the people and not to the rabid right wing zealots who control their party and all too often place the United States of America in perilous times.
As the nation stumbles towards Monday night’s deadline like a drunken sailor, the zealots who have placed this nation at the brink of chaos pose more of a terrorist threat to the future of America than any AK-47 toting, Islam-sprouting thug.
Like most terrorists, the right-wing hoodlums who threaten the security of America misuse religion to try and justify their warped goals. They claim a following that doesn’t exist while spouting a philosophy based on lies and deceit. They pose as much — and perhaps even more — of a threat to the survival of America than any foreign enemy.
Because they claim to be Americans, they are — in fact — guilty of treason, subversion and crimes against the nation and they should be under arrest instead of walking the halls of Congress.
When the government last shut down, I was in Manila, working on an assignment for a client, and the front pages of Philippine newspapers and television stages treated the shutdown as an act of mutiny in a third world country.
Sadly, they were right. The pundits in Manila saw the shutdown for what it was — not as an act of democracy in a nation that claims to have a government representative of the people but instead as an act of war against the government by a mutinous group of politicians more intent on power than service to the people who elected them to office.
What I saw then in another country — and see today even more — is the sad fact that America has become a laughing stock to the rest of the world. We are a nation torn apart from the inside, controlled not by the vision of our founders but more so by the vary abuses of power that those forefathers fought and died to overcome.
America is not a Democratic Republic. It’s a shadow of its former self, controlled by power brokers who serve the rich and powerful and who don’t give a damn about the future of a nation they were elected to serve.
If the American government shuts down tonight, every member of Congress who supported and voted for the actions that led to that shutdown is guilty of treason against this country and should be arrested and tried as traitors.