Today while sitting in the Dentist office, the kids noticed that AFN (the Armed Forces Network- our source for American news and entertainment overseas) was not playing cartoons. Instead, there was a message stating AFN is off the air.
It’s a small price to pay, considering the hurt around us.
Today while teaching art class, one of the little girls told me “the Government was not doing the right thing, and was broken and shutdown”. This meant her “Daddy got to be home all day, which was good, but Mommy and Daddy are sad, so it’s bad.”
Bug said today “they can’t do that! They are supposed to do what the people want, and the people want the government to work!”
But then again, maybe the American People don’t care either.
Why are Americans taking this?
Why is the shutdown not “trending now” on my twitter and yahoo feed, but Bigfoot and Jay-Z are?
The politicians in DC seem to think this is a game. We can shut down the government. We can close offices, and furlough workers, and stop everything. What an amazing power move.
Right now, there are real families hurting.
Someone told me today that she felt like her family was being used as a “pawn”- and they are. After years of service and dedication to this country, they have become pawns in a sick game.
Do they deserve that?
Real families are going to bed tonight with pits in their stomach because they don’t know how they will pay the mortgage this month.
Savings accounts are being depleted.
Families without savings are choosing between paying their debts, or feeding their families.
Of course, they will choose their families, which will lead to lasting consequences in their credit score.
These are real families. These are people, not pawns.
And as of today, if Facebook, twitter, and yahoo are any indication, the American People have also forgotten about these families.
You may have a job today. You may know your bills will be paid this month. You may not be sitting in a foreign country, with nothing but broken promises from a failed government. In Germany today, there are thousands of (American) Government employees who have no idea how they are going to pay their rent. Their are soldiers who are not going to be able to train effectively without budgets, and will be sent into battle anyways. In the United States, There are small businesses who can’t get loans. There are large companies who are loosing business every day. There are able bodied workers going without pay.
There are deadlines and debts this country has looming on the horizon- if you don’t think the consequences of this will trickle down and effect you, you’re dead wrong.
Frankly, I hope you are worried about more than just the effect on you.
I hope you are mad. I hope you see the failings of our leadership and know we can’t just let this go. We have people leading this country who are willing to play with the life, liberty and freedom of real families. Men, Women and Children who work their butts off for this country. We have people leading this country who need to know they are not going to get away with shutting down our country unchallenged.
They need to know we are not pawns in their game.
Please don’t sit there, and wait for this to pass. Don’t let this shutdown happen without standing up and expressing exactly how you feel about it.
You can call your congressman or representative.
You can write the editor of your paper.
You can follow the news and be informed.
You can donate to your local food bank (because if this continues much longer, you know they’ll need it)
You can protest in the streets.
You can do anything.
America was founded on the idea that the individual can make a difference.
So, let’s make a difference. The kids understand the need, do you?