But try to make sure people don’t die because they can’t go to the doctor, and a lot of those people who told us they knew better have decided to go for the nuclear option. Never mind that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. Never mind that the president who introduced it got re-elected by eight million votes. Never mind that the Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional. These zealots have disregarded all three branches of the government acting according to the document they claim to revere so much, and that’s still not good enough. And so here we are, with the government shut down. Except for those who shut it down. You better believe they’re still getting paid.
This is what we’ve come to: the politics of petulance. We’re seeing legislating done with all the maturity of an elementary school playground. Instead of reasoned debate, it’s the equivalent of saying, “No!” over and over again hoping someone agrees with you just to get you to shut up. It’s the philosophy of a child that is spoiled and thinks they can get whatever they want, and when they don’t, the only recourse is to scream at the top of their lungs until someone caves in. And now they’ve basically decided they hate their parents and they’re running away from home.
Well let them. As anyone who’s tried to deal with a kid throwing a tantrum will tell you, it’s foolish to engage them. Let them kick their legs and holler and cry and look like damned fools in the process. It might earn them points with the lunatic fringe to which they sold their souls in order to get elected, but when members of their own party are criticizing their tactics, you know they’ve gone into self-destruct mode. Why throw them a shred of legitimacy by bargaining with them? Let them stand amid the ashes, and point out they’re holding the matches.
Of course, they probably know they have no chance of winning this showdown. And they probably don’t care. It’s not important that they win, only that they fight. And that’s probably the most immature thing of all.