I am going to address several groups of people throughout this letter. Most important of these groups is the Millennials. They are being addressed throughout this letter as it is our generation that has the opportunity to change things, the opportunity to produce a new revolutionary movement in our government.
Firstly, to the Tea Party conservatives currently in congress–who are directly responsible for this shut down in so much as they are unwilling to relent even a fraction of their demands so that an already passed/signed law can take effect and people can go to work–you are pigs. You, dear Party who have designed yourselves as libertarians, patriots and revolutionists, are doing nothing new. Nothing you have achieved has caused more than a groan from the majority populous of this great nation. You are a bad itch, far out of reach in an area that no one, not even members within the Republican Party, seem capable of scratching out. The GOP have long been a party for the people. Which group of people do you seek to serve now with this dastardly stalemate? Who benefits from this stacking of blocks? A shame they are not building blocks–which are the preferred pieces of masonry we have expected you to work with when you were elected.
They are roadblocks, preventing progress, preventing change, preventing opportunity. Only now does the age old anecdote “the opposite of progress is congress” start to really take a terrifying reality. You are not only on the wrong track as leaders, you are chasing down the wrong train. I can appreciate and understand little government. I don’t agree with all of the conservative grievances against big government–I am a fan of government operated, socialist-style healthcare after all–but this does not mean I cannot understand and even agree with some of your remarks. But a shut down government is not a substitute for big government.
Likewise, little government does not mean a dysfunctional, flattened government. How dare you presume you have the best interests of this country in heart when so many, for so long, have constantly re-elected you on your faux-promises of change and cooperation. You are snakes, seething in anger that a man of an opposite party is in the seat. How dare you play bipartisan games when jobs and government are at stake. How dare you continue to be paid when so many cannot.
By playing both the role of the bully and the bullied, Republicans in Congress–specifically the Tea Party minority–have sought with great determination to undermine all accomplishments made by the White House and, specifically, President Barack Obama–even more specifically, a black president. The Republican Party’s minority has unfortunately become the overwhelming voice for its majority. But what these wailing man-children have not grasped is that democracy is and was in total effect. The country’s majority made a decision, a decision for affordable healthcare. Yes, smaller companies could and may lose money by paying their workers these benefits. But then we have a nation that is healthier and thus more likely to miss less days of work.
I work in a Walmart, my friends. I am right in the heart of American capitalism. I can vouch that the amount of uninsured co-workers I have befriended who have missed days of work due to sickness and injury, too broke to visit and thus receive a doctor’s note, is a number far too high for my conscience. Nationally, it is a number too high for Congress to sit back and not try something.
Work together and co-operate. Through Democracy, this country established a series of checks and balances, so that a minority will always have an avenue to reach out and find a voice. With this check and balance, we must take the good with the bad and accept that sometimes the minority’s way may not always be in the best interest of the majority or sub-minority, likewise. The old saying that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander is remarkably untrue in this scenario.
To the Millennials who stand to gain only waste and lose only opportunity, stand up. Shout. You are not a minority. You are an overwhelming majority and while I acknowledge that we bide our time and prepare ourselves in colleges and online discussions, perhaps it’s time we put some of our knowledge to the test. Put our accumulated impatience of a defunct Congress and a weak-willed capital; place our faith in each other rather than this supposed “Golden Generation”or these baby-boomers, politicians who seek to push aside their debt and leave it for us to handle. Take yourself to the booth in 2014 and 2016, write to your congresspeople, your senators and representatives. Make yourself clear, make yourself visible. These games of chicken with American healthcare and federal government budgeting are not amusing, they are not beneficial, and if it keeps up, the real revolution is coming.
In the words of Harvey Milk, “I know you’re angry. I’m angry too.”
And when the day comes, I will be one of the first ones to the picket line, but I cannot do it alone, my fellow generation. Take these old vultures out of office and let’s bring in new ideals and new realms of possibility.
Until that day,
Managing Editor & General Nusiance