Opinion | Stopped in its tracks, gridlocked government is not as “exceptional” as it once was
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 01:10
With just days left until the country slams into the looming debt ceiling, all while many necessary government factions remain crippled, the progressing government shutdown is clearly a concerning issue. By default, we cross our fingers and look to those in charge to negotiate. But let’s look at what our nation’s leaders are saying publicly about this government shutdown.
First, let’s touch on President Obama’s response. One of his latest tweets read, “See why President Obama wants you to join Team @Obamacare.” Another read, “They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget.” Another read, “Retweet if you want @SpeakerBoehner to #justvote and end this shutdown.”
Now let’s look at Speaker John Boehner’s response. He has tweeted, “Senate Democrats chose to shut down the govt rather than discuss the failures of #ObamaCare.” His office’s website also uploaded a blogpost entitled, “Democrats ‘enjoying’ their shutdown, making excuses instead of negotiating.”
Obama and Boehner’s back and forth attacks seem to resemble two fourth graders duking it out at recess over who gets the first pick in a flag football game. Every day, both of these leaders point fingers and blame one another, making no progress toward any deal.
The president even went as far to create “Team @Obamacare,” which reminds me of the ridiculous “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” my younger sister and her friends used to discuss. Are you kidding me?
The American people are unarguably becoming more and more fed up with the immature nonsense they are seeing in Washington among leaders, and in a perpetually gridlocked Congress. However, when seeing this situation through the eyes of the international community, it must portray itself as an even bigger joke.
More than a few times over the last few months, we have heard Obama refer to the idea of American exceptionalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded stating, “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” And maybe Putin is right. In the context of our currently flawed government in Washington, can we still embrace the American exceptionalism mentality?
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Congress has been continuously gridlocked, our nation’s leaders are bickering like children, our government is shut down, and the nation is about to default on its loans, all while the world watches with big, judgmental eyes. No matter how the situation in Washington plays out this time, one thing is clear: the United States is not as “exceptional” as it used to be.