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  •  Yes, I feel like the Democratic party has been (5+ / 0-)

    sorely lacking in the many opportunities to focus the public's attention on what "shutdown" actually means.

    There are many, many more real patriots than Tea Party fakes. And there are very easily portrayed issues which could be used to illustrate what the Republicans have been doing to the country.

    Help for the poor, the sick, research for public health, the national parks, tax refunds (Oct 15 was a major filing date for many people - those who filed after the shutdown won't even have their refunds begin processing until two days after the shutdown ends), the military & their families...

    There are thousands of ways that video could illuminate the problem.

    Why are we above this? I know we want the Repubs to self destruct. But we can't let the nation itself be so permanently damaged too.  And much of this is permanent.

    Time is irrecoverable. Time lost during the shutdown is irrecoverable for all those affected.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:23:00 PM PDT

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    •  We hoped the slavery question would have gone away (0+ / 0-)

      quietly, too, except it that was not meant to be. Fanaticism and misplaced loyalty made a violent solution inevitable.
      Now here we are again, lunatics in government who are determined to win their ideological battle even if it heavily damages the United States, each side of the population completely fed up with other's opposition, and a government hopelessly stalled and unable to make courageous and self-sacrificing decisions on major problems.  Maybe there won't be bullets and blood, but instead some tremendously harmful economic shit is coming -- a REAL Depression, not the Depression-lite of 2008.
      The TeaParty nuts are, I'm sorry but there's no other apt comparison, truly Nazi-like in their insanity and demonic focus.

      Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizam!

      by fourthcornerman on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 11:02:01 PM PDT

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