This government shutdown is simply the latest in a long list of travesties that have occurred because of Republican extremism and it's corresponding Democratic capitulation. Each has had a devastating effect on average people both in the United States and abroad. I am hopeful however that this final act of extremism will provide the impetus for the change that we had all hoped for in the 2008 election. We must seize this opportunity to take back the narrative which has been led by Republicans for the past 30 years. It is finally time to elect real progressives rather than centrists. We do not need politicians in office to continue with third way politics. We need FDRs. Progressive populist. People who will reverse the decades of escalating economic inequalities. People who will stop our endless war mongering. People who will halt the destruction of our planet in the name of corporate profits. A leveling of the playing field educationally, economically, and socially.
This is not an attack or defense of Barack Obama. Not everything has to be seen in that light. This is a statement of our political system from a bird's eye view. Please don't misinterpret this. Things need to change.