The threatened Government Shutdown is reckless brinkmanship

I started to write about doing the right thing and realized that I should apply that thought to the present gridlock in Congress. Actually, deadlock is a better word.

This dysfunctional brinkmanship is a disgrace that will lead to financial disaster. It is crazy.

So, let me ask our Senators and our Representatives why they can’t get themselves to ultimately do the right thing for the benefit of our Nation, for the benefit of all of US. Not because they don’t like the fact that we have a black President. Not because they are jockeying to remain in power or come into power. Not because they wish to keep the vast array of perks that come with their jobs. Not because they think that they are exclusively responsible to the voters in their own district to the detriment of our Nation as a whole. Not …….

I understand that doing the right is hard. You know that doing the right thing is hard. These quotes will drive that point home:

“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.”
Nicholas Sparks

Sometimes, to do the right thing, we must keep a promise we never made.
Robert Brault

“Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.”
Joyce Meyer

Please, Senators and Representatives, show some character befitting your office and do the right thing.

Omar Nelson Bradley, the WWII hero and the last remaining Army five star general, said it well:
“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him.”

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2 Responses to “The threatened Government Shutdown is reckless brinkmanship”

  1. Peter Visser October 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Was it not Omar Bradley who also said that “The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants”? I wonder what he would have said of today’s politicians were he alive today?

    • Leo Keukens October 14, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      Peter, I like to think that he would have chosen another word instead of “infants” because he would not have wanted to allow them the innocence that the word infant implies. Morons?


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