Government Shutdown: Day 7

One week.

Take a look around you. The world has not ended. Life as it is goes on mostly as it usually has been despite the furlough of 13% of the federal government.  For most of the business world, a 13% staff reduction is something that happens every now and then – it’s called trimming the fat.

Today I want to take a look at the National Park Service as part of my ongoing public service to help you, Mr. Joe Citizen, survive this nasty government shutdown.  National parks from Atlantic to Pacific have been closed off by order of the executive branch (read: President Obama) in order to “make life as difficult for people as we can.”

I’ve had the inclination since the beginning of this that there are those in government that are fearful that this shutdown will be enlightening to the majority of Americans.

How will it be enlightening?

Let me serve you an example to demonstrate.

You pull up to your local national park to go for a hike and find the parking lot barricaded with a sign saying it is closed due to the shutdown.  You decide to park on the side of the road, take your hike anyway, and then leave.

Aside from bolting the parking lot gate, what role in that hike did the National Park Service play?

Well, they cut the trail.

Sure and so could a troop of boy scouts.

They clean up the park.

So can volunteers, again – boy scouts, prisoners on work release, people on community service, etc.

They protect me while I’m in the park through the park rangers.

Do they now?  When a coyote pack attacks your pet dachshund is there a park ranger walking next to you?  When the wolf pack was stalking you during your three mile jog, was there a ranger running beside you the entire circuit?

Well, they investigate crimes.

So, they’re basically just police that wear tan and olive green instead of black or blue?  You realize that police don’t have a legal obligation to protect you from anything and that ultimately you and you alone are responsible for your self-preservation.

What I’m trying to get at is that the government, and by the government, I mean the bureaucratic chiefs that are trying to protect their power and authority, and the executive branch all the way up to the President himself are deathly afraid that through the dramatics, or lack thereof except when artificially constructed (especially concerning the parks since they’re the most visible of the examples in the media), Mr. Joe Citizen will finally realize how little the federal government does for him in his daily life and how bloated it has become and ensconced in extra-constitutional “duties” it has deemed for itself.

It’s time to wake up America.  Look around you and realize the truth that this shutdown is the best thing for this country in the long term.

 

 

 

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