Today, 02:57 AM
Those of us old enough can remember a time when the very question at hand would have been deemed a stupidity only because so many people had the smarts to know how obvious the answer: this is low-rent political drama designed with the intent of frightening some people.
The set of tacit assumptions on such matters are broad and deep, all of them carrying the subtext of doom. What appalls me in all this is not even so much the failure of intelligence that this sort of thing represents on the part of the common man, as his revolting timidity and barking cowardice. This could be forgiven in women, again speaking to the mean and not meant to suck in every individual, but that the men manifest such cowardliness is disgusting and pathetic beyond my ability to place words. This is perhaps a penultimate example of how Theye have managed to derail "traditional" (awful term, IMO) male characteristics in favor of supplanted female traits, turning men into what would have once been called "fairies". Progressives will naturally wish and perhaps even call for my head on a platter, as will some who deem themselves "evolved" and/or "modern". So be it. In my opinion, one of the defining characteristics of a "man" is courage. Proper women should also have courage, albeit I find that its expression takes somewhat differing forms. This is why the men I have known, those of my personal circle of which I am perhaps the least example, understand that the female is not to be expected to have the same timbre of courage as themselves, which not only seems well and good, but also satisfies the progressive's obsessive fascination with "diversity".
A proper man, in my estimation, faces that which scares him sheet-white in the form of immediate physical threats. That is the very definition of "courage". Yet today we see men cowering like frightened little children right along with the women when subjects such as "government shutdown" arise as real possibilities in the immediate time-frame. It is embarrassing to witness it, so much so that it tends to evoke anger in real men, whose empathy is taxed too far in such cases, so deeply pathetic being the condition beheld. It is much like watching the suffering of a hopelessly injured animal; a proper adult puts such creatures to their rapid and merciful end not only for the sake of the animal's suffering, but to end their own at the hands of their empathy. Both parties feel the relief. When such suffering is prolonged beyond the point of absurdity, anger tends to be one of the common emotional responses precisely because we suffer through our empathic components, often beyond the point of tolerance. So it is I find it with these mangled, maimed examples of the male of the species who have been so horribly reduced that they cannot be rightly called "men" at all. Few things can one find that are as painfully and depressingly sad as this.
Today, the nation drowns in them and we get to see just how true this is when the media radiates their tacit messages of pending apocalypse that are threatened with the words "government shutdown". The ignorance that is also represents would be difficult to overstate, as is the various lies that it represents.
Were people both courageous and clued, they would yearn for such outcomes, which would likely never come to pass. But were they to, the welcome wagon would be broken out and grand parades held in honor of the miracle that had taken place.