Stop the blackmail
In a true democracy is it really acceptable to hold the government and its people hostage for the ideological demands of a minority? The U.S. government was, indeed, structured to avoid the tyranny of the majority, but surely the Founding Fathers never intended that a minority should be able to bring the whole magnificent machine to a standstill.
As President Barack Obama himself imagined, when the balance of power shifts, as it surely will sooner or later, what if a liberal minority of House Democrats decided to block raising the debt ceiling until they got the background check on guns they have been unable to get through the normal corridors of power? How would the Tea Party and the Fox cheerleaders feel about that turn of events?
If a majority of Americans can agree on anything, it ought to be that blackmail is not the American way.
Sweep them out
It is amazing to me that you would print the editorial "Shutdown: House Republicans Hurt the U.S. Here and Abroad" (Oct. 2) and include the sentence, "On top of that, some Americans, incredibly, have not gotten over the fact that they have an African-American president."
What conservative Americans believe is the president's beliefs are leading us down a path of ruin. I don't care if Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi or any other liberal is president; it is their belief in big government that conservatives detest. Race has nothing to do with it and to imply so is despicable.
The truth of the matter is everyone in Washington needs to be replaced regardless of race, creed and color, and until that happens in a sweeping manner we are on our way to self-destruction.
Give us refunds
If the government is shutting down services, why am I paying taxes? We should be refunded our tax money in proportion to the shutdown. If half of the government is not working, half of my taxes for those days should be refunded. And since our elected officials don't seem to work at all, why are they paid even now?