In 1877, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians, in surrendering to the federal government, said, "I will fight no more forever." Personally, I will vote no more forever for any member of the Tea Party or any Republican who kowtows to it. The contrived crisis, primarily by members of the Tea Party, held the people of this nation hostage in an abortive attempt to push through their maniacal agenda. Standard & Poor's put the cost of the shutdown at $24 billion.
Other nations in the world called it a display of American arrogance. It is unbelievable that the reigning superpower could fall into such dysfunction, but we need only look to the Tea Party and the influence it has on members of the GOP. The concern for the United States is not merely local but throughout the world, which looks to the United States as the leader. Cokie Roberts aptly said that Congress should be ashamed of itself. Indeed, there is no shame in Congress, but there is unfettered arrogance.
As E.J. Dionne Jr. said, "We should never govern ourselves like this again. We cannot create absolutely pointless crises that make our great democracy look foolish around the globe" ("Now, Please Govern," Oct. 18 column). It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people. A government of the people, by the people and for the people has certainly perished from this Earth. I wonder what Abe Lincoln would think.
HERMAN J. BIGI