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“Fault” for the Government Shutdown is Irrelevant in Grand Scheme

Democrats are Misguided in Thinking the Blame Game Will Win Back Lost Seats

It doesn’t matter who is at “fault” for the current government shutdown. Voters will not care come midterms. Fault is a distraction that serves no purpose in the current national dialogue. Republicans should be made to own the failure that has been the government over the past year. However, the blame game and who is more at fault doesn’t get children health care or protect undocumented people. 

In 2013, Ted Cruz threw a hissy fit over the ACA and coaxed house republicans into a government shutdown. Over the next two weeks, they demanded changes be made to the ACA. Despite their failure to repeal and replace, they pressed on. Ultimately, the government reopened with no ground ceded to Cruz and the shutdown kids.

One would think this display would have been enough to “shut it down” in 2014 midterm elections. If fault mattered, the colossal failure of the 2013 shutdown would have followed Republicans into the 2016 cycle. Nothing seems to stick to them.  And Democrats spend too much time relying on cheap talking points oozing with moral superiority instead of engaging people in the off cycle to build the support to win.

What is happening right now is a distraction from meaningful work that needs to be uplifted across the board. We have candidates running in elections at all levels. There are organizers in need of in-kind and monetary support to keep the lights on as they fight on the front lines. 

Virtue signaling and morally superior exchanges on social media about a government shutdown mean nothing for the estimated 800,000 federal employees who will wait to find out if they can even get paid. Many Americans cannot afford to lose pay. And yet the headlines and pundits keep focused on “fault.” Who cares? Just fix it. 

Purportedly this shutdown is being supported on behalf of issues of extreme importance to many, including Dreamers. However, much of the language right now is devolving into moral appeals to a party and leadership that let children’s health go unfunded to be a bargaining tool.

Hey, Democrats, you can’t appeal to their sense of “common humanity”; they don’t have one! This isn’t to say that the average voter on the right is devoid of decency. But it is clear that those in control of Congress along with the clown in chief do not care.

Time and again, polls prove there are issues that matter to people across the ideological spectrum. Democrats would do better for all by focusing on these issues. The tax plan is a joke. CHIP funding lapse should be called out along with the failure to provide funding for community health centers. These are important issues that can engage people. Just pointing the finger does nothing but turn people off even further from the process. 

Focusing on the elusive moderate GOP voter spells a disaster for 2018. Democrats still are reluctant to take charge and lead. We need investments in strong coalitions based on issues that directly affect people. We should not be following those who continue to ignore the needs of everyday people in favor of a voting block that has proven, time and again, they vote party over policy.

Written by Anoa Changa

Mom 1st, Lawyer 2nd. Anoa Changa is Director of Political Advocacy and a Managing Editor of Progressive Army, as well as a member of its Editorial Board. She hosts The Way with Anoa, Wednesdays at 9pm ET on YouTube . Follow her on Twitter @TheWayWithAnoa. "Never tell me the odds." - Han Solo

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“Fault” for the Government Shutdown is Irrelevant in Grand Scheme