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COMMENTARY: Has our humanity been furloughed, too?

For just a few moments, please put politics aside and think like a human being.

Don’t concentrate on who to blame for the politics of our government, but instead concentrate on who is being affected by the politics of our government. Don’t think of it as a GOP shutdown or a Democratic shutdown; just think of it as a government shutdown.

I’m not going to list the millions of human beings who are wondering how they are going to make it from day to day. Wondering how they are going to feed their hungry children, wondering where they are going to find the money to put gas in their car, and wondering how they will pay their rent or their mortgage.

Millions of Americans are wondering why and how this sort of thing could ever happen in the United States of America. A nation that President Abraham Lincoln once said had a government: “Of the people, by the people, for the people.” Not so much anymore. It’s the land of “I have mine – I don’t care about you.”

I asked you to push politics aside, but the truth is that we can’t push it aside; for politics in America is to blame for what is happening to its citizens. Those of us who struggle, those of us who live paycheck to paycheck, those of us who have served with honor and pride – we are the ones who suffer when big money, arrogance and no compassion take hold in our nation’s capital.

If our Congress ever really cared for all of its people, it would do the work of the people. It would see to it that not one person went to bed hungry, or lived on the street or ate out of dumpsters. It would put politics aside and do what is right and just for everyone.

A government that cared for its people would honor its active duty and retired military veterans and their families – not just by erecting memorials and such, but by caring for their families and giving them a living wage and physical and emotional care. To see families of our service members on food stamps is just an abomination, and quite honestly, it’s an example of how far we have lost our way as a nation.

This shutdown isn’t a gay or straight thing, a black and white thing, or any other color thing. This shutdown is a political thing. Democrats, Republicans, Independents – anyone sitting in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate – this is your baby, this is your responsibility, this is your freaking job – and you’re not doing it.

I’ve always prided myself in being an American. I always felt we were inherently good and win or lose, the politicians would do what was best for the people – you know – you and I.

I’m not so sure of these things anymore.

I don’t care whose fault it is or isn’t. I don’t care who said what to who or didn’t say what to who. I don’t care who is a Democrat or a Republican or a woman or a man. I don’t care who makes the first move …

I want it fixed.

However it’s spun, the facts are these: American citizens are on furlough, American citizens are not getting meals, and millions of American citizens are suffering.

Every person who sits in the House of Representative, Senate and the White House are to blame for this. Every single one of them.

Come election time – I’ll be looking for new faces. I’m done.

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.