Surviving The Shut Down


The government shutdown that’s currently underway will cost the still-struggling U.S economy billions of dollars and government workers will loose pay because the shut down will cause them to be off their jobs.
Economists say the impact will come not just from those lost wages, but also from related businesses cutting back or halting their operations. That will lead to a pullback in spending by employees of affected companies. So if you’re a small business owner who’s struggling to build your business, then the struggle continues.
President Obama says that “what’s maddening is this is all totally voluntary. It’s totally unnecessary.” Rachel Maddow, a talk show host at MSNBC say’s “What is happening is what Republicans want to do. This is what they promised to do. This tactic…is an end in and of itself, and that is why there’s no talking them out of it. Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down.”
Of course shut downs and burn downs are nothing new in our community. The door has been closed on us sense we hit these shores in terms of having full access to this nations institutions. Yet, through all of the doors being closed in our faces, we’ve still managed to survive and in many cases thrive as a people. Many of our ancestors left the plantation with just the cloths on their backs, but went on to establish families, communities with their own businesses,  and political power. So surviving shut downs have been a way of life for many of us.
The right wing Tea Party Republican Confederates who want to shut down the government are ideological descendants of those who have been trying to shut us down for centuries. On the plantation we were shut down  with the implementation of the Slave codes, which were laws established to demonstrate legal sanctions over the black population. According to the slave codes, teaching a slave to read or write was illegal, although it often took place as children taught each other. Today, these right wingers are dead set on keeping their modern day version of the Slave Codes alive by preventing a Black President from scoring any political points with his Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). This has been their mission from the beginning of President Obama’s election to the office as announced in this video
As a community we’ve survived the Slave Trade, the Plantation, the Slave Codes, Jim Crow and now we must come together to survive not just the shutdown, but the right wing Tealiban  Republiclan Regressive Confederacy’s attack on the 99% of Americans who work everyday to keep their families, communities and the nation moving. Now is the time for us to come together and not fly apart if we are to keep the engine running. Even though there may be a government shut down, we must continue to keep ours eyes on the prize to build our businesses and institutions that support our way of life.
The church’s, our politicians, factory workers, professionals, all of us must use this shut down as a catalyst to keep the village open. This shutdown is a prime example why we need to establish the ability to control and define our own destiny by owning the institutions that serve our community. With the power to do so, we can fight against a shut down of any kind because we’ll control the resources that provide food, shelter, security and the necessities of life without having to depend on others to do it for us.

By Kefing Moor

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