UPDATE: When I posted this, I had no idea it was World Mental Health Day. That subject is not echoing nearly as much as "shutdown" in the same inbox mentioned below. That definitely needs addressed but in the meantime, the #WorldMentalHealthDay topic and associated hash tags are trending very nicely over at Twitter right now.
What I'm trying to say is very much about people's mental health. I've been riding our county's local transport system, MATS (Mountain Area Transportation Service), for many years. Means I've seen them go through several shutdown threats by default of them using government funding to perform their services.
Those lately ongoing shutdown threats translate into things like taking away the jobs of our bus drivers who are helping provide toward their respective families' finances. Also means the government is now seemingly near constantly threatening to take away things like MATS' riders' transport lifeline. In this county (Pickens County, Georgia), MATS is pretty much the only way for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and others on extremely low income to get around to gather up non-essentials such as... you know.. Life-sustaining food.
Meanwhile our ELECTED officials in places like Washington D.C. are beating their chests at each other by threatening to... shut down... things like those two items right there. By targeting resources that equate to voters' Life stability, politicians are also then beating up on those voters' sense of good mental health and well-being. The underlying intent of such a move is most assuredly that of attempting to drive voter anger and advocacy toward each varying side of the political discussion at hand. The Cliff's Notes version is it's dirty, underhanded pool at its most bestest finest.
~ The Original Post ~
A couple weeks ago, I was running through the day's offering of emails that come from a very healthy mix of most primary political persuasions. I became overwhelmed by the incessant use of the word... that blamed word... "shutdown" by what felt like everyone possible under the Sun. I'd had enough of seeing it thrown out at us from the left, right, top, bottom, front, back, over AND under the Congressional aisle.
And so a White House WE the PEOPLE petition was born.
Yes, this petition is... not totally sensible... And no, it doesn't really expect the word "SHUTDOWN" to actually be abolished. Its point is to deliver the message that it's time for the ELECTED members of our government system to quit treating people's sense of Life stability and thus their mental health as some kind of government ordained punching bag.
The petition may be found at:
The content of the Abolish the word "SHUTDOWN" petition goes a little something like this:
WE, the PEOPLE, implore of YOU, our GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, to PLEASE cease and desist in tossing around the word "shutdown" like so much trash.
People's very real Lives are hanging by a figurative thread while YOU, our GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, huff and puff your chests as you sling that very word across the table at each other.
WE, the POOR and HUDDLED MASSES, are TIRED of having our anxiety levels hijacked by YOU, our GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, most often seemingly for the sole unconscionable purpose of headline grabbing.
Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
WE, the PEOPLE.....
Elect YOU, our *elected* GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.
Cyber hugs from Talking Rock.. *wink-wink*