To the editor:
I join with, I dare say, the great majority of Americans in this country who gladly see that our government is “up and running” again.
My hope for the future of our democracy remains intact because courage subdues unpalatable tactics.
Make no mistake.
This debacle was not truly about the Affordable Care Act, nor fully about the debt ceiling but about bringing down the government down to be shaped according to a universe occupied by a frenzied few. These frenzied few have gathered strength in the boldness needed to bring about their extreme adherence to a far right agenda.
They do not realize, yet, that the bulk of this nation’s ideals lies squarely in middle America’s ideals, which are steady, patriotic and mixed in with great doses of common sense.
The tactics of blackmail, when uncovered, never bode well. We Americans will keep our individual views of what we want for our country (our precious freedom of speech) but we need to be careful of how we bring our views to bare.
The tactics used in this chaotic delirium brought our country to the brink of disaster.
Much has been lost in terms of hardworking Americans living from paycheck to paycheck, in terms of legitimate subsidies to feed our children and a big dip in credibility worldwide.
I do not despair that we can never fully recover — of course we can. Just know that in dollars this shutdown has cost us $24,000,000,000,000. Count the zeros. It is a truisim that one needs to “be careful what you wish for.”
The “survivalists” in our country have been preparing for the end of the world during these past two weeks: no joke. They have shifted from going up in flames to fearing an economic meltdown of disastrous proportions. Extremes come in all sizes — a sidebar of individual freedoms.
We in middle America do not always wear “rose-colored-glasses,” but perhaps we can look for their return as we dare hope for better government. Our cynicism comes from a growing awareness of secret (or not-so-secret) slip-ins that come with every passed bill: the shaping — or gerry-mandering — of districts to twist a vote according to political party: to creating obstacles for long-standing citizens to vote freely, to hearing the clink of money from billionnaires dropping into coffers of both parties as well as the continuing subterfuge of politics used to gain any political points.
Meanwhile, we in middle America are beginning to feel we can trust no one. How dangerous.
We are coming out of our shell, though. We form a majority. In my opinion, we are beginning to understand how the Heritage Foundation, Limbaugh, Club for Growth operate.
We must insist — lawfully and through the ballot box — that these groups include a more positive agenda as they approach us, middle America.
As much as anything else, we want fairness, we want balance.
Well, I live right around the corner from my ballot box. I can see it through my “rose-colored glasses” which help me to know that it is courage coming in all forms that keep our democracy strong no matter the challenge.
Addendum to our government: Do not put us through this again — not in three months, not ever. Work together.
MARY JANE LANE
South Street, Rockport