From blogging buddy and fb friend, MJS:
"Trump is responsible for the shutdown of the government, despite what his feckless friends and allies might have us believe. It is, nonetheless, just a blip on the political radar, despite how painful it may be to some. The fact is we must never forget the greater danger, and it is a danger, of Trump in the White House.
"He does not believe in American ideals and institutions. He does not believe in a free press or free speech; unconstrained, he would crack down on both. He does not believe in the rule of law, a Justice Department free of political interference, the separation of powers or an independent judiciary. He does not believe in the United States as a beacon and example to the world."
I continue to be confident, despite the setbacks to civility and common sense, that our institutions can withstand this assault and that our national reputation has, over the years, been so well-earned that others will understand that Donald Trump does NOT reflect who we are. We can only hope."
From my friend, Stephen B.
Warning - Hyperbole ahead: sometimes it is the best way to make a point.
Trump rescinds policy forbidding burning witches at the stake, tells congress "you don't want them burned? Pass bipartisan legislation forbidding it!"
Republicans: Witches are of the devil. We're in control, let'm burn.
Democrats: We won't allow this bill funding the government to pass unless it says that at least suspected witches are not flammable - they have to be convicted before they are torched.
Trump: I think everyone agrees with that.
Trump: BURN THEM ALL! NO DEAL!
Republicans: The democrats care more about suspected witches than funding our troops. Why should the whole country suffer for the sake of such a small minority?
Average American: Great, the government is shut down. Both sides are to blame. Congress is in the pocket of big firewood!
Far-Left fringe: Why do democrats want to burn convicted witches? Why haven't they passed a bill prohibiting burning anyone? This is why I don't vote. They're all the same.
Far-right fringe: Anyone got a match?