Well, it looks all but unavoidable that the federal government will shut down the day after tomorrow and there’s even a possibility that the federal government will default. I’ve already given my opinion: I think the actions by the House Republicans are bad politics and bad policy.
As I have been pointing out almost from the inception of this blog, moderation is the essential virtue of a republic and, frankly, I’m beginning to despair for the survival of the republic. This morning on the various “talking heads” programs what I’ve mostly seen has been a mass exercise in special pleading. Their refusal to compromise is stupid, harmful, and traitorous. Our refusal to compromise is practical, principled, and patriotic. I honestly don’t see how the republic can survive without a mutual willingness to compromise.
I don’t relish the idea of real shooting revolution but sitting here in Chicago it looks to me that it’s already under way. I think the simplest explanation for the violence that’s been going on in South Side neighborhoods here is that the police have given up on those neighborhoods and people there are taking matters into their own hands. The gangs are an alternative form of government. That the civil authorities are more concerned about producing the appearance of concern rather than materially changing the situation is an indication of how desperate the situation has become.