Never before. Sadly …. RIP
© Josh Sager – October 2013
The 2013 government shutdown represents a unique confluence of political and economic situations, and illustrates a great deal about modern American politics. A wide variety of factors are involved in the 2013 shutdown, ranging from the minutia of political posturing between parties in a two-party political system to the economic impacts of a shuttered federal government with the threat of default.
That said, of all the things illustrated by the 2013 shutdown, the most important one is likely the role of democracy in our political system. Or, more specifically, the shutdown’s demonstration of democracy’s advanced state of decay in modern American politics.
The 2013 government shutdown and debt limit fights were instigated when a contingent of intransigent and ideologically extreme Republicans decided to take the entire political process hostage in an attempt to repeal the president’s signature legislation—this tactic is irresponsible, unprecedented, and entirely…
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