What Happens If The Government Is Shut Down?

If the president follows through with his threats to force a government shutdown unless his wall of symbolic racism is funded by Congress, will anyone notice the difference? In the West Wing, there is little semblance of order. On the Hill, a party that dominates both houses of Congress has discovered the limitations of cobbling together a majority. Government agencies like the State Department are severely understaffed, leading to widespread low morale and sometimes deliberate inaction.

If the government shuts down, the FBI is exempt and the USPS will still drop coupons and bills into your mailbox. Isn’t that about all the stability the American people can depend on these days anyway?

(Year Zero/Day Two Hundred and Seventeen)

We Won’t Metaphorize Today’s Solar Eclipse

Writers with a political bent tend to be a gaggle of lazy, self-satisfied opportunists who will reference the latest passing fad (see: fidget spinners), popular television show* or even notable event like today’s total solar eclipse across a swath of the United States to metaphorize a point.

Such pundits are hacks, hurriedly pounding out hot takes so they can get back to whatever is people without souls do.

You won’t find any groan-worthy drivel about how the Trump administration is eclipsing social norms or how this all somehow ties in to the book of Revelations. The solar eclipse is nothing more – and nothing less – than the temporary alignment of two astronomical bodies. It’s quotidian on the universal scale, but rightfully awe-inspiring to us earth-bound, “civilized” primates.

Take in the solar eclipse for what it is, and try not to nuke your retinas.

(Year Zero/Day Two Hundred and Fourteen)

 

*Okay, I’m guilty of that one but only because I’m a huge ASOIAF/GOT dork.