Remember the bravery of the 300 Spartans in the movie who died in the battle? Remember how they fought hard in the fight for their country and loved ones?
Importantly, remember how their leaders were politically selfish? They were supposed to be helped.
As you sit on your couch to watch reports or browsing the internet, 800 has been in the news lately. Not, three hundred. Nor eight hundred. It’s eight hundred thousand and counting.
Eight hundred thousand is the minimum estimated numbers affected by the shutdown. And, the ripple effect could increase to the numbers of the affected families.
You might be thinking that you are not affected for you’re not working in the government. I think you need to reconsider. Why? It is because we are interconnected and the government has been vitally part of our system.
800,000 individuals who missed the pay for the second time. They are not pawns to be a sacrifice at the expense of political circus. These are people who have needs. These are people who need to eat, pay their bills, loans, insurance, buys medication and may have sent their children to school.
Do we expect the same fate as the 300 Spartans will happen to them? Left to suffer. Unvalued. Forgotten. Politicized.
As the Preamble of the US constitution said:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Our leaders have to be reminded that the first three words of the preamble are “We” not “I.” More so, not only for the few but by the “people.” So, common ground has to reach amidst our differences for the good of the people.
The people form the government. In reverse, the government serves the people.
Like the Pharaoh of Egypt, let us not be stubborn. Let us not be cold-hearted. Or, arrogant. Let us compassionately listen to each other.
We are part of the 800, 000 and counting. We call for our leaders for the common good.