Saturday, October 5, 2013

Video Games: The Perfect Metaphor for a Government Shutdown

Can you smell the liberty in the air?  Isn't it wonderful!  The 18 trillion dollar, liberty destroying behemoth that is the American federal government is shut down (really, slowed down), and liberty is prospering!  Woohoo!

One of the things I have found fascinating about this most recent shut/slowdown is how the internet has basically been having a ball with it.  As that anti-Big Government "Grumpy Cat" meme (above) demonstrates, contrary to all the inside the beltway doom & gloomers, most Americans are finding this political deadlock to be less of an opportunity for fear and more of an opportunity for humor.  Good for them!  Just like the dreaded "sequestration cuts" proved to be much ado about nothing, so has this "shutdown" proved to be a lot of fear-mongering nonsense.  American's are learning that the chattering classes inside DC live in a very different world from most Americans.  While we fear not being able to put food on the table due to our five year recession, they fear not being able to spend trillions of dollars on shrimp treadmills.  This, I believe, will be the most permanent fallout from the shutdown: Americans will remember how statist politicians deliberately scared and harassed their own constituents so that they could continue their big government ways.  In other words, they will now realize that federal government has become a menace to their own liberty and well-being. And once they realize that...can you say Rand Paul or Ted Cruz in 2016?

Another thing I have found to be fascinating about this shutdown is how video game artwork and memes have become interjected into the debate.