Saturday, October 5, 2013

A shut down government

After a month of writing for Vegan Mofo, I am super excited to be writing about other things now, like the government shutdown.

What does the government shutdown have to do with The Gay Vegans?


One of the issues I write about is asking people to get involved more politically. Get to know who represents you at your state capitol and find out who represents you in Washington, D.C. For those of us always trying to be a voice for the voiceless, I believe it's important to show up in politics.

Some disagree and that's cool.

So now we have another mess in DC. A lot of name calling and pointing fingers, it's like a drag show gone bad.

I believe that there are many in Congress who just don't give a shit about anyone. They want what they want and that is all they are interested in. And they have the power to shut down the government.

My entire life I have always been totally open to sitting down with people that I disagree with. It's not difficult. I can shut up long enough to listen to another's point of view and they can do the same. We will probably continue to disagree, yet have a good chance of agreeing to some things. In the end, I believe that we all have much more in common than not.

Those in Congress need to hear from us. Not just now; all of the time.

If you are an activist, a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for making the world a better place for all living beings I urge you to consider letting those who represent you at all levels know who you are and what you support and don't support.

We all deserve better than what we are getting. We can complain about what folks are not doing or we can take action.

If you need help finding out who represents you, check out this website:

Meanwhile, there are people who are suffering because of this shutdown. It's a good time for us to reach out to friends and family who might be bale to use some help, including a hug.

Thanks for reading!


  1. You have inspired me, and I have emailed my Congressional representative. Here is my email to Randy Forbes:

    I want to express how disappointed I am in you and your colleagues. I want to understand how perpetuating a government shut down is even remotely in the best interest of the American people - of the people who elected you to office. I would like to know how you think defunding a law equates to repealing it? If a law is on the books, the government is obligated to provide services as dictated under that law. Failure to do so leaves the US Government open for law suits - which they will lose - and the government will award compensation for failure to provide those services. Since there's no funding for that - it will be taken from the budget, either going over our budget, or taking it from other programs. How, at all, is that fair?
    How is it okay to hold an entire country and it's people hostage because a portion of the elected officials don't like one law? A law that was not only passed by the Senate and the House, but signed by the President (who was, by the way, re-elected largely on his healthcare platform), and failed over thirty times in all the Republican repeal efforts?
    I would like an honest answer - and not the propaganda on your website. good any of this fair?

    My vote - is against every single member of Congress who is allowing this to continue. American families are at stake. It's time you all realize WHO you work for. And our votes will speak in the end. You and your colleagues do not deserve to say you "represent the will of the people". You do not.

    Christine ******
    Chesapeake, VA