Watching the news last night, Elijah was worried.
Grandpa! What’s a shutdown?
Well, Elijah, let me think. You’re just eight-months old. Let’s try this. If your Mom decided not to feed you anymore, that would be a shutdown.
Mom’s not going to feed me anymore? Mom and I were on the NEWS?
No, no, Mom’s not going to shutdown your feeding. She loves you very much. I’m just saying that’s what a shutdown is like.
So, who’s being shutdown?
What’s a government?
It’s what keeps us together in a democracy.
What’s a democracy?
Actually, I mis-spoke. We’re not a democracy. We’re a democratic Republic, a representative democracy. We govern ourselves by electing people to represent us in Congress and the Presidency.
Did all those people die? Did they get shutdown?
No, Elijah, they’re the ones who are threatening to shutdown the government.
Because they’ve forgotten why they’re there. They’re confusing government with a sandbox. It’s not. The government belongs to the American people. They’re acting like kindergarteners throwing sand at each other in the kindergarten sandbox. If they keep doing this, there’s be no sand left. The sandbox itself will be gone. It’ll all be shut down.
I don’t like that, Grandpa, and I don’t like the way you’re talking. You’re making fun of kindergarteners!
You’re right, Elijah, I shouldn’t make fun of kindergarteners. Kindergarteners are better than that. They’re adults. They’re not acting like children. If they acted like children, we might be better off. Like the psalmist said,
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 82:3)
Thanks, Grandpa. I like the psalmist. Will their Moms shut them down if they shut down the government?
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, January 19, 2018.