I have always been a conservative and, accordingly, have little common ground with either Republicans or Democrats. However, I have always had the greatest respect for the democratic process and majority rule. A majority of Americans, when disregarding political affiliation, generally make decisions that are best for America, and the current shutdown does not reflect majority rule.
During the last two Congressional elections, the popular vote went 60 percent to Democrats and 40 percent to Republicans. Through successful gerrymandering, the Republicans seated a respectable minority in the Senate, and a majority in the House, in spite of receiving only 40 percent of the votes. Only about half of the Republicans are tea party advocates, yet they have brought the Republicans to their electoral knees and forced the shutdown. The tea party bloc amounts to a very skinny 20 percent of the popular vote, so it’s small wonder the shutdown does not have popular support.
Although the mood of the public is generally conservative, the tea party shutdown makes things worse instead of better. The tea party has never proposed a balanced budget, spending curbs or anything else that would improve things for Americans, leaving the impression that they are acting merely because they like the attention.