Friday, 4 October 2013

Ending the Shutdown Impasse in the US

Siize Punabantu

The United States and 1 Kings 3:16-28

Anyone who understands the impasse over the debt ceiling in the United States would realise it is first and foremost a political rather than an economic impasse. What is being inadvertently decided is the political future of the US, that is who will rule.

The shutdown impasse in the US is a  classic example how political rule works described in 1 Kings 3:16-28. In this parable-like event, for  this instance, the innocent baby represents the American people, their livlihood and wellbeing. The two mothers represent the Democrats and Republicans. In this deadlock that has caused a shut down of government in the United States the first to capitulate is the true mother of the child, whichever party makes the first personal sacrifice to spare the baby is genuine, suffers a calculated loss at first but gains everything in the end at the next election, while whichever party remains stubborn and as result causes the baby to be sacrificed gains a shortsighted, short term victory but loses absolutely everything, all it has worked for and its gains in the long run. This is the wisdom of Solomon, it is as relevant today, to those politicians who understand this wisdom in scripture, as it was in Solomon's day. Long term victory favours the wise. Any politician caught in this kind of stalement who seeks victory understands and is taught what to do by this parable-like event.

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