What do you call it when a group of people with “malice aforethought” purposefully shut down the government, depriving 1,800,000 people of their paychecks in the middle of a depressed and high-unemployment economy, because no other dirty trick has been effective in preventing a duly-enacted law from going fully into effect, a law that has already saved lives or will assuredly save many more? What would the Democrats have been called if they had done this to stop some piece of Republican legislation or action? I try to keep an open mind. I try to understand various sides. I try not to get sucked into the maelstrom of polarization that has done so much harm in this country. But this! I may not always vote for Democrats (if there were better choices I never would) , but as long as the Republican Party remains what it is today, I not only will find it hard to vote for even a “good” Republican, I will find it hard to forgive anyone who does. Saying that the Democrats are equally responsible for this debacle is like saying that someone who refuses to hand over his wallet to a robber deserves what he gets.