It is October 17, 2013. The budget battle is over. The government is once again ‘open’ for business. Barrycades are coming down in the National Mall as thousands of D.C. drones swarm back to their assigned cubicles. Nothing has changed.
Why does this all seem eerily familiar?
Long ago and far away, in a land divided, there lived a tinpot dictator. Ruling over a squalid fiefdom, he eyed the wealth of his neighbors with envy. “Surely,” he thought, “it is unfair they have so much, while my subjects have so little.”
So, the dictator sent his armies across the border where they waged a great war. They marched forward, plundering treasure and resources as they went, for the dictator had decreed a scorched earth policy. All things of value were carted back for the dictator to redistribute among those he determined as worthy of a fair share.
The armies of the dictator continued unchecked to the very walls surrounding his neighbors’ capitol before help arrived. Fresh forces came from friendly countries to drive the invaders from that besieged land. The defenders chased the retreating armies deep into the dictator’s domain, seeking to remove him from his palace.
Other despots rushed to support the dictator, lest they also fall before the foes of tyranny. The defenders of freedom withdrew to the original border. Each side declared they would not attack unless the other attacked first. The great war simply stopped where it had started. Nothing had changed.
There are many parallels that can be drawn between the Korean War and the recent Washington standoff.
Obama and the Democrats forced through ObamaCare before the power shift as TEA Party members arrived on Capitol Hill. Republicans, buoyed by TEA Party fervor, gained a harsh concession from spendthrift Democrats in form of the sequester. They were stymied in further spending and tax cuts as compliant media painted them as extremists. Both ‘wars’ lasted about three years with no clear victor or resolution.
There is one other ironic parallel. That would be the 38th, upon which both the DMZ and D.C. roughly sit.
Dennis P. O’Neil