As gardening columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I wrote the following account of what we saw during a walk around Capitol Hill on one shutdown day. This piece later appeared in my book of newspaper essays on gardening and life.
All of us, as we reach a certain age, live in the past to some extent. But this is not the kind of past we relish recalling. Apparently, politicians do, knowing that, once elected, only the ballot box holds them to account.
In the meantime, what do they have to lose? Not a paycheck; that hardship's reserved for other federal employees.
Note to readers: Like the foggy battle on Capitol Hill, heated but lightless, reading this may require a magnifying glass. It'll come in handy as the shutdowners' stature gets smaller and smaller.
And so it goes in the control center of the world's greatest democracy. Again.