The video above has played on several news channels. It shows a Republican Congressman harassing a Federal employee. Why can the Congressman do it? Well, because he knows that he can get away with bullying someone whom he can probably get fired should that person show any anger or reply in any way inappropriately on camera. The shutdown of the national parks is partially the responsibility of the Congressman who is making a public play for some type of sympathy on camera. Yet, he tries to excoriate an innocent lower level employee for the faults of Congress. This is typical of Tea Party reasoning. It is everyone else’s fault, that gives me the right to misbehave, to tear down closed signs, to parade in front of cameras harassing the Federal employees still left at work.
Fortunately, a furloughed Federal employee comes to the aid of the working Federal employee. Fortunately, the sickening grandstand stunt by the Congressman is recorded on camera.
I am a Federal employee. I am affected by the shutdown. As an exempt employee, I must work, whether or not I get paid by the government that employs me. I agree with the second Federal employee. Had I done what the Congressman did, I would have been suspended. Instead, he is getting paid for holding up the budget of the United States. He is getting paid for his inaction while many of us are not getting paid for our actions. That Congressman is no hero. He is simply another Tea Party bully.