By Anessa V. Cohen

Two weeks into this government shutdown and I realize I have plenty to say that is probably not politically correct, but I will say it anyway. First I want everyone to note that my observations are completely bipartisan and that my column has no sympathy for the boys living in the bubble inconveniencing us all in the name of small towns, small minds, and people living in the past.

I am tired of seeing the media maps showing us the states and gerrymandered districts that have given these small minds power beyond their numbers to upend our lives, turn the economy upside down, and put our credit ratings in jeopardy. We are being shown these maps and areas rather than hearing from the media the real lowdown on why these guys are digging their heels in and trying to bury all of us in the name of “sticking to our guns!”

Now that I have your attention, I will attempt to discuss this further.

Dodge City in the 19th century was known as a town you did not enter without a six-shooter on your hip and the expertise to use it. Gunslingers never thought twice about hard-working citizens (however many might have been there in those days) and what their shoot-ups caused to those citizens’ daily lives. They just pulled their guns and used them whenever the spirit moved them. It might have been due to getting up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning or just not liking the look in the eye of any guy walking by. Shooting down people, or just shooting bullets into the air or into buildings or other targets, was just part of the typical daily exercise back then. Certainly gun control in those early days would have been a comic subject if attempted by the government at that time.

If you look at most of these tea-party guys who are up in arms today, you can probably see a mirror image of the gun-slinging anti-government bullies walking the streets of Dodge City back in the 19th century. They haven’t changed much–they’re just wearing suits now and carrying papers in public instead of guns.

These guys come from small towns with a mentality of “anything that is structured and government-run is the devil” and “every man is entitled to carry a gun without government oversight.” They are fighting gun control the same way they are fighting the government’s budgeting–they see them as the same evil.

The real goal of the shutdown by these guys is to promote the lifestyle of the bygone days when the Old West existed, with an “every man for himself” outlook, and no government oversight, and the days when the deep South lived in denial of the world around them and in clear opposition to the laws of the United States government, both before and after the Civil War.

Many congressmen have been elected from those parts for the direct purpose of turning back the clock and forcing a return to an ideology of a long-gone time.

We are being given a wakeup call, folks–all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of sane values. These guys have to be stopped and, hopefully, somehow voted out of Congress or they will always be a cancer ready to poison the rest of us when we least expect it. Bringing back a time of “every man for himself” is not what America is about, and it is time this message was finally drilled into those living in their own bubble. v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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