Ken's post was a good post in merit imo, but it lacks because it operates under the principle of a either or situation when it doesn't have to be that way and the one way would not accomplish what the purpose was in the first place. Totally agree with "shutting down the government to make a point. People need to realize tin this nation you should be able to survive without the Leviathon." but that isn't what was happening nor is it what would happen. All that would happen is that it would (and did.) weaken our position to getting into office and thus being able to actually do something. We simply were not in a position to do it effectively. If you cannot do it effectively, then you don;t do it, it is that simple. And the position of not doing it because it puts people on the streets, the ideology isn;t just because it puts people on the streets behind it.
The ideology is that harming people needlessly just to ram your way through builds resentment, and it does harm needlessly. And ya that may be ok with people sitting on their couch, but if you are one of the ones who just because of some lame BS end up losing your house, car and harming your family you are not going to agree. There are ways to do things and ways not to do things, and it is that simple. The kooks way is not the right way, cramming obamacare down our throats, without reading it or understanding it, just to get it done, is not the right way. and frankly most of the rest of the country isn't going to be for it either, so trying to do such things and being kooky about it, is just going to cause the loss of support.
Ignore facts if you like.