I live in the Midwest, and for weeks now we have been hearing about public servants leaving their state in order to slow down the legislative process because of bills the majority party is pushing through.
When I first started hearing the news, I thought the commentary from my facebook friends was interesting. Those with a conservative perspective rumbled right away - "Do your jobs!" "Get back to work." "I'm tired of snow and Democrats." Behind those statements was the fear and/or frustration that the projects they supported would not get approved. Completely understandable.
I guess my less-conservative friends aren't so vocal. I didn't hear as much commentary in support of those who walked out, despite the number of teachers in my social-media circle. But in those early days, I supported those legislators, at least in principle. I believe they were doing what they were hired to do. They represented certain interests in their states and they did that they only way they could in a Republican controlled environment. They left.
I know - few other people can just walk out on their jobs because they don't like the way things are going. But they did get people talking - they did represent their constituents - they did raise awareness.
But I think that moment has passed - awhile ago. The point was made, the attention was garnered. It's time to move on. My support for their principles has been replaced by annoyance. The other side is digging in their heels. They refuse to let the business of the state be held hostage. It's time to get back to work, accept the things you cannot change, and move forward on the things you can.