Politicians in the US love to prate on and on about how the US is the world’s greatest system of government. The US senate is routinely referred to, by its own members of course, as the ‘world’s greatest deliberative body’, despite all evidence to the contrary. But things like having periodic government shutdowns must surely make such boasts ring hollow. How can any government fail at its most basic task of keeping the lights on? I myself am aghast that such a thing could happen at all in any country, let alone one with the largest economy and military, and yet we have had a shut down in 2013, almost another one in 2015, and yet another one going on right now. It is becoming routine.
Is it any wonder that other countries are mocking the US? Take China for example. It is using the flailing of the ‘chaotic’ US on the national and international stage to insinuate that its own authoritarian system is superior.
The shutdown of the US government exposes “chronic flaws” in the country’s political system, China’s official news agency said on Sunday.
Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday in Washington after members of Congress failed to agree on a stopgap funding bill.
“What’s so ironic is that it came on the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency on Saturday, a slap in the face for the leadership in Washington,” the Xinhua news agency’s Liu Chang said in a commentary piece.
“The western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,” it said. “However, what’s happening in the United States today will make more people worldwide reflect on the viability and legitimacy of such a chaotic political system.”
I am sure that Donald Trump must be envious of the Chinese system where its leader Xi Jinping was recently smoothly installed by the party, with great pomp and ceremony, for a second term and given greater powers, without any popular election of course. One can sense the glee with which they will rub it in that their government never shuts down.