It has been interesting watching the media cover the ongoing political mess. Fox News has refused to call it a government "shut down," preferring instead a government "slimdown." As has been noted by some, words are important and the one who controls the language, controls the debate. On October 10 at a press conference, press secretary Carney used the word "ransom" which was rejected by the press corp as being too provocative. The Republicans have repeatedly slammed the president for "refusing to negotiate" while the president has refused to allow the economy to be held "hostage." All the while, the media has implied more or less equal blame for the mess we're facing.
At this point, it is important to clarify what has actually happened. A law was passed (the ACA). That law was judged constitutional by a very conservative SCOTUS. The electorate re-elected the president, running on the basis of that law and even a majority of voters in House races voted Democratic, all endorsing the law. Republicans, largely because of gerrymandered districts held the House majority. Some 41 times, the tried to repeal the ACA, failing every single time. It should be noted that laws get repealed and modified all of the time... through the legislative process or via the courts. Neither worked for the Republicans so they decided to do an end run, holding first the budget hostage and then the full faith and credit of the United States. Make no mistake, when the Republicans in the House were unable to repeal Obamacare via the normal means, they decided to threaten severe damage to the economy of the country and indeed the world. Give them what they want, what they could not get by normal means, or they would destroy everything.
Perhaps "ransom" is too provocative... but terrorism is an accurate description. Here's one definition I found for that word... other definitions were all similar. "The use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or
an organized group against people or property with the intention of
intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological
or political reasons."