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Yes, the Affordable Care Act is "the law"... and?

Upheld and vetted and harumphed by all branched of government, just as the hundreds of thousands of other laws are.  And like most other laws, it is destructive of freedom and liberty and worthy of all the ridicule, disparagement, and disobedience anyone can muster.
The idea that something must be right simply because it is "the law" denounces the very soul of humanity, the soul wherein we know what is right and wrong, and act on that knowledge.  Law provides the magic words by which we can confuse our intellect to override our senses.  We know it is wrong to steal, but if there is a law, some magic words, some clever turn of phrase and logical fallacy, we will accept it, or even champion it.
That is the power of politics and politicians, to turn our reason against our selves.

What "Non-essential" really means....

The gang leaders can't decide how to spend the loot, so they decide to "shut down" until they can work it out.  Because of thier self-imposed hardship, it should be easy to see and understand what their priorities are.
They shut down the operation of parks, museums, arts, issuing grants, welfare checks, WIC cards, social services...
But not the DEA, ATF, EPA, FBI, CIA, DHS, TSA, or other alphabet agencies.  So it seems anything to do with service is non-essential, and anything to do with enFORCEment must carry on at any cost. 
The agencies that deal in violence are essential.  The agencies that deal in service are not.
It seems these two rival gangs agree on quite a bit more than they let on. 

Is it really a "shutdown" if 80% of it is still running?

Four point one million people work for the Federal government, and eighty percent will continue through the so-called "shutdown".  The dog and pony show continues, and the people are going to get their democracy good and hard, in the form of some parks closing.
The grand posturing that makes "us" think "they" are important is more valuable to them than any supposed service they can provide.  And how, anyone, does one "close" a public park?  If we the people own it, then how can we close it from ourselves?
So the grand charade continues, breaking news, over and over.

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