First off, it's not one or the other parties' fault. It's both of them. We should fire them all, and get some third party people up there. But everyone's pointing the finger at the GOP, so perhaps their time has come and the Libertarian Party, as the third-largest party, can rise and take their place. With improvements. The LP stance is one in favor of personal freedom and, more importantly at this moment in history, lower government spending. One can only hope, I suppose.
Second, the shutdown is neither only a good thing or only a bad thing. It is a good and bad thing. The good part is smaller, it is that perhaps, with these continued failures on the part of our government, we can decide things aren't working and start over. Not super likely, but possible.
The bad part is that the continuous shutdown threats (there will be another on Oct 17th unless we reduce the debt) is a sign of a failing system, sputtering before it crashes. Great kingdoms have fallen before. The middle east used to be the crown of civilization, and now they live in squalor. The Roman Empire left the world in a dark age when it fell. And it's naive to say this can't happen again, or to our nation. And if our country fails, the rich will be fine, while the (tiny) middle class and the poor will have to struggle to survive, even more so than now.
I'm disappointed in our leaders, but not in a shocked way. More of a tired, but, "This was expected," sort of way. Isn't anyone else tired of them all? Why do we keep voting for the lesser of two evils? It doesn't help anything. The argument, "Well, isn't it better to have these problems than those others," is flawed, because all problems are leading us deeper into the hole. Stop voting for the guy with the smaller shovel, vote for the (admittedly less popular) guy with a pile of dirt.
Rant over. Sorry for being a downer. Hopefully my dismal thoughts have no merit and we'll keep chugging on.