From Merriam-Webster, online dictionary:
"1se·ques·ter transitive verb \si-ˈkwes-tər\se·ques·teredse·ques·ter·ing
Definition of SEQUESTER1a : to set apart : segregate <sequester a jury> b : seclude, withdraw <widely spaced homes are forbiddingly grand and sequestered — Don Asher> 2a : to seize especially by a writ of sequestration b : to place (property) in custody especially in sequestration 3 : to hold (as a metallic ion) in solution usually by inclusion in an appropriate coordination complex"
Earlier this year, our President declared a national sequester. Services would be cut. Indeed, services have been cut, but Americans being who we are, are muddling on through. I do see anger over this action.
The President and his family have been continuing to hold grand celebrity-attended parties. The President's wife and children accompanied him to Ireland this past week for a summit (the First Lady and daughters visiting ancestral areas and sight-seeing on our tax-dollars since they require the same security accorded the President). I read recently that 30 rooms were in use at the hotel where the First Lady and girls stayed, 30 rooms?!?! Support staff and security. Who paid for this? We, the American people, who have been "sequestered."
I don't know about you, but I would love to travel to Ireland and visit my ancestral areas of interest. I bet my trip would be far less expensive since I don't need security and support staff. I am my own person. Would be nice to have family with me, but not support staff.
I am curious as to who is withdrawn, who is secluded, who is segregated, who has been seized, who is being held, who is in custody by our President's order of sequestration? Are we, the American people, being held and in custody? Has the President withdrawn and segregated himself from his fellow Americans, has he withdrawn from the people? I ask these questions because they weigh heavily on my mind.
If we, the American people, are to be sequestered, then should not ALL of us be cutting back? If we are segregated, should we not be separated from other countries and not be sending them weapons and aid? How are we sequestered? It would seem we cut our own people, but for the rest of the world, we shall continue to support them and help them. We have become our own captives.
I much prefer to sequester myself, particularly when I've lost a love one. Withdraw into myself for a time to nurse my hurts. I cannot imagine sequestering myself with the intent to allow harm to come to those I love.
I guess definitions are subject to an individual's interpretation. If you're the President of the United States of America, you can enact executive powers to sequester your people from their government jobs, from various programs, while opening your wallet to those who are not Americans. If you're this writer, sequestration is a matter of privacy (e.g a jury in deliberations or a person who needs to nurse an emotional wound), and a withholding of emotions to others.
How do you, dear readers, interpret the word "sequester?"