We don't need most of the federal government and its red tape. And I do mean "need". Most of the federal government is unnecessary and nothing but a bloated, absolute behemoth of a mess.
Who cares if we can't get into a national park? Seriously, that's not a need. The more shut down, the less of our money not spent. It would be even better if Congress didn't show up for a while; at least there would be less confusion, less encroachment of liberties, and less debt being incurred.
Most importantly, we need to realize how much Americans rely on man and material things instead of God. So perhaps with some of the "stuff" not being funneled our way temporarily, we will see that 1) we indeed can do without most of this bloated big government, and 2) stuff isn't what is eternal, spiritual things are.
Its also time to understand that our Founding Fathers believed that our unalienable rights did not first be given to the king and then from the king to the people as he willed. Rather such rights were given to the people by God, and then from the people to the government in a limited way.
"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again."
-- Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what is will be tomorrow."
-- James Madison, Federalist no. 62, February 27, 1788
Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
-- Ben Franklin, Respectfully Quoted, p. 201, Suzy Platt, Barnes & Noble, 1993