Most of us can remember a few kids that were born to butt heads with authority figures, like teachers. At times, when the teacher seemed especially unreasonable, it was perfectly logical to cheer them on. They were like little George Washingtons, standing up defiantly to lead us across the Delaware. Then the inevitable would hit the fan. Little Generals, captured and restrained, whisked away to the office.
Later, as we reached the enormous maturity of juniors and seniors in high school, these kids began to look foolish. The spectacle of seeing a defiant young woman, hands on her hips, nose up in the air, shouting at an otherwise respected educator, left a sick feeling in the air more often than not. How had the parents of these kids fared? I thought some of them looked a bit worn for their years.
I get that same feeling now as I watch the Democrats in Washington. There does not seem to be any recognition of the greater good, as obstruction appears to be the mission of the day. There is no recognition that disruptive behavior for political purposes might spoil the tomorrows for a great many.
The President has been frank and realistic about the problems that face this Nation. Social Security reform needs to happen now for the benefit of coming generations, not for some perverted rip-off scheme the Democrats would have the elderly believe. The military must bolster Iraq until the Iraqis can stand on their own. America needs to have an Attorney General confirmed now, not when Democrats are finished grand standing and pontificating. America needs a realistic energy policy now, which works without crippling the economy.
Perhaps the time has come to consider measures that are more aggressive. When individual kids become consistently disruptive, the entire class suffers. For the good of the others, it sometimes is necessary to remove those who are creating the disturbance. Take a good look at your own Representatives and Senators. Are they just shouting at the opposition because they have no solutions and can think of nothing better to do? I know there are quite a number who are doing just that.
I would be curious to hear from classmates of some of the obstructionist Senators and Congressmen. I would almost be willing to bet, some of the stories would seem familiar. Elected office is a privilege, as was our public education. Sometimes we must remove privileges, for the greater good.
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