Have you ever watched a group of children playing? You will see all kinds of conduct on the playground. Some kids believe they have a right to rule over the others. Some are so spoiled that they ruin the games for the rest. Some of them are bullies and some are even thieves.
For example, say there are children playing in a room. They cannot agree on which game to play, so one group storms out of the room. But on the way out they lock the doors to prevent the other group from playing there as well. It is the old “If I can’t have my way, I will take my ball and leave” trick.
On another play area, one group demands that the game of their choice be played, and when the others object, they start insulting them and calling them childish names. Some take this to an extreme, obtaining great pleasure out of making the other kids cry.
Then there are the bullies. These kids try to use force and intimidation to gain control of the play area and impose their games on the others. And, of course, there are the extreme bullies who make great efforts to steal the other kids’ lunch money.
Now, those of you who watch real news rather than the slanted propaganda so common on TV today have already figured out who I am talking about. And I suspect that you are the only ones who read my column. I write for people who think for themselves, not those who devote themselves to parroting the party line of their leaders.
So, what do we need to do? First, we need to find all the children in our government, especially the ones who occupy grownup bodies, and sent them back out to the sand boxes where they can play their silly games without doing any real harm. Then we need to establish a set of political time limits so that when we mistakenly send a child to do an adult job, we can correct the problem within a reasonable time.
We need to break up the two big gangs that these childlike adults use to boost their power so that mature people have a chance to take responsibility for our actual children and their future. Then we need to make sure everyone has a strong zipper in their pockets so that the bullies can no longer steal the money we are saving for our children’s future.
I often hear statements about educating our young people so that they can take control of the nation when their time comes. But worrying about their future is pointless if we continue on the path of destruction that will assure they have no future to control.
Only when the childlike antics in Washington are ended and we are allowed to be responsible for ourselves and our families, will our children have a chance to build a future of their own.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
I've got someting I've been thinking about for some time.What if we have "Town Hall Meetings" like we see on the news all the time.Maybe meet at church gyms or fellowship halls or local fire departments once a month, have our elected officials meet with us, listen to our issues,explain their positions on these issues.If our officials dont show up or listen, we elect some who will.Shoot,you could do a covered dish deal so folks would at least get a good meal out of it.A group of people working together for a common goal is far better and stronger than a group of people working toward individual goals,don't you think?It's definitely not a quick fix,there isn't one,but it could be a step in the right direction.