Friday night I was sitting in my living room watching my 11 year old granddaughter deal with her very insistent three year old brother over who would get what toy to play with.
In front of her she had a bunch of plastic play food. The three year old had a big truck. She was playing with the food quietly when he came up and started stealing items off here beautifully set up plates she had been using. He was putting them on the back of the truck.
A row ensued as they argued and fought over the plastic food. Soon however a compromise was come too, and the three year old was driving a pile of plastic hot dogs around the room on his truck while she continued to prepare her artificial dinner fare.
It's hard to compare what they did with what is going on in Washington D.C. but to me they seemed a lot smarter about a disagreement than Congress ever has. Sure the stakes weren't as high to we as adults, but to them it was a big deal.
While kids are immature, they often come to common sense decisions about things better than adults do. It seems the longer people serve in Congress the less common sense they have. It all boils down to two things; money and egos.
Kids don't know much about money; they just know some things are worth more than others.
And their egos, well they do exist, but they haven't been polluted by far out groups that don't care about what the cost of their arrogance is to everyone else around them. They want their way at any cost.
Well I remember kindergarten like it was yesterday (of course I would like to think it was, but it was actually 56 years ago). My teacher set up some rules that some kids had a hard time following. I didn't have much problem because they were the same rules that my parents had taught me about behaving well.
First, listen to others while the are talking and do not disturb them. I think all sides in this mess could gain from this rule, but no one wants to hear about this rule.
Second, follow directions. The American people have rated Congress so low for so long that those in the body don't even hear what we want anymore. That's because we keep electing the same idiots over and over again. So apparently we as a public are not being very clear in our directions.
Do not disturb anyone and let them do their work. Well this is a good one. What Congress does disturbs everyone. They really break this rule into very small pieces, throw it on the ground and then stomp on it.
Show respect for everyone. This rule went out the proverbial door of the capitol a long time ago. It has just gotten worse in the last six years.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself and don't throw things. Congress is very good at kicking each other while they are down, choking the life out of each other when they argue and throwing all kinds of crap around. This rule does not exist in our nation's capital.
Don't run in corridors or hallways. Some may literally do this but I doubt it. Many of them would keel over if they had to run anywhere but toward money trees from big corporations. Besides they are too busy running off at the mouth instead of getting things done.
Take only your turn when it is time and share with others. I bet many in Congress never learned this one. They interrupt each other constantly and often with unflattering comments. And when it comes to sharing, they share their hatred, their vile dispositions and their minuscule minds with us all each day.
Those are the rules; simple, yet effective when followed. There are always just a few really bad kids in every class room, and they are always the ones that make it painful for everyone. This Congress has more than its share of bad apples, on both ends of the political fruit tree. Unfortunately it is always the ones in the middle, the ones that make the most sense that get hurt by the actions of a few. But its hard not to claim they are all the same because they defer to those the yell the loudest and they seem to not be able to rally those that make sense into one cohesive voting block. I say we let some kids run the country. It certainly couldn't be much worse.
Particularly if the kids followed the rules they learned in kindergarten.