Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Party Who Cried Wolf

I'm sure everyone knows the story of the boy who cried wolf. He did it so often, falsely, in order to get attention, that no one believed him when the wolf really came.

Also apropos is the story of the child who was so incredibly optimistic that nothing ever got her down. No matter what happened, she always found some way to turn it into something good. Her optimism became so obsessive, her parents feared for both her safety and her mental health.

In an effort to straighten her out and make her face reality, they decided to give her a big pile of horse manure for Christmas one year. This was because she kept insisting that she was going to get a pony as a gift, no matter how hard they tried to tell her it would not happen. They weren't trying to be cruel, just to get her to stop living in her own her private fantasy world. A good shock, they thought might clear her head.

But on Christmas morning, when they showed her the big pile of manure in the backyard, she became very excited. She grabbed a shovel and began throwing manure left, right, up, down, and everywhere in between. When they shouted her to stop and told her she was just making a big mess and repeated that she had gotten a big stinking pile of manure for Christmas because she wouldn't face facts, she replied that something had made that big pile, and it was so big that there just had to be a pony inside there somewhere.

Both stories, of course, apply to the Republican Party.

They cry wolf at every opportunity. They will make any accusation, anytime, anywhere, as long as it sounds bad for Obama. What they don't understand is that while it sounds bad for the President in the ears of those who already agree with them and also hate Mr. Obama, it makes them sound bad in the ears of everyone else. They have cried wolf so often about so many silly things that if the president actually did do something really reprehensible, no one would believe it. They'd just assume it was those crazed Republicans at it again.

Naturally, every now and then, the President does make a mistake. And when that happens, Republicans imagine a huge conspiracy to be uncovered. They jump right into the manure pile and start throwing handfuls of it left, right, up, down, and everywhere in between. They never give up hope that there's got to be a pony in there somewhere.

I get so tired of trying to make things clear to the Republican Party. It's the exact equivalent of trying to get through to an alcoholic. Oh, I know they aren't listening to me personally, but I'm not the only one giving them this advice. If you people want to be taken seriously, start acting as serious people act. If you don't want to be regarded as crazy nuts on the far right fringe, stop acting like crazy nuts on the far right fringe.

We need to two sensible parties dividing control of this country and working together to do what's best for America. We don't need one party that's mostly reasonable and another party which keeps going totally insane. I am not the enemy of the GOP. In fact, I'm its best friend. Sometimes a best friend has to look in you in the face and shout, "Stop taking those drugs!" or, "Stop drinking that alcohol!". Sometimes you need to be told get free of addiction and straighten up your life.

So, GOP, your country needs you. Start dealing with reality, dammit!

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