The Idiocy of Our Politics

When I was in grade school in the 1960’s, from time to time a group of kids, usually boys, would get together and announce to each other that they were going to do some brazen, daring thing.  This announcement would be shocking with cries of, “You wouldn’t dare” or perhaps, “I dare you.”  The problem facing these guys, often bullies, they would lose face if they didn’t go through with their threat regardless of how silly it might sound.  Looking back I can recall just how childish and foolish most of these gestures were but these kids…and I was “amongst” them on occasion…really didn’t like the position they had put themselves in with idle talk.

So now we come to 2017 and the “children” who are the Republican members of Congress have spent years avowing they would repeal Obamacare immediately after taking power in 2017.  But, alas and alack, they are obviously having second thoughts; but one of them, Paul Ryan, reminded his colleagues today, “We promised!  We gotta make good on it.”

I ask, “Why?”  And Senator Tom Cotton provided the answer yesterday–because the House appears to be in jeopardy of being lost to the Democrats next year unless the Obamacare repeal is defeated.  So, now look at what the real issue is.  Can we stay in power?” Maybe this Obamacare repeal is not so important after all?  Once again I remind them, “Don’t believe everything you think.”

Shakespeare summed it up.  “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”  There is nothing wrong with being an idiot.  We are all idiots.  But I find that it helps to accept my idiocy.




About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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