Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Acting like children

Remember last August when the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wanted to discuss the ‘drill here, drill now’ issue and the Democrats just turned off the lights, the microphones and the television feeds - and went home?

Turns out that New York Democrats are following the example.

Why is it that these Democrats, when faced with issues or discussions they don’t want to have just decide to take their ball and go home? What is it that they are so afraid of? That their positions won’t hold up under scrutiny? That the ‘will of the people’ that they’re so fond of touting might be something different than what they, personally, want? That given an open, inclusive discussion they might actually lose a following vote on an issue?

And if their positions are so tenuous as to not be able to withstand such scrutiny, are they really such good positions at all?

Is this what governance has come to? Maintain power and control at all costs and declare sessions closed when it looks like the ‘other team’ might actually have a win?

I guess the ‘party of diversity’ excludes diversity of thought.

2 comments:

Hooda Thunkit (a.k.a. Dave Zawodny) said...

Children sticking their fingers in their ears and loudly singing La la la la . . .

If they don't hear it, it wasn't said.

The more civil response would have been a very long, silent "deer in the headlights stare.

But that might have been perceived as ignorance/stupidity rather than partisan childishness...

(Besides, their mommies were waiting for them in the car; the streetlights were on and it was time to go home.)

Tim Higgins said...

And so government devolves to the blind leading the blind ... in the dark.

It is at least good to see that Democrats can learn from example. Now we could only get the Republicans to provide a good example.

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