“No” Governing is Not Governing

“A house divided against itself can not stand” — Jesus and Abraham Lincoln

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” — Taylor Swift

I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about the fact that there was no Speaker of the House to replace John Boehner. They thought they had someone,  but he declined saying he “couldn’t be the consensus candidate”.  The obvious successor to the job doesn’t want the position. The party now has no leader, apparently, and soon the budget extension vote will be coming up again. If it doesn’t go, the government will shut down.

All of this leads me to the obvious question: what did they think was going to happen? Boehner was considered a traitor because he had tried to get things done with the democrats — while he didn’t for years. 

One of the commentators said “there are some of the party members who are anarchists”… and, in fact they are. Tea Party members want “limited” government, but they also are competitive in trying to prove they’re the most for limiting government. What’s the most limited government you can have? No government.

Again, what did they think was going to happen? Commentary continued on: “They were sent to Congress to express the people’s anger at the government”. You send people to work in the government to express their anger with it? That doesn’t sound like they want to work there. 

If I got hired at Dunkin Donuts and every day I went in and said “I don’t believe in donuts”, it’s a fair bet that a) I’m going to get fired and b) not a lot of donuts are going to get made.

You can’t get anything built if you’re there to destroy it. Has anybody thought that those people are Always angry? They don’t like Blacks, they don’t like gays, they don’t like women, they don’t like immigrants. They don’t like paying taxes (aka “sharing”). They don’t like government — they don’t like anything or anyone.

In short, they’re haters. Haters don’t build anything because they can’t. They can’t  play well with others. Leadership is about playing well with others for the larger good. 

If they don’t like government  as a concept they shouldn’t be in government, and we shouldn’t expect building a consensus from people who don’t like other people.

Whenever this gets settled, the people who want to build things for us  will  be in charge, by definition. They will have a majority voting for them, which means they’ll have to people skills. Haters don’t.

Those who don’t , will continue throwing stones at the government until their term ends. If we want to rebuild our democracy and our country, we have to elect people who like the system or at least appreciate it. 

We’re getting nowhere this way.

Peace, 
John

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