*During an interview on MSNBC President Obama said of House Majority Speaker Boehner “The only thing that’s stopping him is that John Boehner right now has not been willing to say ‘no’ to a faction of the Republican Party that are willing to burn the house down because of an obsession over my health care initiative.” Those tea party extremists like Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), and others are the kids who are bent on having their own way.
I’m reminded of a friend who had a babysitting job and one of the conditions was that she was never to say ‘no’ to the children. Everything had to be addressed in the affirmative. Some say it’s a page from Dr. Benjamin Spock’s bestseller The Common Sense Book of Baby and Childcare. Critics say the book, first published in 1946, promoted entitlement, instant gratification, and permissiveness for a whole generation.
Speaker John Boehner is likened to the head of household who has no control over his own children. They are so removed from the realities of the average American that they cannot see the seriousness of a prolonged government shutdown. An estimated 800,000 people have been directly affected by the shutdown which went into effect October 1 – the same day that the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) went into effect.
We knew the day would come that Dr. Spock’s generation of entitled kids would show up in various spheres of influence, but never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined they would hold America hostage. They are so-called leaders who have no sense of shame nor any understanding of what diplomacy is all about. They are a selfish, egotistical breed. They are that neighborhood brat who owns the basketball – if they lose and can’t play, they throw a tantrum and take the ball home so nobody plays.
Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) www.amazon.com. E-mail: [email protected] Visit the author at www.larrybuford.com. (213) 220-8101