5 Oct

Here is a hot mike conversation between Republican Senators Mitch McConnell And Rand Paul that was recorded while Senator McConnell was wired and ready for a soon to be conducted interview…

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think… I don’t think they poll tested we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again,” Paul said.

“Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly,” McConnell agreed.

Paul added, “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well, I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think.”

Imagine that you are in an Olympic race and you win!

But as those who finish behind you gather across the finish line, they collectively decide to hold the medal ceremony hostage until you agree to negotiate and compromise on the subject of who really won the race.

The losers decide to go with the argument that they were really trying to win the race and even though they lost they are still willing to compromise on the outcome.

You however, take the position that you won fare and square and have no intention of compromising or negotiating as to the outcome of a race that was already decided…by running the freaking race!

So they snicker and look up at the crowd that is anxiously and a bit aggravatingly waiting for the medal ceremony to begin so the rest of the Olympic events can proceed, and the losers say to each other “We lost but he won’t negotiate with us! And just look at that angry crowd…I guess it’s pretty obvious that nobody likes a sore winner isn’t it?”

Remember when you were a child in school playing games with other children and invariably someone (maybe it was even you at one time) would come up with a way to cheat so they could win, or try to bully their way into winning, or subvert the rules, or throw a tantrum or simply try to negate everything and anything that would stand in the way of honesty and fair play by saying “Nuh-Uh!” just to get their way.

And you and everyone else would just hope that an adult would come along and set everything right by being the voice of reason and authority and by pointing out to the errant child or children that cheating or pouting or lying or bullying was not nor never would be an option to getting what one wanted, and would be a barrier to your growing up and becoming an adult?

And remember when getting caught doing those things was stigmatizing and embarrassing and a bad mark on one’s character? And that eventually you were going to have to learn how to play fair and by the rules if you ever wanted anyone to ever play with you again? And if you wanted to grow up and become like other adults some day?

Remember that?

When did it become OK to be the rotten kid, who has no manners, pouts when he can’t get his way, and never plays by the rules?

And when did it become OK to become an adult and still be that rotten kid?

And now that it’s OK, who is going to teach anyone anything anymore?

7 Responses to “Nuh-Uh!”

  1. hbw October 5, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    If it’s any comfort, the sight the most powerful country in the world grinding to a halt because a worryingly small number of people won’t play nicely and have started to throw their toys out of the pram looks weird from the outside as well (and really only serves to fuel a particular strain of anti-Americanism). OK, probably not much comfort.

    It does seem to be a thing with politicians across the world – they just get caught up in this whole business of winning – whether it’s elections or debates or point-scoring in interviews or just controlling their public image. Is this an inevitable by-product of Western-style democracy? Does it inevitably attract the pathologically competitive and the playground bullies?

  2. ladysighs October 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I remember it well.

  3. Barbara Backer-Gray October 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Great analogy!

  4. crossinh October 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I love the analogy. It is spot on!

  5. TamrahJo October 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I fear the repercussions to our economy, national reputation and diplomatic relations with other nations may be much more staggering than these losers can ever comprehend.

  6. gpcox October 7, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Oh, isn’t that the truth?! I know far too many “adult” babies and bullies.

  7. W E Patterson October 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    The picture that you paint with your analogy is, I think, quite accurate. We are truly on the brink of disaster.

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