A Revisit To Republican Romper Room July 17, 2003
This piece is 8 years old but still RINGS TRUE TODAY. July 2011
HOW SAD IS THAT?
One of the primary themes to emerge from the ornate hotel lobbies of Washington, from the mouths of AM talk radio hosts, from the new regime's sneering acolytes in cowboy hats and fur-trimmed coats was that at last, finally, grown-ups would be running Washington, D.C. No more semen-stained dresses. No more fags in uniform and half-assed missile attacks. No more her. No more children running the world.
At least with Clinton you knew that the most powerful man in the world had reached adolescence, if not much beyond it. But all current evidence suggests that the world is now being run by 7-year-olds.
Oh, to be
sure, petulant little children are announcing themselves
all around the world these days, from surly little
bullies like Ahmad Chalabi (who, after spending years on
various playgrounds stealing other kids' lunch money,
have come home to be handed a shiny new bicycle called
Iraq), to the angry little brat in North Korea trying to
get his parent's attention ("I've got uranium
now!" "Now I've got a missile!" "Now
I'm arming it! Watch me! I really am!" "I said
I really am! I mean it this time!!"). Kim Jong II
needs time out and a nap; Chalabi needs reform school.
most alarming spectacle is in Washington itself, where
Peter Pan went and recruited his whole grade school
The result is calamity almost beyond words to describe: an appetite for cool comic-book foreign policy, emphasis on blowing stuff up, combined with a Never-Never Land insistence on how the world works and economics learned from watching older siblings play Monopoly.
Little kids, you'll recall, can be incredibly cruel. And so it is in D.C. these days, a dramatic step down from the last depressing administration, where the Clinton crew (including, no doubt, Janet Reno) had at least discovered girls. This collection hasn't even matured enough yet to learn right from wrong, or that actions have consequences, or even to experience the essential step in human development of understanding that the world doesn't start and stop with them, that other people think and act and feel just like they do. Empathy. Instead, this bunch stays at home, watches TV, and plays army all day. It's a nice day; they should at least go outside and play. Clinton needed to be grounded. Junior needs to havehis toys taken away.
proof? What was Junior's sole major
"accomplishment" before daddy's friends got him
elected governor of Texas? He used daddy's allowance
money and bought a baseball team. These are rich
children. Too much attention is being paid to
"rich," and not enough to "children."
But more and more, the emperor's outgrown clothes are showing, especially in recent days as the little tyke has finally been confronted in public with truths that contradict his carefully constructed play world. First, he really did go outside and play, to Africa, just to get away from it. But reality dogged him there, too, so mostly he's been pouting and insisting that the tooth fairy really does exist, there is a Santa Claus, Saddam really did buy uranium from Niger. ("And all that other stuff I made up last week is true, too!")
Frankly, the pile of toys Junior's no longer interested in is starting to clutter the living room floor, and Junior also keeps tripping over his now-discarded Disney videos, too. (He's not much for reading.) It's not like he's ever learned, or been made, to clean up his own messes. And he still believes all the stories in those old videos, too Iraq's mystery weapons in trailers, made out of propane tanks, and the cool spy-movie ties to Al-Qaeda and stuff. He still can't tell fact from fiction.
But confronted with it, he's reacting the way many small, spoiled kids do by blaming his friends, starting with the one he doesn't know very well, the guy who already lived in his new neighborhood when he got here, little Georgie Tenet. ("Hey, I only made him fall on a play sword! It didn't really hurt.") Every time Junior does this, he squeezes his eyes real tight and hopes it'll all just go away so he can go play army s'more. (He's also supposed to be doing homework he hates math! but video games are more fun.)
little kids in Junior's clubhouse are acting about the
same way except for little Rummy, who likes to
torture the neighbor's cats when nobody's looking.
Rummy's gonna be trouble when he gets older.
For years, the adults around Junior and his little pals have been making excuses for their behavior. All kids are above average. It was a misunderstanding. He didn't mean to break it. He's really not that dumb. He just learns differently. Isn't he cute? The parents are rich, so teachers are circumspect, even when the extra lessons they give don't stick or he makes Family Circus-style mispronouncements.
But the behavior coming out of Washington these days has become too destructive, too aberrant to ignore, as it sometimes does when spoiled kids are never reigned in from their excesses. These kids are very spoiled, and their excesses are scaring all the adults in the neighborhood, if not the world. Frankly, it would be a huge improvement if this batch got old enough to discover girls.
But that's a long way away, and meantime they're really, really wed to their fantasies and their cruelty and their denials. And their moms and dads don't seem to care. Many, many people could die before Junior and his friends get old enough that they start to learn right from wrong.
At this point, the best hope is that they move to another neighborhood.
Geov Parrish Biography:
BagdadBrother "Mission From God"
LetThem Eat Cake
you kill one person, you get death.
If you kill a group of people,
due to a white collar crime,
you get a pathetic little fine!
If you kill millions,
you get a national holiday!"
talk to the animals they will talk with you
and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you
will not know them and what you do not know,
you will fear. What one fears, one destroys."
---Chief Dan George
August 5, 2008 - The Republicans are at it again.
Here they are mocking Obama for
spreading good, adult advice.Did I here the word ADULT,
sorry Republicans, I know that word is quite foreign to
Earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) noted that making sure your tires are properly inflated is one of the things that you can do individually to save energy, adding that we could save all the oil that theyre talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups.
Last night on Fox News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) expressed outrage at Obamas comments, calling them ludicrous and loony tunes:
Watch it: BELOW
reduced (AGAIN) to Romper Room rhetoric
I have always thought the "R" party, quite childish with their infantile rhetoric, but this is way over the top. Why don't they just GROW UP and maybe together we can finally have a world run by adults. WHAT? Not in their vocabulary! thinkingblue.blogspot
Is making sure your car tires are inflated properly to save energy and gas money loony tunes? The federal government doesnt think so. Neither does the auto industry.
The Department of Energy estimates that (based on gas costing $3.96/gallon), you can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure which would ultimately save up to $0.12/gallon or, nearly the amount of the federal gas tax ($0.18/gallon), a tax Gingrich supports repealing. Moreover, the auto industry agrees with DoEs assessment.
But more importantly, Obama is correct to suggest that inflating tires properly and getting regular tune-ups could save all the oil that theyre talking about getting off drilling and by a long shot. According to the Energy Information Administration, if Congress lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling, by 2030, oil crude production in the lower-48? outer continental shelf will increase by about 200,000 barrels per day. By contrast, the production offset based on Obamas proposal will likely approach 800,000 barrels per day, immediately.
So while Gingrich is touting his Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less scheme, car care can provide a real solution that would allow Americans to pay less at the pump today.
YOU CAN BEAM ME UP NOW, SCOTTIE.Thinkingblue
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