The Government Needs To Grow Up.

October 2, 2013

in Parenting, Politics, School

This video says it better than anyone ever could. Jon Stewart is pure genius.

I am not a super political person by nature. Or at least on the outside, in public. I have my beliefs and stay very true to them, I am just not one to broadcast them on loud speaker. This has nothing to do with the fact that I don’t appreciate a good verbal argument about our government, religion or social status. It’s just that when it comes to that stuff, especially government, I am grossly misinformed.

I am proud  to say I know infinitely more about ANY of The Real Housewives than I do about current events.

I mean, if I can’t read it on TMZ or US Weekly, then I probably don’t know about it.

But this Government shut down is everywhere (really, it’s even on TMZ) so it’s a little hard to ignore.

I’ve garnered enough facts about the situation to render my input on the subject.

It’s stupid.

That’s what I have to say about it.

I work with kids, lots of them, and my job is to manage them and make sure they are safe and follow the rules so that they remain safe. It’s a tough job. Some of those kids can be mean, mouthy and down right disrespectful.

I liken this shut down to a rowdy game of playground handball.

We have rules for handball. How to play, where to stand to wait to play, when you are out, when you are in, who plays next, what ball you can use, hands, two hands….I could go on and on, but you get my point. Sometimes we get kids who don’t want to follow the rules. The think they know better than anyone how to play handball and that their rules are better for everyone rather than using the rules that were voted on and approved by our schools administration.

But this is where it gets interesting, when a kid acts up over the rules, we do not let them shut down the game so that everyone else can’t play. We make them leave the court. I have said this a thousand times if not more.

“If you don’t like the rules, then leave the game and go find something else to do.”

And you know what? They usually either suck it up and follow the rules or they leave and go play soccer.

I do not negotiate the rules with the unruly child.

The laws have been passed and approved for a reason. Maybe you don’t like them, but they are there to protect everyone, not just yourself.  We spend hours a day trying to teach our kids to follow rules. It’s what parents do (or noon supervisors) because without rules we wouldn’t have a livable society. Can you imagine what would happen if we all caved in to the pressures of our two year olds tantrum?

It would be absolute mayhem.

And then, after the example has been set, every two year old would throw a tantrum to get their way, and so on and so on…

The ACA law was willfully and rightful passed (and yes, I totally checked to make sure that it was willfully and rightfully passed and it was.) I am sorry your side lost. I am sorry you are not happy with the outcome. But that doesn’t mean you get to throw a tantrum and stand in the corner with your arms crossed refusing to move. I mean, if the highest ranking officials in our land can break the law because they “don’t like them” then how can we expect everyone else to follow all the other laws?

It’s a precedent that I don’t think the United States Government should allow. It’s a slippery slope that once it is started, there is no way to un do it.

To me, this isn’t a democrat/republican issue or even a ACA/Obamacare issue. It’s a few little tantrum throwing fools that need to remember why they were part of a chosen few who were put in a position to speak for the rest of us.

So put your personal agendas aside and get your asses back to work.

1 Bonnie October 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Excellent post. Thoughtful, provocative, and quintessential Sandi. You write from the heart, and with honesty.

2 Sandi October 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Bonnie- I wish we (the US) could just put its people first over personal agenda. Hopefully some day….

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