By Brittany Yurkovitch on 10/20/2013
Many of us living in the two political party paradigm smiled as they read last week’s debt ceiling headlines: A bipartisan deal had been reached and furloughed federal workers may return to work. Federal parks are open and White House tours will resume. Victory came in the 11th hour inspiring a standing ovation to House Speaker Boehner’s leadership qualities.
All is back to normal, nothing to see here.
These politicians are worse than high school students at grade time. Many students procrastinate until the grade window deadline approaches where they are forced out of denial. Realizing the impending deadline ahead, they propagate doom and gloom if you, the teacher, do not cave in to their demands. They will claim, “if you don’t take my late work, I will fail this class and won’t graduate.”
When the teacher says, “I’m sorry, you should have planned ahead months ago,” students bring their powerful interest groups to the table, the parents, to repeat similarly dire messages about how the sky will fall if you, the teacher, do not cave in to their demands. Parents will claim, “my whole family bought graduation tickets and is coming from out of state to attend, you have to let my kid submit 30 incomplete assignments for full credit or else my world will crumble apart.”
While this is a frustrating part of being a teacher, a good teacher will hold a firm line and tell the kid no or accept the work with penalties. It’s a sad reality but at least the education system is adequately preparing our students for a healthy career in politics.
And just like the students, apparently Congress can be bribed with a pizza party to perform their duties.
Unlike the happy sheeple in denial, the rest of us who believe elite power theory most accurately describes America’s current political reality are left a bit deflated and disgusted. A standing ovation for Beohner, really? For what, doing their jobs poorly while compromising their morality? For continuing to enslave future generations with unsustainable debt? I don’t understand what we are cheering for.
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