We sometimes play games or conduct business to try and win things in life. It is part of the way many people have thought since early in their existence; winning is the sole purpose of competition for some people. It’s fun to win, especially BIG. It is something that produces that little endorphin rush in our system. We try to avoid loss or failure in the gaming process if at all possible though. But, there are times when the gaming needs to come to a stop.
Today we are experiencing problems in Washington because of the different personalities and all of that game playing. The kids in D.C. aren’t playing well together there these days. I worry where all of this childishness might lead America. Are some people purposely trying to alter our form of government?
Most people believe that government will act in our best interests on issues that we sometimes know little about. In other words, we “trust” that elected officials are going to follow the law and do the right things for us. I think the problem with the way that things have been going in Washington recently is that there is a big angry game of “chicken,” or, “I want to be more important than you” going on between some people there and it could lead to serious consequences for the rest of us.
In my opinion, the person who actually came up short in the last big election was Bernie Sanders. I don’t think he stood a chance in the actual election for president against a Republican candidate, but I also think he was shortchanged in the pre-election process by some of those on his side of the political fence. Whatever the reason, he was sidelined to history at that point. Trusting those who are supposedly on your team can cost you big sometimes, can’t it?
But others have recently taken his place in the big game of politics it would appear. The last I heard there were probably around 20 people waiting on the Democratic side for a chance to run in the future “Who wants to be the next president” game.
Bad political ideas like socialism probably won’t be going away in the near future unfortunately. When things that could potentially involve massive individual recognition and imaginary greatness are coming to the center stage of the political theater who knows what could be in our future. That spotlight of attention in politics sometimes causes a few people to do and say some strange things to attain power.
For example; someone in congress said that building a wall on the southern border would be “immoral.” But, wouldn’t failing to control our borders and following the specific laws related to entry procedures into this country be a failure of the legal responsibilities that our government has to keep us safe? If the wall isn’t built soon, and the border isn’t secured, I think it could be seen as a failure on the part of those in Washington to do their sworn job of protecting America.
It is way past time for this juvenile game playing and drama to come to an end and for everyone in Washington to start acting like responsible adults by working together. No more kid games, the established laws of our nation need to be followed because people are being harmed by both the uncontrolled southern border and the disharmony in our nation’s capital.
I hate to admit it but what we are seeing overall these days scares me.
Please, just agree to build the wall that many elected officials in Washington had previously said they supported just a few years ago.
No more kid games; just do your job, the one you took an oath to perform, and act like responsible adults.
Bruce Roberts of Rockford is a retired police officer, former member of the Winnebago County Board and the Winnebago County Board of Health.