While it’s easy and enjoyable to make fun of the Republicans and blame them for everything, the Democrats are at fault as well. For most of Obama’s presidency, the Democrats have made the mistake of trying to appease the Republicans. This is a futile method because, like toddlers, the Republicans are trying to assert their independence and show everyone what big boys and girls they are by saying no to everything. To help out the Democrats, I will explain the 5 stages of toddler defiance using my daughter and John Boehner as examples because someone needs to say no to the Republicans’ nos and be a parent so our county can get shit done.
Stage 1: Shock
You have just told your toddler republican No. Ignore them while they cry. They are going through the natural process of realizing the world does not revolve around them and they can’t have everything their heart desires.
Stage 2: Blame
Now your toddler republican will start to blame you for everything. You refuse to buy them another stuffed puppy even though they have 100 at home so they hysterically throw themselves on the ground and it’s somehow your fault that they stubbed their toe in the process. Or you say no to more Bush era tax cuts because rich people are tighter with their money than John Boehner’s face trying to hold back tears after a Disney princess movie. And then the Republicans somehow blame Obama for the economy being in the gutter despite the fact he wasn’t even president when this whole mess started.
Again ignore your child Republican, drag them out of the toy store, and let them continue to throw their temper tantrum in private so you aren’t tempted to bargain with them out of sheer embarrassment. The most important part of this is to not pay attention to them no matter what because this is what they crave and it only gives their crazy antics validation.
Stage 3: Bargaining
Your efforts are starting to pay off and your republican toddler may begin to understand that what you say goes. Unfortunately, they still have some fight left in them. They may say things like, “If you buy me this stuffed puppy I promise to never ask for another stuffed puppy again!” or “If you give the rich tax cuts we promise to never ask for it again!” No matter how tempting it is to say yes to shut them up, stay firm because they are lying to you. The sun rises every morning, toddlers always want more stuffed puppies, and Republicans always want more tax cuts for the wealthy.
Stage 4: Depression
Your toddler republican is experiencing the come down after the high of throwing a hissy fit in public. They are realizing that they will not get exactly what they want out of life. This will cause them to reflect on their past and they will become depressed that their dreams of living in a room filled with stuffed puppies or a world without pesky minorities (except for the ones that serve you, of course) will not come true because, in fact, the world does not revolve around them. Do not try to talk your toddler republican out of this natural depression by saying things like, ” You can still be happy with only 10 stuffed puppies” or “Don’t worry, you still have 3 mansions while most Americans are being foreclosed upon on their 1 shack.” They need to fully feel the magnitude of their loss of delusions of grandeur in order to recover.
Stage 5: Acceptance
While your republican toddler might not like your decision, they have learned to accept it. This does not mean they are happy about it, but they have realized no amount of screaming will change the fact that you are the boss and they can’t have their way 100% of the time. Don’t be fooled by their temporary compliance. You have won the battle, but are still fighting the war. Rest and regain your strength for the next time your toddler republican decides to show you how mature they are by saying no to everything.
Democrats, I hope this helps you understand the irrational behavior of the Republican party. If you have any questions, I can’t hear you because I am listening to Cindy Lauper on my iPod, playing Angry Birds, and ignoring my daughter because she thinks the world will end if I don’t buy her a 7th stuffed Peter Rabbit.
And that’s been This Week’s Shannonigans.