Public Policy by Tantrum

public policy by tantrum

I remember when I was a kid, I saw a commercial advertising some Planet of the Apes action figures. I think it was around the time “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” came out.

Any old how.

I rushed outside where my mom was cleaning the pool and begged her to buy them for me.

Not surprisingly she said no.

So, being ten, I deployed the only tactic I knew.

“If you buy these for me, I’ll never ask you for anything again.”

It didn’t work.

So I switched gears a bit.

“If you buy these for me, I will love you forever.” Because what mother doesn’t want her child to love her forever?

My mom stopped what she was doing, looked me over and said, “That’s extortion. And I won’t buy you toys just because you extort me.”

Well, I had no idea what “extortion” meant. But I needn’t worry. Mom explained to me in detail.

I walked away dejected and also pretty ashamed of myself.

The problem I have with this latest “gun control” push is we are expected to alter public policy solely based on the demands of children.

“Do something about guns or we’re not going to school!”

“Agree with us about gun or you support dead children!”

“Take our side or we’ll drive you out of business!”

And it’s probably thanks to my Mom that my response to this kind of strident behavior is a firm “No.”

Adults aren’t supposed to base important decisions on the demands of children.

If that were the case, the only thing my Mom would have fed us growing up was pizza, ice cream and Lucky Charms cereal. And I’d be up to ears in Planet of the Apes action figures.

I won’t be blackmailed, threatened or shamed into relinquishing my unalienable rights no matter how many Twitter-verified teenagers pitch a fit and try to extort me.

Public policy should never be determined that way.

But that is exactly what they’re trying to do now – Public Policy by Tantrum.

As I’ve said before, when facts, history or evidence do not support your demands, what’s left?

Well, blackmail, threats, shaming and over-the-top emotional appeals.

And that is even more likely when the people demanding a change — not only to public policy, but to our unalienable rights – are children.

The Preamble doesn’t begin with “We the People, in order to secure a more perfect union – and after running it past our children to get their okay…”

And the fact is, Leftism is a movement populated by the perpetually immature. They lash out, make outlandish statements, melt down at the drop of a hat — these are not mature people.

As, for example:

This is what we’re up against – impetuous, sniveling, demanding, ugly, hateful children who don’t want reasoned debate or discussion.

Instead they want to pitch a fit until they get their way.

And if we don’t do what they want, then they hope we die!!!!!!

Or, as these “eloquent, smart kids” put it, they’re going to outlive you.

In his absolutely brilliant column They Don’t Hate the NRA. They Hate You, Kurt Schlichter writes:

“There are 100 million reasons never to be disarmed and at the mercy of leftists.

“Your life means nothing to them, just as the lost lives in Chicago mean nothing to them. There are several Parklands a month in the Windy City, but the Democrats who run it don’t care. They know where the bad guys are. They won’t act. Instead, they feign concern over the children because faking outrage will help them do what they really want done. That’s why you had them arguing that the idea of a cop actually doing his job was crazy.

“They want you disarmed and disempowered, not the nuts, not the criminals, not the terrorist, not the illegal aliens. You. Why?

“Because they hate you.

“They hate that you won’t submit.

“They hate that you won’t obey.

“And they hate that you refuse to give up your only means of protecting yourself and preserving your rights.

“They hate you.”

It doesn’t surprise me that Leftists are willing to use children to advance their agenda.

Because they, like children, are driven almost exclusively by the Id – they want what they want when the want it.

It is, as I named it a little over a year ago the Fascism of Feelings:

“The Left has been playing on people’s emotions for decades.

“Facts and reality have nothing to do with their arguments.

“Feelings are all that matter.

“And you can’t have honest discourse with people who are ruled by their emotions.

“It’s as pointless as playing chess with a two-year-old.

“The Left has abandoned political discourse for the anarchy of emotions – the fascism of feelings.

“And the emotionally-ruled useful idiots like Madonna blunder behind them willingly.

“Politics, in the most classical sense of the word, is what binds a community. It isn’t simply about elections and government. It is the core of a civil society.

“And it is from a civil society that governments form to unite a people based on shared beliefs, shared borders, shared culture, history and traditions.

“This is exactly why the Left has abandoned political discourse in favor of the anarchy of emotions.”

The truth is, if our Founders behaved like the modern-day Left, this nation never would have been established.

Self-government depends on a responsible, educated, rational, adult population.

But among the Left, the adults have abdicated their responsibility — leaving the children are in charge.

And that doesn’t leave us with a Constitutional Republic.

But it might leave us with Lord of the Flies.

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5 thoughts on “Public Policy by Tantrum

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Wow. I just cited the same excerpt from Schlichter’s column on your previous post just a couple of minutes before you posted this. They say great minds think alike. I guess that’s true on your half of the equation.

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t want bump stocks banned either. Why is Trump caving on this?

    Incrementally we are losing our rights.

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      It might be just him being his usual self. I’m going to wait before freaking out just yet.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    The first thing that came to my mind when I heard about Mr. Crusher’s little publicity stunt—I mean, tantrum—I mean, “walk out”, was the picture of a little kid, red faced from crying and yelling, giving his parents (government) the ultimatum: “I’m going to hold by breath until you get rid of all the guns! I’ll do it! I’m going to do it for real! You want me to die?…”

  • March 3, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I was thinking Lord Of the Flies the whole time I was reading, ready to comment. So ridiculously true.


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