Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 18, 2013

In the House of Wood

What the cool kids do

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville —

Following this latest showdown/crisis/debacle, whatever you want to call it, in Washington, it has become apparent to me that government is one big high school.
Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the rest of the liberals (including many so-called Republicans) are like the “in” crowd. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are the wishy-washy, unhip kids who want to be accepted into the popular clique. 
While Boehner and McConnell want to be accepted by the popular kids, they are already a part of a group that has already accepted them. The Tea Party/conservative factions in the House and Senate are like Boehner and McConnell’s friends from elementary school. They all used to play together, but now they’re ashamed of their past and want to move on. In short, they believe they are too good for their old elementary school buddies now. 
But what Boehner and McConnell don’t realize is that they are being manipulated by the clique. They will never truly be accepted within that group, nor recognized as a full-fledged member. Even if they do get to join the club, Boehner and McConnell will have to continually prove themselves to the clique and fight off onslaughts of outlandish allegations and hazing. 
If Boehner and McConnell were not seeking acceptance by the liberals, why else would they give in to people who have called them “hostage takers” or otherwise associated violent, hateful imagery with them and their party? 
But what Boehner and McConnell fail to realize is that sometimes you don’t want to be a part of the clique.
The clique does a lot of stupid things, counter to what everyone knows is the right thing to do. 
The liberals’ reckless spending, disregard for individual sovereignty and freedom can be likened to the high school group that chooses to go out drinking and vandalizing the town on a Friday night. The Tea Party is like the group that just wants to enjoy some pizza and movies. Their opposition to the peer pressure presented by the liberals, to continue to drown this country in debt and continue down the path of destruction makes them seem uncool, when in reality they are doing what is best for our future. 
The problem is that the clique usually gets what is coming to them, but in the case of Washington, these individuals will not face the consequences; we will. 
The liberals’ actions during the shutdown have shown how little they think of us. Did you notice that the only things that seemed to be affected were those aspects of government that provide benefit or enjoyment to the people? The barricades across open air memorials that people spend a great deal of money on possibly once-in-a-lifetime trips to visit? Assistance programs to poor people? Veterans? Our military? 
Even the accountability to the people was affected. Assistant AG Peter Deegan told me Thursday morning that I was his first press call since the start of the shutdown. They weren’t allowed to talk to the press during the shut down, but they could still execute search warrants? Does that seem right to you? 
If we want the clique to see us, outside of their ivory tower, we need to start chopping it down at the ground level. That means getting involved in government, paying attention and doing everything possible to maintain our independence from them. 
Otherwise, the clique will continue to steamroll over all of us and rule the halls with such an iron fist that we will be afraid to hold our heads up and stand our ground. 
Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.