Want to know what is wrong with our government right now? Okay there are a ton of things wrong with our government but I want to point out one big one today. When I did crisis intervention work in college I got to work with young gang members when they wanted to get off the streets to lay low for a few days. Each time. I used the opportunity to learn about gang life and why they made the decision to join a gang in addition to why gangs fight the way that they do.

The one constant to gang warfare mentality is that it is an endless game of retribution. They killed one of our guys and now we have to kill two of theirs. They stole one of our cars so now we are going to blow-up one of theirs. It is an endless cycle where each group just focuses on what the last salvo was and using that as reasoning to launch their next one.

Sound familiar at all? It should because that is what our politicians are using as rationale for everything that they do. Just this morning Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said “Democrats have made a marketing decision to obstruct Trump”…but damn that sounds familiar…where have I heard it before? Oh yeah, remember in 2010 right before you took back control of the house and senate:

John Boehner:  “We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”

Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

You see, this is the world we live in where everybody has a short memory and we justify what we are doing because they did it to us. Then they act incredulous when the other side is literally doing the same exact thing they did a few years ago. Why do we let them get away with this? We look at the Bloods and the Crips and shake out heads at the violence they ensure on each other and wonder why but then democrats and republicans do the same thing only instead of it being a poor neighborhood being held hostage it is an entire country. The Democrats and Republicans just need to get it over with and change their colors to bloods red and baby blue crips.

 

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