Now Children, Play Nice: Lessons from the Playground

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:00 am 10 comments

playgroundThe running of our nation is certainly not child’s play.  Yet in recent years, I’ve seen more childish antics in the political arena than I have at the local playground.  The political climate in this country is harsh.  Debates seem to be fueled more by hate than by policy differences.  Political leaders (elected, self proclaimed, and otherwise), don’t make me come down there!  Learn to get along.

democratic symbolIn referring to disputes between the Left and the Right, one might have jokingly said,  “why don’t they just take it outside and settle it?”  But you can’t say that in today’s world.  Staunch supporters on both sides seem all too willing to take the suggestion literally.

Lately there has been a lot of name calling, finger wagging, and mud slinging all around.  Would we accept this behaviour from children on the playground?   Shouldn’t we expect our politicians and government officials to embrace standards that are, at a minimum, as high as those we demand of our children?

republican symbolName calling:  When a child doesn’t get his or her way, they often resort to name calling.  Terms like  “stupid”,  “block head”,  “unpatriotic“,  “socialist“, “war criminal“, and “evil” get thrown around.  People will always have differing opinions and strategies.  That does not mean, however, that they have an evil plot to destroy the world.

Taking turns: Two kids are playing.  Each wants to play a different game.  When it’s time for Child A to choose a game, Child B shouldn’t stomp off and say that’s a stupid game.  Child B should make an  effort to make the game a success and have fun.  When it’s Child B’s turn to choose, Child A should be also be polite.  Likewise when one political party comes into power, the opposing party should attempt to work towards the success of the country.  This does not mean giving up their ideals.  It simply means finding ways to work together where possible.  Sitting it out, complaining, and hoping that the other party fails is not the mature way to go.

Breaking the rules:  Hitting is not acceptable… nor are obscene gestures.  Certain behaviors are inappropriate on the playground and some behaviors are inappropriate in the oval office (and surrounding hallways- ahem).

When it comes to solving the nations problems, “are we there yet?”  No, but instead of whining, taunting and bullying, let’s learn to work together.  And the same way parents wouldn’t egg-on a fight on the playground, let’s not stir up MSNBC and Fox News.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doraz  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:44 am


    • 2. Era  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:53 am

      mums the word, eh? 🙂

  • 3. Jax  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Era. You are absolutely right. Have a nice day.

    • 4. Era  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

      You too!

  • 5. emmap  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Era, this is one of the best political posts I have ever read.

    • 6. Era  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      Wow, Thank you!

  • 7. Gary  |  Friday, May 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    For these and MANY MANY other reasons, I have no interest in politics. Politics to me is nothing more than “legal organized crime”. A “wise guy” would get 20 years in prison for what many of these politicians do on a daily basis. NO THANKS…..NOT INTERESTED!

    • 8. Era  |  Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

      So I take it you won’t be throwing your hat in the ring for 2012 😉

      • 9. Gary  |  Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

        I haven’t decided yet but probably not. 😉

        • 10. Era  |  Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

          If you are, let me know so I can get started on poster design 🙂


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