“Little pig, little pig, let me come in.”
“No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.”
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”
The fairy tale of the three little pigs is one that has been told and read by children from all over the world for many years. The story surrounds a big bad wolf and three little pigs who build three houses made of straws, sticks, and bricks, respectively.
The big bad wolf is able to blow down the houses made of straws and sticks, but is unable to destroy the house, made of bricks.
Failing to blow down the house made of bricks of the third little pig, the wolf resorts to trickery and deception but was outwitted each time.
Finally, the wolf resolves to climb down the chimney, but fell into a cauldron of boiling water and was cooked and eaten by the little pig.
The foregoing synopsis of the story of the “Three little pigs,”provides a meaningful lesson in building for one’s security as well as depicts one’s ultimate end, based on missteps.
That said, the Republican Party’s attempts to thwart the policies of the Obama administration is tantamount to the quest of the big bad wolf portrayed in the fable featuring the anthropomorphic pigs.
Now, the range of President Obama’s policies that the Republicans have shown strong opposition towards can be viewed from telling headlines in the press. These include among others the following:
Republicans Brush Off Obama’s Corporate Tax Reform Proposal: What’s In It For Us?
Senate Republican Agree With NRA, Oppose New Gun Laws
GOP Unites In Opposition Of Immigration Reform
They’re Shutting It Down: GOP Demands Obamacare Be Gutted, Or Else
House GOP Raises Stakes In Debt Ceiling Fight
Republicans Pounce On Obama’s Global-Warming Regulations…
GOP Is Still Hell Bent On Making Obama A Failed President
Here, the Republicans right to oppose the policies of the Democrats is not one in question. However, when the Obama administration bends back and adapts polices that the Republicans once proffered, only to now get pushed back on those very same policies, then clearly one is left with no choice, but to conclude that the Republicans wish is to blow the house in.
Furthermore, the current shut down of the government underscores the point of an intransigent Republican Party that will do anything to force the government to conform to its whims and fancies. Ultimately, however, this may cause the Republican Party to pay a steep price for its control of the House — a narrow public appeal by the party and loss of the House leadership.
Moreover, the deeply ingrained animus towards the President by the Republicans seems even more fired up as the date of the raising of the debt ceiling draws closer — October 17. Already, there are members of the extreme right wing of the party who are making utterances of not raising the debt limit and see nothing wrong with U.S. defaulting on its debt.
However, if the U.S. defaults on its debt by not raising the debt ceiling it will not only be catastrophic for the government and the country but the end of the Republican Party as we know it.
The fact of the matter is in any democracy and especially one that is founded by the founding fathers of the U.S. a country cannot be governed without compromise and respect for the views of the majority.
Consequently, the president is correct when he told reporters that, “The issue is not my persuasive power” and further said, “The American people agree with my approach. They agree that we should have a balanced approach to deficit reduction….I have a lot of confidence that over time, if the American people express their displeasure about how something’s working, that eventually Congress responds.”
Notwithstanding, the question is however given the current impasse, where is the voice and outrage of business, church, and other civic leaders?
By Davy Desmond, The Readers Bureau, Senior Fellow