Apart from the appalling outcome of the debt ceiling deal, the adolescent behavior that was rewarded in the final agreement bodes ill for our future. When children misbehave, parents and teachers need to set limits, not “compromise” with unreasonable demands. Tantrums that result in parents caving get repeated.
When leaders behave badly, what message are they giving to the nation? Moreover, when that bad behavior is not only tolerated but rewarded, what message goes forth?
We have just watched the soul of our nation become a little more corrupted. Who are the prophets who can lead us out of this morass?
The Sojrone who wrote this entry was rather vague about whom she considered the misbehavers, though one must keep in mind that this is Sojo, so we can guess whom they mean. But, yes, I think there is something to be said for this person's claims--bad behavior was rewarded.
For example, this kind of rhetoric is definitely misbehaving.
Sources: Joe Biden likened tea partiers to terrorists
Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called it a “Satan sandwich,” and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called seemed to enjoy the heat analogy, saying: “the Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.
Biden told Democratic lawmakers that the deal would take away the tea party’s “weapon of mass destruction” — the threat of a default on U.S. debt obligations.
“They have no compunction about blowing up the economy to get what they want,” Doyle told POLITICO after the meeting.
I would agree, that sort of bad behavior should not be rewarded. People who say such things should be most justly voted out of office, especially Biden.