Sunday, August 8, 2010



Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes the attempt with same result, all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the Stairs.

To his shock, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked.

Hang on!

Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, nor why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. After replacing all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not?

Because as far as they know, that is the way it has always been done around here.

And that, my fellow monkeys, is how Congress operates.

And that is why we need to replace ALL of the original monkeys this November!

Hat tip to Larry P!

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  1. Sounds like the TN Congressional 3rd could use a bonobo or gibbon instead of their current incumbent:

    A Tennessee congressman suggested Friday that states might have to "consider separation from this government" if the federal government does not change its approach.

    Republican Rep. Zack Wamp brought up the idea of secession in an interview Friday with Hotline on Call as he encouraged a change at the federal level.

    "I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government," he said.

    "States are tired of being run over" by federal mandates, Wamp said, and praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who raised the topic of secession in 2009 after an anti-tax "tea party" rally.

    "Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level," Wamp told Hotline.


  2. Well, Wamp lost the election,

    He rughtfully credited his loss to the fact that as an existing US Congressman people couldn't see the difference between him and other congress people and took their anger out on him.

    That you, as a member of the Far Left, don't understand the anger people feel towards Congress and the actions of this administration is understandable.

  3. He rughtfully credited his loss to the fact that as an existing US Congressman people couldn't see the difference between him and other congress people and took their anger out on hi

    Except the polling data doesn't support his excuse:

    The anti-incumbent fever that so many have discussed appears only to apply in Democratic districts. As this chart shows, the GOP leads where Democrats have incumbents by five points, outside the margin of error. In current Republican districts, the GOP leads by 16 points, which indicates that voters don’t have much of a problem with Republican incumbents.

    We see the same conclusion from questions specifically aimed at testing incumbency. For Democratic districts, 46% of voters want to vote for “someone else”, while only 34% want to re-elect their current Representative. Those numbers flip in Republican districts, with 37% demanding “someone else” and 49% planning to support the incumbent. Yet another question on incumbency showed a commitment to re-elect incumbents in Republican districts of 52% to 39% opposed, while in Democratic districts, those numbers were reversed again, 36/56.

    And bear in mind that these were the most competitive Republican districts NPR found.

    This poll clearly shows that the midterms won’t be an anti-incumbent, throw-them-all-out election. It’s a referendum on the Democratic agenda and leadership, and the Democrats will lose big if these numbers hold up through the summer.

    I took this from that well-know Leftie site Hot Air, BTW.

    Otherwise, you're telling me that the Republican voters of TN are too dumb to tell the difference between an incumbent on their side and the concept of incumbents being responsible for all the ills of America these days and voted accordingly.

    That's too Leftie even for me, PPJ.

    In my experience, a bad salesman always blames his customer when a sale falls through, instead of figuring out how he lost the sale. I've known that ever since I won 1st prize for selling the most magazine subscriptions for my 7th grade class many moons ago :-)

    Thanks for the constructive criticism, btw.