Dammit am I tired of this analogy:
[Barry] said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
It doesn’t make any sense. I have driven into and out of ditches, and I was once pulled out of a ditch. Just because someone pulls you out of a ditch doesn’t mean they get to drive your car or dictate who gets to sit where. Who gets to drive the car is determined by who owns the car. What sort of socialist crapland are we living in when someone gets to drive off in your car just because you drove it into a ditch? The Greeks long ago killed off the Persian notion that, as Cyrus would put it, the flute should be given to the best flute player. We have a system of justice that revolves around private property, thank you very much.
And just because you drove off into a ditch doesn’t mean you’ll do it again, and it certainly doesn’t mean you’re a worse driver than the first shlub with a 4X4 to come along and pull you out. In fact, I’d say that driving off into a ditch and surviving is valuable experience; having learned a lesson from driving off into a ditch (i.e. the importance of countersteering), I’m less likely to run off in a ditch than someone who has less skills and fewer earned experiences.
This doesn’t even get started on more fundamental questions: were we going in the right direction before driving into the ditch? is the new driver going to take us in a better direction, or are we actually better off staying in the ditch? is the new driver just going to run us into a worse ditch? was the ditch, in fact, just a rough patch we needed to get over in order to get to our destination, and going around the ditch is just going to add lots of time to our overall itinerary?
This analogy is inane, and it could only come from someone who has no personal knowledge about driving into ditches. I don’t really care where Republicans drove us, but Barry is driving me nuts.
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