If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while another monkey makes an 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 attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of 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, replacing it with a new one.
The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment...... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the "team".
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and this is why, from time to time: ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
This post was modified from its original form on 31 Jan, 20:53
TWO OLD MEN DECIDE THEY ARE CLOSE TO THEIR LAST DAYS AND DECIDE TO HAVE A LAST NIGHT ON THE TOWN.
AFTER A FEW DRINKS, THEY END UP AT THE LOCAL BROTHEL
THE MADAM TAKES ONE LOOK AT THE TWO OLD GEEZERS AND WHISPERS TO HER MANAGER: "GO UP TO THE FIRST TWO BEDROOMS AND PUT AN INFLATED DOLL IN EACH BED.
THESE TWO ARE SO OLD AND DRUNK, I'M NOT WASTING TWO OF MY GIRLS ON THEM. THEY WON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE."
THE MANAGER DOES AS HE IS TOLD AND THE TWO OLD MEN GO UPSTAIRS AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR BUSINESS. AS THEY ARE WALKING HOME THE FIRST MAN SAYS: "YOU KNOW, I THINK MY GIRL WAS DEAD!"
"DEAD?' SAYS HIS FRIEND "WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?"
"WELL, SHE NEVER MOVED OR MADE A SOUND ALL THE TIME I WAS LOVING HER."
HIS FRIEND SAYS: "COULD BE WORSE I THINK MINE WAS A WITCH."
"A WITCH ??. . WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU SAY THAT?"
"WELL, I WAS MAKING LOVE TO HER, KISSING HER ON THE NECK AND I GAVE HER A LITTLE BITE, THEN SHE FARTED AND FLEW OUT THE WINDOW..... TOOK MY TEETH WITH HER!"
Frank, this is a good one.
Jim, I have yet to see that as the case in our Congress. There are always those that are not joining the rest of the crowd; sometimes more and sometimes not as many as we would like.
I think that part of the problem is us. We all have our idea of just what we expect and want and sometimes that is not the best solution at all. LIfe is not that simple, why would we expect Congress to be less than life. Are we better than Obama when we are inflexible to the extreme as he is? I seem to be hearing a lot of that here on PD at times and it concerns me. If the Republican Party were to perform in this manner we will never win another election and probably should not do so. We are all pretty pro-Ronald Reagon and rightfully so. But if you go back and study Ronald Reagan, you will find that the man's greatness came from not just his conservative postion but from his moderate conservative position; he knew when compromise had to be reached to achieve the desired result.
If there is no other truth, it is that for every objective there are as many ways to accomplish results as there are people attempting to do so. With that in mind, Congress would never accomplish anything. Therefore, we have to reach a compromise and that is referred to as a bipartisan agreement.
It frustrates me that the conservative media, for the most part, is so rigid and in their own way I am seeing that they are becoming as manipulative as the liberal media. They are not as bad yet, but we need to be aware and remember that our success is in thinking for ourselves unlike the liberals, and researching the true facts and not letting these groups pretend to do it for us. We need to be very selective in the sources for our information as well. Engage our own minds and determine if there could be some twisting taking place and sort that out of our chosen position.
I sincerely hope that as we use this group to sort through the issues and where we can share opposing positions as conservatives (and listen respectfully to the liberals that chose to share with us), that in the end we can come together as a unit. If we don't, and if the Republican Party can't do that, they are in very big trouble. The Democrats have found the means to do this; I know that not all the Democratic Congressmen/women agree on all matters, but they have made it a rule to be united in decisions and to not publically bicker with each other or to let the bickering undermine their goal. We need to remember that and yes, there are some "old timers" that need to be replaced as a result.