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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dirty Diapers

One of the trying issues in the family experience is dealing with the incredible messes to be found within the confines of a baby's diaper. Until you have your very own baby whose health and cleanliness is entirely your responsibility, you simply have no comprehension of the messes babies are capable of creating. And for every mess they make, the responsibility for the cleanup falls on the parents.
My wife and I had three such babies so I speak from some experience here. Yet I don't think at any point I was actually able to empathize with the babies. I don't think I ever really saw the situation the way they must have seen it. So I will only speculate here, not speak from unquestioned authority.
But put yourself in a baby's booties for a minute. From as far back as you can remember, every time your diapers were removed to discover these almost intolerably stinky messes, one or the other of your parents was right there in the middle of it. It must be their fault! Why do they keep making these messes and putting you through this humiliating experience while they clean up their messes?
It takes a long time for a baby to grow to be a child capable of eventually realizing that it isn't the parents who are making the messes. It takes even longer for this new child to realize that they actually own their own messes and if anything is going to be done to stop the messes, it is them and not the parents who will have to make that change. Only when the child makes an effort to end the humiliation of the mess will the mess end.
I wonder if young Republicans will ever reach that point in their growth.
Today's New York Times has an article that makes a good case in point:
"Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand"
We all know that Republicans blame the Democrats for the mess in Iraq and for the War on Terror. All of the world's ills come from liberals and social politics. Every time there's a mess in the world the liberals are right there in the middle of it. They must be the ones making the messes in the first place.
Well maybe that's not true. As this Times article clearly points out, it was Republicans making this stinky mess happen.

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