Cowboy Wisdom for the Week December 8, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012
by Patrick Dorinson

Each day that passes brings us one step closer to careening off the fiscal cliff and landing in the valley of economic uncertainty.

And while the pundits and soothsayers try to divine what might or might not happen if the President and Congress can’t pull us back from the precipice, one thing will surely happened.

Our political class will have once again failed to do their duty and they will have failed in full view of the American people.

The media will assign blame, write articles on who won and who lost as well as to what it all means for the 2014 election never mind the fact that we just got finished with one that lasted two years.

But let’s remember that this crisis was created by the very same Democrats and Republicans that are trying to solve it.

Folks say they wish the two parties would work together. Well they got their wish because this train wreck is a truly bipartisan.

Fresh off their resounding victory in November, the Democrats are feelin’ their oats hoping to win the argument and by doing so, splitting the opposition and blaming them for the disaster that is to come.

The shell shocked Republicans are still picking up the pieces from their defeat. They are leaderless and rudderless as they fight against not only the Democrats but also the media who seem to have their thumb on the scale for the President and his party.

But before the Democrats break out the champagne to celebrate the demise of the Republican Party, they should heed the words of Winston Churchill who once said, “The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”

Winning does not get rid of problems. It only assigns responsibility for the problems to the victor.

Now the President seems to be taking particular delight in watching the Republicans squirm.

And the Republicans can’t stop squirming.

He knows that if the country does take the plunge over the cliff, they will get blamed and in fact he is counting on it.

His negotiating stance reminds me of how the old Soviet Union used to negotiate with us during the Cold War.

What’s mine is mine. What’s yours we’ll negotiate.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.

And this week there is some wisdom for the President and some for Republicans.

And they both deal with learning lessons.

First for President Obama.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn the lesson.

You won the election Mr. President fair and square.

But while turning the knife into the Republican’s hide might feel good at the moment, some day, and that day will surely come, you will need their support probably for a foreign crisis where the nation needs all hands on deck.

And remember Mr. President, the symbol of the Republican Party is a critter- the elephant- and as the saying goes, elephants have long memories.

For Republicans.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Elections have consequences and sometimes the consequences are tough to swallow.

But the consequences of losing are only permanent when you refuse to learn from your mistakes.

That might be difficult to understand right now with the bitter taste of defeat still fresh in your mouths, but with time it will pass and you can begin rebuilding in preparation for the next election.

Keep in mind you got thumped in 2008 and only two years later in 2010 you recaptured the House in stunning fashion.

Nothing in politics is permanent.

And that is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.