As the mom of a six-year-old and a toddler, I know a thing or two about a good tantrum. And as any two-year-old can tell you, sometimes, they are the best way to get attention. The House Democrats have staged an awesome sit-in, or as I would like to call it, a professional tantrum, to get what they want. They've tried being reasonable and it wasn’t working, so it’s time for a good old-fashioned fit.
I usually do my best to ignore tantrums, but in this case I’m cheering it on. I'm so desperate for gun control I might just join them. For now, I pray they have the willpower of a toddler to continue at any cost. If I were in Washington D.C. I’d like to offer them snacks, reassurance, and few pointers. Having witnessed more than my fair share of tantrums I’d like to encourage the group to take this thing to the next level.
Just remember, no matter how tired you get, giving up is not an option and admitting you need a nap is the ultimate loss.
Sitting on the actual floor is a really good start. And yelling helps, too. But might I suggest, if that isn’t getting you anywhere, try laying face down and crying loudly. Don’t worry about producing actual tears, although when you think of all the innocent people taken by senseless gun violence it might not be too difficult to turn on the waterworks. The point is to freak out so hard that you simply cannot be ignored.
It's ideal if onlookers are mildly concerned for your safety and led to wonder who raised you to act this way in public. Another good tactic might be to follow your Republican counterparts around whining incessantly, if you can get ahold of the corner of their shirt or take a ride on their leg, all the better. Just remember, no matter how tired you get, giving up is not an option and admitting you need a nap is the ultimate loss.
May the Republicans be worn down like an exhausted parent who just wants to make it stop. Eventually, somebody’s got to break and as a parent who’s been there, I’d like to offer some advice to the Republicans. First of all, the more you fight against the tantrum the more upset the Democrats are likely to become. Sometimes you have to realize that you were being unreasonable and give the wailing one what they want. At the very least they need kindness, they need to be talked to, reasoned with, made to feel as though their feelings matter and their opinions count.
I’m pretty sure in this case, a simple vote would work.