The current debt limit debate that’s currently taking place in our nations’s capital somehow brings to mind the TV series from the early 70′s, Kung Fu. It featured the late David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a young man living in the mid-19th century whose father was an American and his mother Chinese. Orphaned at an early age, he is trained as a Shaolin monk in both Eastern wisdom and martial arts. When his spiritual mentor, Master Po (…take the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper…), is killed by the Emperor’s nephew, Caine exacts revenge and is forced to flee to America to find his half-brother. The show followed Caine as he traveled through the Old West trying to pass quietly yet always coming face to face with hateful bullies who seem immune to the wisdom that Caine delivers in a cool and calm manner.
You probably see where this is going. In our own scenario, I think President Obama has taken on the role of Kwai Chang Caine and has tried to deal with the situation with rational thought and actions. He has remained cool and calm yet it has brought no response. Like most bullies, logic makes little impression and a calm response is seen as weakness which only spurs on even more aggressive bullying behavior.
That’s where we are in our own episode. Caine has faced the bullies, delivered some tidbits of Zen wisdom and is told by the bullies to get out the way because they were going to burn down the town and everyone in it, including Caine. It is time for Caine to act.
Now, as much as I enjoyed the little spoonfuls of wisdom that Caine administered each week, I watched the show as teenager to see him ultimately beat the hell out the bullies, to dish out deserved social justice in a whoop-ass manner. As much as I admire the calm rationale of President Obama, he must now stand up to those bullies who have taken our system hostage, who have said that their way is the only way. He must stop talking , bloody the bullies’ noses and take the club from their hands. Exert power–that is what they understand, the only thing they respect and fear.
Invoke the 14th and simply raise the debt limit. Just do it. You given us the aphorisms, we’ve heard the words. But the bullies are still threatening to burn down the town and get rid of you in the process. It’s the part of the show where you’re supposed to kick some asses and kick them hard.
Do it. This town needs to get back to work.