Saturday, October 16, 2010

The monkey story

Received in email today from a friend

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage hangs a banana
on a string and a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to
the stairs and start to climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, all of the other monkeys are sprayed with
cold water. After a while, another monkey makes the attempt with same result;
all of 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 wants to climb
the stairs.

To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the snot 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 and replace it with a new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer
takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, and
then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs OR even why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, after replacing all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys
has ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not?

Because, as far as they know, that is the way it has always been done around here.

And that, my fellow Americans, is how Congress operates – and precisely why
we need to REPLACE all of the original monkeys this November.

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