“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Praise often gets reciprocated. If someone praises another, it becomes the duty of the praised to offer something in return. At least, that’s often the case. As kids, if we really wanted anything, we would be as nice and as helpful as possible with hopes that we would be rewarded. This behavior is even ingrained in popular culture, with the story of Santa Clause. Be as good as you can be, and you will get gifts in return. The funny thing is that in real life, the “praise equals reward” system doesn’t always work.
In politics, the “praise equals reward” system is a relied upon practice. An endorsement in an election cycle leads to a return endorsement in the next, and so on. However, this system on which much of politics is built doesn’t work when applied to adversaries, whose beliefs couldn’t be more different. Offering praise to someone with whom you share no common ground offers little reward. That being the case, why would a Republican offer praise to a Democrat? The answer? Because that Republican is a weak suck-up, and they believe that their praise will yield benefits.
According to Breitbart, renowned RINO Senator John McCain said this during an interview with Time Magazine:
“I thought when he had a couple of dinners with Republican senators, we really had a good environment there. Because he is a very, very articulate and attractive guy in a setting with eight or nine senators and him. Because he was smarter than the rest of us. But I don’t see that now. I don’t see any of that.”
John McCain offers up a healthy dose of suck-uppery, and encased within that suck-uppery is a slight, ever so meager criticism. It’s as if he feels so afraid to take a swipe at the president that he has to douse his criticism in a tidal wave of honey. I see this behavior a lot in the Republican Party. Republicans are so afraid of being labeled as unfair, and mean by the press that they cover up any criticism toward the president with a deluge of false compliments.
The other possibility is that these Republicans really do like the president, and are truly complimenting him. If that is the case, it is yet another reason why we always lose elections. The Democrats have no problem taking swipe after personal swipe at the Republican Party in order to win an election. On the other hand, Republicans are stuck in the mentality that being cordial will help them win the race. If only they behave like proper southern gentleman, they will be rewarded by a landslide victory! It’s insane.
Nobody wants to behave aggressively. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to. But in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have Democrats accusing Republicans of being racist xenophobes for proposing voter ID laws. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t be accused of hating black people because we dislike Obamacare. This is not a perfect world, and we can’t act like it is. This is not the time for cordial behavior, it is the time for a dog fight. Every time the John McCains of the Republican Party heap praise onto a man for whom they should have zero respect–I know I don’t have any for him–we lose another piece of our country.
It’s time to be aggressive. It’s time to stop the parade of compliments. We need a win in 2016, and we won’t get it if John McCain, or those like him, are our leaders.