This psychological experiment will tell you all you need to know.
You start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana. The floor of the cage and the stairs are wired to an electric shock source.
Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
You then shock ALL the monkeys. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you again shock ALL the monkeys.
Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. They don’t want to be shocked by another monkey’s actions!
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his surprise, ALL of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and another attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment — with enthusiasm — because he is now part of the “team.”
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating on him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been shocked for trying to climb the stairs.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairs for the Banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!
This is how today’s House and Senate operate, and this is why from time to time, ALL the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!
DISCLAIMER: This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys.
Conclusion: All newly elected officials promise to change the system when they get to Washington. They are placed in a cage with other politicians who have already learned that the boat must not be rocked.
[From an article by Gary Demar]
As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis