It’s time for a simple personality test: What Do You Do With Boys?
– Read boys bedtime stories?
– Make them a nice warm breakfast?
– Provide them with quality education by giving adequate funding to public schools?
– Set up the Xbox and play video games with them?
– Tell them that the sun is shining, so they should go play outside?
– Teach them to treat girls with respect?
Readers, I would genuinely like to hear about your ideas about what’s to be done with boys. I also want to take this opportunity, however, to point out the rather extreme ideas a certain U.S. Congressman has about what to do with boys.
Last night, when a TV reporter ended an interview by pointing out that U.S. Representative Michael Grimm was not willing to talk about a corruption investigation of his campaign finance organization, Grimm got angry and told the reporter that he wasn’t a man, but was only a boy.
And what does Congressman Michael Grimm do with boys?
Grimm told the reporter, “You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half, like a boy.” Just to make it plain that he wasn’t being metaphorical in his threat of physical violence, Congressman Grimm said, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this fucking balcony.”
In Michael Grimm’s world, boys are for breaking in half and throwing off balconies. When Michael Grimm thinks of someone as a boy, he’s thinking of that person as someone he can kill.
New York City, is that really the kind of person you want representing you, and your boys, in Congress?
If not, consider supporting the alternative in this year’s election. Candidate Dominic Recchia doesn’t have any boys in his family himself – he’s the father of three daughters. Recchia has a history of working to help both girls and boys, though. Before he became a member of the New York City Council, he was president of his local school board. When Hurricane Sandy blasted Staten Island, Dominic Recchia was there, working to get residents the supplies and assistance they needed.
Dominic Recchia knows that boys are for protecting and teaching, not for breaking in half and throwing off of balconies. That fundamental difference makes Recchia a much better candidate for Congress than hothead Michael Grimm.