Tan-trum-ism: a government or political system based on the uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration espoused by 2-7 year old overindulged, entitled children (see brats; spoiled, jackanapes). Remember, you heard it here first!
Power is held by the individual responsible for bringing the ball to the playground.
Rules & Laws are made up ‘on the fly’. In the event that the advantage or score turns against the individual who brought the ball to the playground, he/she simply states, “I’m taking MY ball and going home!” Then proceeds to storm away to pout.
Tantrumism is exhibited by overindulged immature adults in government who find themselves not getting their way.
Case Study 1 – Government Shutdown 2013:
Putting up barricades and posting guards to “close” open air World War II Memorial consumes more resources than “keeping it open” because SOMEBODY didn’t get their way.
Tantrumism has taken over politics in America. We’re seeing a shift among high-level politicians who have surrendered the ‘low road’ of becoming Statesmen of the highest order in service of the people. They are choosing the ‘high road’ of childish behavior to achieve their goals.
Like the brat who takes his ball and goes home because he is losing or is not getting his way, we are left with an incomplete game and progress is, well nonexistent.
Stay classy Washington DC.