“After all, as a species, we really don’t like being told what to do.
Picture the nasty and arrogant neighbor you never liked who demands that you stop hanging out your laundry on your backyard clothesline. Your billowing underwear is an eyesore he shouldn’t have to look at etcetera, etcetera. Admit it. Even if you’d just purchased a fancy, new Kenmore drier, your first instinct would probably be to hang out every pair of gotchies you could find, clean or not, and let them swing on the line permanently. In the same vein, Governments hate doing things that the Opposition parties-or anyone else, for that matter-have told them to do. The more sophisticated lobby groups are smart, they realize that if they get the Liberals to demand it, the Government likely won’t deliver it.
Sometimes, this phenomenon has far-reaching implications. In 1965, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson gave a speech in Philadelphia in which he called on President Lyndon Johnson to halt the American bombing of North Vietnam. Legend has it that the President had been, in fact, just about to announce such a ceasefire when our unwitting Prime Minister pulled the pin and tossed in his grenade. As a result, Johnson felt compelled to sustain the bombing for several more weeks to avoid being seen to have acquiesced to the demands of his weak northern neighbor. Privately, the President was outraged, and apparently told Pearson not to ‘come into my home and piss on my carpet.'” (239)