Common Sense: Party Crashers

Did I ever tell you the story about my fighting neighbors when I was growing up?

I didn't? Well, lucky you. Let me fill you in.

I was a kid at the time and our neighborhood would have these block parties. But two of the neighbors really hated each other. One year, a touch football game turned into something you'd see out of the Worldwide Wrestling Federation. These two dads going at it. For the life of me, I don't know how it started. But it got worse.

The year after that football incident, these guys are screaming at each other over some assumed slight. I think that one started over lawn-care.

My point is this: the arguments had no point. And they sure as heck knew how to spoil a party.

So block parties were constantly planned with great trepidation: how to keep these guys from going at each other. Ultimately our neighborhood stopped having block parties. I don't think the dueling dads were the sole reason, but they didn't help.

Now back to my long-winded point and the G-8.

After all the violence in Genoa this past weekend, the G-8 guys have said enough. Something has to change. Maybe a remote location. Maybe don't invite as many to the location. I say, good luck. None of it will work. Because anywhere leaders of the free world go, trouble will follow.

It's like those old neighbors of mine at the block party. Trouble starts just because they're there. But does that mean you cancel the party because they're there? I say, no. And does that mean you cancel or hide away from demonstrators, because they're there? Again, I say, no.

I still think the good outweighs the bad with these meetings. The potential far outweighs the problems. We owe it to ourselves to talk amongst ourselves — without and in spite of fear.

There will always be people trying to spoil the party. You lose, when you let them.

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