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Daddy Donald and the Demobrats

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If the Democrats continue with their whining, oppositional behavior, and frequent tantrums, they probably should just go ahead and change their name officially and become the Demobrats. In fact, it’s probably required by some truth-in-advertising law somewhere.

A friend once hilariously acted out his experience of driving his young family from New Jersey to Florida for vacation. With the parents in the front seat and their young children in the back, he demonstrated the art of keeping his eye on the road and driving with his left hand while reaching behind with his right in an ongoing attempt to physically restore order. “I said get back on your side. Put that down. Stop pulling her hair. Don’t make me stop this car!”

When the kids were young and especially rowdy, he said that posture pretty much reflected his experience of the whole trip some years.

Watching the news these days, the image of President Trump in the front seat and the left creating a ruckus in the back keeps coming to mind. The grown-ups in the country decided on Election Day that enough was enough, and we needed to change our direction. We put Donald Trump and the GOP in the driver’s seat that day, but since the results began rolling in, we’ve heard nothing from the left but tantrums and distraction.

“You gave me the wrong doll. I wanted the doll in the pantsuit. I hate this doll.”

“Jeffie talked to the Russians. Take him back home. He can’t go on the trip.”

“I gotta go to the courtroom.”

“But, honey, you just went to the courtroom.”

“I gotta go again, and I gotta go real bad.”

“Can I drive? Let me drive! Why won’t you let me drive? Why are you so mean? You’re not my real president.”

“Look, I’m wearing my hat that looks like girl parts. You should see the looks on the faces of the people in the other cars.”

“Where did you get that? Take that off! It makes you look like…well, you know what it makes you look like.”

“I can wear it if I want and you can’t stop me. I know my rights!”

“I just went to the courtroom. I told you you should have stopped.”

The country is extremely divided between mainstream America on the one hand and the far left and coastal elites on the other. We get that. And we expect opposition. But, if it can’t be loyal opposition, can’t it at least be grown-up opposition? Could the left just offer some mature options for getting the economy rolling again or how to make sure that terrorists aren’t exploiting our broken immigration system?

Could they take off the girl-parts hats for a moment and put on their thinking caps?

Like any parent who is trying to safely maneuver in traffic while dealing with chaos from the kiddies, President Trump faces a dilemma. He knows that he has to stay focused on his responsibilities, and yet, if he ignores the distractions they will just escalate. On the other hand, the more he gives in to the distractions, the harder it is to do the job we elected him to do.

And the left knows that too. That’s why they’re pitching hissy fits about anything and everything.

Most grown-ups reflect at some point on how we got to where we are, and there are often regrets that we try to see as learning opportunities. In our calmer moments, mainstream America might wonder how we let it get to this point. Where did we go wrong?

Maybe we should have intervened more forcefully when the campus radicals of the 1960s rioted and took over administration buildings. Instead of coddling them and later making them professors, maybe we should have kicked their ungrateful butts off campus and made them get jobs commensurate with their skills. Perhaps a stint in an entry-level job in the fast-food industry would have instilled a little more humility.

Maybe we should have just impeached public officials who trashed the Constitution in favor of an elitist, left-wing agenda. Yes, that would have been unpleasant, but maybe a little unpleasantness then would have saved us from a lot more unpleasantness now.

Maybe we should have dropped our subscriptions to newspapers that pushed a leftist agenda instead of reporting the news. Maybe we should have stopped watching biased television news back when the bias was subtler and less in-your-face. Perhaps market pressure would have promoted reform.

Maybe we should have fired teachers who went on left-wing rants in their classrooms and intimidated students who expressed mainstream views.

When we look back on this time, will we wish that we had stayed the course and not let the zany antics of the madcap left distract us from what we knew to be the sensible course?

One thing we can know for sure. If we let the bratty left distract us, we’re going in the ditch.

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