When will Democrats grow up?

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By Tom Decoursey

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Democrats are such suckers. Perhaps we deserve to keep losing elections to vicious, anti-American, racist, homophobic, antediluvian, willfully ignorant, misogynistic, corrupt Republicans. 

Democrats fall all over themselves demanding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam resign over a decades-old photograph posted by a right-wing conspiracy website. Why? No one believes Northam is racist. No one accuses him of racist political behavior as governor nor of any misdeeds in the past 30 years. He apologized for his poor taste in the distant past. 

What are the consequences of this Democratic overreaction?

1) Democrats are eating their own. The Republicans could not be happier. We have an overtly racist president, who is supported at every turn by almost every Republican in Congress, yet Democrats are outraged when another Democrat is found to have shown poor judgment.

2) "Zero tolerance" means "zero intelligence." For any transgression, no matter how minor, to be punished by the political death penalty is outrageous. Making a joke in poor taste is equated with actually lynching or raping a victim.

3) This kind of knee-jerk political correctness convinces 1/3 of Americans that they will always be held in contempt by liberals. Some are outright racists and we do not covet their votes; the GOP can have them. However, many more do not consider themselves racist, but still feel they will be shunned because the PC brigade allows no room for the slightest error in judgment. This is the flagrantly unjust type of PC that Trump so successfully disdains to the cheers of his supporters.

4) Democrats allow no sense of humor. The stupid photo in question was obviously intended as a joke. Humor in poor taste, but humor. These were not two people ready to head out to lynch anyone. Al Franken also felt the wrath of those lacking a sense of humor. He was banished from the Senate for a spur-of-the moment joke in the distant past. No one was hurt; no one was intended to be hurt. No one even complained until they were goaded into it by the self-righteous PC squad. Poor taste? Yes. Deserving the Death Penalty? Absolutely not.

5) We will run out of Democrats. The level of "transgression" that is permitted is so trivial that no sane person can imagine they could survive public life as a Democrat. Republicans are shameless, and hang on despite proven felonious behavior. They pride themselves in expressing overt racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, and ignorance. Democrats have no room for error, and are eaten alive by their own over something they forgot 35 years ago. In contrast, the GOP had no qualms about installing a likely serial rapist onto the U.S. Supreme Court.

6) The Republicans now know that in the 2020 election, all they have to do is disinter some tiny ancient "sin" by the Democratic candidate, then wait until three weeks before the election, and reveal the sin to the media. The Alt-Right trolls are already gearing up after this successful foray into domestic terrorism. The Democrats will concede the election without a fight. They will feel self-righteous as they hand a second term to Donald Trump, Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief, Servile Underling of Vladimir Putin, The Most Corrupt President in U.S. History. 

The Democratic candidate will have been soundly punished for winking at a girl in high school.

When will Democrats grow up and act like they belong in charge?

Tom DeCoursey is a longtime resident of Oak Park.

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Nick Polido  

Posted: February 19th, 2019 9:30 PM

This author is in need of some serious counseling as well as history lessons to understand this complicated yet beautiful democracy second to none.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 19th, 2019 8:21 AM

@ Mike Hanline - interesting refutation of your bogus claims by Victor Davis Hanson https://amgreatness.com/author/victor-davis-hanson/ "autopsy of a dead coup"

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 15th, 2019 2:05 PM

@ Hanline - I guess standing up for our president and pointing out the dishonest hypocrisy of this column makes me a hyper-partisan. I wear that badge with some pride. You mention unprecedented corruption - can you be more specific? Popadopolis got 14 days for a questionable statement he made to the FBI. Flynn took a plea to prevent Mueller from destroying his sons estate after they bankrupted the general - wow that is something to be proud of! That bunch of Russians were a show of force with zero chance of their ever showing up in court. Cohen was a lawyer who did a bunch of things he shouldn't have and got caught - none related to Trump. You seem to believe that there are no bad characters in the anti-Trump gang - recent news is starting to lay that belief to rest. I understand your dislike for President Trump borders on visceral hatred, I had just as serious problems with President Obama but, I never made it a personal attack- can you say the same?

Mike Hanline  

Posted: February 15th, 2019 12:48 PM

I see Ray Simpson, in all of his hyper-partisan zeal, is still content to turn a blind eye to the unprecedented corruption of the Trump administration and resort to whataboutism instead. How many members of Trump's inner circle have been indicted now? Oh well, I guess some things will never change...

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: February 15th, 2019 7:35 AM

Chicago has been declared "THE MOST CORRUPT" city in the US along with 4 others. All 5 have been Democrat strongholds for decades. The face of the Democrat party is angry, surely and demented, as demonstrated by this letter, and you still believe they can run anything? In your first couple paragraphs you parrot the typical DNC list of big anti Republican words that I doubt you can define, much less prove. Making your case doesn't mean just insulting those with opposing points of view, but rather present a plan and prove that it is the best plan.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: February 14th, 2019 4:27 PM

Mr. DeCoursey: You've apparently missed the irony of your own letter. It's replete with a host of liberal tropes that you yourself criticize. Also, Brett Kavanaugh a "serial rapist"? Have you completely lost all sense of reality?

Marc Martinez from Oak Park  

Posted: February 14th, 2019 11:00 AM

No Ray, he doesn't hate everyone. Only non-Democrats. Tom is saying that all liberals and Democrats are to be tolerated and forgiven. Their actions are understandable errors, missteps, indiscretions, or humor. Their actions can only be understood in the context of their currently being Democrats, which absolves them. I'm surprised that he didn't include corruption, which we know is easily overlooked by Illinois Democrats. Only the actions of non-Democrats are vile, detestable, and unforgiveable. Tom knows the only important thing is being 'in charge'. So all of that righteousness and outrage needs to be exclusively focused on the non-Democrats. Tom knows that morals work best when they are relative and malleable. Best applied to the dark hearts of one's opponents. But he really needn't worry, the only Democrats that are at risk are the ones with a Democrat replacement standing next in line. The Virginia outrage machine switched off pretty fast when they realized they didn't have a Democrat successor.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 14th, 2019 5:41 AM

WOW! You hate everyone! Did it ever occur to you to seek some professional help? Bet you have one of those silly "Hate has no Home - - - -" signs in your front yard.

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