A headline on this morning’s on-line CNN said, “Republicans to Trump: Please stop.” But, you see, that is like trying to tell a two-year old boy who is acting-out like to “please stop.” It is foolish and reveals very bad parenting for by even that time a two-year old boy has learned that he does not have to stop. The job of the parents at that time, before it is forever too late, is to intervene after admitting they have been lax in setting limits and firmly stop the behavior. Therapeutic behavioral intervention is helpful but only if the parents are willing to participate and in so doing acknowledge, “We have erred and have indulged this child too long.”
The Republicans have indulged this child since he first announced for the Presidency. He demonstrated immediately that he had no respect for decorum and simple human decency and each time they overlooked his misbehavior and in so doing affirmed him again that his actions and words were alright. They validated him. And a two-year old child needs to learn that certain behaviors and words will not be permitted without consequences. Therefore, Republican dishonesty and hypocrisy of the past few decades has found an expression. A “dysfunctional family” has created a monster who is now demonstrating daily the horrible qualities they have been trying to hide for so long. And, like all dysfunctional families tend to do, they will defend “little Johnny”…in this case “little Donny”…and try to explain away his misbehavior and blame it on someone else, not having the courage to acknowledge, “We created this little monster.”
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