At a women’s conference in Boston, Michelle Obama took a swipe at President Trump by saying that when her husband was in office, it “was like having the ‘good parent’ at home” who makes you eat your vegetables and go to bed on time. But "now we have the other parent…We thought it’d feel fun — maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”
There’s so much to unpack in that. I could ask, what about following the rule that outgoing Presidents not attack their successors, which George W. Bush was mature enough to extend to her husband? Or I could point out that Trump’s attempts to rescind her husband’s unconstitutional executive orders, root out his appointees who politicized and weaponized supposedly nonpartisan agencies, and enforce longstanding immigration laws are all efforts to “follow the rules” that were ignored for eight long years. And I didn’t even get into her claim that other nations no longer look to the US for leadership as they did under Obama, when Trump is actually reasserting US leadership after eight years of abdicating that role to the UN.
Instead, I’d rather point out what most commenters on this story completely overlooked, and that’s the way she inadvertently summed up the core of what’s wrong with the current “progressive” leftwing mindset: the belief that the free citizens of the United States are like children, and the government is our parent.
No, what makes the United States unique in history is that the citizens are the boss, and the government is our servant. The attitude that it’s the role of the President to force us to eat our vegetables and go to bed by 9 may indeed be why many people voted for Trump. If so, then it’s as good a reason as any I can think of.
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