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Letter: Let the adults govern

Mike Rachow of Fargo writes, "America has had its little hissy fit with former President Donald Trump, voting him out of office in 2020, along with a lot of other Republican officeholders. Two years later, we see the results of electing a bunch of idealistic dreamers to run this country."

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Listening to all the childish rants from our politicians these days, it reminds me of the kind of juvenile behavior you'd see on a playground. But then, what can we expect? In popular television shows, like "The Simpsons" or "South Park," it's the "bratty" child that gets the most attention.

Hearing President Joe Biden deflect accusations of political corruption, it reminds me of what the animated character, Bart Simpson, often says: "I didn't do it! Nobody saw me do it. You can't prove anything!"

You know, despite what many people say about kids, children are not inherently good. Put one toy in between two toddlers and what happens? They fight over it, of course. Young children often get labeled as "honest" or "innocent," mostly because they tend to say whatever comes to mind. Parents will spend many exhaustive years teaching their children how to properly function in life.

Instinctively, children are very idealistic. They tend to think in terms of black and white, less nuanced. It's important, then, to temper these instincts of idealism with the practical, the real. Unfortunately, it would seem that our educational institutions have been, for the most part, more interested in teaching our children idealistic, Utopian doctrines, rather than life preparation skills. Young people graduate with unrealistic expectations and a skewed understanding of how life works. And you know what? These same children are now running things in Washington!

This really dawned on me the other day when Democratic Party leaders held that celebration on the White House lawn to commemorate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Meanwhile, on the same day, during the celebration, news reports came out of yet another massive increase in the national inflation rate. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns! So, it struck me: We have these mid-term elections coming up? We need to remove the children and let the adults govern.

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It is time to elect representatives to our public office who will demand our laws be enforced. They would govern, based on sound economic principles, and curb endless spending. They would close the southern border and enforce existing immigration laws. They would roll back the burdensome restrictions placed on our country's energy supply, implemented due to these "junk science" climate change models, and allow this country to get back to energy self-sufficiency.

America has had its little hissy fit with former President Donald Trump, voting him out of office in 2020, along with a lot of other Republican officeholders. Two years later, we see the results of electing a bunch of idealistic dreamers to run this country. St. Paul once wrote: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, thought like a child, reasoned like a child. When I was an adult, I put away childish things."

Playtime is over. It is time to get back to real life. It is time for the Republicans to take over. It is time to let the adults govern.

Mike Rachow lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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