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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is Frederica Wilson the new figurehead of today’s nutty Democrat Party?

All of us have been in situations where we’ve attended an event or watched a newscast with someone spouting a bunch of liberal-speak virtue signaling nonsense and because of our positions – or common courtesy – we’ve been forced to suffer through the harangue without getting up to leave or turning the channel in mid-sentence.

Therefore it’s not hard to empathize with President Donald Trump these days as he’s being compelled to listen to more outrageous and inane comments from the media regarding his now infamous phone call to a grieving Frederica Wilsonmilitary family last week that was blown into a hullabaloo by oddball Democrat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (of south Florida) and her willing cohorts in the journalism profession.

The details of the spat are well-known by now – Trump made a call to La David Johnson’s widow, Wilson (listening in by speakerphone) described Trump as being callous and insensitive and relayed the story to the news media. Chief of Staff John Kelly, a Gold Star parent himself, then delivered a stunningly effective (is nothing sacred?) retort to Wilson and the rest is history.

Or maybe it’s not.

The controversy is living well past its should-have-been shelf life with stupid celebrities even expanding on the subject and Trump himself expressing a veiled hope that the Democrats might keep on talking about it.

Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner reported on one such dumb famous person commenting out of turn, “Actor Tom Hanks called President Trump's dealings with a Gold Star family who lost a loved one in the deadly Niger ambush ‘one of the biggest cock-ups.’

“’I'm only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like it's one of the biggest cock-ups on the planet Earth if you ask me,’ Hanks told CNN. ‘This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who's going to come out on top of the news story. I think it's very sad.’”

Not quite knowing what Hanks meant by a “cock-up,” I looked up the term. A cock-up is defined as, “To ruin (something) unintentionally; to screw up, mess up…” Seeing as Hanks is a long-time Democrat-contributing and supporting Hollywood liberal we can assume he meant the “screwing up” part was intended for Trump himself, but for our purposes here we’ll just figure the actor is lumping in everyone associated with the president for blame.

Granted I don’t typically advance Democrats – or celebrities -- a lot of credit for good common sense and forthright decision-making, but it doesn’t take a genius to see how all of this is playing out in the hinterlands (at least to the people still tuning in) who are witnessing the president being attacked and censured by a “clown in a sequined cowboy hat” over a phone call that no one but the president and the widow on the other end of the line should have been privy to in the first place.

As General John Kelly meticulously communicated last week at his press briefing, President Trump went out of his way to do the right thing in this matter, even questioning whether it was appropriate to make a call at all – and if he did, what should he say to the grieving survivors?

Such gut-wrenching duties are part of the job of being commander in chief, but we don’t talk about them very much. Every four years the country takes part in a nominating and voting process to select a human being to act as president. In the course of the campaign everyone talks endlessly about tax rates and healthcare coverage and foreign policy and how government should do this but not that.

For sure there’s a lot of hoopla, fanfare and celebration along with name-calling, accusations and threats. Then there are endless commercials, yard signs and “I Voted” stickers. Somewhere along the line the humanity is lost it seems – or at least kicked to the side.

Beyond all the electioneering blather is the simple fact that a president fulfills many, many roles in his official and non-official capacities. Think of President Reagan delivering his remarks after the space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986; or Bill Clinton speaking in Oklahoma City in 1995 after a federal building was bombed and scores of innocent people were killed for no reason.

I’ve often thought such moments must be incredibly demanding because the president has to put his own personal feelings aside to play the role of grief counselor to people he doesn’t know concerning individuals he never knew. How do you tell someone that the whole country is sorry for their loss? How do you encapsulate the heartache hundreds of millions of people are feeling along with them?

Perhaps most importantly, how do you convey those emotions without breaking down in a very human way yourself?

I was only a teenager but the dignity and poise President Reagan exhibited during his Challenger memorial service speech is something I’ll never forget. His beautiful words are still with us, even today; the hurt has faded but reliving the moment brings it all back. In a presidency full of exceptional days it could be said it was Reagan’s finest hour. In the address, the Gipper was doing what he did best – talk about America and what it means to sacrifice. It should also be noted Reagan indicated the astronauts all understood the danger and were willing to assume the risk in the hope of achieving great things.

Trump isn’t nearly as smooth on delivery as Reagan but the feelings behind his actions are the same.

When Donald Trump was elected last November 8 he gained the privilege of leading the country and representing the people just as Barack Obama did eight years before him. In both instances there were many people who weren’t happy about it. In reciting the oath of office every president takes on enormous responsibilities; it’s a job that involves so much more than just using a pen and a phone, the bully pulpit and setting policy outlines for Congress to follow or ignore.

Being president grants one the right to act on behalf of the country to express the American people’s gratitude and sorrow to those whose misery is unimaginable. And it should also come with the benefit of the doubt that the feelings conveyed are with a true heart and sincere convictions.

That should be the end of the story. Period. The fact the Democrats are still continuing to make hay over this episode just proves, once again, how out of touch they are with the rest of the country and culture.

Trump himself labeled the media-generated hubbub a political “gift.” Bradford Richardson of the Washington Times reported, “President Trump continued his feud with Rep. Frederica S. Wilson in a tweet on Sunday, calling the Florida Democrat the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ for the Republican Party...

“[Trump tweeted:] ‘Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote R!’

“In a tweet the previous day, Mr. Trump encouraged the media to focus on Mrs. Wilson.

“[Trump tweeted:] ‘I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!’”

Trump is right; there would be nothing better for Republicans than to make Frederica Wilson the face of the Democrats. There is scarcely a more shining example of the utter intellectual bankruptcy of the party than the Florida congresswoman, but the same could be said of most Democrats including of course, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff or Senators Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren or Al Franken.

By adding Wilson’s name to the more well-known troupe not only do you glimpse a bad comedy act that isn’t funny, you now have an elected official who dresses up for Halloween every day of the year and doesn’t even realize it. Wilson’s stood out since the beginning of her tenure in Congress having been one of the first to suggest the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin was due to racism (the facts be damned!).

Similarly Wilson labeled General Kelly’s “empty barrel” description of her as a “racist term.” Wilson’s become the standard-bearer for everything that’s wrong with the Democrat party today, a substance-less privilege abusing politician who’s crawled her way to the top of local politics and is now entrenched in Congress for as long as she chooses to stay because there’s no organized partisan opposition in her district.

In other words, Wilson is the poster-child for term-limits.

Charles Hurt of the Washington Times described her best. Hurt wrote, “Congresswoman Wilson is living proof that, literally, anyone — no matter how stupid — can get elected to Congress. And the fact that there is actually a party in American politics that would allow someone so dumb in their caucus only proves how unseriously Democrats take themselves and how much contempt party leaders have for innocent American voters.

“Congresswoman Wilson has long been known for pretty much only one thing: the ridiculous, colorful, feathered and sequined cowboy hats she sports around the halls of Congress. Otherwise, she is ignored because of her stultifying ignorance…

“For the good of humanity — not to mention the notion of self-governance in America — this woman must be removed from public office.”

No doubt humanity would benefit from such an occurrence but I have to say, I agree with Trump – instead of being rid of a dolt like Wilson it’s much better for the Republican Party’s cause to keep her around; and the more she talks the more enriched conservatives will be.

As amply noted the Republican Party has massive issues of its own; the entrenched GOP establishment will take years to vanquish and the #NeverTrump “conservatives” have dug themselves a very deep hole from which they cannot emerge without losing face within their own circles. But “clowns” like Rep. Frederica Wilson make a mockery of the entire Democrat Party – a circumstance that will only worsen with every absurd word she utters.

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