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November 18, 2016

Fighting the Dopey Instincts

Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Dopey instincts. We’ve all got them. What distinguishes the real dopes from the rest of us occasional dopes is that most of us skillfully manage the tendency to think and act like a real dope.


Here’s an example of an occasional dope. A husband is asked by his wife how a certain outfit looks. Instead of recognizing the logic trap inherent in that question, his inner dope takes over and he says: “I think it makes you look a little heavy”. Ding, ding, ding – we have a Dope Award winner!


Now here’s an example of a true dope. The nation holds an election for president. The election is terribly divisive, drawing out deep-seeded resentment and anger. The national media fuels this division, preferring one candidate over the other in a previously unseen manner. In the end, the other candidate wins the election, not the media’s preference. Protestors of the newly (and duly) elected President-Elect, funded by a progressive political advocacy group, take to the streets of large cities to protest “a guy who isn’t even president yet,” and therefore cannot change a single aspect of government.


Unfortunately, dopey behavior management isn’t universal, and the closer we get to national elections, the higher the likelihood of those who tend toward dopiness to demonstrate their essential nature. It isn’t just based on the outcome of the election, either. It’s geographic, too. People in large cities seem prone to act dopey in much higher percentages than people in small town America. Not sure why, probably that good ol’ common sense thing.


The latest outbreak of wide-scale dopiness results from Donald J. Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States. Just reading that last sentence will cause some readers to experience a rise in dope tendencies. So, please read this again: Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America!


Sorry, couldn’t help myself…


Social media allows an informal conversation about these kinds of events. If your social media presence is even slightly bi-partisan, then you’re engaging diverse opinions, even some dopey opinions.


To wit, thousands of American citizens are channeling their inner dope by claiming that Mr. Trump is not their president, and that they simply will not accept the outcome of a duly-held national election.


A couple of observations in that regard:


·         Even the incumbent President, Barack Obama, accepts the will of the voters. President-elect Trump (down, you dopes) was even acknowledged by his general election opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton in her gracious concession speech the morning after her heartbreaking loss.


·         Back in 2008, when President Obama defeated Sen. John McCain, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh questioned Obama’s legitimacy and urged his listeners to protest the policies of the new president. That was just being dopey, too. The dawn of the hashtag #notmypresident grew out of that movement. The very same people, who are now questioning President-elect Trump’s legitimacy, were the loudest voices criticizing protests against the outcome of a duly-elected presidential election. Now that’s being a dope.


·         It’s an act of full-on dopiness to claim that because one candidate received more popular votes, the one who actually got the most Electoral College votes shouldn’t be able to take office. We all knew the rules going in. The rules don’t change simply because we lost the game.


·         The protests are being organized and funded by, a progressive political advocacy organization. This bunch of world-class dopes, funded principally by one of the world’s most distinguished dopes, George Soros, has almost no redeeming qualities.


·         The protesters are mostly young people (a higher tendency to act like a dope) and anarchists (look up dope in the dictionary, it’ll probably include a photo of an anarchist). Since almost all of their actual knowledge is being spoon-fed to them by a college professor, you can chalk up their thinking to general dopiness and a lack of obligation to actually produce something…anything.


How much longer can this widespread dope outbreak go on? The sad answer is it could go on indefinitely. Every new announcement like the selection of potential cabinet members, a choice for the Supreme Court vacancy, and policy ideas for the new administration will likely trigger a new round of protests. Every time a proven dope like George Soros, progressive filmmaker Michael Moore, or any celebrity or pop star opens their yap, dopey protestors will run out into traffic to record their displeasure.


This trend probably started when we stopped declaring winners and losers on the playgrounds of America. The whole idea of not rewarding the victor for fear of damaging the loser's inner-child lead us to the brink of mass dopiness.


In life (and politics), there are winners and losers. For the winners, they get the keys to the shiny new machine of government. For the losers, it’s back to the drawing board to diagnose the reasons for the loss and the charting of the course to return to power.


Holding a sign and blocking traffic in the street equals Dopey.


Figuring out why you lost and working to rebuild your brand equals Not dopey.


Join the ranks of the non-dopey, and you'll avoid getting run over.


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