I am going to defend Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz from some undeserved criticism. As you can see, I am very consistent on this stance whether the person involved is someone I generally agree with or someone I almost never do. Both the right and the left are guilty of this attack and should both stop it.
Let’s start with the latest example. Recently, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was predictably blasted by the left for going with his wife and two daughters to Cancun during a terrible ice storm in his home state. My first thought was, “That sounds like a pretty good idea to me. If I had a choice between sitting in an ice storm with no electricity and sitting on the beach with a margarita, I know which one I would choose.” My next thought was, “Is that my reaction just because I like Senator Cruz? Would I have a different reaction if it was Bernie Sanders?” This is a normal question for me because we as conservatives should not have double standards like the left does. You know, like how Democrats cheered on rioting thugs for a year and then started denouncing rioting thugs on January 6 when they thought they could win political points. My conclusion: No. I would not feel differently if it was a political opponent.
I reached this conclusion by looking at times when Democrats have been criticized for wasting time on leisure activities instead of “doing the work of the people.” The example that came to mind was something that Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and many other presidents have been criticized for: golf. I specifically remember those three presidents being attacked for spending too much time on the golf course during their term in office. In every case I defended them, whether they were Republicans or Democrats, for this simple reason: the less politicians do, the better it is for us. As another golfer president once said, “government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
Both the left and the right need to stop with this criticism. Ideally, politicians would spend more time, not less, golfing or on vacations. Pondering this reminded me of one of our very best presidents. Calvin Coolidge was known for sleeping 10 to 11 hours a night and then taking a long nap in the afternoon. How much better off would our country be if politicians spent more time sleeping and less time interfering with our lives?
This gave me an idea. As you know, I almost always oppose government regulations, but I actually want to propose a rule for anyone elected to public office. Upon election, each office holder must take up a new hobby that occupies at least 5 hours per day. It’s a brilliant law because nothing would help the American people more than to keep politicians busy and out of our lives.
To help get them started I even have some ideas for current politicians.
Senator Elizabeth Warren – Gardening: Senator Warren famously claimed to be an American Indian, earning her nickname, “Pocahontas.” Since American Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, gardening would be the perfect hobby for her to reconnect with her roots.
Representative Adam Schiff – Writing: I don’t mean writing political op-eds for the Washington Post. I mean writing fiction books. Mr. Schiff is known mostly for pushing imaginary claims that President Trump colluded with foreign countries to interfere with the U.S. election in 2016. I think his wild imagination could come up with some crazy international political thrillers. He could be the next Tom Clancy!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – Poker: One of the skills that makes a good poker player is bluffing. Bluffing is simply the ability to look right at people and lie with a straight face. Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer have been perfecting this skill for years. They wouldn’t have any trouble setting up games either. We could fill the Amazon Room at The Rio with lying politicians!
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – Yodeling: Honestly, I just want to see this.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – Calling bingo at senior living communities
Senator Mitt Romney – LARPing: LARPing stands for Live Action Role Playing. Basically, a group of guys get together and pretend to be people that they’re not, like knights, elves, and wizards. Senator Romney should be good at that since he has pretended to be a Republican for years.
Senator Bernie Sanders – Stand-up comedy: I hear he looks a lot like Larry David.
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, aka “The Squad” – Start a band: “Performing next on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, singing their hit single, “Israel Has Hypnotized the World,”… The Squad!”
Joe Biden – Massage therapy: We all know that Joe Biden has already been known to massage women who cross his path. He may as well take some classes and get a little side gig going.
Ultimately, whatever they decide to do it will be better for the country than anything they are doing now.