You may have noticed that I haven’t had a column in the paper for the last couple of weeks. In case you were wondering, everything is fine in my world. Well, kind of. I’m trying to recuperate from taking a trip with the female version of Clark Griswold (from the movie ‘Vacation’).

You may have noticed that I haven’t had a column in the paper for the last couple of weeks.  In case you were wondering, everything is fine in my world.  Well, kind of.  I’m trying to recuperate from taking a trip with the female version of Clark Griswold (from the movie ‘Vacation’).
Melody’s bucket list trip was to go to Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Given what we have been through the last 3 years I thought that we shouldn’t put off checking some of those things off the list.  So for two weeks we drove around Ireland and the U.K.
Don’t even wonder how it is driving on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road because it is exactly how you would think it was – not so good.  I have to admit though, after about 3 days I got the hang of it and only got cussed out once.  And that was by a woman with 2 kids in a minivan.
I referenced Clark Griswold because Melody thought that she would only get this kind of trip once so she was bound and determined to see everything she could possibly see.  After a couple of days she realized that we might have to pare back our expectations and not see every single thing on her list.
But, even given that, it was a very busy 2 weeks.  We were in 5 different countries and stayed in 15 hotels over the course of 16 days.  We had only made reservations at 3 of those so we got the experience of finding local hotels all across Ireland and the U.K.  
Since this is my column I guess I can use it to give a plug to our local travel agency.  Wendy at GalaxSea Cruises and Tours did a fantastic job booking our flights and rental cars as well as making the hotel reservations we did get before the trip.  And Bart was a great help giving us tips based on his previous trips.
In another column (or maybe more) I will share some of my perspectives and things I learned from the experience.  But, in this column I want to share something I read in an Irish newspaper regarding America’s political scene.
I swear that I really did behave myself overseas.  I never once talked politics with anyone and for the most part I didn’t really follow political happenings in this country.  In reality I knew that the left leaning national media was just going to continue their rants on anything Trump so I figured I wouldn’t miss a lot.  And I was right because the news that I read when I got back was basically the same as when we left.

But, getting back to the article.  It was actually by a columnist in the London Daily Telegraph.  She really had a field day analyzing just how big a mess the Democrats in this country were making out of what should be a golden opportunity.

I’m going to lift a couple of quotes out of her column but not trying to take anything out of context.  She wrote, “This week marked another set of electoral losses for the Democrats.  They’ve failed to win any of the four special congressional elections this year, despite record spending and promises to take back the House of Representatives in the mid-term next year.”

The rest of the column she sets out why the Democrats are losing these elections and she basically says that they don’t have a real message.  She writes, “Democrats are playing tennis with the net down and still can’t get the score past love.”  Wish I had come up with that quote.

She finished with, “But without an argument more persuasive (and less insulting) than “we’re better people”, they are unlikely to lure in any Republicans or independents wary of where the country is headed. This year’s four special elections have been humiliating for Democrats.  More pain is promised next November if they cannot learn another tune.”  

I just thought it was eye opening to read what someone from England thought about our current political mess.  She did not praise Trump nor did she take sides about policy issues.  All she was doing was pointing out the fact that the Democrat plan is to attack Trump and that’s just not working.

I just thought it was interesting to read thoughts from someone who didn’t have a “dog in the fight” and wanted to share that with you.  From my personal perspective, I just hope that the national Democratic Party continues to keep Nancy Pelosi as their spokesperson.  Thank you for that.

Kevin Wilson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.