The Progressive Left has often couched their ploys in emotionalism. They trot out people with problems (not hard to find, they created most of the problems in this country) and say, you wouldn’t want to take away (fill in the blank) from (the latest “poster child” for whatever they are pushing these days), would you?

And, of course, the answer is always “no,” because you would have to be a heartless creep to respond otherwise.

When viewed over time and space, however, the Progressive Left’s objective is singular and simple – to keep a significant portion of the population indebted to them and voting for them to keep them (the Progressive Left) in power. It is all about votes, folks.

The emotional pleas are just a tool in the sinister tool box designed to keep them in power.

So, they get a lot of votes from the disenfranchised and people with empathy who do not dig too deep into the objectives of the Progressive Left.

The Progressive Left almost succeeded in taking over the United States. We were one presidential election away from complete capitulation.

The Progressive Left was in power in Washington long enough to entrench bureaucrats of their choosing in all the key permanent job positions. They just about had it all sewed up forever when the most improbable of improbable candidates came along – one Mr. Donald J. Trump, Jr.

Now, the Progressive Left, spewing forth from all their entrenched enclaves – Washington, Hollywood, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Sacramento – is attempting every dirty trick in the book to disparage Mr. Trump. Even Trump haters from the right, such as John McCain, are in on the action.

Let me tell you about compassion.

Compassion is not about taking money out of someone else’s pocket to help your latest cause – it is about taking money out of your own pocket to help someone in need.

Mr. Trump has done this in the past – taken money out of his own pocket to help someone in need (and don’t tell me he can afford it – I know many people of means who are the biggest tightwads I have ever met).

Compassion is about inviting someone into your home, cleaning them up in your bathroom and putting your clothes on them – not delegating this activity to a hired hack employed by a government agency.

Let me tell you about coddling.

Coddling is what the Baby Boomers (that would be me) often did when raising our children. We took care of everything for them. We told them not to worry, we would take care of it.

We thought we were demonstrating love. We were wrong. It may have been love, but it was the wrong way to express it. Now we have raised a generation that must call a plumber to change the washer in a leaky faucet; they have no idea how to do it themselves.

This generation we raised is now raising a generation that is not allowed to fail at anything.

Poor grades? Tromp into the principal’s office and demand they be changed.

We raised the Progressive Left. We did not know it at the time, but everything was in place for this to happen. The schools were already indoctrinating them, but no one told us, and we were not bright enough or inquisitive enough to see how this was happening (we thought schools were still like they were when we grew up).

It was done with emotionalism (Save the Manatees! – I am sure your kids had you put one of these stickers on your car) and clever arguments. A generation grew up which judges and values everything based on an (often false) emotional argument.

There is no understanding that everything has a real cost. Otherwise, the country would not be in debt to the tune of $20 trillion. This next generation’s lack of understanding of cost can be demonstrated as you watch them handle your bill at any restaurant in the country. They can only give you change based on what the register tells them. They have no idea how to do this themselves.

It seems simplistic for me to use this example, but it is a significant piece of the puzzle explaining our situation today. The young today are, in a "Stepford Wives" way, willing to believe anything a machine or an authority figure tells them – no thinking on their own required.

The Progressive Left almost took the country. Then, Mr. Trump came along and the Baby Boomers had one last chance to correct the mistakes of their generation. The Progressive Left’s rage, as demonstrated their willingness to use any means possible, any lie possible, to take down President-elect Trump, is palpable, real and on display for anyone to see who has their eyes open.

Whether our new president can beat back a creeping Progressive Left headlock on our country remains to be seen. Hopefully, it is not too late.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.