If you are like many of us, you may be dealing with a family member this holiday season that has been showing signs of great distress since about Nov. 8.

Typical symptoms include: sweaty palms, a high level of anxiety, lots of screaming (in person or in writing), a complete sense of hopelessness, a total state of despair and, perhaps, an inability to function on a daily basis.

Know that I am with you – as we have at least one of these in our family.

These people have not been taken off the drug to which they are addicted – yet – but their addiction is so powerful that even the thought of being deprived of their drug is causing them great agony. Like you would do with any drug addict in your family, sympathy, support and intervention if necessary is required to help your loved one recover.

You will have to be patient and work hard to bring them back to reality. It will take time and it will be difficult for everyone involved.

To what are these people addicted?

The policies and objectives of the Democrat Party and the Progressive Left. Their addiction is more complete, more life controlling than that delivered by any pill or needle. For verification, just look at them and listen to them.

Even the thought of being denied their drugs – which have not been denied to them yet – has caused them to approach a catatonic state. Do you know of any other addiction that has such a grip on its victims?

The junkies that have delivered this addiction have been very clever. They have been perfecting their drugs since the 1930s. And, like all drugs, their sales pitch has been smooth, enticing and on the surface, seemingly harmless. However, in the 84 years since Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in as president, these junkies have had ample time to test various “drugs” and delivery systems, perfecting the ones that work and discarding those that don’t.

Now, these junkies have us to a point that people believe it is OK that the credit rating of the U.S. has been downgraded, that the country is in debt to the tune of $20 trillion, that it is OK to shoot police officers, that the Constitution can be ignored, that it is proper for the president to spend nearly $100 million of taxpayer’s money on vacations in eight years and on and on and on.

There is a reason the Right has never reacted to their losses as the Left has reacted this time. It is very simple: The Right is not addicted to government handouts and largess. If you are not addicted, you do not react when you lose, for nothing has been taken away from you. You are free, you are independent and you go on and resolve to determine what you need to do the next time to win.

So, what happened in this election? I think the Left’s addiction got so bad that the sober adults stood up and said, “Enough.” It was hard to do – for it is our children who were addicted and by standing up for solid principles and beginning the intervention process was difficult. No wonder we have been reluctant for election cycle after election cycle to make our voices heard.

What am I going to do about loved ones showing signs of distress due to the potential loss of their addiction substance?

I have promised them I will listen to them without comment. I have warned them I will not join their side. I have further warned them that there is nothing to discuss about the so-called merits of the Left’s viewpoints until the Left first gives up Roe v. Wade and its support of Planned Parenthood.

This is not a zero-sum game – all the purported good the Left claims to have done (doubtful) does not make up for the nearly 60 million future citizens snuffed out by Roe v. Wade.

So, Left, you’ll have to move on that one before you’ll get me to discuss any so-called merits to your 84 years of destroying human dignity.

One more point. You might be questioning why I mention 84 years – there certainly have been some conservative times in this period. The answer, of course, is yes, there were some conservative periods, but they never rolled back any Progressive Left agenda item. All they did was slow the “progress” a bit.

What the addicted really see before them now is this: For once, we might actually see their agenda rolled back. We may be on the cusp of cutting off and eliminating parts of the addiction. If so, we have great days coming.

And I think some of the addicted will be thankful, once they realize they can thrive and prosper on the other side of the grip their addiction has had on them.

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.