Outside, on a pleasant evening, the quiet lot of parked Volvos and Priuses seemed at peace. But inside the small church basement, it was a scene of heartbreak as parents poured out their hearts to one another.
"I don't understand," one mother cried. "I marched in Selma and protested the Viet Nam war and now my forty-year-old son has gone over to the dark side. I can understand his resentment at being driven to school in an old Volvo wagon by a hippie mom in granny glasses and Birkenstocks, but how could he choose to support a blood-sucking vampire?"
Strife and conflict within families has always existed, usually simmering beneath the surface and constrained by the unifying forces of love and caring. Even during the Bush years, a relatively calm Thanksgiving meal might be enjoyed without major bloodshed. But the tragedy of a grown child choosing to support Trump for President is almost beyond endurance.
The parental support group, ESCHeW DRAKOOLA, was formed during the first presidential term of Ronald Reagan but was largely unknown and relatively small until this most recent political crisis. The movement grew through Reagan as Savaronola, George W. as the Joker, and Cheney as Darth Vader, it may have grown to its pinnacle now to counteract the viral menace presented by the Prince of Darkness himself, Donald Trump.
(The support group's acronym stands for Endeavoring to Save the CHildrEn Who DRank the KOOLAid.)