EIGHTY years ago, in frustration with the economy, West Virginians handed over to the Democratic Party their state government.
That was like giving a 10-year-old the keys to the truck.
Democrats have controlled the Legislature uninterrupted since 1933. Ditto the state Supreme Court.
With the exception of Arch Moore and Cecil Underwood, every governor in that time has been a Democrat.
If there is a problem in West Virginia, the Democratic Party owns it.
Which is why many Democrats want to divert attention to crystal meth rather than deal with a state economy that is stuck a generation behind the rest of the nation.
Specifically, these Democrats want to require a prescription for any cold or allergy remedy with pseudoephedrine, even though nearly 40 years ago the federal government approved remedies with this ingredient for over-the-counter sales
Democrats do not want to address their policies, which led to a 60-year economic exodus by the state's middle class, which left behind the poor, the elderly and the people who profit from failure.
While other states adopted right-to-work laws and attracted jobs, West Virginia Democrats doubled down on an antediluvian prevailing wage law.
According to the state Chamber of Commerce, taxpayers now pay flag men $37 an hour.
Prospects for this state after 80 years of the Democratic Party control are so low that the West Virginia Economic Development Authority's latest big announcement was a 2 percent loan to a moonshiner, who promised six jobs.
Meth diverts attention from reality, and so many Democrats embrace it.
They sound like Professor Hill in "The Music Man," as they sing:
Trouble, oh we got trouble, right here in West Virginia, with a capital T that rhymes with M and that stands for meth.
Actually, T rhymes with B and stands for baloney.
To be sure, West Virginia has a drug problem as only New Mexico has a higher drug overdose death rate that is four times the homicide rate.