I don’t need a lesson on how much so-called Reality TV sucks! We have a stunning example hiding in the basement of the White House. What we need – somehow – is to get through to the fools who believe we’re dealing with some tidy menu of “pick an item from column A” and “pick another from column B” and you’ll get dessert thrown in for free at the end of the meal.
What we’re facing is what appears to be an inevitable Second Wave of infection which will likely increase to 3000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by August and an undiminished death rate ready to march into Trump’s graveyard subdivision.
President Donald Trump and many governors are heralding a reopening of the American economy — even though a majority of states ending their coronavirus shutdowns this week have not met the White House’s most basic thresholds for testing, tracing and a prolonged drop in new cases…
“There’s this mindset that it’s like running a show and you’ve got to keep people tuned in, you’ve got to keep them interested and at some point you’ve got to move on and move on quickly,” said a former senior official at the Health and Human Services Department. “Viewers will get tired of another season of coronavirus.”…
Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s School of Public Health, warned of repeating an earlier cycle of the outbreak by opening up too quickly while the disease continues spreading through thousands of transmission chains. “As each of those communities begin to open up, we won’t have sufficient herd immunity for anything different to happen from what we saw in January or February,“ Mina said.
“What that means is as things open up, any one of those transmission chains or thousands of them could potentially ignite new outbreaks,” Mina said. “That’s how a second wave can potentially be more disruptive, more damaging and larger than the initial phase of the epidemic.”
Medical professionals, women and men whose life’s career is dedicated to building a healthy American nation confront shitheel politicians like Trump on a daily basis. Not all of their efforts ever make it into the eyes of the American public. And not all of that public is bright enough to differentiate between knowledge and science on one hand – and glad-handing phonies, political hustlers, on the other.
I admit that I’m continuing to defend my family’s life against the premise that STUPID will continue to rule this nation until at least the next Inauguration Day. Sadly, perhaps longer.
Erik S Lesser/EPA
On Saturday, addressing the biggest annual gathering of US grassroots conservatives, Trump wondered aloud at it being “sort of a miracle” he has got so much done despite all he’s been through.
“Maybe it’s right there, right?” he asked, pointing to the heavens. “Thank you, God.”
The crowd loved it. Trump stayed away from a sceptical Conservative Political Action Conference in 2016 but now he is its sun king. Supporters in a palatial ballroom at the National Harbour leaped to their feet, whooping and cheering, many wearing “Make America great again” and “Keep America great” caps.
They roared their approval when, like a medieval monarch who has survived a bloody insurrection, Trump vowed revenge.
“They’re coming after me and we fight them back,” he said. “And now we’re going after them because we have no choice. We have to straighten out our country. But despite the best efforts of the leftwing fanatics, their scams, schemes, slanders, they’ve all been discredited, totally discredited.”…
In a characteristically rambling monologue, he seemed genuinely unable to comprehend how teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg beat him to the precious title of Time magazine person of the year.
But he finished his speech by hugging and kissing the flag – a familiar move which elicited a huge cheer from his devoted subjects.
You can assume the audience bent over to give their all to Il Duce.
❝…After interfering with military justice in the case of Eddie Gallagher, and issuing pardons to Clint Lorance and Matthew Golsteyn, the president has reportedly been suggesting to allies that he’d like all three to become a fixture of his 2020 campaign…critics, including some military members and veterans, have suggested the pardons are a slap in the face to those who have served honorably and give soldiers carte blanche to commit heinous acts…
Trump clearly believes that campaigning with people like Gallagher—whose own ranks accused him of gunning down civilians, threatening to shoot other SEALs if they reported him, and stabbing a detainee to death—will help his reelection prospects. In the case of his base, he might be right…
I expect nothing less than obedience to their master’s voice from repeat Trump voters. Honesty, historic American values, the rule of law – all mean nothing to Trump’s “little people”. Followers of a hero without merit, courage, intelligence or principle. I’m afraid what most of them want is soothing syrup to coat their bigotry and fear.
❝ President Donald Trump was tickled last Wednesday when an audience member at a Florida rally suggested shooting migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Trump was bemoaning the legal protections afforded migrants and espousing the need for a border wall when he asked rhetorically, “How do you stop these people?”
❝ “Shoot them!” someone shouted from the Panama City Beach crowd, according to multiple news media reports.
The remark drew a chuckle from the president, who shook his head, pointed in the audience member’s direction and said, “Only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.”
“Only in the Panhandle,” he repeated to laughs and cheers from the crowd.
The one-liner that immediately comes to mind is…”When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Doesn’t really matter who said it. It’s hard to dispute. And – more or less – it’s already here.
❝ Donald Trump’s political stylings…evoke(d) memories of our people’s original civic leader — the large, angry ape.
“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” the anthropologist Jane Goodall infamously opined in the summer of 2016. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
❝ Goodall was far from alone in this assessment. In his paper “The Appeal of the Primal Leader: Human Evolution and Donald J Trump,” Northwestern University social psychologist Dan McAdams argued that the mogul embodied “the social dominance form of human leadership” — and likened Trump’s Twitter tantrums to the violent rituals performed by ruling chimps.
❝ Trump intended his shutdown to be a spectacular display of his tribe’s supremacy in America’s dominance hierarchy. It became the opposite. Now, there’s a good chance that, over the next two years, this presidency is “going to go weaker, weaker, and just disintegrate.”…
One can only hope. Though I have no confidence in Trump’s echo of Reagan’s failed supply-side economics producing anything of benefit to working families, the mass of rural and urban Americans, the danger of stupidity overruling anything near unto common sense retains a risk of economic and social disaster. Often the fate of petty pimps and their claque…and innocent bystanders.
Damned little. Obviously.