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Thoughts on Events the Week of July 27

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on August 2, 2020

The election: Trump floated the idea of postponing the election, which went over like a fart in a diving bell. (My spell checker doesn’t recognize that word.) It’s not going to happen, though not for want of Trump’s trying. Congress sets the date for elections, and Nancy Pelosi, nor even Moscow Mitch McConnell, is going to change it. The election is perhaps the only way we are going to get rid of Trump, though I’m still holding out hope he will quit before he does much more damage.

Don’t expect Trump to stop trying to thwart the election. It suits his purposes. He’s getting ready to be beaten to a bloody pulp and this gives him an excuse to blame it on someone or something other than himself. In the meantime, it has created some distraction – not enough, but some – from the disastrous economic news resulting from his mismanagement of Covid-19, and the whole country broadly.

Sudden thought: have we come to the point – politically and demographically – where the Republican Party, or whatever it has become, simply cannot win an election based on its ideas, which is a shame; Republicans used to have some good ideas? Its only options are to suppress voter turnout, which is obscenely contrary to democracy, or in Trump’s case, try to avoid the election entirely.

“It’s China’s Fault”: Trump is trying to blame China for Covid-19. Well, it may have originated in China, and they didn’t handle it very responsibly at first, but it’s not China’s fault any more than it is Africa’s fault that some monkey came out of the jungle and gave us Ebola.

Frankly, I don’t care where Covid-19 came from. It’s here now and I’m more interested in what we are doing about it, which is precious little, and what we are doing isn’t working. In fact, Trump’s utter incompetence is making matters worse.

Consider that Trump is still hyping some drug I can’t spell, which has been proven not to be effective, relying on the “expertise” of Stella Immanuel, a doctor so far from science that she says some diseases come from patients having sex with demons in their sleep, for instance

And while we’re on the subject, I’m sick and tired of blaming China for everything. It’s nothing but garden variety xenophobia. Yes, China does some things I don’t like, particularly the theft of our intellectual property, but we should be addressing China like global grownups, not petulant school yard bullies.

And while we are at it, Russia has been stealing our technology for a lot longer. Remember how they got the atom bomb? Why isn’t Trump berating Russia? Don’t answer that; it’s obvious.

Sudden thought: Maybe Thomas Malthus was right. Maybe Covid-19 is nature’s way of telling us there are too many of us and we are living packed too tightly together. Could Covid-19 be a mini “Malthusian catastrophe?” It’s certainly a “natural check” on population. On second thought, the catastrophe is Trump.

 Liar-in-chief: In his almost four years in office, President Trump has told literally thousands of lies. And those are just his public pronouncements and tweets. Who knows how many lies he tells in private?

But his saddest, most pathetic lie yet occurred this week when he said he had been asked by the New York Yankees to throw out the first pitch at their opening day baseball game. The Yankees immediately said they had issued no such invitation, which makes sense because Trump is despised in New York (he is booed roundly if he even shows up at a Yankees game), and why would the Yankees lie about a thing like that? They’re not Trump.

How flawed and broken must a person be to tell such an easily disproven lie in public over such a trivial matter? The man simply cannot tell the truth. If it weren’t for all his other odious flaws, I could almost feel sorry for him over this one. 

It’s been opined that Trump blurted out this lie over envy of Anthony Fauci, who was invited to throw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals opening day game July 23. Trump just had to try to one up Fauci, even if it meant telling a foolish lie. If that is the reason, and it is plausible, then the whole episode is even more pathetic. How shallow and needy must our president be to behave like that? Don’t answer; it’s a rhetorical question.

John Lewis: Former President Obama gave the eulogy at the funeral of the great advocate for civil rights. It was so refreshing to see and hear an eloquent, reasoned president speak to all of us again, it almost brought tears to my eyes.

Worst state: Texas runs away with the cup this week because U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), who refuses to wear a face mask even in the well of the House among his colleagues, and even opines that masks may cause the virus, has tested positive for Covid-19. Who says there’s no justice in the world?

I don’t want Gohmert to die of Covid-19. I enjoy making fun of him too much, and I would have to stop calling stupid people Gohmerts. I don’t want anyone to die from the virus. But I wouldn’t mind if it made Gohmert sick enough to think a little deeper on the subject of masks, if he is capable of it. Gohmert is about as stupid as a man can be. Spoiler alert: Texas elects him routinely.

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