Thoughts on Events the Week of May 11

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 21, 2020

I’m running late this week. Sorry.

Obamagate: President Trump says former President Obama has committed “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!” He says we all know what it is, though we don’t, nor does he, because it doesn’t exist.

But I’m sure that in Trump’s twisted mind, Obama has committed many crimes, for example being more intelligent, better educated, more competent, more accomplished, more eloquent, more popular and having had a larger crowd for his inauguration.

But there is one crime that Obama is guilty of in Trump’s mind that is worse than all the rest, a crime for which there is no appeal and no reprieve: he’s black. Trump is a flat-out racist bigot and the President’s obvious superiority over him must gall Trump no end.

The Covid-19 Spectrum: An objective look at a map of the U.S. showing virus cases by state – some with cases increasing, some with cases steady and some with cases declining – makes it clear there is no one size fits all solution.

The point is that it’s not black or white, red or blue, open or shut. We need to stop thinking like that and work out an actual plan that addresses the different situations and needs. If only we had a government capable of such a thing. That not being the case, I’m staying hunkered down for a while longer. In fact, I may be the last one to peek out of the air raid shelter.

Worst State: It’s no secret I’ve been thinking of reviewing the six worst states, possibly removing one from the list and inserting another in its place.

One of the reasons I have not done this yet is that at this moment, the state that I would remove from the list is Arizona, my own personal state at present, and though I think it is doing a better than the other worst states, I’m not sure I am being completely objective about this.

If I were to replace one worst state with another, I could do a lot worse than selecting Wisconsin, a state that has run off the rails. I don’t know what happened. Wisconsin used to be an enlightened state with a good educational system and strong sense of environmental responsibility. Today, the government is dominated by radical right-wing extremists, utterly uninterested in representative government, only political power.

Worse, even the court system has jumped into the political fray. The state supreme court has given up any pretense of judicial independence. It is the first state of which I am aware where the court has become an aggressively partisan political player.

Kentucky would be another good candidate. It’s southern, like the other worst states (Oklahoma is actually midwestern, but it thinks it is southwestern), with all that implies, and Moscow Mitch McConnell has pretty much screwed it up for a generation or two.

If I made the call today, it would be Arizona out, Wisconsin in. But I don’t have to make the call today and I won’t. I’ve decided to wait until after the November election to see where the chips fall. The elections could change a lot. On the other hand, if Trump wins, I will quit blogging all together, so there won’t be any more “worst states.”

I wanted to give the worst states – Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas – the week off so I may think about this some more, but I can’t because Mike Pompeo. He’s been such an obsequious sycophant this week that Kansas gets the cup.

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