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Clarity for November

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Peter Baker (NYT, 5/7/2020) reported that Trump said this about our lockdown:

“We can’t have our whole country out. We can’t do it. The country won’t take it. It won’t stand it. It’s not sustainable.”

Trump’s statement connects our pandemic situation with his view of human nature. Everything about this is clear, if you see that the meaning of the words is the same as the reason for uttering them. The meaning is that Americans feel no responsibility for the well-being of other Americans. Trump is describing what he sees in himself and his followers, and he envisions them nodding in agreement, which is why he said it.

A different president might say other things about how Americans will respond to a lockdown. That person might weigh our selfish, uneducated human nature against our generous, educated human nature; and say something like, “In this time of difficulty, Americans will make the sacrifices needed to get back to normal as soon as possible.”

Trump could never say that because he knows it would sound ridiculous coming from him. And his followers would not be nodding in agreement.

I love the irony of proclaiming that opening the economy enriches us for later, when doing so may impoverish us for a long time. Is that irony, or just stupidity?

More responsible than a third grader?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

A metaphor comes to mind when I look across the divide between liberals and conservatives. It is one we can all understand because we experienced it in third grade. Well-behaved third graders went to class with the intention of cooperating with the teacher. Uncooperative third graders went with the intention of disrupting the lesson.

At some point in their young lives, the first group internalized the philosophy that we all have a responsibility one another. Disruptive students had not yet learned that lesson. But they were in third grade. Some people take longer to internalize basic life lessons.  

Here is how Melinda Henneberger of the Kansas City Star describes Mike Pence being like an uncooperative third grader, when he violated hospital policy by not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota:

More than a million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more have already died of it than we lost in the Vietnam War. If our leaders can’t put up with even so minor an inconvenience as a mask in response, then the message is that we have no real responsibility to one another. (4/30/2020, AC-T, p. 7A)

The third-grade metaphor helps us understand why Pence did not wear a face covering. It was not because he wasn’t infected. And it was not because he is the president’s sniveling sycophant, as Jenifer Rubin argued:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jennifer-rubin-mike-pence-massk_n_5eaa459fc5b6edf4130e1450?ncid=APPLENEWS00001

It was because he represents the Republican Party, which believes “we have no responsibility to one another.”

The Environmental Protection Agency rule rollbacks Trump has recommended, without a peep from Republicans, illustrates that belief. They believe government is not responsible for cleaning our air or water.

The divide within our country is simple, fundamental, and deep. It is the same divide we experienced in third grade. Liberals believe we have a responsibility to one another. Republicans do not.    

HEADLINE: Trump calls for journalists who covered the Russia probe to return their ‘Noble Prizes’ in Twitter rant before deleting it

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

This man is mentally ill.

Won’t be wearing a mask

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Of course Humpty Trumpty won’t wear a mask:

“You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I am choosing not to do it.”

Wearing a mask would demonstrate that he cares about other people, which we know is not true. So, for once he told the truth–he cares about nobody but himself.

The real meaning of trickle down economics

From Sandy Ratcliffe, Asheville:

I will continue to pay my cleaning woman, my hairdresser, my manicurist, anyone for whose services I would normally be paying throughout the month. I’m doing this even though I won’t actually be using their services for…a while. If everyone who could afford this did the same, it could make a big difference for lots of folks. (Letter to editor, AC-T, March 26, 2020)

Compare this to Republican trickle-down economics. Ms. Ratcliffe’s approach is beautiful. The other is ugly.

What grade are you in?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline (3/3/2020)

Trump says he spoke to Taliban leader, had ‘good conversation’

Story

Trump told reporters. “We had a good conversation. We’ve agreed there’s no violence. We don’t want violence. We’ll see what happens.”

If Trumpty Dumpty was a fourth-grader, the teacher’s two questions would be (1) What do you mean by “good?” (2) Why do you think it was “good?”

This may be a decent report for a third grader, but a fourth grader would get a C-. A stable genius he is not–a third-grader? Maybe.

I love irony.

Hey Democrats!

Our side is corrupt (and stupid), but the other side is more corrupt.

The 2020 democratic presidential race has to be the stupidest campaign of all time. Why can’t these candidates pledge to work together to defeat the village idiot in the White House? Why is that so difficult?

Oh — I forgot. I wrote about it in my book. Politicians are ignorant, unimaginative, weak, fearful of truth, proud and selfish. Now we know what that looks like in both parties. Trumpty Dumpty is the Republican version of the uneducated politician, and a slew of democratic candidates demonstrate those vices on the other side.

Democrats’ platform

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Hey Democrats:

First–stop saying Mitt Romney’s vote to convict Trump was an act of courage. Acts of courage teach us about action in the face of danger. There was no danger lurking anywhere near that vote. And the only resulting actions were condemnations from Trump, and Republicans turning away from Romney. We will get back to that, later.    

Second–pull together to defeat Trump next November. Now that Republicans have ruined government and failed to fix our electoral system, it does not matter which one of you gets elected!

Here is your platform:

Our crumbling infrastructure affects all Americans, even the country club set. They don’t realize it, yet, because they are among our most uneducated people: (1) They are ignorant of the long-term effects of their actions. (2) They cannot imagine how their future is tied to the future of the middle and lower classes. (3) They are too weak to stop buying luxuries they don’t need. (4) They fear the truth–that their wealth is the result of luck, or inheritance, or both. (5) They are proud of their wealth, as if it is the result of some great accomplishment (See #4). (6) And they believe self-interest, not generosity, is a virtue.

In other words, if our infrastructure is NOT repaired, their profits will suffer in the long run. The difference between a first world country and a developing country is that the former has all three of the following:

  1. safe roads, bridges, and airports.
  2. water and food that is safe to consume.
  3. a middle class with enough disposable income to buy the products the country clubbers sell.  

Steven Brill, Tailspin (2018), described how government has been destroyed, and how the rule of law and due process have been used to protect and accommodate the wealthy, more than to serve the common good. Ask any honest lawyer about that.

There it is. Nothing could be simpler for Americans to understand. Now that our electoral system, government, and presidency have been misaligned, educated people will vote for the democratic candidates (1) who reject corporate donations from the oil industry, (2) who refuse to criticize other democratic candidates, and (3) who call for democratic candidates to be a band of brothers and sisters.

Update — February 25, 2020 — Evidently Thomas Friedman read this blog about the Democrats’ platform:

Here is the headline:

You can win in a landslide.

And please don’t say democratic candidates have to criticize each other, so the party gets a nominee who is tough enough to stand on the debate stage with Trump. Think past the Trump-Clinton debacle. The democratic candidate should never get down in the mud with Trump. Look at how that would play out. Republicans will revel in Trump’s nastiness because they will regard him as the nastier of the two, which he is and always will be. That makes Trump the winner in their eyes.

And about that Romney thing–Trump demonstrated his uneducated nature by ridiculing Romney. Trump’s ignorance and intellectual incompetence were evident in his inability to understand that pleading for help from Ukraine violated his oath of office. And his weak character, fear of truth, pride and selfishness were evident in his Romney outrage. Trump supporters may share these vices, but most Americans demonstrate the three virtues they were taught in public schools–understanding, strong character, and generosity.  

In other words, with this platform, voters looking out for the public good will vote for a Democrat. They will know that a repaired infrastructure, a secure election system, and a government that works for the public good is needed to take us into the 2020s, 30s and 40s.

So, Democrats, if you want to make it even simpler, “Make America Great Again” looks to the past. Democrats make us great into the future. Drive on Interstate 40 and 26 to experience what that will be like. Those are Republican potholes you are driving over.

And–hey working class Republicans–How is that tax cut going for you? Now that you are filing your taxes, you see a huge reduction–right? You better spend that money for new tires. I am warning you. If your blowout damages my car when I cannot avoid your car lurching into my lane, I will sue you for being so incredibly stupid.

Dear Tom Perez

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Memo to: Tom Perez

From: Voters

Subject: Iowa Caucuses

Nobody cares.

Rip it up

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

GOP rips Pelosi over torn speech

Many people have expressed the wish that Nancy would not have torn the speech on national TV.

Regardless of the verdicts coming down on Nancy, another way to look at it is that, if she had not done it, we would not be talking about it. Maybe Nancy learned from Donald that, If you want to be in the news, you have to do and say outrageous things:

“And when you are a star, you can do anything . . . Grab them by the pussy.”

How many of the Pelosi condemnations are coming from people who condemned Donald’s disgusting statement? Unless you can point me to your condemnation of Donald’s attitude toward women, shut up about a speech torn by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If you don’t like it, remember – that is why we have elections.