Monday, April 20, 2020

The Implosion of The Donald

As weird as it's ever been or is ever going to be
"LIBERATE MINNESOTA! LIBERATE MICHIGAN! LIBERATE VIRGINIA! and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!"
Donald J. Trump
Why is Trump so gung ho to open up the American economy so soon? Could it be that a second wave even more serious than the first would give him an excuse to shut down the election in November? Could the disgusting little thug really be that despicable? I'm really starting to wonder. It has been comically obvious since he took office that Donald Trump had all the makings of a despot-wannabe. He appears to be on the threshold of making his dreams come true. As I've been saying since the morning after he was elected four years ago, this is going to end badly.
What possible rational motivation would he have for wanting the American people to go back to business as usual when a second wave would be worse than the first? And why are so many Republican politicians - particularly in the south - willing to ignore all of the evidence regarding the dangers of this pandemic and allow open beaches and packed churches? It makes no sense - even for the half-witted freaks that comprise the extreme right wing in that region of the country. Are they somehow complicit in the possible shutdown of democracy that I have no-doubt Trump is in the process of planning? Why would these people be so reckless with the health and well being of the people they are sworn to govern? These are not the actions of responsible leaders dedicated to the welfare of the citizens of this doomed nation.  What gives?
The other day Trump, in probably his most disturbing action since taking over the White House three years ago, tweeted out that three states (with Democratic governors) be liberated. What he was doing was inciting people to take to the streets at a time when they should be quarantining themselves in the safety of their homes. For this act alone he should be forcibly removed from office and prosecuted. But since that's not going to happen any time in the near future....

I get the strong feeling that the president of the United States is possibly encouraging his supporters (many of whom are, after all, armed and dangerous) to an armed insurrection. It's not such an outrageous conclusion when you think about it. Yesterday, in the three states mentioned in in the First Twit's Tweet, an alarming number of people showed up at statehouses and hospitals sporting rapid-fire weapons. How many folks among them became infected with the covid 19 virus as a result is anyone's guess. How many others will be effected by them is also a jolly good question. At a time when the country needs desperately to come to terms with certain realities, it appears to be unraveling; and the very people who are making this bad situation potentially cataclysmic are the ones who have been most susceptible to the right wing SCREAM machine operated by the likes of Fox Noise, Rush Limbaugh and company.

So help me Mitch Miller I never thought I would live to see the day that the United States would have disintegrated to such a volatile and sick condition. Even in the 1960s, when it seemed as if the country was in danger of going over the edge, there was never much doubt among thinking people that, somehow, we would get through the craziness. Now I'm not too sure. I realize that Trump lost the popular vote in 2016, but it's unsettling to realize that so huge a percentage of the voters of this country were so mind-numbingly naïve and ill-informed as to think that sending this unhinged sociopath and common pervert to the White House would be a perfectly reasonable idea.

As Jimmy Page (or was it Robert Plant?) once wrote:

"It makes me wonder."

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Pipes of Peace by Paul McCartney

This is one of my favorite McCartney recordings, but I never saw this video until the other night. It's beautiful. Here's a link to watch it on YouTube:



At 8:19 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Hell YES. Thank you my friend who always -- without fail -- writes with such clarity.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Les Holmes said...

Dear Tom, I am so glad you commented on Trumps "LIBERATE" tweets. As a resident from the UK I simply cannot believe this could happen. It's actually surreal that your Head of State is encouraging people to ignore lock-downs and take arms to the street. I agree with you about the ulterior motives and this might be an excuse to cancel elections (I read there is nothing in the constitution allowing for this, but since when has this administration cared about the constitution?). At a minimum the level of his irresponsibility and negligence is tantamount to reckless endangerment. It can't even be attributed to incompetence any longer (I don't believe that even Trump can be THIS stupid). There must be a plan behind this.

Why hasn't your media EXPLODED over this and Trump's mishandling of the whole Coronavirus situation? Imagine if Obama did something similar.

With no effective treatment, vaccine, or tracking mechanism how can any SANE person recommend re-opening society? The death toll would be unimaginable; not only those who at risk, but EVERYONE who needs an ICU bed. It would destroy the economy for far longer than a properly managed return-to-work, as well as cause untold deaths.

Need hospitalisation for COVID-19 complications, with a good chance to recover (maybe you are in your 40s or 50s)? Tough - all your ICU beds are full and over-flowing already. Had a stoke or heart attack? Tough - all your ICU beds are full and over-flowing already. Had a car accident or an accident at home? Tough - all your ICU beds are full and over-flowing already.

What are your thoughts about the persistent 30-40% support for Trump. What is happening in American society that he still has ANY support whatsoever? Things feel incredibly broken in the US.

At 9:08 AM, Blogger rustcoal said...

I think grandma might want to rewrite her will...…..

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Pappyz said...

Les Holmes, We are an extremely sick society, and I don't mean from corona 19.
The beginning of april our sick pup in the oval had an almost 46% approval rating according to 538 polls.

Most of his support and blind loyalty is from the racists in our society.
Sick pup made their racism not only fashionable again it's actually chic to spout their hatred openly. You dare not question their authority because they're heavily armed 2nd amendment patriots. It's the only amendment they know, and for good cause, they don't want to know the others.

The election of President Obama had them seething in anger for 8 years, now EVERTHING is about retribution for them,nothing else matters.

"Incredibly broken" is a misnomer. We are literally shattered to pieces.


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