EXPLODING THE TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME (TDS) NARRATIVES
President Trump has become the first President in history to officially label a white nationalist group as a terrorist organization. Extra head-exploding points for the left: the group Trump condemned is also pro-Russia.
Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the Democratic Presidential race - although it seems odd to call it a "race" when it consisted of two men in their late 70s standing frozen in place.
As usual, the humor site The Babylon Bee had the best headline: "Bernie Sanders drops out of race to spend more time with his many, many houses."
Bernie told his heartbroken followers that they know the truth: the path toward victory is impossible and his battle for the nomination cannot be successful.
Now if he and his followers could just accept the same truth about socialism, America would be a lot better off.
MORE TDS NEWS
One of the strangest delusions of Trump Derangement Syndrome victims is their insane belief that Donald Trump only ran for President to enrich himself. Sure, he was already a billionaire living a life of unimaginable luxury, but he chose to give that up to take on the hardest job in the world (at no salary), knowing he would have to divest himself from his business empire, which would suffer a tarnished brand because of all the slanders that have been thrown at him and the loopy leftist protesters trying to drive people away from his hotels and sue him if a foreigner stayed in one… but somehow, it was going to make him richer. Of all the nonsensical mischaracterizations of Trump, from wannabe dictator to Russian secret agent, the “he only ran to get richer” narrative just might be the stupidest.
When Trump first said there had been hopeful results treating the coronavirus with a combination of drugs that includes hydroxychloroquine, and that people might want to ask their doctors about it, you’d think the media would have seen that as good news, or at least researched it honestly. Instead, because the drug hadn’t yet undergone years of clinical trials (on a disease that appeared only a few months ago), the media discouraged people from trying it by impugning Trump's motives and slamming him for pushing “false hope” (if I were anything like them, I might suggest that the deaths of anyone who didn’t try it because of that are now on the media’s heads.
Then we started hearing anecdotal evidence and seeing studies showing that in some cases, the drug does make a positive difference. So shouldn’t the narrative have changed to “Trump was right, we were wrong, we apologize”? If you think that, you really don’t know our modern news media. No, they’ve shifted straight from “Trump is pushing snake oil!” to “The snake oil works, so Trump must be profiting from it somehow!” They have zero proof of that, but since has having zero proof stopped anyone from reporting a negative story about Trump?
It would be nice to live in a world where reporters aren’t afflicted with TDS, and they could simply accept that Trump mentioned that drug simply because he wanted people to know about it because it might save their lives. But to concede Trump actually cares about saving lives would force them to admit he’s an actual human being rather than the evil cartoon image they’ve spent three years creating. Only in “The Wizard of Oz” is a straw man allowed to act like a human being.
PS – For reporters who think the Washington status quo was wonderful and any failings in the response to the coronavirus are all Trump’s fault, here’s a list of 30 existing government regulations (I would call them “pre-existing conditions”) that stymied his efforts to deal with the pandemic.
My questions: Why only 30? And why were most of these regulations ever created in the first place?
The pushers of the old poison of socialism under the snazzy new label of “Democratic Socialism” want people to believe their version is different from the old tyrannical dictatorships because it will be implemented by caring, compassionate people like them. You know the old saying: Socialism works great, it’s just that the right people have never been in charge of implementing it.
Well, if there’s any upside to the current coronavirus lockdown, maybe it’s opening the eyes of a lot of misled young people. They’re getting a firsthand lesson in one of the biggest problems with socialism: it doesn’t take human nature into account. Specifically, that power corrupts, and that the people who really want a lot of government power (leftists) are the last people who should be trusted with it, because they’ll use any excuse to expand it.
And so, we’ve seen stories about a surfer being arrested for surfing on a deserted beach, a teenage girl fined for taking a drive by herself in a closed car, and now, a Colorado man being handcuffed by police for playing catch with his wife and daughter in a deserted park. How any of these people were spreading the coronavirus is beyond me, but their real “crime” was in not abiding by a one-size-fits-all government encroachment on their personal freedom.
Meanwhile, liberal elites, as always, carve out exceptions for themselves, such as New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio continuing to go to the gym (he needs the exercise because his job is so much more important than yours) and now, Chicago’s Mayor violating her own strict stay-at-home order to get a haircut. She even became indignant when questioned on it because she’s the “public face of the city” and is on national media and in the public eye. Naturally, her hair needs to look good while you can look like a llama with bed head.
So, kids, if you want to know what a “Democratic socialist” America would really be like, take a good hard look. The government using heavy-handed enforcement to tell you what you’re allowed to do and what’s banned because they deem it “non-essential,” while the politicians exempt and indulge themselves because they’re more important than you.
Oh, and all those empty toilet paper shelves at the supermarket? Imagine them being empty permanently.
ALONG WITH THE WUHAN PANDEMIC, THERE'S A HUGE OUTBREAK OF LYING
Yesterday, I said that one way for China to be held accountable for the WUHAN virus from WUHAN, CHINA, was for us to tally up the astronomical financial hit we’re taking and simply subtract it from the amount of U.S. debt held by the Chinese. I see I am not the only one to be thinking along these lines.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, appearing on Monday’s SEAN HANNITY show, said, “If it were up to me, the whole world should send China a bill for the pandemic.” He went on to say that this is the third pandemic to come out of China, that they come out of “these wet markets” that sell bats, monkeys and many more species of exotic animals “intermingled with the food supply.”
Of course, in this case, it’s not just the food supply we have to worry about –- it’s very likely the “Level 4” biolab and another infectious disease lab near the market, both of which study coronaviruses. (I use quotation marks because the actual level of containment in these labs seems to be much lower.)
JOHN PRINE DIES OF CORONAVIRUS
The family of legendary singer/songwriter John Prine announced last night that he had died at 73 after being put in critical care several days ago with the COVID-19 coronavirus. He is the most famous person yet to die of this disease, a chilling reminder that it can strike down anyone. And having already survived lung cancer and stage 4 throat cancer, you would think that if anyone could have beaten this, he could.
John Prine was both one of the most influential songwriters of the past half-century and, ironically, one of the most inimitable. Some critics called him “The Mark Twain of modern songwriting.” In both his musical style and his decision to quit major labels and sell his albums direct to fans, he practically created the genre of indie Americana music.
I confess that this is a really hard story for me to write about, since I am a lifelong John Prine fan who has all his albums and has seen him live numerous times. As someone whose job is to rearrange the contents of the dictionary in ways nobody’s thought of before, I was in awe of his ability to create stunning images in words. A few favorite lyric quotes:
“Naked as the eyes of a clown…"
“Drinks his beer like it’s oxygen…”
“There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes...”
“You may see me tonight with an illegal smile…”
“Sally used to play with her hula hoops, now she tells her problems to therapy groups…”
If you don’t know his work, anything is great, but I particularly recommend his first album where almost every song became a country/folk standard, “The Missing Years” and “Bruised Orange.” And here’s a full live concert you can watch from “Austin City Limits”:
And a short concert from PBS’s “Tiny Desk” series:
Finally, even now, when I am feeling incredibly sad and depressed (and furious at China) about this news, I know that if I watch this next video, I’m going to smile. That’s probably the greatest legacy anyone could hope to leave:
By the way, I hope you’ll also remember to include my fellow Texans, Christopher Cross and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, in your prayers. Cross calls it the worst illness he’s ever had. Fortunately, Ray said he believes he’s “licked this thing” and is recovering.
WHY THINGS WILL IMPROVE
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been one of the more pessimistic voices about restarting the economy, but he seemed to backtrack a bit yesterday, saying he expects that by fall, kids will be return to school and we’ll be back to gathering safely in public again. He cautions that the virus isn’t just going to go away and it’s impossible to predict accurately, but click the link for details on why he thinks things will improve fairly quickly.
And here are some hopeful comments about the coronavirus and the economy from HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who, unlike every one of the reporters attacking the President and spreading gloom and doom, actually is a brain surgeon.