Man Boy Thursday


In a commencement speech years ago, author David Foster Wallace told this story: Two young fish are swimming along, and they pass an older fish swimming the other way. The older fish says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a while. Then one looks at the other and says, “What the hell is water?” Wallace noted the point of the story was that “the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.” And that may describe American politics at the moment. President Donald Trump has brought about a profound crisis that is undermining the nation’s democratic system, and it is so pervasive and encompassing that it is not being fully acknowledged. It is the water.

The crisis is not rooted in Trump’s advocacy of conservative policies—the Muslim ban, tax breaks for the wealthy, hollowing out the State Department, killing climate change action. Nor is it triggered by his rude and classless behavior, as he spends long hours watching cable news, consuming Diet Coke, and rushing to Twitter to attend to petty grievances, instead of working diligently to advance the interests of the citizenry. The country can survive bad policies and an immature and erratic commander in chief (unless, of course, his recklessness leads to nuclear war). What the United States faces this holiday season is an unparalleled, widespread, Trump-inspired assault on the principles, norms, and purpose of democratic governance.

David Corn @ MJ

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10 Responses to Man Boy Thursday

  1. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I posted that last today, or last night, then posted it again because before noon I had a report on something he fucked up. I saw Nikki Haley giving her Trump speech at the U.N., embarrassing our country, but what’s new? She gave a speech exactly like President Bully would have given. He never stops making sure everyone in the world hates him.


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Holy cow! I told you I got a $3 raise on Bob’s SS, I thought that was going to be the COLA raise, but nope. Today I got mail from SS saying I was getting a $14 a month raise! That’s $168 a year, a lot better than the $60 I thought I got. Then, if I add that mysterious $3 to that, it’s $17 a month with a yearly total of $204. Since property taxes went up around $200 to build the new school, it’s a wash.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Jill and Brian took me out to lunch today. Had a couple drinks, why not. Brought half the food home so there’s dinner for tomorrow.

    Got the bathroom cleaned yesterday, swept the kitchen floor, shook the rugs and put the leaf in the table. I need to sweep bathroom floor and vacuum and that should do it. I better start cooking tomorrow. Lots to prepare with two days to do it.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Another thing came in the mail, from the funeral home. They heard from the veterans wherever and forwarded me the letter which explained the fire in Missouri where Bob’s records burned up. However, they sent me a form all filled out with all Bob’s info on it. The day he entered the Air Force, the day he left, etc. I’ll read the letter over, but I think I can take that along w/ the death certificate to the Veterans Administration, or whatever it’s called, up in South Lansing. That’s my side of town, will be easy to get there but I’ll take Pete with me anyway. Maybe I’ll be able to score a few bucks.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    The right side of my neck won’t stop hurting. Could using a mouse be doing this to me? I HAVE to use my computer, I would hate to have to stop because of my stupid neck. 😦 I just took an Excedrin, hope it helps.


  6. Den says:

    No sleeping!!


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Took 49 minutes to the Birch & Barley for a curry dinner. I had written more but the Internet stoppage ate the original message.


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