For starters, yes the stock market gained some 7% yesterday … ho hum. Don’t get too excited, for it’s going back down … maybe today, maybe tomorrow, but there is no foundation for the gain and it is inevitable that it will plunge again. As I said … ho hum.
Despite the fact that Trump claims to know more about everything under the sun than all the experts, he actually knows very little about anything. So, early on when Trump visited the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), he claimed that all the scientists and medicos there were astounded that he knew so much about it all. Funny, though, that we never actually heard any of those experts say they were astounded … no doubt they were astounded when they met him up close and personal to find that the ‘man’ who filled the seat of the highest office in the land was such an egotistical moron.
But now, he has taken his ‘genius’ to a dangerous level. You may remember that I have referred to him as a snake oil salesman more than a few times. Well, he is truly selling snake oil now, and lives are in danger, for he has no idea what he’s doing. He is telling people to take some drug called “hydroxychloroquine” (please do not ask me to pronounce that!) that used to be a treatment for malaria. He has no idea what it does, only that some country bumpkin doctor wrote to him and told him it would work, and now he is telling the public, on national television, to take this drug.
If you or I did that, we would be sued. Doctors and people who really do know something are cautioning against it. One man has already died as a result of taking the drug. Trump says, with cameras rolling, “What have you got to lose?” Um … perhaps our lives? Apparently on Saturday, Trump and the real expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, got into a rather heated “discussion” about Trump touting a drug for which there is no evidence it will work against the current pandemic. Trump sycophant Peter Navarro said, in response, that “Doctors disagree about things all the time.” Um … yeah, maybe, but only one of the two in question is a doctor. Donald Trump isn’t even a human, let alone a bloody doctor!
In Trump’s ego-trip that some are calling a press conference on Sunday, a reporter asked Dr. Fauci for his thoughts about the effectiveness of the anti-malaria drug in treating coronavirus patients, and Trump interrupted before the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases could answer. “He’s answered that question 15 times,” said Trump, which was an outright lie, but what’s new, right?
So, in essence, We the People are not to be allowed to hear the truth from the experts, but will be fed the passel of lies that Trump in his warped mind has made up. A word to the wise, do not bother to watch his pressers and for Pete’s Sake do not take his medical advice! He is not a doctor, but a circus clown! But wait …
A pastor in Fairland, Oklahoma, Curt Landry, told his congregation to listen to Trump’s advice over that of experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, because Trump has “God’s authority.” SAY WHAT???
“I am not a scientist, I am not a doctor, and I do respect [Fauci’s] knowledge, I respect where he comes from, and I respect him in his position that God has put him in. But in the order of spiritual alignment, Donald J. Trump is the Cyrus above him … As believers, we need to agree—I believe that God puts kings and leaders in their place, I believe God has put Donald Trump in his place as a Cyrus—and we need to agree with what he’s saying.”
You’ve all heard of the concept of ‘separation of church and state’, right? Well, for three years now, Trump has been trying to erase that line of separation, largely to appease his evangelical base who want the laws of this nation to align with their own narrow-minded religious beliefs in such areas as women’s rights and the rights of the LGBT community. But now … guess what? Part of that $2.2 trillion bill that was passed last week to help people suffering financially because of the coronavirus pandemic is going to be used to … wait for it … help churches pay the salaries of their pastors!
Yep, folks, even if you don’t attend a church, are not religious, are a non-believer, your tax dollars will be used to help support specific churches! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. One more corner of the U.S. Constitution burned to a crisp.
This country, the U.S., is not the country I grew up in. It is not the country that gave us such great men as Martin Luther King, John and Bobby Kennedy, and so many others. I no longer recognize nor respect this country. It is no longer the country where we were told that ‘all men are created equal’. This is no longer the country that adheres to the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty …
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This is a country filled with bitterness and hate, with racism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and most any other ‘phobia’ you can think of. It is no longer a nation that I recognize, or that I can respect. It is a nation burning itself from within.