Today, I have a bouncing mind that is filled with snarky thoughts – never a good combination!
The right choice …
Of course, the big news yesterday was Joe Biden’s announcement that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris for his running mate. No surprise, for all along I’ve thought she would be the one, and in truth, she makes the most sense for him. A) she’s a woman; B) she’s a black woman; C) she is highly qualified; D) she is young enough to be a perfectly viable option in the quite possible event that something would happen to Biden, who will be 78 years of age by the time he takes office next January. While I loved the idea of a Biden/Warren ticket, I realized that Elizabeth Warren was too white, too socialist, and too old to be a viable option in a year when overthrowing the current regime has to be the #1 goal.
Let’s be clear on one thing: Trump & Co would have denigrated and slung mud no matter who Biden chose. They will find Kamala’s Achilles heel (and yes, she has a few) and they will play that record ad nauseam. But they would have done the same with Stacey Abrams, Tammy Duckworth, Val Demings or Elizabeth Warren. They already had their little black books filled with whatever they could dig up on any and all of the candidates Biden was considering. Bottom line, though, is it doesn’t matter. Yes, you heard me right. It does not matter. All it does is it speaks to Trump’s own failings and shortcomings. If the only way you can look good is to make others look bad, then you’re in trouble before you even get to the starting gate.
In 2016, Trump’s only selling points were “Build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”, and “Lock her up”. This year, he doesn’t even have those … he quite literally has no selling point other than the economy, which is currently in the tank. So, he will use mud-slinging, lies, and a loud, obnoxious voice with lots of facial contortions and wild hand movements to make his points, whatever those points are.
I urge you, folks, to keep your eye on the ball, to remember that “actions speak louder than words”, and to look back at what he has actually done in his first term … nothing positive, lots of destruction, hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. Whatever he and his little loyal lapdogs say about Biden or Harris … it’s laughable. It’s grasping at straws. It’s desperation. Ignore it. The republicans, or at least Trump’s base, will lap it up like a cat does cream, but they have proven their ignorance, have proven they will not listen to facts or reason, so … don’t waste your time on them. Concentrate, instead, on convincing everyone to get out and VOTE!!! Concentrate instead on talking to the people who aren’t wearing rose-coloured glasses and drinking Kool-Aid. Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into a mudfest by those too ignorant to understand the true significance of this year’s election, to see the parallels between another 4 years of Trump and 1933 Germany.
What are they thinking???
Just yesterday morning, I wrote about a number of QAnon members running for congressional seats, and as I recall (it was, after all, a full day ago!) I predicted that none was likely to win their primary. Well guess what? Yep, my predictive skills have once again failed to hit their mark, for the one I highlighted yesterday, Marjorie Taylor Greene, won the Georgia primary runoff! What the Sam Hell is wrong with people in Georgia??? First, they elect a gun-toting ding-dong, Brian Kemp, for governor, and now a conspiracy theorist, gun-toting member of QAnon to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!
Greene has spouted numerous conspiracy theories, is a racist, an Islamophobe and anti-Semitic … just what we need in a lawmaking capacity, eh? Even Republican lawmakers Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy have publicly condemned her candidacy! In November, she will face Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal. To date, Ausdal trails Greene by a margin of 38% to Greene’s 62%. Let us hope that the good people of Georgia wake up and realize that Ms. Greene is not … I repeat NOT … congressional material!!!
Trump, naturally, congratulated Ms. Greene profusely …
“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!”
More like a real NUTCASE, but then, he likes conspiracy theories and theorists, remember?
And speaking of Georgia …
Cherokee County School District re-opened their schools on August 3rd, against the advice of experts, and by the end of the week, ten of the schools in the district had sent letters home to parents warning that children had tested positive for the coronavirus and that their own children had been exposed. As of today, some 925 students in that district are under quarantine, and this is only the beginning.
I predict a wave of lawsuits when children start dying, when parents and grandparents contract the disease via their children and start dying. This rush to open the schools, to play Russian roulette with the lives of children, was ill-advised … in fact was downright stupid … and there will be a price to be paid: human lives. But I’m sure Trump will shrug his shoulders and say, “It is what it is”.