Let’s think about this…
And Gun Rights Advocates Know It
It would have been suicidal for police officers, armed with nothing more than their standard issue vests and service pistols, to confront a man with an AR-15 assault rifle – especially one who was holed up, waiting to ambush them, from inside a room full of school children.
And the Failure of Progressive Politics
What does progressive politics have to do with our inability to see across the divide that sits between ourselves and those who worship Trump? And how did we get to the point where someone like Donald Trump could get elected village idiot, never mind President of the United States?
The Democrats seem to be hoping rather than planning for a presidential victory in 2024. And the one thing those hopes seem to hang on is the fact that Biden already beat Trump in 2020. But did he?
And no, that’s not Trumpist denialism. I’m just saying that Biden didn’t win. Trump lost.
To be honest, Jack Smith versus Donald Trump doesn’t seem a fair fight. On the one hand, we have a highly-motivated, extremely-competent litigator. On the other hand, we have figuratively a thick-skulled, fat little piggy, squealing his way into and around the many legal traps spread across prosecutor Jack Smith’s vast and treacherous terrain.
Christie has the one talent anyone who wants to beat Trump must have – an innate, Rickles-like ability to use one-liners to shoot him down. It’s only because of Trumps hapless former opponents that that strategy came to seem unworkable. So why is he lagging in the polls? And why is he ultimately likely to fail to win the nomination?
As I watched Ramaswamy’s performance in the first Republican Presidential Debate, it occurred to me that not a word comes out of the man’s mouth that is not in direct service to his clear and obvious goal – that of trying to out Trump Trump.
The 2024 election season is now in full swing, and so is my blogging on the subject. So I invite you to have a look at what I’ve written about the campaign so far.
With another Biden/Trump rematch looming, I decided to have a look back at the blogs I wrote in the run-up to the 2020 election. And I found they had plenty to say about the current political mess. So if you want to have a look, click the above image to see them in chronological order.
January 6th didn’t happen over night. And it didn’t happen in a vacuum. As multiple investigations now show, there was plenty of evidence for what was to come. The question then becomes, why did no one in authority do anything to stop it, when it was so clear what was happening? To see how clear it was, click on the above image to see my blogs from that period, including my pre-election blogs about “The Coming Civil War.”
And the media will be there making a meal of it all … Donald Trump is not the retiring kind. Sure, he’s hunkered down licking his wounds for now. When he comes out of his cave, he’s going to be hungry – for revenge, for validation, for the chance to prove the country wrong.
PART ONE: Biden’s Tangled Road Ahead
The victory achieved by Biden and Harris and the Democrats on Nov. 3rd may turn out to be painfully hollow. By just about every measure the results were a disappointment for Democrats, and leave Biden with a whole mess of unsolvable issues.
PART TWO: That Cursed Divide
Rather than healing the political divide, Joe Biden seems to have enough on his plate just keeping that divide from becoming even wider. And he’s doing that mainly by being careful not to confront or otherwise irritate those on the other side.
We saw a lot of celebrating on Saturday after the declaration of Biden’s win. But as I watched those celebrations, it occurred to me that a strange kind of victory was being cheered. Because those celebrations seemed strangely incongruous, and in a couple of important ways.
It’s true that Trump will soon be leaving the White House, however reluctantly. But he will be far from gone. He may become more vigorous than ever. Because he will now feel no responsibility for anything. He can lob bombs with impunity at anyone he feels the urge to attack.
PART ONE – O Ye, of Little Faith
Donald Trump is not going to just go away. Which means we are not yet off the hook, and are going to have to continue to find ways of getting to the bottom of the Trump phenomenon. And that means accepting the fact that it is not just about Trump.
PART TWO – How did we create this mess?
One of the things that makes it seems we have become too smart for our own good, is that even as we live in a world overflowing with vast quantities of accumulated knowledge, we are not necessarily left with the wisdom to navigate that world.
PART THREE – And how do we get out of it?
One of the reasons we are forced to narrow our view of the world, is that our minds and bodies have not kept up with the massive changes we have exposed them to. As a result, our fight/flight reaction is making many of us sick.
Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 1 of 3:
A comedic attack might be the only way to effectively neutralize Trump’s attack mode barbs – his one rhetorical tool and his one real advantage over the politicians he’s faced.