Roosting Chickens Won’t Drag Them Away

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Hal, Mitch, and Greg (all pseudonyms for real people I know) were, are, and probably always will be true-red Donald Trump fans. If any of them saw The Orange Assassin holding a gun and casting furtive glances around Fifth Avenue (not that any of them are likely to ever visit America’s biggest, bluest city), they’d very likely offer to go buy him more ammunition. They’re all—normally—good men. But, like so many Trumpists, they check their reason and compassion at the door when they enter Trumpsylvania. Their hero’s cape can be crusted in chicken manure, but they still see it as pristine.

So when the man who boasts of his “total authority” fails virtually every exam and pop quiz in his first real crisis as president, they find others to blame. Messiahs don’t make mistakes. Not even when the homecoming chickens are roosting—and pooping—on his adoring disciples’ shoulders.

Hal, Mitch, and Greg have been responsible, hard-working men throughout their adult lives—blue-collar guys who made a good living by the sweat of their brows. But now, like millions of other hard-working Americans, they’re out of work. Derailed by a mindless, microscopic monster. So, like hundreds of thousands of other hard-working Americans, they want the resumption of business-as-usual to take place sooner rather than later. If doing so means more Americans will be infected with the coronavirus, well, that’s just the cost of doing business. After all, as many Trumpists regularly trumpet, “The cure must not be worse than the disease.”

It seems, then, according to the Trumpists, that facing financial hardship is worse than death. Well, it is, they seem to argue, if the ones facing those financial woes are in their 50s, while the ones facing death are in their 70s and 80s. It’s now Gen X Trumpists versus vulnerable Boomers. Those Boomers should understand and accept the need to increase their risks of exposure to the potentially deadly disease—the economy depends on it.

But should it have come to this horrid choice between the lives of the elderly and the livelihoods of younger Americans?

As I’ve noted previously, COVID-19 would have reached our nation, regardless of any and all precautions. However, had we been led by a better-informed, more responsible president, those precautions would have been enacted in time to dramatically reduce the spread of the disease that has now killed more than 54,000 Americans and decimated our economy.

Perhaps there are some health experts who could develop a scientific analysis that could reasonably calculate the infection and mortality rates had certain decisions been made sooner. Or, similarly, perhaps some economists could develop an algorithm that could show us that a better economic picture would have been possible had our president taken the pandemic more seriously. But for now, we can only surmise. And it seems reasonable to surmise that our nation’s physical and economic health would both be better had our president not trashed his predecessors’ detailed plans for dealing with a pandemic, and had he not terminated the nation’s pandemic response team.

Many Trumpists face financial ruin because they voted an imbecile into the presidency.

The messiah Hal, Mitch, and Greg—and so many other hard-working-but-misinformed Americans—voted into the most-important office in the nation is clearly responsible for much of the physical, emotional, and economic suffering we all endure these days. Many Trumpists face financial ruin because they voted an imbecile into the presidency. The proverbial chickens have come home to roost. But the nation’s Hals, Mitches, and Gregs will never admit it. Even as those metaphorical roosting fowls foul our collective nest, wild horses couldn’t drag the true believers away from their messiah.

Reasonable people will have to do that for them, November 3rd

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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Seems that the only option now is NOVEMBER 3, 2020 … all others have been used, exhausted, ignored and haven’t worked!! … “Many Trumpists face financial ruin because they voted an imbecile into the presidency. The proverbial chickens have come home to roost. But the nation’s Hals, Mitches, and Gregs will never admit it. Even as those metaphorical roosting fowls foul our collective nest, wild horses couldn’t drag the true believers away from their messiah.
    Reasonable people will have to do that for them, November 3rd.”

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  2. At this point, I’m not sure where the goalposts are. Initially I thought we were trying to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, while conceding that the virus was going to spread, just more slowly. But now it appears we’re trying to keep the virus from spreading at any rate, whether or not hospitals are overwhelmed. It seems the closer we get to the goalposts, the more the CDC wants to move them away. I understand the impatience of the protesters. To me it appears that we’re not getting a clear, consistent message from Washington.

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    1. Yes Tippy, clear and consistent is NOT something that will ever be associated with this administration. Even over the past 48 hours…He’s not doing a press conference….no wait, he is giving one…no wait, ok he’s not giving one. It’s not what we want or deserve from our so-called leader. It just seems to go from bad to worse with this crowd.

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  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    I’m not sure, no matter how much people attempt to explain it, that I will ever understand the phenomenon of trumpism. It has led me to believe that the human species is actually comprised of more than one sub-species, for trumpists live in a world that I cannot comprehend. Our friend Jerry over at On the Fence Voters, who has friends among the trumpists, writes a bit about his friends, and concludes with a warning of what we must do. Jerry is a better person than I, for I can no longer count the trumpists as friends. Thank you, Jerry, for sharing!

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  4. Jerry, good post. A couple of thoughts. Had Trump not naysayed, downplayed and called the COVID-19 a hoax, we would have not lost six weeks of planning. So, while the national intelligence folks are telling Congress (we must presume they told Trump before hand) in January, the president is saying don’t worry, we got it covered and it is a hoax anyway (those statements contradict each other by the way).

    So, six weeks (or even three weeks) of planning could have helped assess needs and risks.

    – Rather than paying unemployment later, we could have paid employers to keep employees on the payroll while furloughed. By itself, having a job to come back to would alleviate a lot of fears and spending patterns.

    – We could have assured healthcare as well opening up the exchanges and encouraging states to have temporary Medicaid expansions.

    – We could have known we would have shortages and set metrics in place to measure the risk and growth like South Korea.

    Trump can pat himself on the back all he wants, but I see what we all feared. A president who cares more about perception than results.

    One other thing for the boys in the band you note above. Trump said he can restart the economy like he did before. But, here is the rub. Trump did not start this economy. It was over 90 consecutive months of growth strong when he started, the stock market had more than doubled under Obama and unemployment was beneath 5% when he was sworn in. That is the truth, not what Trump states.

    What he did do is provide some short term tail winds with the tax cut (we borrowed $1.5 trillion to make a pretty good economy a little better for a little while) and deregulation. Yet, he also provided some long term head winds with the increased debt and going too far with deregulation, especially in the environment front.

    What people need to know, if you want the truth, whatever Trump says or tweets is not it. This independent and former Republican voter does not believe a single word Trump says – the odds are well in my favor. Keith

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    1. Great points Keith. It does seem that our friends across the pond seem to understand the economic thing a little better than us, right?

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  5. Thanks for an excellent post Jerry. Yes, as you and I have discussed, our Trump loving friends are basically a lost cause. Doesn’t mean we stop trying though, right?

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  6. Reasonable people will only be able to change things on 3rd of November if they have a viable candidate. I have the feeling the DNC have taken their foot off the accelerator for Joe Biden like they’re waiting for a late arrival.
    Hugs

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      1. Jerry, David, I have a different theory. When your opponent is punching himself in the face, the best thing to do is let him punch. Keith

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  7. Two Covid-19 milestones were passed today. The total number of corona virus cases topped 3,000,000. The total number of cases in the USA topped 1,000,000. In the last few days two other milestones were passed. There have now been over 200,000 deaths related to C19 in the world, with more than 50,000 in the USA.
    That means 33% of cases, and 25% of deaths, are in 1 country, out of more than 200 countries in the world. Can we say, “Trump blew it!” America has less than 10% of the world population, yet supposedly it has the best medical system in the world, so why are it’s numbers so high? T-R-U-M-P! There is no other reasonable explanation. Yet his worshippers still worship him.
    He claims total authority, yet passes the buck when things look bad. Still his Trumpeteers still sing his praises:
    Who’s the leader of the world?
    Who tells us it is he?j
    D-O-N A-L-D T-R-U-M-P
    He’s the one who knows it all
    We all know it is he?
    D-O-N A-L-D T-R-U-M-P
    Donald Trump (Mickey Mouse)
    Donald Trump (Mickey Mouse)
    Forever we believe in all his lies
    Lies lies lies
    He’s the best of all the best
    Forever he will be
    D-O-N A-L-D T-R-U-M-P
    Donald Trump (Mickey Mouse)
    Donald Trump (Mickey Mouse)
    Yaaayyyyyyyyy!

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  8. “That means 33% of cases, and 25% of deaths, are in 1 country, out of more than 200 countries in the world.” I stated that point to my Trumpist friends. Their response: Silence.

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