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Trump Ignores Einstein’s Parable Of Quantum Insanity
Donald Trump is not an intelligent man. But, I repeat myself. And I’m smiling, because I can hear you asking me, “no kidding, Captain Obvious?” So, we already know that, yes, but let me approach it from a particular angle. Intelligent people learn from their mistakes.
That is to say, if something blows up in their face, they assess the damage and what caused it and they make their mind up to refrain from doing whatever it was that caused their chagrin or loss. Trump doesn’t operate that way. He doubles down and mocks Einstein’s basic law of insanity. And we will shortly witness another example of that.
Trump is resurrecting the coronavirus briefings.
The first episode of this second season, will be broadcast today. Normally, series that are epic disasters, are cancelled permanently, but Trump is undeterred, “I think it’s a great way to get information out to the public as to where we are with the vaccines, with the therapeutics, and, generally speaking, where we are. I’ll do it at 5 o’clock, like we were doing. We had a good slot. And a lot of people were watching.”
Notice that his focus has nothing whatsoever to do with public health imperatives and everything to do with imposing himself on people, who, in the majority have already concluded that he is not to be trusted and do not wish to see his lying lips moving.
Turns out Kellyanne Conway, whose daughter trashes Trump on TikTok (at least before mom pulled the plug), convinced Trump that more ignorant and misleading bloviating on COVID-19, would be a dandy idea. “His approval rating on the pandemic was higher when he was at the podium,” Conway said.
What she didn’t say is that Trump’s plummeting approval rating on COVID has nothing to do with his lack of access to a microphone and has everything to do with his failed leadership and using the pandemic as a political device.
Please someone tell me that this is not what ‘Southern Values” and priorities center around…
I heard something a few days ago that resonated with me and it was not favorably, it was with disgust.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is fighting calls for a face covering mandate to be imposed statewide and is even suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms to nullify her public health directive requiring masks and voided mask mandates in 15 cities.
His constituency are his campaign donors and Trump voters. And his messaging to them is that mandating the wearing of masks in public settings, is an infringement of “freedoms”.
Yet, he is adopting a curious and cowardly rhetoric on the issue. It has to do with the idea that people will adopt safety measures voluntarily. That notion has already been proven false in places like Sweden.
“I’m confident that Georgians don’t need a mandate to do the right thing. Instead of issuing mandates that are confusing and unenforceable, I’m asking all local leaders to enforce the current executive order.”
And in the next breath, Kemp absurdly contends that preventing local officials from requiring masks is actually a “people first” policy. “We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics.”
A comment Kemp has made on multiple occasions has to do with his assessment of what is most important in states like Georgia and it is not health and saving lives. What is it?
No – I’m not kidding. Alluding to the possibility of the college football season being cancelled for the year, Kemp said:
“If people, especially our young people, don’t start wearing a mask when they’re going out in public and our numbers keep rising, that’s (college football) going to be a tall task.”
I can’t even …
Finally, today we hear that Trump is instructing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a thoroughly corrupt swamp denizen who also presides over the U.S. Census Bureau, to order that undocumented immigrants not be counted nor included in data that determines the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives.
This is both patently un-Constitutional and an obviously retributive attack on states like California and New York, although it would also affect Texas as well as a number of Red states.
The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits what Trump has in mind and the language pertaining to who is counted in a census, is unequivocal, requiring the enumeration of “the whole number of persons in each State.” The whole number of “persons”, not exclusively citizens.
Attorney Dale Ho, with the American Civil Liberties Union and the lawyer that presented the case in the Supreme Court against Trump’s previous attempt to insert a citizenship question into the census, told reporters that Trump’s latest assault on the rule of law, will not go unchallenged:
“The Constitution requires that everyone in the U.S. be counted in the census. President Trump can’t pick and choose. He tried to add a citizenship question to the census and lost in the Supreme Court. His latest attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities will be found unconstitutional. We’ll see him in court, and win, again.”
NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang, briefly outlines the Constitutional foundation for the language in the 14th Amendment:
It is Congress — not the president — that Article 1, Section 2 of the country’s founding document empowers to carry out the “actual enumeration” of the country’s population in “such manner as they shall by law direct.”
In Title 2 of the U.S. Code, Congress detailed its instructions for the president to report to lawmakers the tally of the “whole number of persons” living in each state for the reapportionment of House seats. In Title 13, Congress established additional key dates for the “tabulation of total population.”