A real leader leads by example

Donald Trump is our elected leader. He leads by example. He holds much more sway in certain parts of the country than in others.

Here is him leading by example:

Florida Sun Sentinal, May 28 2020
No masks required in government buildings
Palm Beach County drops social distancing restrictions for residents visiting libraries, government center

When you go to check out a book or get a building permit, you won’t be required to wear a mask, have your temperature taken or follow social distancing rules.

Trump arms crossed
“A mask doesn’t look good”

Well, perhaps the Palm Beach County public is proving it doesn’t really need libraries anyway.

The public is free to come and go without restrictions, although employees and contractors must wear masks and have their temperature monitored.

“As far as the public goes, that’s not something — we really can’t — consent is involved and everything, and that’s not something that our current program was prepared to handle,” said Scott Marting, the county’s director of risk management.

“I think there’s underlying issues when you start to test members of the public.”

The “underlying issue” is very simple. If you are intelligent, you always have covered your mouth when you coughed or sneezed.

You do that to protect other people from your germs.

And because you have no way of  knowing whether or not you are carrying the COVID-19 virus, you wear a mask, to protect other people from your germs.

That is common sense and common courtesy.

Live and let die
In a mask factory. (“Live and let die” was playing.)

You also wear a mask to protect yourself, but even if you don’t give a damn about your own life, at least you care about the lives of others.

In short,  unless you are a boorish ignoramus, you always have been covering your mouth when you coughed or sneezed.

Now especially during the pandemic, where more than 100,000 Americans already have died from the virus, you wear a mask (unless you are the abovementioned boorish ignoramus).

That is the very simple, “underlying issue.”

The issue reflects a national debate about how to govern people’s behavior at a time when many people resist.

In Palm Beach County, it also comes as public officials are criticized for reopening businesses without meeting all of the federal government’s guidelines for reopening.

From malls to libraries to government buildings, some people insist they have a right to decide for themselves what precautions to take.

Allowing that attitude may not be safe, some medical experts say.

These Palm Beachers may think they have a God-given, Constitutional right to decide for themselves.

But when you’re an inconsiderate damn fool, who doesn’t care about endangering the lives of the people around you, sometimes the government has to step in — unless the Palm Beach government also consists of inconsiderate damn fools.

“They have a huge obligation to the employees and the patrons of their buildings, 

in hospital without a mask
If my leader doesn’t wear a mask, I don’t wear a mask — even in a hospital.

and they should require that people maintain physical distance and face coverings,” said Dr. Terry Adirim, the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s college of medicine and an expert on public health.

If you don’t wish to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, fine.

You’ll just be one more organ donor for the people who desperately need kidneys, hearts, livers, etc.

Welcome to the Darwin Awards.

But when you endanger other people, because you are an idiot, the government should protect the other people.

Currently all of the tax collectors’ offices require masks and social distancing, according to Palm Beach County Tax Collector, and starting June 1, all transactions at their offices will be by appointment only.

The Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office also requires masks for customers.

Under pressure from the public, Palm Beach County allowed businesses to reopen May 11 — before the rest of South Florida — even though coronavirus infections and the percentage of people testing positive had not declined.

Beaches started to reopen May 18, more than a week before Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Broward County, unlike Palm Beach County, asks both the public and employees to wear masks inside government buildings.

But Broward does not screen employees by taking their temperatures.

Trump at Ford
Yes, yes, so 100,000 people have died, Big deal. I’m so macho I don’t need one. Oh, you wear a mask to protect other people? Why should I start caring about other people? I never have before.

If there is one thing we Americans demand, it’s that our leaders lead us by example. 

We are being led by a demonstrable psychopath.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


3 thoughts on “A real leader leads by example

  1. Examples of Trump’s leadership:

    1. Trump on tilt
    2. Twitter fact checks Trump’s lies
    3. Trump attacks Fox News for not helping him get re-elected.
    4. Trump supports Holocaust deniers.
    5. Trump keeps harping on a mythical Obamagate. Never says what it is.
    6. Trump hires idiots to parrot his own idiocy.
    7. Trump refers to Americans as “human capital stock”

    The bottom line: Anyone who supports Trump is stupid. There is no alternative to that. Just plain stupid. And history will not be kind to them, though I suspect that a few years from now, they all will deny favoring him.


    McConnell stresses need to wear face masks in public. Trump still stupid.


    Trump angry that twitter pointed out two of his 18,000 lies. Wants to control all media. No wonder he loves dictators.


    Despite medical experts,White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus again.


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