When did stupidity become courage, and following science become weakness?

A bit of personal history: My wife, the true leader of our family, would warn our daughters, “Don’t go without your jacket. If it rains you’ll get wet and cold.”

So, of course, when my children went without their jackets, it did rain and they did get wet and cold.

This sort of thing happened so frequently that the warnings became known as “The Voice Of Mother.” Over time my daughters learned this lesson: Ignore mother’s warnings at your own peril.

The point is, after a few such lessons, these young girls did learn, and they stopped ignoring the Voice Of Mother. In fact, they sought out her advice for important decisions, which they, now as adults, still do.

Learning is what you expect from intelligent adults. And that is what you also expect from a leader.

Today, we are caught in a pandemic. More than 200,000 people have died, and perhaps double that number probably will have died by year’s end.

There are several steps intelligent people can take to reduce their chances of enduring COVID-19, but if we were to rank them, the single most effective would be for everyone to wear a face-covering — a mask.

The second most effective method is social distancing — keeping a least 8-12 feet away from anyone whose lack of contagiousness is not known for certain.

So one can ask two questions: Why are these people in the Rose Garden not wearing masks or social distancing, and why is their leader encouraging them not to wear masks and not to social distance?

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September 26, 2020: Rose Garden Ceremony introducing Amy Coney Barrett. Nearly none of the people wore masks. Why?


White House declines to conduct contact tracing for Rose Garden event: NYT - Business Insider
Following the ceremony, the maskless people stood close to each other, spoke right into each other’s faces — even embraced. Why?
Trump Pays Mussolini-Like Attention to His Own Image - The Atlantic
Later, President Trump, now having been diagnosed and treated for COVID-19, left the hospital, and in a dramatic scene, fearlessly exited a helicopter, bravely mounted White House steps, and heroically posed on the balcony. There, he valiantly removed his mask, and without isolation or quarantine, bravely marched into the White House, gallantly to infect the workers. Why?

By October 10, 2020, at least 35 people had become infected by the virus, as a result of the Rose Garden event. It has become known as a “superspreader.”

Returning to the questions: Why are these people not wearing masks or social distancing, and why is their leader encouraging them not to wear masks and not to social distance?

VP Pence’s rationale: “President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interests of their health.”

Nonsense. Pence says what Trump want him to say, and Trump does not trust anyone. That “choices in the best interests” lie is just another way of saying, “We super-heroes are too tough for COVID, so do as we tell you. Go without masks to prove how macho you are.”

Intelligent people learn from experts and from experience, neither of which is named “Trump” or “Pence.”

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Prior to the debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, Pence strongly objected to having plexiglass barriers installed between participants. Pence finally relented, but his spokeswoman Katie Miller sneered: “If Sen. Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it.” Miller herself tested positive for the virus in May.

Ironically, Pence is the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Question: Why are these people not wearing masks or social distancing?

Answer: They are political lemmings. They will follow their leader over a cliff, for no other reason than he tells them to. They have surrendered their own decision-making to that of the leader.   This is comparable to the actions of mindless cult members.

Why has their leader, Donald Trump, discouraged mask-wearing and social distancing?

Answer: Donald Trump is emotionally week and morally spineless. As a proven psychopath, he needs continual ego reinforcement, which is why he is so frightened about appearing weak in any way.

Being both physically and morally flabby, Trump likes to pretend he is tough, despite his famous bone-spurs.

At various times, Trump has befriended or complimented the leader of the KKK, white supremacists, North Korean dictator, Kim, Philippine dictator, Duterte, and Russia’s dictator, Putin. Whether he owes money to Putin, or hopes Putin will sponsor a Trump Moscow, he clearly has become Putin’s handmaiden.

I have news for the Trumps and the Pences of the world. The majority of America is not impressed. Intelligent people understand that stupidity is not courage, and following science is not a weakness.

You may be able to bully refugees at our border, or cheat your employees at Trump casinos, but the American people are onto you.

Soon, your foolish, false bravado will earn you a jail cell and/or a Darwin Award.

Meanwhile, don’t take the country down with you.

And we end with this bit of unhinged ranting. Listen to what President Unfit-To-Be-President says:

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve:

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.


6 thoughts on “When did stupidity become courage, and following science become weakness?

  1. Like a little, tinpot dictator:

    Trump demands prosecutions of his political foes

    Americans heard a sitting president tell a national broadcast audience — again — that his foes are criminals, and he expects the Justice Department to use the levers of power to target his enemies shortly before an election.

    I continue to believe that under normal circumstances, this would be a presidency-defining moment. Indeed, if this were happening in another country, the world would look to the United States to condemn the authoritarian antics.

    Except, in 2020, the authoritarian antics are coming from our own White House — with such frequency that it’s becoming the annoying background noise of our political lives.

    All of which leaves us with an extraordinary closing message from the Republican incumbent: Trump wants Americans to know they should no longer fear a deadly virus, they should no longer expect economic lifelines during a downturn, and they should start expecting the Justice Department to prosecute the president’s domestic political foes.

    Election Day is 26 days away.


    1. I’m hoping for an all blue 50-0 electoral shutout. The people of Idaho, Nebraska, Alabama, etc. have got to be smarter than this guy.


  2. Attn. Pro-lifers:

    Trump’s Covid Treatments Were Tested in Cells Derived From Aborted Fetal Tissue

    “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement released at the time.

    Yet the treatment for Covid-19 received by Mr. Trump — a cocktail of monoclonal antibodies he described as a “cure” in a celebratory video posted on Twitter — was developed using human cells derived from a fetus aborted decades ago.


  3. Perhaps the real lesson here is that a borderline obese 74-year old male can survive all these Covid-19 co-morbidity conditions and be relatively healthy after a week, *IF* he also happens to be president of the United States (or, with a very slightly different mix of conditions, an ex-Governor of New Jersey can too, aka Chris Christie, who has now checked out of the hospital).
    The real lesson may be the different degrees of health care for the elites vs. everyone else.
    That and the demonstrated fact that the cure rate for Covid-19 is much better now than it was even 6 months ago. New York, a state that peaked early, has had twice the death rate as California, despite California now having nearly twice the case rate as New York (of course, it didn’t help that our criminally negligent Governor forced covid-19 patients to stay or even go to nursing homes instead of beefing up the state’s health resources, which even he admitted were not being spread and used efficiently. Nursing homes are notoriously under-equipped to provide quality healthcare, and completely unprepared to quarantine infectious patients).
    Ironically, Trump proved the need for good, quality universal healthcare.


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