Donald, This anxious waiting for whether/when the next big surge of violent insurrection is going to hit seems pretty similar to what it’s like when there are hurricane warnings. ~ Is it going to make landfall?~ Will it hit where I am?~ Will the winds really be THAT strong?~ Will the levies hold?~ What’s the … Continue reading And he led his people astray
Donald, Thanks to Mitch McConnell you have five more days, or a little over 120 hours, left in office. It should bring some measure of comfort that the time left is so minimal, but honestly, it really doesn’t. I’m picturing a graph where the time countdown is plotted against the desperation ramp up, the former … Continue reading Weaponizing the scaffolding
Donald, Kate Woodsome (WP) put our current situation well when she said: “Fact-checking delusion is not effective when the president is promoting conspiracy theories” in her piece describing the terrifying day at the Capitol she and her camera person endured last Wednesday. Honestly though, fact-checking delusions is never a winning proposition whether the guy with … Continue reading There’s always room for a modicum of doubt and that’s enough if you want it to be
Donald, I imagine things were quiet there in DC first thing this morning, that the stink of the tear gas has cleared, that the spent shells were swept away overnight, and that all the Confederate and MAGA paraphernalia littering the Capitol was relegated to the dustbin (though I’m sure a few sympathizers pocketed some bits … Continue reading Yesterday morning, before
To: My Least Favorite Person On my blog, I gave yesterday’s letter the title: “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it still won’t lead to just indictments of killer cops.” It’s longer and way clunkier than my usual letter titles, but it said what I wanted to convey so I went with … Continue reading Role models and a saboteur
To: The Handy Dandy Tool Yesterday I, along with countless far better informed and more articulate journalists, wondered aloud whether all the signs and portents emanating (spewing, really) from your administration and the GOP power-pack indicate that a coup is neigh. Indeed, for all the world it looks as though you all have pushed and … Continue reading Why him?
President* Trump, A few days ago Michael Gerson (WP editorialist) posited that your re-election strategy centers not on actually winning but rather on invalidating the election results (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-strategy-is-not-to-win-its-to-invalidate-the-election-results/2020/09/24/2b201d48-fe82-11ea-9ceb-061d646d9c67_story.html). Between your assault on the Postal Service and mail-in ballots and your rush to add to the conservative flank of the Supreme Court ahead of Election Day, … Continue reading Election subversion ~ how & when, not if
President* Trump, This morning I was reading a WP editorial by Colbert King about the covid-19 small business grant debacle when I noticed that the embedded video offering was an interview with Nell Irvin Painter about the importance of capitalizing the word “White” when referencing “White” people. Even though I’ve lately gotten more used to … Continue reading Whiteness and white freedom
President* Trump, Just before 5:00 this morning my brother texted me the following headline and urged me to read the piece: “How Trump Could Lose the Election—And Still Remain President” It’s a Newsweek editorial by Timothy Wirth (former US Senator from CO) and Tom Rogers (editor-at-large at Newsweek and founder of CNBC), neither of whom … Continue reading Wirth and Roger’s nightmare scenario
President* Trump, So I swear that the WP article drilling down on how the numbers of covid-19-related deaths and hospitalizations are only temporarily lagging behind the surging case numbers came out overnight, after I wrote yesterday’s letter to you (WP title: “Coronavirus Deaths Lag Behind Surging Infections But May Catch Up Soon”). As you can … Continue reading How about we don’t just live with this?