Monday, October 05, 2020

Isn't it Ironic, don't you think?

When Alanis Morissette had her big hit record “Ironic,” there was some discussion over whether her use of the word was correct in the context of the song. 


Here is the actual definition of ironic:  happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.


A perfect usage of the word could be President Trump contracting the coronavirus after downplaying it for his own political gain and causing over 200,000 American deaths.   A case could also be made for another word that would apply:  Schadenfreude.  


No need to wear masks.  No need to social distance.  No need to listen to scientists.  No need to protect children or anyone if it can get the economy moving.   Pack supporters into an indoor arena with no protection.

And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?   


So here we are in yet ANOTHER preventable extreme National Emergency caused by this irresponsible embarrassment of a leader.   His utter disregard for anyone and anything other than himself has plunged us into chaos, crisis.  Or should I say FURTHER chaos and crisis? 


He and his White House have lied so often and wantonly that many people don’t even think he does have the coronavirus.  They think it’s yet another desperate political ploy for sympathy votes.   Were this to be true, considering the National Security Risks his illness is presenting, that is definitely grounds for treason. 


For the record, I do think he’s battling the virus.  But even then, he’s squandered the opportunity of national sympathy by lying about when he caught it and how serious his condition is – at a time when we need transparency the most.   I’m supposed to feel sorry for this guy?  Reports are he knew that he and members of his staff possibly were  infected BEFORE going to rallies and fundraisers in Minnesota and New Jersey, thus KNOWINGLY putting many innocent people at risk.  One indoor fundraiser cost attendees $200,000 to mingle, shake hands, take pictures, and potentially get sick and die.  What a nice way to support your supporters.  


People have been convicted of manslaughter for that.   So just add those charges to treason, felony tax evasion, money laundering, perjury, and sexual abuse. 


And I’m supposed to send out my thoughts and prayers to him?


Fuck no.  


Wear the damn mask!


You want to know fake news?  It’s when commenters on every network but Fox begin every Trump story with their best wishes for his full and speedy recovery.    It’s lip service at best and by Saturday they weren’t even trying to sell it.  Their best wishes were delivered in the same tone as “Any replay or accounts of this game without express written permission of Major League Baseball is strictly prohibitive.” 


This is a time when we need to rally all Americans.  That’s what true leaders do.  And they do that by telling the TRUTH.  That’s how Roosevelt convinced the country to go to war, that’s how Kennedy kept us on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that’s how Bush brought us together after 9-11. 


So let’s analyze this sad excuse for a president.  First he lied about when he got the virus, then he put people at risk, then he lied about the severity of his illness (bad vitals, needed oxygen, heart palpitations, required immediate experimental drugs, 103 fever), taken to the hospital (very reluctantly although on his Saturday video he said he chose to go and that he could have stayed in quarantine at the White House but a leader gets out there), lied about his mental state (he claimed he was in good spirits, insiders said he was spooked and got progressively panicked), and even his own chief-of-state disputed the official rosy bullshit medical report to the press. 


It’s staggering to me how at every single opportunity to do the right thing that ultimately would benefit HIM, Trumpster Fire chooses to do the opposite. 


That said, I do have great sympathy for the over 7,000,000 people battling coronavirus – most of them needlessly (an increasing number of them -- his supporters).   My heart aches for the friends and families of the 200,000 people who have needlessly died.   And for the selfish moron whose duplicity and incompetence put them there, let him fight the deadly virus himself.


And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?    

A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think.

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