Have You Ever Noticed?

This has been getting a lot of play on twitter today.

Have you ever noticed that the biggest assholes in government are always the czars? That’s because most of policy czars are people who the president wanted to be appoint to an official post but, because they’re all almost uniformly assholes, it was realized that they would never be able to get Senate confirmation. So, they became czars. Most of them don’t have any real power but they do get to go on the morning shows and pretend to be experts.

What I know is that my family sacrificed. My friends sacrificed. Jobs were lost. Businesses were closed. People stood by helplessly as their loved ones died alone. You want to talk about COVID and how the American people responded? You need to talk about the people who suffered and who did what they were told to do and who were constantly scolded by the media and who watched as the rich and powerful continually skirted the restrictions that they insisted everyone else had to follow. You need to talk about the people who went through this and somehow did it all without losing their minds. A lot was demanded of the American people over the past year and a half and the majority of them did the best that they could and they’re still hurting as a result. Would a little gratitude be out of order? Maybe give the scolding a rest and just say, “Thank you, we know it’s been hard?”

So many of the people who are still scolding Americans for “not sacrificing enough” are the people who haven’t really had to sacrifice anything.

Enough!

Today, I woke up to the news that Marjorie Taylor Greene had compared getting a “vaccine logo” to Jews being forced to wear a gold star in Nazi Germany. That’s a stupid comment from her. It’s one of many stupid comments that Greene has made in the past. I imagine she’ll make many more stupid comments in the future because that’s who she is.

Greene is being rightfully condemned. At the same time, I think some people are missing the bigger picture. It has become so common place for people in America to compare their opponents to Nazis that it’s led to the actual horror of what the Nazis did has been downplayed. When you compare everyone you dislike to Hitler, the end result is that it becomes easier for people to overlook or even forget just how uniquely evil and thoroughly depraved Hitler and his followers were. I’ve seen four U.S. Presidents in a row, all compared to Hitler by their opponents. Say what you will about any of those presidents, none of them rated the comparison. By making the comparison, people do a gave disservice to both the victims of the Holocaust and the people who spoke out against it while it was happening, often as the risk of their own safety.

I don’t care how you vote, knock it off with the Nazi comparisons. If you can’t make your point without doing a disservice to and cheapening the memory of the over 6 million people who died during the Holocaust, perhaps you shouldn’t be taking politics in the first place.

The Silence Is All I Needed To Hear

Like many people, I’ve been shocked by the open anti-Semitic violence that I’ve seen in the United States, the UK, and in the rest of the world. It hasn’t just been the violence, though. It’s also been the silence from the people who are usually quick to rightly speak out whenever any other group is targeted with threats and harassment.

As much as it pains me to say it, anti-Semitism does not surprise me. It’s the world’s oldest prejudice and one that stubbornly refuses to die. And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the same people who have spent the past few years supporting BDS and spreading lies about Israel are now conspicuously silent as those lies are used to justify attacks on Jews worldwide. And yet, I am surprised because, deep down, I keep trying to convince myself that the world is better than this and that even those who are critical of Israel have enough human decency to step and condemn anti-Semitism.

Don’t get me wrong. After spending a week attacking Israel, some members of the Left have offered up half-hearted condemnations of anti-Semitism. Of course, they always making sure to mention that Islamophobia is bad too. And yes, Islamophobia is wrong but, when violence broke out in New York’s Diamond District last week, it wasn’t because Jews were driving through the neighborhood and attacking Muslims. Apparently, the “both sides do it” argument is suddenly once again acceptable when it comes to discussing attacks on Jewish people. The message that I’ve gotten from so many on the Left is that open anti-Semitic violence is bad only because it is saying the quiet part loud.

The lack of any real condemnation will be remembered long after this current spate of anti-Semitic violence has died down.

The Census Results

The U.S. population is now 331,449,281.

Texas is gaining two Congressional seats.

Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon Florida are gaining one.

California, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are losing one. I feel bad for West Virginia since this means they’ll now be down to only two members of the House. Of course, whoever loses their seat can always just run to succeed Joe Manchin whenever he finally decides to throw in the towel.

Now, we move on to redistricting. At this point, all I care about is getting out Colin Allred’s district. Hopefully, once the news maps have been drawn and approved, I’ll be a Van Taylor constituent.

Senator Herschel Walker?

Is Herschel Walker serious about running for the Senate in Georgia and could he win? I attended a Herschel Walker book-signing back in the day and I saw firsthand that he’s a charismatic guy. He’s someone who I can easily imagine on the campaign trail. But he’s also written extensively about suffering from dissociative identity disorder. He deserves a lot of credit for being honest about his mental health struggles and for serving as an advocate. But anyone who thinks that the Democrats won’t use this against them isn’t being honest about politics.

I hope the best for him, whether that means serving in the Senator or not.

Walter Mondale Has Died

By most account, he was a decent man. It seems like most of his political career was spent being a good soldier and getting promoted to higher office as a result. He was appointed to the office of being Minnesota’s attorney general. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He was selected to be run for vice president. In 1984, he ran for president and was the choice of party insiders. He still nearly lost the nomination to Gary Hart before then losing to Ronald Reagan in a historic landslide. Later, he was appointed to be ambassador to Japan and, in his final political race, he was selected by a committee to run for the Senate in 2002 after Paul Wellstone’s tragic death. (In retrospect, his defeat in that race was an indication of both the passing of the old political class and of how much politics was abut to change as America entered a new century.)

He outlived his 1984 running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, by nearly ten years. With his passing, there are now 5 former living Vice Presidents: Quayle, Gore, Cheney, Biden, and Pence. Biden is currently president. Pence appears to be making moves to run in 2024. In fact, of that group, Cheney is the only one who hasn’t ever run for President.

Walter Mondale, R.I.P.

Lori Lightfoot Resigning?

Twitter is full of rumors that Lori Lightfoot is going to resign as mayor of Chicago tomorrow. Apparently, it’s not going to be because of the Austin Toledo shooting or the crime wave that is currently destroying one of America’s great cities. Instead, it’s because of a scandal involving an extramarital affair. That’s the rumor, anyway.

I’ll believe it when I see it. Do politicians even resign anymore? It seems like they just ride it out. Andrew Cuomo is still in office. Matt Gaetz is still in office. Ralph Northam is still in office. Donald Trump never resigned. Bill Clinton is still treated like an elder statesman. Joe Biden’s support actually grew after he was accused of assaulting Tara Reade. Al Franken resigned and now spends all of his time talking about how he wishes he hadn’t. Resigning hasn’t been cool since 2018.

If I was betting money, I would put it all on Lori Lightfoot not going anywhere.