The Cambridge dictionary states the word "suspicion" as "making you feel something illegal is happening or that something is wrong."
I’ve mentioned my late father often called me a suspicious bastard, and he was right, although I am usually suspicious because I suspect ulterior motives.
Dad was one of the first to board the Trump Train but sadly, didn’t live long enough to see Trump elected, nor how nearly half the country went off the rails over Trump’s election. I believe he too would be suspicious over the methods and costs the Swamp has used to attempt the overthrow of a Trump presidency or how there are people rooting against the president. It’s comparable to rooting for the pilot of your plane to fail.
Anyway, I just can’t help myself; my brain asks uneasy questions, such as:
About Cuomo, the morning after the stimulus bill was thought to have first been settled, Cuomo was already complaining NY wasn’t getting enough money from the stimulus. How long until other governors follow suit?
On second thought, listening to Cuomo is better than listening to anything Governor Pritzker yammers about. I’ve been away from Illinois for a while, is there any truth to the rumor he’s considering a “confined-to-home” tax?
On a final note, now that CNN and their ilk are doubting Trump about his inclination to try the malaria drug, hydrochlorquine, to combat the virus I’ll finish with a hypothetical question:
If you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus and your doctor offered the drug, or instructed you to wait until the vaccine comes out next year, what’s your decision?
You listening to Trump or CNN?
Well, here we all are, hunkered down in our homes with no place to go, other than work - if you’re lucky. The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent panic caused by the media has effectively shut down the country. We do have the internet, television, our families, and in my case, lots of liquor. I’m going to have to start liking all that red wine I’ve been given as a gift over the years.
It was requested I keep thoughts about the epidemic to myself so as not to cause “further confusion.” Seems a reasonable request, particularly since I’m not a medical professional; just an opinionated suspicious “person.” (My late father used a different word.) If you’re interested in that opinion, it can be found on my Facebook page or blog. It would appear many people have agreed with me, more than normal.
Anyway, observing social media, television, and newspapers, there seems to be many people foolishly blaming President Trump for his handling of the virus. Most claims made by these people are factually wrong and their opinion of Trump’s handling of the virus is about the same as their opinion of Trump before the virus. Nothing has changed other than yet another opportunity to thump on Trump. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome for a reason.
We’re facing an unprecedented quarantine of our freedoms, yet have a collection of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” blasting the president’s efforts to keep the country safe and healthy. Those misguided soles are not really doing us a lot of good, are they? How about the reporter, who, during a press conference, kept badgering Trump about being racist for calling the virus the “Chinese-virus?” How about all the folks who thought Trump was racist when he closed the border for Chinese traffic?
To all you nay-sayers, I would direct you to a great speech made by past-President Teddy Roosevelt in April of 1910 while in Paris. Usually, when they etch your likeness on the side of a mountain, an honor only reserved for a few, people believed in what you did and said.
To quote part of Roosevelt’s speech, later to be known as “The Man in the Arena” speech, it stated:
“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…”
“if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Some cynics might need to read that again.
On a different but related matter concerning the coronavirus, now would be a good time to point out how all that stuff gets from manufacturer to distribution center to your favorite store for your hording pleasure.
Nearly everything you buy comes by truck, of which are manned (if feminists will forgive my politically incorrect term) by truck drivers. While the rest of America is hunkered down in their homes, protecting themselves and their family from contracting the virus, the trucker is out among the public ensuring your products get delivered. Lately though, drivers have to put up with a number of additional indignities that you wouldn’t. Consider:
* Outhouses now being placed outside shipping/receiving facilities, rather than the driver being allowed to use the facilities’ restrooms because the facility doesn’t want the driver contaminating their business;
* Hand sanitizers are unavailable anywhere, unless provided by their company;
* Truck stops are shutting down shower facilities, even though hot water and hand-washing are recommended;
* Rest area’s full or shut down, giving the driver no place to sleep;
* Drivers being made to sign forms about their medical condition, against HIPPA rules, before being allowed to enter a facility.
* Sit-down dining areas have all closed. Most drive-through facilities are not equipped to handle large trucks, and yet many more will not allow for walk-up traffic. If the driver does get food, he/she has to eat in the truck. If they shut down the seating area and won’t allow for walk up traffic, how is the driver to purchase food?
I urge all of you to think about this – the very people making sure your stores are being restocked are being treated, at times, like second class citizens. These indignities are rather short-sighted by the folks that have perpetrated them. You wouldn’t put up with this type of treatment.
We are all in this together. We need those truckers, now more than ever. If they stop, due to sickness, lack of rest, or food, the country will stop with them. If you see a trucker, you might not want to hug him right now, but you might want to thank her.
Ever have a nightmare? Well, I had a doozy the other night, or it might have been corona-virus hallucinations, who knows.
Anyway, the unimaginable happened. President Trump became permanently incapacitated before the election. The Trump-Derangement- Syndrome- folks were ecstatic.
My dream got worse, as I will recount.
In the wake of Trumps incapacitation, Vice President Mike Pence became the 46th president of the United States. Pence was left to deal with a media-manufactured pandemic, plummeting oil prices from OPEC’s attempt to destroy our fracking, Russian meddling, China being China, Little Rocket Man, and efforts to bring troops home. All this, and running for president against Joe Biden. (Bernie votes were not counted by the Democratic machine – voters were instructed to go home to start plotting for an AOC presidential run whenever she was old enough.)
Now, to me Pence seemed to be a decent guy and had been an effective, loyal second-in-command to Trump. He had been a pretty good governor for Indiana, too. The trouble was, Pence had all the personality and charisma of a stump. With Trump out of the picture, Pence got beat by Biden in a landslide. Democrats and Never-Trumpers danced in the streets. Obama statues were ordered.
So, much to my horror, we now had Joe Biden in the Oval Office. It got embarrassingly worse.
Two days after his inauguration, Biden was discovered in the middle of the night, dressed in a presidential nightshirt and cap ensemble, sitting at the Resolute desk, fumbling feebly with the codes of the nuclear football. When thwarted by the Secret Service, he babbled incoherently about taking the Ukraine out… “we have to do it for Hunter, you know,” he shrieked.
Upon the advice of the new vice president, whom I could not make out in my dream, Congress enacted Section 4 of the 25th Amendment – the same amendment McCabe and Rosenstein pathetically deliberated about Trump after the disgraced Comey was fired. Biden was quickly diagnosed as disorientated. Regrettably, McCabe and Rosenstein weren’t.
Sleepy Joe went back to Delaware to live out the remainder of his life in an expensive nursing home, spinning fairy-tales to the residents, expounding on his exploits to save the world. The staff would roll him to the main dining area every morning in pajamas and Aviator sunglasses. Folks just wandered in and out to hear Joe bluster the day away.
Before the vice president was sworn in as president, there was a battle waged between Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton to see which one deserved the Oval Office. Lawyers and lots of taxpayer money were brought in. At one point the two women scuffled on the steps of the White House, losing their tiara’s in the process. Two Secret Servicemen had to separate them. Neither one of them had claim to the title of president, but again, as we lived in the Age of Wokeness, it just seemed like another day in the Swamp. It took a week to get the two women calmed down and put back in their place, delaying the inauguration. The news media ate it up.
At this point in my dream, I just couldn’t envision who the soon-to-be-sworn-in president was by either name or sight. It had been well known in the Age of Wokeness that men would not have been applicable for the vp post this time around – it was going to have to be a woman, particularly since everyone knew Biden was well into the process of checking out.
You see, I had been under the impression the vice president would have been Amy Klobuchar, as it would have been the only explanation for a quick exit from her presidential run and subsequent endorsement of Biden. She didn’t have the baggage of a Kamala Harris or Pocahontas Warren either.
The problem for me foreseeing Biden’s vice president candidate, as per the political machine, was that us common folk usually weren’t in on the back-room shenanigans of who the VP candidate was going to be. (Who ever heard of Sarah Palin before picked by John McCain? She turned out to be a better candidate than McCain) So, my guess was as good as anyone else’s in this regard.
I knew good, qualified candidates might be Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii or even better, Rhode Island governor, Gina Raimondo. But the fact they were both qualified candidates removed them from any logical contention.
Ultimately though, it became clear, the 48th president became Amy Klobuchar, who, by reason alone of insanity became our first female president. That’s how the Democrats finally got it done.
When I awoke, it was in a pool of sweat. I grasped for the clicker to turn on FOX news. They were showing clips of Trump’s press conference on the corona-virus. I sighed. All was right with the world again – Trump was still in the Oval Office.
This commentary starts with a disclaimer. I’m not a medical professional – just a singer in a rock and roll band. This op-ed does not necessarily express the views of any organization that publishes me, although it should. What you do with my commentary, up to and including lining your bird cage, is your business.
The national media has managed to sensationalize a new strain of a common cold bug - coronavirus (COVID 19) - which was born from a butcher shop in China, and not in the Oval Office. The fear-mongering has gotten to the point it has become responsible for a stock market plunge, spreading fear and angst around the world. (Plummeting oil prices amidst an argument with Russia and OPEC are also part of the problem, but not a sensational story.)
Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses, including everything from the common cold to SARS, according to the World Health Organization. It predominately affects the elderly, particularly those with underlying medical issues, just like the flu does.
Many people are swallowing this hysterical pandemonium, hook-line-and-sinker. Ford is requiring vendors to fill out questionnaires about their medical history in order to enter their business. I have to wonder how they are getting around HIPPA on this. Would that have worked with our Lefty buddies when AIDS was initially scaring the bejeezus out of the country? Such is life in the Age of Wokeness.
As of March 11, 8,400 people have died of the flu in the US. Last year, 34,000 died of the flu. At the time I am typing these words, there are 1,016 Americans inflicted with the virus and 31 people have passed away. All deaths were elderly and/or had underlying medical issues. Sadly, more people die violently on a warm holiday weekend on the south side of Chicago.
Worldwide, there are 124,916 cases, of which 4,585 have died. 3,158 deaths have been in China, the epicenter. What the media doesn’t tell you there have been 67,050 people that have recovered from the virus – perhaps a little more important number.
And yet, the news frenzy continues 24/7, causing other fears throughout the country:
But the real joy of the market plunge and pandemonium for the media is that it will reflect badly on President Trump, as it wipes out recent gains in our 401K’s. It has also managed to empty our stores of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. For this reason alone, I’m not shaking hands with anybody. Clorox stock is up though if you’re looking to park some money other than a worthless CD.
According to the Left, Trump should have sensed this coming and been more prepared for it. Incidentally, he declared the coronavirus a national emergency on January 31, before anyone was infected, but the media never informed us.
This didn’t prevent her Imperial Heinous, Nancy Pelosi from ramping up anti-Trump rhetoric, which will eventually lead to someone with the intellectual level of a Maxine-Waters-type blaming Trump for unleashing the bug on hapless people. Remember when George W. Bush created Hurricane Katrina? Conversely, there were about 12,000 deaths of Swine Flu in the US, but did you hear the press blame Obama?
I understand the coronavirus is something of which to be aware, and to protect oneself. If you are elderly and have medical issues, then you probably should heed the warnings. But for most people, you have a bigger chance of dying from the flu or an unexpected heart attack than the coronavirus. The media is making a big deal out of this for no other reason than a desire for ratings and a change of president in November.
In the meantime, anybody know where I can get one of those face masks?
Now that Super Tuesday is behind us, I will start out admitting I was wrong about Bloomberg winning the Democrat nomination. I thought his money would buy his way in. It might be somewhat refreshing to know it didn’t, although a case could be made for really bad planning of getting in too late. Anyway, I was wrong – there I said it.
We now know the woke progressive Democrat party has decided their preferred candidate is…an old white guy named Joe Biden. They will promise Elizabeth Warren something significant to get her to pull out soon, probably by the time you read this.
“Trump must be destroyed at all costs,” became the mantra inside Democrat headquarters going into the 2020 presidential election cycle, which for them began the day Trump was elected in 2016. “Let’s offer the people free stuff…and no laws either,” was their woke idea. “That will rope them in and also destroy Trump.”
So, they gave the people candidates like Steyer and Buttigieg; threw in the ladies Warren and Klobuchar, added some color with Booker and Harris, then topped it off with the Asian-American, Yang. Pick one – anyone. This was all in case nobody liked their ace in the hole, Uncle Joe. They knew it didn’t matter the candidate; in the end it would be someone they would control to get back their power.
Then, something startling happened. Having candidates promising Americans everything they could ever want, with lawlessness to boot, Democrats inadvertently unleashed a monster. They are now horrified by what they birthed.
Starting as an insignificant joke they could control in the 2016 election, an ogre named Bernie Sanders now had a message catching on with too many new Democrats. Most older Democrats understood “normal” candidates were mostly lying about their promises – they were just practicing wokeness. The young ones must have missed a memo.
Crazy Bernie meant every word he said and was not to be controlled. He admitted he was a Socialist-Democrat. People were actually believing in Bernie’s rhetoric. They wanted their free stuff. All of a sudden, the Bern was a force to be reckoned with. Even a heart attack couldn’t stop him. “Could they get him to have another one?” they surely deliberated.
I’m poking fun at the quandary of the Democrats, but in reality, it’s not funny, folks. Having left our children to an education system that no longer values American ideals, they instead instilled, inadvertently or not, a new system of ethics - no pride of country, no appreciation of our rich history, and ultimately a strategy of controlled thought, much like a Bolshevik revolution.
Most sensible adults understand socialism, and its big brother, communism, has failed miserably throughout history. It’s to be regarded as a ridiculous philosophy never to be considered in a great capitalistic republic like ours.
And as if by divine intervention, the failures of socialism have been played out right next to us – first in Cuba and now at this very moment in Venezuela. Yet Bernie zealots are oblivious to the plight of the poor Cuban or Venezuelan people, intent at instilling a collective system whereby misery is shared equally by all but a few.
And Bernie Sanders intends to be one of those few, so far amassing a fortune in the process of playing the poor schmuck while doing absolutely nothing in his government career.
Have we really sunk so low as an American citizenry to expect something from the toil of others? “Tax all the billionaires,” they cry. There are 621 billionaires in the US, making up about 2% of America’s population. How much extra money do you suppose we can squeeze out of just 2% of the population before they leave the country, taking their companies with them. Hundreds of thousands of people would lose jobs. Billionaires are smart people with no intention of being “sugar-daddies.”
Did Obama’s entitlement schemes unlock a Pandora’s box, unleashing ideas of lawlessness and a notion people thought receiving their sustenance from a centralized government was favorable? Have we forgotten the sacrifices our forefathers made for us to ensure that we control our government, instead of they us?
I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and we all have one vote. And I understand our system of government has lots of warts – I write about them. But what I can’t comprehend are people willing to forfeit hard-fought freedoms, from a country the envy of the world, to become part of a nanny-state.
In my opinion, anyone seriously considering voting for Bernie, an act that has the potential to turn this country upside down, should be made to visit Venezuela before allowed to vote.
Ask yourself, if capitalism is so bad, why does the rest of the world want to come here?