Janet (née Folger) Porter is much enthused that maybe this time he’ll stay maybe this time, the heartbeat bill (for which she takes credit, though it has never passed anywhere) will pass the House and the Senate.
The look of a fanatic is rather chilling: you will have your rapists’ baby.
With his recent reversal on Janet Yellen and monetary policy in general, smart pundits are spending a lot of energy doping out The New Trump, but as far as I can tell it’s mostly a waste of time. A normal president might settle into a regular pattern. Trump continues to bounce — seemingly randomly — between any particular policy and alternatives, including absolute opposites.
So what actually led to Trump’s seeming shift towards potentially keeping Yellen in place as Fed chief and floating a moderate for the open Fed vice-chair in charge of banking regulations? Is it likely that Trump carefully thought through what the Fed does, determined what policies he would like to have going forward, and decided that the current chair is actually pretty good at implementing those policies?
I can’t remember who said it on MSNBC this morning, but it’s been bothering me all day. To paraphrase: “The entertainment value of Donald Trump’s Circus is as dangerous as the policies we laugh at.” Yes, I confess I delight in his gaffes and his outrageous tweets, jaw-dropping deeds and pronouncements, to the point where I look forward to my morning laugh of outrage as much as my morning coffee. I’m not alone, and of course laughing at someone feels good. It means we’re smarter, better informed and rational and someone else is not. That’s the cheapest form of humor, of course, akin to vaudevillian slapstick and plain old mockery.
Why is this dangerous? I think it creates a demand for more. It’s a demand that nature and the Trump organization doesn’t always fill.
Alex Jones is involved in a custody battle with his ex-wife for their three kids. Ex-wife wants InfoWars videos entered as part of her testimony that Alex Jones is unfit to raise the children.
Alex Jones’s lawyers are insisting that he’s just pretending and “playing a character” while calling Hillary Clinton a “demon from hell” and threatening sitting Congressmen with violence, all the while bragging about his personal friendship with Donald Trump.
According to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), McConnell has not spoken to her, and will not even look at her, since he silenced her for trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King into the record, then allowed male senators to read the exact same letter. The moment, and particularly McConnell’s explanation of it, became a rallying cry for the resistance.
But not everyone naturally feels deeply for things and people beyond this close proximity; for humanity as a whole, for the planet, for the welfare of strangers, for the suffering they know exists that they aren’t even aware of. Not everyone is acutely burdened with other people’s pain in such a way that each day brings a fresh wounding. Not all of us spend their lives regularly bleeding for the hurt around them.
And yet if you are such a person, these are incredibly treacherous times because there is so very much to be grieved by.