All over the place

My favorite conservative pundit is David Brooks, who appears every Friday on PBS Newhour and NPR to recap the events of the week. I have found his voice one of reason, even if I do not agree with everything he says. I have also read several of his books on subjects like building character and community.

He has been an even-tempered critic of actions, decisions and behaviors of the US president. Last Friday, he used the word “inconstancy” of the president as a great risk in addressing COVID-19. The president will change his position within the hour, he consistently misinforms where it needs to be corrected, and he naysayed the severity of the coronavirus through the end of February, so we lost six weeks.

And, the misinformation continues today. So, much that NPR and other news outlets stopped covering his press conferences live. Building off Brooks’ term, I would say the president governs “all over the place.” He will change his tune due to criticism in the news or if he likes a message from one of his sycophants.

One of the better news shows happens to be a comedy show called “Last Week Tonight” starring John Oliver. The focus of this past Sunday night show is the danger people are being placed under by poor leadership, but also by sycophants.

Oliver notes this theme that danger to the American economy is far worse than people dying is beyond misguided. It is dangerous. He highlights words by the president, conservative host Glenn Beck and the Lt. Governor of Texas who downplay the health risk and speak of economic Armsgeddon.

As Oliver points out it is easy to talk big with others taking the risk with their lives. Then Oliver points out the economic fall out of overwhelmed hospitals and people dying. We are witnessing even now the cost of early inaction.

We must focus on the health of people first and foremost. I fully understand the need to help financially people who are in need due to layoffs or hours reduction.

Yet, while we missed opportunities to plan, we cannot miss any more. We must listen to the truthtellers and ignore those who are politicizing and trying to obfuscate the truth.

As Oliver addressed critics, he said he wants the president to succeed at helping fight this virus. But, he cannot be when his primary mission is how he looks. Perhaps Brooks comment a few months back is the more pertinent one – the president lacks common decency and a sense of empathy. That speaks volumes.

5 thoughts on “All over the place

  1. Great post Keith. The president also lacks empathy. Has he once expressed sympathy towards the families of the deceased? He’s a monster. I saw where the “My Pillow” guy was talking him up yesterday at a news briefing. It was disgusting. I still can’t believe how anyone can still support him. I never thought so many of our fellow Americans can be so unbelievably ignorant.

  2. Note to Readers: In The Charlotte Observer today, a reinforcing point was made in an editorial. It was entitled “”When should NC be open for business?” Agreeing with the above points and that of John Oliver, the article cites an “Initiative on Global Markets” survey of leading economists. In answer to the question on whether “abandoning severe lockdowns at a time when the likelihood of a resurgence in infections remains high” would lead to greater economic damage, not one of the economists disagreed. In other words, they confirm what Oliver is saying and throw water on Beck, this Lt. Governor and Trump’s push to reopen early. It should be noted, thus far, the president has backed off his push, but he is known to change his mind at the drop of the hat.

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