Sunday, March 22, 2020

Donald Trump and the Coronavirus

I am a big fan of truth.

I guess that is an occupational inclination. The law firm I first worked in, articled for, and became a partner of, had a rule that turned out to be very rare for law firms generally.

No matter the path you intended to take, you had to litigate for your first five years with the firm. When I factor in the time I spent doing what we students called the "court run" (getting subpoenas issued, filing law suits and motions, examining court records) and my articling period, I racked up close to ten years hanging around the courts.

In that time I faced off with a fair number of lying witnesses. I learned very effective strategies to deal with perjury.

I guess that's how I developed my very low regard for liars.

I'm not talking about kids lying. Often that makes you chuckle and becomes a fond memory.

No. I'm talking about adults who lie to advance their interests at the expense of others.

Donald Trump is the most egregious example of that I have come across in my life, and that's why I hold him in such low regard.

So far his lying ways have proven very successful for him, and difficult for people of integrity to deal with effectively.

Then came the Coronavirus.

It's shaping up to be a massive challenge for governments around the world. The slightest misstep, the merest delay, any momentary uncertainty in selecting a response, allows the exponential beast to blossom and sicken more victims.

It's not a democrat or republican challenge, a capitalist or communist challenge, a white black or brown challenge, an Asian European African or Latin American challenge.

It's a brutal unforgiving scientific challenge. It's immune to lies. You can downplay it, insult it, it just doesn't care.

In many ways it is poetic in delivering to the Trump presidency a custom-made crisis that preys on all of the signature moves of Trump's administration: undermining institutions, denigrating the press, stripping down the organs of government most needed in this kind of crisis. Famously just a few days ago, questioned about his administration's move to dismantle the pandemic preparedness function of the national security counsel, Trump said "I don't accept any responsibility" and claimed he knew nothing about it.

It's laughable and pathetic. Words fail.

And that led me to the clown tone of this episode.

The music for this episode of Life on two wheels is Twirly Tops by the Green Orbs, and Minor blues for Booker by E's Jammy Jams, both those tracks and the sound effects are made available courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library.

I wish you the best of luck avoiding the virus.

Please remember to keep your distance (two meters, or six feet) from your brothers and sisters.


SonjaM said...

Trump does what he did from the beginning, putting profit over people. He is not alone in this. Chinese officials are re-writing the truth about the virus, Corona is not a Russian problem as per Putin and Trump's little brother from another mother Johnson in UK has just given in. Whatever happens on the political front has become irrelevant though, because politicians are not immune either. Mrs. Merkel and several other German members of parliament are in quarantine. Spanish and Italian leaders as well. I am not religious but I hope and pray that a vaccine will be found soon and people don't have to die anymore.

Meanwhile we have been notified that friends of ours were together with Corona infected folks. We are now waiting too for symptoms to show up any day... Corona sucks!

David Masse said...

Sonja I am glad you guys are OK so far and while I am not religious, I found myself silently praying that Susan and I, our loved ones and friends manage to weather this crisis.

I find it interesting that the single most important feature of the world we live in is that we are definitely truly living in a global village. Borders are just pencil lines on maps, and no leader anywhere commands microorganisms any more than they can command the sun to rise or set. On the plus side, the internet gives each of us the means to share as a close knit community in spite of the distances that separate us.

All my best to you and Roland. Be safe.

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