Noted New York Times columnist Frank Bruni in an Opinion piece published yesterday detailed how a “minority” actually rules the U.S. The article reflects how the Republicans have been doing more with less.
The article’s title: “The Special Hell of Trump’s Supreme Court Appointment.” Subtitle: “With a non existent mandate, it does exemplary damage.” Referring of course to the Republican Party.
Begin with Trump. He won with almost 3 million votes less than Hillary Clinton. A minority President.
The Republican Party overall is significantly smaller in membership than the Democrats. Ergo, the Senate represents a minority party.
Trump and the Senate combine to protect the nation from the tyranny of the majority.
Bruni wrote, “We’re a country where the minority rules, and under Trump, it rules tyrannically.” Senate Republicans representing the smaller Republican Party must command the support of power in order to accomplish what they do. They have that power and freely exercise it, even to the detriment of the nation.
The Republican Party is down to white evangelicals. It continues to decline in membership. This campaign may very well be its last hurrah.
The annual UN Assembly Meeting is being held this week. Yesterday, Trump appeared virtually. Perhaps because his appearance was virtual, the media has reported little of what he said.
The thrust of his address was China. He knocked China big time. Blamed China for coronavirus. Tensions between the U.S. and China flared even more as a result of his words.
Those appointed to the Supreme Court occasionally acquire a new political philosophy. In modern America, two conservative Republicans became liberal Justices.
Earl Warren was respected as a Republican conservative. He had been governor of California. Unsuccessfully ran for Vice-President on the Dewey ticket in 1948 which lost in the unexpected Truman sweep. He ran early on in the 1952 Republican primary for President. The race Eisenhower won.
Eisenhower appointed the conservative Earl Warren to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Eisenhower repeatedly said over the years that the worst mistake he made as President was appointing Warren. He turned liberal while on Bench.
Warren gave us Brown v. Board of Education. Desegregated schools as a matter of law. The decision not well received by the conservative Republican block.
David Souter was nominated by the first President Bush.
Souter was from New Hampshire. Had served as Judge there. An evident conservative based on his decisions as well as his activities prior to becoming a judge.
Souter sat on the Supreme Court 19 years. His political philosophy changed almost immediately. He became part of the liberal block on the Court and consistently voted with the liberal Justices.
You never know! Though I doubt whoever Trump appoints will change her colors once a member of the Supreme Court.
Some coronavirus observations.
Canada is the U.S.’s neighbor. Immediately to the north of the U.S. People the same in just about every respect as their neighbors to the south.
The U.S. recently passed 200,00 deaths. Canada has had no deaths in the past 6 months. One thousand Americans die each day from the virus. As indicated, Canada has had no deaths in 6 months.
The U.S. has 40,000 new cases each day. Canada, 500.
The Canadian governmental leaders when the virus first struck and they knew what they were facing, went to the people and laid the facts out. Straight. No bullshit, no lies. Told the people of Canada they were relying on the advice of medical and scientific experts as to how to handle the problem.
Canada went all in for masks, social distancing and washing hands. The people did not complain about loss of freedoms, their businesses hurting, etc. They accepted their responsibilities in defeating coronavirus.
As with other successful nations world wide, it worked. Therein lies the reason why Canada is clean today as opposed to the U.S.
Two nights ago while speaking at one of his rallies, Trump mentioned in passing that children do not acquire the virus, sometimes some do. Suggesting in effect coronavirus was no big deal with kids.
I thought his brief comments re children strange. He went out of his way to state them, I thought.
The next day the actual facts surfaced.
Five hundred thousand coronavirus cases involving children. And the point most significant especially in view of Trump’s comment the previous evening, assuming a successful vaccine was discovered before or soon after the election, there would not be a sufficient supply to inoculate everyone. Children would begin getting the vaccine next fall. At the bottom of the totem poll.
Sneaky Donald! Set the American public up for the news that kids would not be eligible for the vaccine for one year.
It was reported yesterday that coronavirus cases have surged in Monroe County and its cities. Keys governments were taking steps to attack the reasons for the surge.
What plans, the increase attributable to Key West, etc. were not available.
I am not surprised. Considering Key West alone, governmental leaders capitulated to the demands of the business community. This past week alone, mask wearing was reduced. Bar rules lightened. Then there was Labor Day weekend. The surge should have been anticipated and because of it mask and bar rules left alone. The Good Book says: As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Key West and the County are reaping the wild wind.
I had a doctor visit yesterday. Afterwards, I thought I would give myself a treat. Figure I am entitled to one after more than 200 days in self quarantine. I decided on a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich from Mr. Z’s to take home and enjoy.
Since I was in the area, I went to the one in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center. It was after 12 noon. Mr. Z’s opens at 11 am daily.
Mr. Z’s was closed. Though disappointed, I understood. The town is dead. There is no business of any consequence.
I compensated. Stopped at the Dion’s on U.S. 1 on the way home. Dion’s chicken for lunch!
I continue receiving questions why I do not write more about Key West. The answer simple. Nothing is happening in Key West. The town is dead. Ergo, nothing of interest to report. Added to the fact I do not go out. If I am not out and about evenings, I see nothing to report.
So there is no understanding, the primary problem is Key West is and has been dead for a few months. If there were tourists and things were booming, I would hear and read about it. Nothing.
My blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou went well last night. I enjoyed doing it. The show as with my blogs primarily covers politics. What else is there to write and talk about?
Enjoy your day!