Is Division All Trump Knows?

Thom plus logo Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is not only having to deal with a massive coronavirus outbreak but also with a right wing anti-quarantine revolt funded, according to the New York Times, in part by the DeVos family, pointed out that the enemy here is not each other, but is the virus.

Donald Trump and the Republican party don't see it that way. Because solving the virus problem will require government and institutional help, something Republicans haven't believed in since 1981. instead, all they have left is finding somebody else to blame, and new ways to divide the American people against each other. Blame the World Health Organization, blame the governors, blame the Chinese, blame anybody and everybody you can in order to avoid taking responsibility, because that would mean that you would have to work with scientists and mobilize government to do something positive and useful, which may end up raising taxes on billionaires.

The big question now is how far the fire of the right wing revolt against public health will spread, and how much gasoline "conservative" billionaires will continue to pour onto it.

-Thom

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Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 1 year 32 weeks ago
#1

Republicans are very religious... are they not?

They go to worship every Sunday... do they not?

Why are they deaf and selective toward the teachings of Jesus Christ?

deepspace's picture
deepspace 1 year 32 weeks ago
#2

Because they are "RINOs" -- religious in name only.

Legend 1 year 32 weeks ago
#3

Notice how many of the protestors are elderly and/or overweight. Both put you in the high risk group and these are the people that should be self isolating. Also Try taking on this virus with those guns.

Legend 1 year 32 weeks ago
#4

The Governor of SD has bragged about how few cases they have in SD. As a percentage of population they have more than twice what CA has. Just because you only have 850000 residents does not mean that you should have 2 Senators either.

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deepspace 1 year 32 weeks ago
#5

What is it with Republican-style logic anyway?

Another truly twisted but psychologically revealing argument is looking at a relatively smaller pile of dead bodies down from an estimate of "100,000 to 240,000" and seeing a good thing -- you know, as far as how much preventable mass death could have happened if the fake president wasn't finally slapped upside the head bone with hard reality after 70 days of... what exactly?

It follows (not really) that the lower numbers "prove" that strict social distancing policies that shut down social hotspots (like, say, hotels and golf courses?) with lots of patrons with lots of money was probably over-kill and therefore can be, how to say this, "eased" into reopening -- whatever the hell that means in the context of piss-poor testing, surveillance, contact tracing, and lack of critical supplies?! But Trust in Trump's magical thinking. He alone can fix it.

Wait, isn't social distancing the main reason the numbers are down in the first place? Never mind; forgot that deductive reasoning is not trending these days in Trump-Republican circles.

Legend 1 year 32 weeks ago
#6

Geez, the Russiian trolls are invading. #5, this is just personal opinion but I think the Republicans have seen this virus as a way to cut Social Security, Medicare and Welfare.

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jepsonearth 1 year 32 weeks ago
#7

Thom federal taxes don't fund federal spending, Check out mythfighter.com, about monetary sovereignty. Federal taxes regulate money supply, discourage behaviour ( like smoking, polluting etc ) Rodger Malcolm Mitchell explains it more on his website mythfighter.com.

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