So Trump goes out to South Dakota where the Republican Governor proudly announced that her state wouldn’t require anyone to wear a mask at the July 3rd celebration because protecting yourself from the virus is a question of “individual responsibility.” Did this idiot ever hear of speed limits? Maybe they don’t have speed limits in South Dakota but the whole point is that if we allow everyone to decide for themselves how to protect from threats like Covid-19, then we might as well go right back to the Stone Age in terms of defining what government should and shouldn’t do.
On the other hand, the good news is that the President has come up with a new strategy to deal with a virus which is now infecting at least 50,000 Americans for the fifth straight day. He’ll create a ‘National Garden of American Heroes’ to be open by July 4th, 2026, which may turn out to be the date when we finally begin to control Covid-19. Trump has issued his 9,342nd Executive Order (I’m just kidding) which requires that a Task Force submit a report within 60 days which will propose “options for the creation of the National Garden, including potential locations for the site.”
Between 2008 and 2012, a span of 48 months, Barack Obama issued 122 Executive Orders. In the 42 months that Donald Trump has been in the Oval Office, he’s issued 169 EV’s, including his very first EV, issued on January 20, 2017, which ‘minimized’ the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act pending repeal of that law. Remember how the ACA was repealed? A
The Task Force is tasked, among other things, to come up with a list of the heroes whose statues will be on display. The list already includes 31 American heroes, and here’s some of the more interesting members of the group:
- Henry Clay – Senator from Kentucky, founder of the Republican Party and pro-slavery advocate his entire political life.
- Billy Graham – Visited the White House for prayer breakfasts with Nixon and following the meal would always issue a loud hurrah for the Viet Nam War.
- Douglas MacArthur – Fired by Truman because he didn’t understand that the military is subordinate to civilian control, just a slight Constitutional mistake.
- Ronald Reagan – The other four Presidents on the list are Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, and Washington. So now Ronnie is one of the Top 5?
Of course there’s the usual ethnic, gender and racial balancing, so the list also includes Martin Luther King, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Christa McAuliffe, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, blah, blah, blah, and blah. Trump will no doubt announce that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be serving on the Task Force as well. Kushner serves on every project dreamed up by Trump, and he screws things up every time. Remember his Mid-East peace plan, the one that would bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East by granting legal recognition for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank? That was some peace plan.
If you had told me back in January that Trump and Biden would be basically in a dead heat in Ohio at the end of June, I would have thought you were out of your mind. In 2016, Trump won Ohio by 8 points. Maybe his Task Force will propose that the Heroes Garden be located somewhere in the Buckeye State. Meanwhile, Ohio reported ‘only’ 926 new virus cases yesterday.
If Trump is really serious about his garden project, I propose a statue of Dr. Herman Tarnower. He was the physician who made big bucks peddling something called the ‘Scarsdale Diet,’ which back in the day was one of the first attempts to push foods that were low in carbs. The last time I walked into the mini-mart, I didn’t see a single food which was made with anything except carbs. And lately, the President looks more and more like he could spend some time on Herman Tarnower’s diet too.
Maybe Tarnower’s statute should be placed alongside a figure of Jean Harris, just to keep things on an even keel.