Donald Trump, You Are No Abe Lincoln!

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Donald Trump foolishly compared himself to President Abraham Lincoln on national television. As Trump sat in front of the iconic Lincoln Memorial this weekend one thought came to my mind instantly.  I have never before seen Trump look so small. Trump was looking so desperately for credibility.  It was not a good hunt to be on in front of the nation.  (This was the Dukakis in a tank moment for Trump.)

It was embarrassing to watch as Trump demonstrated he did not have any sense of history concerning our nation’s most important leader. (President George Washington was vital in that he limited his time in office, but Lincoln showed the world a democratic nation must not be allowed to self-destruct. If the United States could not make this system of government work, which then could, he asked?)

Trump said during the television interview that, “They always said Lincoln. Nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.”

Wow!

Lincoln was assassinated.  But listening to Trump it seems he is far more troubled by being asked for accountability for his actions! He is so put upon, he feels, to be asked to act like an adult, and discard his boorish behavior.

The differences between Lincoln and Trump are massive.

For instance, Donald Trump’s name adorned the first casino in America to have an in-house strip club. He is the first American president to have made a cameo  appearance in a soft-core pornography film, and he has called his struggle to avoid sexually transmitted diseases while sleeping around his “personal Vietnam.” 

One can see from those points alone that Lincoln’s at times bawdy jokes do not add up to the poor decisions and absence of morality that shapes Trump’s life.

But here is the largest difference between Lincoln and the diminished figure who sat in front of Lincoln.

When Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg he did so not only as a military Commander-in-Chief but also as the President of the people of the United States.  Such a mission required that he be more than a military tactician and instead search for the larger meaning of the battle and the horrific number of dead and speak to the people.  The battle had taken place in July and as Lincoln spoke in the fall there were still bodies piled and covered in lime powder.   His words were short but never forgotten.  They have resonated more over time than when he spoke them but there was no doubt he was one with the people who he served as their leader.

Trump has had many. many hours in front of the media during this pandemic pontificating and blowing verbiage about.  He has not been able to address with empathy the loss of life or convert heartfelt feelings to the families and friends of those who have died due to the lack of actions during his watch.

Lincoln saved the country.  Lincoln ended slavery, which was the central issue of the war. Lincoln gave his life to his country.  Lincoln was not a schooled man in the traditional sense, but was a genius with men and governing.

All Trump had to offer the nation was his self-pity, and it was embarrassing to watch. It was just one more chapter in a pathetic example from his time in office.  When the interview was over it was clearer than ever what is, and what is not, a great president.

Lincoln made the point by holding his place in the history books, as always.

As for Donald Trump there is only one thing to say.  Trump is no Abe Lincoln.

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How Many American COVID-19 Deaths Are Acceptable So Business Owners Will Not Bitch?

This blog has been consistent about the need to use science and data to navigate our path forward when it comes to reopening businesses–be it in Wisconsin or New Mexico.  This blog has also been most aware of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking on all aspects of the national economy.  But to pursue a course of reopening any business in a willy-nilly fashion without adhering to the medical determination as to what needs to occur prior to openings will create more infections and deaths of our fellow citizens.

Today sobering projections were made known from internal Trump Administration documents.  There are frightful projections of a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document.  To put that in terms of where we are today, that is a 70% increase from the current number of about 1,750.

The projections, based on government modeling pulled together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases a day currently.

What you and I have been doing….what millions of us have been doing over the past many weeks….that is hunkering down and listening to the advice of medical and government professionals will be upended because too many people want to make money by opening their businesses too early.

Trump’s lack of leadership, his utter incompetence, his disdain for amassing information, his blame game, his slow and derelict behavior in January, and February have all been witnessed by the nation.  But Trump’s now gleeful desire to turn the economic spigot on for his personal election purposes is the most disgusting and dangerous action yet taken during his term in office.

Instead of his usual verbal tics Trump needs to explain in detail why he dismissed our forward pandemic warning post set up by President Obama in China?  Trump needs to address the nation and explain his behavior of dismissing all the warnings received by our intelligence agencies, his own trade advisor, former Vice-President Biden, and all the Democrats pleading with him to act as a leader.

Now Trump is placing the lives of the citizenry in more danger by wanting to gin up the economy at a time when the medical data does not support such a move.  While the country has stabilized, it has not really improved, as shown by the data of case and death numbers remaining on a tragic plateau that is only tilting slightly downward.  To allow Trump to proceed in the fashion he is will ensure his own projections will come to fruition.

Three thousand dead Americans.

That can be placed into a stunning metric.  That is the equivalent of a 9/11 every single day.

What an epic failure of governance!  By a Republican from a political party that does not believe in governing.

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This Made For A Smile

Two cartoon characters in one strip.  From today’s newspaper.

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Video Of Pile-Up On Highway 39, Waushara County

Let us be clear about why this mass crash took place.

For decades this stretch of farmland in Waushara County and near Portage County has been allowed to be misused by the owner.  When one drives through this section of the two counties on Highway 39 it is clear that the fields are stark.  ‘No trees’ will be the first thing that comes to your mind.

The trees were cut down when I was a boy—and though I am still a boy at heart—-that was over 40-plus years ago. Soon thereafter the fields started to blow away.  They planted windbreaks and it helped.  They then removed them, too.  It’s so stupid, and awful, that the windbreaks have all been taken out for a few more inches of farmland.

And this video is the result.

Why local authorities do not cite the large corporate farmer for the damage that is done to the land, and in this case below to nearly 30 vehicles, remains stunning for rational folks to ponder.

 

Humphrey’s History Video: What Happened To Checkers, Nixon Family Dog?

During Wisconsin’s Stay At Home order, so to combat COVID-19, I am recording a series of 60-second grand stories from history.    Today as Paul Harvey might say, ‘the rest of the story’ about Checkers.