“It Is What It Is”

Can anyone imagine President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, if asked about polio from a reporter stating, “It is what it is”?

Yet when Donald Trump was asked in a recent interview with Axios about the staggering loss of life in the nation from COVID-19 his response was stunning for its lack of empathy. He said, “It is what it is.”

I first read a newspaper account of this portion of the interview before watching the video, so I felt prepared for the most implausible answer to a question that even an amateur politician could have chucked over the back wall.  But Trump took an off-ramp from sanity and political competency and made a statement that might be the one which best sums up his entire four years in the Oval Office.

“It is what it is.”

Many, many times over the past years we have had ample evidence as to the barren nature of Trump’s soul, and his lack of an internal compass.  Frankly, I was rather certain there was no more ‘shock’ that he could create, given what he had already said and done. But when Trump was not able to comprehend the tragic scale of the loss of life during this pandemic that has crossed over each state, and deeply into the communities of our nation, and could not fashion any other response than, “It is what it is”, it left even this blogger slack-jawed.

When the interviewer, Jonathan Swan, attempted as a followup, to bring clarity in simple words that Trump might understand there was still no way to elicit any degree of empathy.  Trump simply did not care to learn that the cases of COVID in our nation, per share of the population, are much worse than any other developed nation.

“It is what it is.”

I fully grasp that Trump is not mentally or emotionally able to gauge the enormity of the moment, the deadly seriousness of the virus, or the way that historians will ensure that there is no stone left unturned regarding this tragedy from his White House and Administration.  The record will show that due to an uncaring, unprincipled, and incompetent president more than 157,000 deaths (as of this posting) of Americans took place on his watch. Without doubt, there will be a book from a historian titled “It is what it is.”

Those words are now the ones history will use to severely judge Trump.

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Endorsement: Kelda Roys Responsible Choice For 26th State Senate District

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The chaos in our politics on the local, state, or national stage is clear to anyone who reads a newspaper.  Though a combustive and bombastic nature to our politics has always been a tradition, it is apparent from headlines over the past months that a stronger and more dangerous antagonism is trying to take hold.  That anger is a most concerning one for those who care about our future.

Therefore, it is vital that as we look towards coming elections we focus on who might not only have the resume and skill set to deal with the issues, but also who might have the intellect and capacity to bridge differences and ensure for a path of governing that we have always prized in our state. For my readers who have the experience gained by watching and being involved in our political history, there is an awareness that differences of opinion are a healthy part of our democracy.   But when we vent our differences in ways that are not in alignment with the process of governing all then are underserved.

During the past months as I have followed the campaigns of various candidates wishing to be elected to the open state senate seat, I have looked at not only the issues of the day and the policy hopes that the candidates espouse, but also for something deeper.  Do the candidates have the ability to rise above what is leading the headlines at the moment and are able and willing to reach out across the aisle and bridge differences and solve the bigger issues of our time.

On two different social occasions over the past couple of years, I happened to be alongside Kelda Roy’s which allowed for a conversation about not only politics but her family and wide-ranging interests.  I did not know at the time she was going to be a candidate this year.  At the time I just thought she was a very intriguing and smart individual.  The very type of person you would want to talk with at social events.  In reflection, I can add she is precisely the type of person you would wish to have in an elective office doing the work of the citizenry.

I fully understand the anger, resentment, and the resolve of individuals who want to make changes in our state. I also know that the needed changes must be done within the parameters of a political process that allows for legitimacy that comes with the enactment of laws.  I sincerely believe that Roys has not only the convictions about making our state a better place in which to reside, but also has the maturity and reasonableness of making change happen through the legislative process. I applaud not only her words about the environment, healthcare, and education, but also about social progress.

One does not enter the political arena to do the easy things, they enter to do the ones that are difficult and that often require a steely determination.  I believe that Roys has what it takes to be a good state senator, someone who will ensure progress on a wide range of issues for the electorate.

Voting for Roys on August 11th is the responsible vote to make.

Beirut Rocked By Massive Bomb Blast

UPDATE

At least 50 dead and 2,750 injured.

Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings, and blowing out windows and doors. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris.  Let us hope that Mossad was not involved.

 

Security sources said a number of people were injured during the widespread destruction across the city, with residents reporting windows being blown out and ceilings collapsing.

 

The aftermath is jarring.