Only Super Trump Can Beat Trump

There is much talk about Trump. This is in itself astonishing – never has the guy who allegedly lost a Presidential election commanded this much attention a year later. That he’s still a massive topic of discussion shows the historic nature of his Presidency.

A lot of the talk is a bit of whistling past the graveyard. Especially a lot of Never Trump who didn’t go Full Democrat are certain that Trump is a fading commodity and we can all just move on from him. For the moment, their eyes are fixed firmly on Ron DeSantis…whom I think we all agree would be a fine President, but we also have our doubts about him. Not on basic policy, but on attitude. And that, I think, is why Trump stubbornly won’t fade away.

We on the right do want a good policy President. And we’d like a President who is much better at picking staff than Trump proved. And we don’t need daily drama. OTOH, we also know that more than ever, we need a fighter. Someone who will, day in and day out, go toe to toe with our opponents and never let up for a minute. Is DeSantis that guy? He does fight pretty well…but are we sure that when push comes to shove he’ll choose us rather than the Ruling Class? I think for DeSantis, or anyone other than Trump, they are going to have to really prove it to us.

Now, if Trump decides not to run – he will be 78, after all – then all bets are off. The race will be anyone’s for the taking. But even there, the person who gets the nod will be the person who most firmly convinces us that they are unafraid of a four year long slog of fighting. Because we have to have a fight. We can’t afford to compromise even a bit. We win, they lose: that has to be our goal.

The best and easiest way for any putative standard-bearer to make their mark is to simply defend the 1/6 defendants. Even Trump hasn’t been out front on that – and if he runs, the only way anyone will be able to attack Trump successfully will be from the right. As I said in 2016 when Trump was the front runner, the only way to beat Trump is to out-Trump him. Cruz tried, but I think he tried too late. But if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man…and nobody is going to beat Trump by going softer than Trump.

The crucial thing to know is that the old rules don’t apply. They really haven’t applied since the Democrats cooked up Watergate into a Presidency-destroying scandal. I mean, what is Watergate compared to Gore taking sacks of cash from monks pledged to poverty? You get the picture: whatever was wrong about Watergate, it wasn’t anything to get too worked up about. But that is when the Democrats, using their cat’s paws in the MSM, started making all political battles scorched Earth battles. But from Watergate to Trump, the GOP never engaged. We worked on the assumption that Democrats, like us, want what is best for America. Uh, no: what Democrats want is what is best for Democrats. All other considerations come in a distant second. They do this because they sincerely believe that basic human decency requires Democrats to be in charge. That we see it differently doesn’t matter – and is irrelevant. What we must do in response is what we’ve always had to do but refused: sincerely believe that basic human decency requires the GOP to be in charge.

It isn’t a very large mental shift, but it is a necessary one – because it builds into the mind the need to always thwart the Democrats and always advance the GOP. Never compromise. Never give anything and if you really are forced to give them something, make certain that you get ten times as much for yourself. Never attack your own side; abandon those found to be corrupt, but don’t attack them. Ignore them. If asked about one of ours who goes wrong, immediately launch into an attack on a Democrat who did similar. Always cast Democrat programs in the darkest possible terms – it is easy to do because all their supposed social programs are mere grift to payoff donors. What is being done against CRT is the template – the old GOP might have merely quibbled around the edges while essentially conceding the main point. But the people battling CRT started with the assertion that CRT is evil…and they’ve forced the Democrats into the untenable position of defending the worst aspects of CRT…and it is working for us. It played a huge role in winning Virginia.

It is all a very long way to 2024, but I think I can be safe in saying that how it will come out won’t be in anyone’s predictive model. We’re in flux. We’re in danger of civil war, actually. None of the old political certainties are holding up. Liberals in San Francisco are buying guns while working class Latino voters are for the first time casting GOP votes. Meanwhile, upper class white people with a college degree become even stronger for the Democrats. Victory and disaster stare us in the face: we’ll get one or the other. And only a fighter – backed by fighters – can prevail.

Open Thread

The Kraut’s are offering to help us protect Democracy. What could go wrong?

Team Biden will release all available vaccine doses right away. This is a change from Trump which is holding some back to ensure people get their second shot. The possible benefit: more people gain immunity faster. Possible downfall: not enough people go for the second dose and thus immunity only lasts a short time. Personally, it is probably six of one, half dozen of the other. My guess is that the change is so that they can merely do something different from Trump.

Biden will go after guns, on that we can rely. What form the action takes remains to be seen, but the Democrats are salivating at the thought of going after those backwards yokels in Flyover America. Now, to be sure, this is one issue which can unite the various elements of the GOP and lead to severe punishment of the Democrats in 2022. But I don’t think they can help themselves.

The Lincoln Project: yeah, they’re pretty much what you expected them to be.

Richard Dawkins is also pretty much what you expect. That’s the thing about these “free thinkers”…they are actually slaves to fashion.

Pompeo is one of the few standing firmly by Trump right now. That means he’s going to give it a shot in 2024.

America on Edge

What is to be said? We couldn’t stop the steal. And now the Ruling Class is working up the riot at the Capitol as some huge thing – which, as one wise man I know points out, is really an indication of how cowardly the Ruling Class is. A few yahoos breaking windows had them running for safety. These are not people who will stand up and fight for their power: the only thing standing between them and overthrow is the conviction of armed security that guarding them is better than walking away from them.

The fundamental problem we have is that tens of millions of American citizens are convinced that the election was stolen. For those on the other side of this issue, it doesn’t matter how sure you are that it wasn’t stolen. Millions believe otherwise. And here’s the thing: as they believe it was stolen, they are no longer inclined to work within a system which they believe maliciously excludes them. And people who believe they are excluded from the system will start to go outside the system for redress of grievances. The past four years, now capped off by the shrieks about the riot, are merely providing a fertile field for political radicalism to flourish.

We on our side don’t have much to say in favor of the Black Panther Party or BLM: but I think all of us now better understand what it feels like to be governed by an instrument which doesn’t appear to care about our concerns. Which, in fact, treats us with contempt. It isn’t a joyful feeling. In fact, it is downright infuriating. We are here. We are Americans. We have rights. We demand these rights be respected.

Right now, we don’t feel they are.

What the other side must do – this is Democrats, Never Trump and GOPe types – is offer concessions. At the moment, it wouldn’t take much. A commission to create secure voting nationwide would do wonders at the moment to calm things down. But what the other side is offering, at the moment, is efforts to remove Trump from office and threats about expelling Republicans from Congress. In other words, what the other side is doing is precisely what those on our side expect: show hatred and a desire to punish us for daring to disagree. Keep this up, and the radical right groups which have only been a figment of Ruling Class imagination will become real.

Have I mentioned that these tens of millions of people who feel excluded own millions of guns?

What will follow won’t be Antifa, it will be genuine rebels. Unless the disaffected can be brought to believe that they are still part of the system. And only their opponents can do that. We’ll see if there’s any wisdom over there.

Suggested Reading

From the creators of Margolis & Cox Editorial CartoonsOh, the Places You Can’t Go! is a lighthearted parody to ease your coronavirus lockdown blues.

Some books inspire you about the possibilities that life will offer you. In that case, Dr. Seuss’s seminal book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is perfect. This is not that book. In the spring of 2020, life changed in a way that it never had before. A country that was once booming suddenly had to shut down in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic and “flatten the curve.”

From destinations afar to your neighbor’s backyard, suddenly you weren’t going anywhere. Oh, the Places You Can’t Go! brings it all home in this humorous collection of verses and illustrations that examine the lifestyle changes that we’ve all had to endure during the lockdown to help turn your frown upside-down and remind us that we’re all in this together.

Common Sense

In January of 1776 Thomas Paine anonymously published Common Sense, a publication of which became the most widely read tome of its time and is incredibly still in print today. Common Sense speaks to the individual human desire for equality in every aspect of life and the absolute necessity for independence, liberty, and self governance for that outcome to be realized. Today, I think this country is in desperate need once again of common sense and here’s mine. We are at a crossroads in this country. The Democrat Party has so embraced the Left agenda and identity politics that it is hard to recognize their platform as anything resembling America, but they are our domestic political rival and they do have a sizable constituency so we need to take them seriously. If Joe Biden wins, the Democrats WILL; end the filibuster, create States, pack the Supreme Court, abolish the Electoral College, restrict 2A to the point it becomes meaningless, curtail 1A and restrict assembly. In other words, Democrats WILL create one party rule in America for the foreseeable future. In addition to that, Democrats will flood the country with low wage labor, provide inferior healthcare for all, end fossil fuels, ban fracking, and raise taxes. In other words, they will destroy the economy and the entire country will look like Los Angeles, or Portland, or Seattle, or whatever Democrat urban hellhole you can think of. 

We can not abide. We must rise and we must defend. If Biden is elected it will be incumbent for patriotic men and women to see that the struggle for individual freedom so bravely fought for two centuries ago does not perish from this earth. Reagan once said that freedom was but one generation away from being extinguished. We are that generation. 

Open Thread

A lot to comment on so let’s keep the dialogue going ….

QANON – don’t know much about this group but I find it interesting that Republicans and particularly Kevin McCarthy quickly denounced it after being grilled on it by the Complicit Media. Why haven’t Democrats denounced Antifa? Why haven’t they even been asked about it? And if QANON is a shadowy group of people who oppose pedophilia and satanism – why is that a bad thing? And in light of Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein, is it really a stretch of the imagination to think that there might be an extensive global pedophilia ring? I don’t think so.

DNC Convention – do Democrats really think that there are still just simple policy differences separating the two parties? Does Biden really think Democrats still appeal to “blue collar workers”? The DNC convention was a spectacle of truly miserable people who suffer from delusions of self grandeur but have zero reason for it. Their incompetence has become universally acknowledged. No American has to wonder what a Biden Presidency would look like because it is playing out in real time in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and NY. This is how they govern. Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago just issued an edict banning protestors from her neighborhood because it “puts her family in jeopardy”. Lori didn’t have the presence of mind to consider that her incompetence a d governance puts her constituents lives in danger everyday, but again, she doesn’t care and that too is a staple of Democrat governance. They don’t care about Americans. They only care about their power and their ideology.

COVID – so the plan was too “flatten the curve” right? Well, no new deaths in NY yesterday and just 3,600 new cases nationwide and yet we are still wearing masks aren’t we? In fact in California yesterday, there was one new death and just 52 new cases and yet California is still on nearly complete lockdown. And the electrical grid is failing … just another feature of Democrat governance. So do you still think this is about “keeping people safe”???

 

The American Choice

If you’re needing a little morale boost:

Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.

“The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump,” said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., one of several rural counties in that swing state that shifted from supporting Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. “We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016.”

This year, Stephens said, “We’re thinking landslide.”

That does seem, on the face of it, rather a stretch. The official word is we’re too polarized as a nation to allow any candidate to get to landslide territory (let’s call it getting 56%+ of the vote). To a certain extent, this is obvious: the polarization is seen in the fact that the Left – which makes up the core of the Democrat party – considers the United States to be an inherently racist nation unworthy of support unless it becomes entirely Leftist. We on our side, of course, think the United States is inherently good and merely needs to live up to it’s founding ideals. That is quite a polar opposite view of the same set of facts.

But, in the end, how large is the Left? Meaning: how many people in the United States actually subscribe to the notion that America is inherently evil? That is what November will tell us. It might be a plurality. It might be either an Electoral or popular vote majority. If it is then not only do we lose, but we lose forever: if a majority consciously decides to install a government committed to acting on the assumption that America 1776-2020 is evil, then we’ve lost the fight. Its over: we just have to adjust ourselves to living in a new America which will be quite different from the old.

But, still, that is a pretty confident feeling quoted in the article, isn’t it? Now, to be sure, maybe someone is just trying to bamboozle: all political campaigns say things are going just swell no matter how doomed they are. But they do have some data points to back up their assertion: there is argument over just how many people signed up for Trump’s rally in Tulsa, but the bottom line is that many hundreds of thousands of people signed up for a venue holding less than 20,000 people. That’s a lot. None of us can conceive, even with popular music acts, Biden getting that kind of response. Then there’s things like voter engagement: over the ‘Rona lockdowns the campaigns were forced to go almost entirely online…and Team Trump simply blows Team Biden out of the water in online engagement. It isn’t just a little bit better: it is orders of magnitude better. I’ve also seen good data on GOP voter registration and time and again at Trump rallies, significant portions of attendees are Democrats or rare/new voters. I’ve always said look not at what people say, but at what they do: what people are doing is turning to Trump, at least in the data we can see. Only the public opinion polls are against Trump. Maybe they are right this time? If they are, Trump is going to be destroyed in November. Figure the odds they are right, though.

My view is this: people who aren’t Democrats but are Democrat-leaners – people who mostly vote Democrat but are not committed to the Democrat notion that America is inherently racist – are looking around at riots and absurd lockdowns (DeBlasio actually said – I’m not kidding – in response to Jews reopening their kid’s parks, that he won’t allow people to “take the law into their own hands”: this after allowing nuts-to-butts rioting and protesting by Leftwing groups) and perhaps reassessing just how bad Trump really is? I mean, sure he’s rude and crude and he’s not at all the nice, made-up politician mouthing bromides about peace, love and unity that these Democrat-leaners are used to voting for…but he isn’t the guy locking down people for stupid reasons nor allowing rioters to run amok in the city. How many such people, without ever admitting it, will pull the lever for Trump even if it is a mere rebuke to Democrats who have gone off the rails?

We’ll find out in November.

Understanding Democrats/MSMers

Warning: language will get a little salty in this

A tale of a couple stories:

Politico quietly updated a story after first claiming that President Donald Trump currently “owes millions to the Bank of China” Friday.

The publication posted an article Friday suggesting President Donald Trump currently “owes” millions of dollars to the Bank of China, adding that “the loan is due soon.” Politico was forced to quietly edit its story after it was determined that Trump apparently did not currently owe the Bank of China millions of dollars.

And:

Of the 4,377 coronavirus deaths in New Jersey, over 1,700 died due to infections in nursing homes. That nearly 40% of coronavirus deaths in one of the hardest hit states took place in nursing homes casts a stark light on the misplaced priorities of blue states battling the pandemic by locking down houses of worship and small businesses, while putting few to no resources into protecting nursing home residents.

New Jersey’s coronavirus deaths were part of the coronavirus outbreak in 425 nursing homes. At one nursing home, after an anonymous tip, police found 17 bodies being stored in a shed.

Let’s tackle the first story:

How many times have we seen this? You know: where something is reported – often rather breathlessly – about anyone on the wrong side of the Democrats only to find out that the actual facts are the opposite of what was reported? That is, what was reported was a flat out, bald faced lie? You can probably think of dozens of such instances over the past few years. If you dug around for a while, you’re going to swiftly find hundreds (just in fake racist attacks we’re probably at an astonishing number).

And, yet, when most people on the right comment about such things, it is in terms of “how could this have happened?” and usually ending with something along the lines of “this is not a good look; do better, Media”. But that doesn’t get at what really happened: a lie. A deliberate, malicious lie. These aren’t mistakes. Mistakes are fairly rare when you have multiple sets of eyes on a news report before publication – and they would, over time, work out to about 50/50 against both sides. From what I understand, Politico didn’t even contact the bank in question before reporting Trump owed millions to it. I think that would be my first inclination if someone told me something like that about any American politician: checking out if the basic facts alleged are true. Politico didn’t – and my assumption is because they made the whole thing up.

I’m serious: a bunch of people at Politico sat around one day and brainstormed what they could say to help the Democrat Narrative…in this case, trying to attack Trump over China as China is one of the huge cards Trump holds over Biden. After discussion, this is what they came up with…and that they were swiftly caught doesn’t matter in the least. I absolutely guarantee you that years from now I’ll come across Progressives on social media who will assert that Trump downplayed Coronavirus because he owed millions to a Chinese bank. The hit was accomplished; millions of people – because they saw the headline bubble up on social media and/or TV news – are now convinced that Trump has dirty ties to China. But that is not really the important point here. What’s important is that the media lies. They lie quite brazenly. They lie all the time. And all of their lies are at the service of the Democrat party – of which almost all media people belong to or at least heavily sympathize with.

And that brings me to the second story: the huge portion of Coronavirus deaths which are happening in nursing homes. Not being reported very much, is it? Oh, the total number of deaths are being reported – rather excitedly – by the MSM. They love that ever-rising total number of deaths. One MSM hack actually asked President Trump yesterday if the number of deaths means he shouldn’t be re-elected. You’d get the impression listening to the MSM and to Democrats that they care about the deaths…that they think the deaths are bad and we should really, really work hard to stop the dying. But, then you see the report: massive numbers of deaths at nursing homes. Hey, wait a sec: shouldn’t this matter?

I mean, after all, we’ve known nearly from the start that Coronavirus has a much higher mortality rate among elderly people, especially if they have underlying conditions, which most people in nursing homes have to one extent or another (its kinda why they’re in there, right?). If your greatest desire is to reduce the number of deaths, don’t you think you’d have expended a little bit of energy on making sure that nursing homes had adequate resources to deal with Coronavirus? That maybe you’d try to provide some separation between the oldsters? Not have them packed so tightly in? Certainly you wouldn’t actually send a geezer with Coronavirus to a nursing home, right? Well, not quite:

New York’s nursing homes weren’t allowed to challenge a controversial order to admit patients with the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday — even though it’s been blamed for spreading the deadly disease among residents.

“They don’t have a right to object. That is the rule and that is the regulation and they have to comply with that,” Cuomo said during his daily briefing in Albany.

Shut down everything! You can’t even go to the park! We’ll arrest you – I have that power!!! So goes the darling of the MSM, Democrat Governor Cuomo…but, hey, sh**; sorry, nursing home, rule is you gotta accept the diseased person into your rather small and close-packed facility.

Why in the f*** would you do that? I mean, seriously: as a mere human being if you are tasked with anything related to the care of other human beings, why would you in a million years consider not merely allowing, but forcing infected people into the company of a very high risk population?

Cuomo is out there, day after day, saying his actions are to save lives – and its all reported in the MSM as if he’s actually, you know, trying to save lives…but his order for nursing homes to accept patients with Coronavirus is a death sentence for people in the nursing homes. There’s no way to mistake that or put it any other way: you put someone infected with Coronavirus in a place with a high risk population and you know that people are doing to catch it and die. And yet, Cuomo gave the order. There is no way that Cuomo is stupid enough to think that this wouldn’t result in more infections in an at-risk population thus resulting in more deaths. He definitely, absolutely and with no shadow of a doubt knew what he was doing – and what he was doing was trying to drive up the death toll.

No, Mark! You can’t say that! That just isn’t fair or right! Oh, yeah: watch me.

Two plus two equals four. Always good to remember that. All sorts of people will come up with vastly complex reasons for you to believe – if you want – that it equals five but the bottom line remains: two plus two equals four. What is more likely here:

1. Cuomo simply forgot that Coronavirus is infectious?
2. Cuomo felt that a miracle would occur and no geezers exposed would die?
3. Cuomo is a veritable drooling idiot who just doesn’t know how things work?
3. Cuomo wanted higher death tolls?

“Well, Mark: maybe there wasn’t room for them anywhere else?”

No, sorry: if you have someone infected with a virulent disease which specifically reaps a bloody harvest among a certain demographic group you do not put infected people in with that group. You do not do that. Not ever. You find some place else for them. Better if they are left to die in a gutter than be sent into a place where scores of others can get infected and die. And, as it turns out, there were other places for them – the temporary hospital at the Javits Center is a 2,500 bed facility which has, to date, seen a total of 1,094 patients and currently has 72. It never got close to being full. The USNS Comfort – rushed to NYC at great speed and expense – barely saw anyone. In other words, when Cuomo gave his order to nursing homes to accept Coronavirus patients, he had other places to send them. He choose to send them to the place where they were sure to do the most damage.

Why?

Because he wants more dead people.

I’m sorry, but there it is: it is the only rational conclusion to draw from it. Remember: Democrats are the party in favor of federally-funded abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. Not a group of people actually concerned greatly about any individual human life. What matters to a Democrat in an election year whether or not someone’s grandma dies in Brooklyn nursing home? That Democrat, after all, isn’t concerned that grandma’s great-grandson is to be aborted tomorrow in the ninth month. And, in fact, if grandma kicking the bucket can be blamed on the Republicans – especially on Trump – where’s the downside for the Democrat? And its not like he has to worry about the media putting two and two together. No chance the NY Times or CNN will ask Cuomo, “your order to nursing homes to accept infected people pretty much ensures more people will die; how do you justify that?”. It won’t happen – because, as noted, the media is Democrats. They are just as ok with all this as official members of the party are…it helps the media, after all: they can concentrate on the very easy story of how many are dead and allows them to keep up an endless drumbeat about how its Trump’s fault.

And the reason for all this is simple: power. The Democrats want it. Very, very badly. Power is all – more important than sex or money, especially as once you get power, you get all the sex and money you want. It doesn’t matter what happens as long as Democrats get power.

Democrats will push up death totals while keeping you from going back to work for the simple reason that high death totals and you unemployed makes it easier for them to beat Trump – at least in their theory. Maybe it won’t – but the Democrats are sure trying. Two plus two does equal four: there is no rational reason to keep a guy from giving a haircut at his barbershop as long as a few simple protocols are followed – and no rational reason to send infected people into nursing homes. You only ban the haircut and send in the infected if your desire is poverty and death.

And the media – remember – is merely Democrats working a different beat. They will simply report whatever bullsh** the Democrats need them to report…whether its a refusal to point out the obvious (infected people shouldn’t be sent to nursing homes) or simply making up negative stuff about Trump (owes millions to a Chinese bank), the media will gamely do it. Without the slightest shame – like the rest of the Democrats, only results matter. If the results of a series of lies is that a Republican is beaten, then the media is just as pleased as regular Democrats about it.

What we are faced with in the Democrats and their media allies are very ruthless, very determined and relentlessly dishonest people who want to win regardless of cost. I hope we can beat them – I think that if anyone can, it is Trump…but if he does win, then starting in 2021, we really – as a people – need to start figuring out ways to correct this state of affairs: this condition where elected officials and their media transcriptionists are able to lie without consequences. How, exactly, we fix that I’m not sure – but we must do so, if we are to survive long terms as a Republic.

Coronavirus is the Real World, and It Came Knocking

New York City has turned in a disaster area for Coronavirus. It is overwhelmed with cases and hospitalizations – and it is overwhelmed because it simply wasn’t prepared. Let us pause for a moment and review some salient facts:

The 2020 fiscal year budget for New York City is $92.5 billion. That’s about $11,500.00 in government spending for each person in the city. That is quite a lot of money, don’t you think?

Prior to the crisis, an N95 mask could cost less than one dollar. One dollar. So, for 8 million dollars out of the 2020 budget, NYC could have provided a mask for every man, woman and child in the city. After spending that 8 million dollars, NYC would still have $92,492,000,000.00 left over. If you want to have your eyes glaze over, you can read the entire NYC budget – I went through it a bit and found millions of dollars being allocated for such crucial things as replacing the skylights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and providing illegal immigrants funds to defend themselves against deportation.

In addition to that, the directory of New York City is handy for you to see what the city is up to – among many, many other things, they have:

NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Four different listings for housing departments
New York City Commission on Human Rights
New York City Loft Board
New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

And on and on like that – and, rely on it, these things are staffed to the gills with people who make high salaries and get excellent health and retirement benefits. None of these things, though, provide a mask for a nurse working a Coronavirus ward. What is a city government supposed to do? Easy:

Water supply.
Police protection.
Fire protection.
Waste disposal.
Maintain public thoroughfares.
Non-Police/Fire Emergency services.

That’s pretty much it. Anything beyond that isn’t necessary for the city to function. That you might want to have it do other things is all well and good, but the purpose of the city is those six things – and only after those six things are completely done do you have anything left over for additional wants. New York City – like most governments – has got this all backwards. They act as if their primary function is to provide economic opportunity, to end bigotry, to make art – to do just about anything but what the government is supposed to do. The city has been living in a world of make-believe – a world in which the bad things simply won’t happen and so the crucial things can be slighted in favor of fashionable vanities.

Coronavirus has changed that. The real world does, indeed, exist and it is very insistent that we deal with it.

I’m not here just to knock New York City – as worthwhile as that exercise is – but the whole attitude of a world which has been whistling past the graveyard. It isn’t, after all, New York City’s fault that it can’t just make masks in the city. New York used to be a manufacturing powerhouse…but various taxes, regulations and trade policies over the years moved that capacity out of New York. And out of the United States, of course.

What Coronavirus is teaching us is that we have to act like adults and do the important things – and only after the important things are done can we spare any thought or effort to other desires. We have to build back our manufacturing capacity. We must stockpile the necessary equipment for emergencies. We have to make sure our transportation system is durable. That our water supplies are secure. That, at need, we can live for an extended period of time without one thing coming in from outside the United States. In other words, we have to start being adults, again. Cruel as that might seem.

One of the crucial parts of getting back to reality is to directly ask the people in charge just what the heck did they think they were doing? DeBlasio can be raked over the coals – and should be – but he’s not the only one out there spending money trying to keep immigration laws from being enforced. He and a host of others – including many Republicans – have prioritized all sorts of useless garbage over the necessities of American survival. To put it as bluntly as I can: because our leaders have had us spending on trivialities, Americans are dead of the Coronavirus. It is that one for one here, guys: because if we had been as prepared as possible for this – and had acted like adults at the first sign of trouble – many people now dead would still be alive. And many who are going to die wouldn’t. The vanity project of having a green new deal in your home town might have produced a glowing editorial, but it also produced a corpse. Or dozen.

And we had better get serious about this soon – because Coronavirus, by all historical standards, is mild. This is the alarm in the middle of the night waking us up to the threat…and if we don’t take it seriously, then we will pay a very high price in blood.