Uncommon Sense

February 9, 2020

I Have to Believe

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 10:56 am
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In President Trump’s state of the union address, he singled out a school child from Philadelphia who was “trapped in a failing government school” and announced that the girl was at last getting a scholarship to attend the school of her choice. Ignoring for the moment that the term “government school” only has purchase with certain right-wing groups, it has now been made know, thanks to the Philadelphia Inquirer, that the young person under discussion has been a student in a charter school since September and that prior to that she had been in a private, for pay, Christian school (with a partial scholarship). In fact, she hadn’t been in a public school since kindergarten, and kindergartens are hard to describe as “failing government schools.”

So, I am not going to make the unnecessary claim that “The President lies!” yet again as that is unnecessary. The fascinating thing is that it is clear to me that the President did not find this young student all by himself. Someone on his staff must have orchestrated this. So, is that staffer: (a) incompetent, (b) trying to undermine the President with a set up that makes him look bad, or (c) doing exactly what is expected of him?

We all know what Mr. Trump does to people who fail to serve him as he desires, so (b) is unlikely. Option (a) is always on the table, but I think that Option (c) is the most likely explanation.

If you look at the scope of the President’s actions (not his comments, just his actions), I would suggest that maybe a few percent of those came from the President himself. The rest were created and served up by others, the enablers of Donald Trump, as it were. So, it is clear, at least to me, that the President has staff cooking up lies that are beyond his powers to create.

This has to be, just has to be, by design. As we rush about debunking fairy tales about a single Philadelphia school child, Trump’s minions are unraveling environmental regulations (CAFE standards, climate change regs, light bulbs, low flush toilets, is there anything too small to receive their attention?), banking regulations, food safety regulations, etc. I think in the future we will look back in horror at what this wrecking crew is accomplishing and the means by which they accomplished it.

Addendum When the Trump administration took over, they basically dumped all of the transition documents that had been created for them. This was an amateur move, of course, because those documents would have explained in great detail all of the things they wanted to dismantle and thus saved them a great deal of time and effort. In any case, the law requires the Trump administration to created such a process for its successor, either in about one year or five. Does anyone believe that (a) they will actually do that (their record as scofflaws is quite secure) or (b) if they actually do it, that it will help the next administration. It will be decades getting back to the point we were at before this wrecking crew swung the first wrecking ball.


  1. Sad truth is that it doesn’t matter if the whole story was invented or not. We are in post-truth politics with Republicans . Probably have been for some time.

    I think Karl Rove said: ““We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

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    Comment by James Cross — February 9, 2020 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

    • Sounds awful full of himself. Basically he said “We blow smoke out of our assess and while you are holding your noses and wiping your eyes, we are emptying you pension funds and banks.”

      They aren’t creating reality, they are just denying it. Their abilities at make believe are woefully inadequate.

      On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 3:22 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 9, 2020 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

      • He was talking, explicitly, about Shrub’s Glorious Iraqi Adventure, back when they believe they’d walk into iraq,m be greeted with candy&flowers,. send all the young Republicans in to ‘fix the place up’ and the entire Middle East would be an endless Libertarian Randian paradise , with freedom for all (white men) and profits for them forever and ever amen.

        Well, he WAS right, they created their own reality! Not really the one they wanted, and pretty much in line with what all those judicious studiers said was gonna happen.


        Comment by brucedesertrat — February 11, 2020 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  2. I’m sure someone on the Democratic side is keeping the track of what regulations are going into the effect under Trump (and I’m sure they all get recorded somewhere), so that all of Trump’s executive orders and new agency regulations get suspended immediately – and, maybe, a few actually kept.


    Comment by List of X — February 10, 2020 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

    • Unless Trump gets re-elected and then … The problem is that they are doing so much behind the scenes damage that will take decades of work to set right again that it is truly woeful.

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 9:57 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 11, 2020 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  3. If I didn’t know that anyone, theist or atheist, who thinks that “purposes” exist anywhere but in our imaginations is sadly poorly informed, I would be tempted to give a crap about Trump.

    But since I have been assured there is no meaning to life, I don’t get worked up about politics.


    Comment by John Branyan — February 12, 2020 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  4. […] Class Warfare Blog refuses to say, again, that Prznint Stupid lies. […]


    Pingback by My Week On Crooks and Liars | Mock Paper Scissors — February 16, 2020 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

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