Uncommon Sense

September 16, 2020

So . . . Why?

A recent statement issued by the editors at Scientific American include this comment: “It wasn’t just a testing problem: if almost everyone in the U.S. wore masks in public, it could save about 66,000 lives by the beginning of December, according to projections from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Such a strategy would hurt no one. It would close no business. It would cost next to nothing. But Trump and his vice president flouted local mask rules, making it a point not to wear masks themselves in public appearances. Trump has openly supported people who ignored governors in Michigan and California and elsewhere as they tried to impose social distancing and restrict public activities to control the virus. He encouraged governors in Florida, Arizona and Texas who resisted these public health measures, saying in April—again, falsely—that ‘the worst days of the pandemic are behind us’ and ignoring infectious disease experts who warned at the time of a dangerous rebound if safety measures were loosened.”

So, my question is this: what did Mr. Trump have to gain by taking this path?

Letting a pandemic ravage the working class is certainly no aid to business and it stresses what’s left of our social safety net. What possible advantage to Mr. Trump could there be?

The only sensible interpretation I could come up with that takes into account Mr. Trump’s and his base’s characteristics is this: he is poking a finger in the eyes of the coastal elites. (Take that Libtards!) The oh-so-smart “experts” who always know what the right thing to do is, while at the same time looking down their noses at the people living in the “fly over states.”

Mr. Trump has said that he downplayed the pandemic because he didn’t want to create panic. Some have spun this by saying that he didn’t want to cause a panic in the stock market. This, of course, makes no sense whatsoever. By downplaying the problem, he in essence, gave over any control over the problem he had, leaving him a situation that would play out as it would rather than as he or anyone else would have it. And, having this disease wreak havoc on crowded workplaces in the various businesses represented on the stock markets surely is not a recipe to avoid panic in the stock market. So, this “explanation” holds no water.

But the so-called “coastal elites” are seen as the architects of the demise of the middle class and poor by many people. The economists, the politicians, the corporation executives, the “experts” who speak in gobbledygook while dressed in many thousand dollar suits, who claim to know what is best for the rest of us. These are the people who are scorned by the “deplorables” who voted Mr. Trump in, and honestly have really failed at their jobs economically, having sold their services to the very wealthy or to become one of the very wealthy. (The “new rich” are almost all corporate executives.)

But in a classic “throwing the baby out with the bath water” move, this disdain for the politicians and economists and scientists has been spread out over public health officials who have not failed in the same way. Painting with a broad brush is at the core of politics, but in this case, there are possibly 100,000 Americans now dead because of that attitude alone.

Mr. Trump is merely reinforcing a “see, they aren’t so smart” attitude that he and many of his followers hold. Some will pay for that attitude with their lives (some already have) and some will pay with their careers. It is hoped that our ship of state can be righted. I have little hope that the Democrats can do this if given power, but right now they are the only chance we have because they are the only ones who seem to want to do that. It is terribly hard to bail the water out of the boat when others are drilling holes in the bottom, chanting “Sink the ship! Sink the ship!”

I will vote for Biden and work to get a much better president to succeed him. The problem we have is the uber-wealthy are spending gobs of money to make sure that we do not have the chance of electing someone not already in their pocket. We have to learn how to counter the power of their money.


  1. Some parts tough to agree with, but overall … good sense thinking.

    Your remarks at the beginning where you wrote: if almost everyone in the U.S. wore masks in public, reminded me of a post I wrote in April suggesting that if everyone wore masks we could continue living a comparatively normal life. We could still be social, enjoy various group activities, travel, etc. But most of all, there would have been little to no need of closing businesses and disrupting the economy. However, as we all know, things didn’t quite go that way.

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    Comment by Nan — September 16, 2020 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  2. I’m pessimistic about a Biden Presidency, but it’s not entirely because of Biden, but it’s the only rational option, the only one that doesn’t risk even more damage to democratic and American ideals.

    What does have to get through to even get to inauguration.

    Trump shenanigans before and after election, possibly encouragement of violence
    DOJ -I expect Hunter, Joe, Hilary, or maybe even Obama to have some sort of legal action taken or threatened before this is over
    voter intimidation
    outright voter suppression by closing polls or refusing to let people vote
    non-delivery of absentee votes or refusal to count
    court challenges in multiple states
    threats to electors

    So if he becomes President what does he get

    pandemic out of control
    economic in depression
    stock market crash most likely
    broken institutions at every level
    obstruction by the Republicans still in office at every level
    conservative judiciary determined to counter every action he tries to take
    rampaging far right groups

    and to all that add in an unhappy left that he is not doing enough fast enough

    Not a recipe for success.

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    Comment by James Cross — September 16, 2020 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • I too am pessimistic about a Biden presidency. He is a corporate Democrat and an exponent of the old status quo, exactly the candidate we did not need to beat Trump. (Trump ran against the same kind of candidate last time.)

      If you read anything about how Trump handled his transition into office, I suspect that his exit will be equally vacant, making the transition take at least a year to carry out. There will be no hitting the ground running as there is nowhere and no one to run. Some agencies neglected, others run into the ground, most having lost many of their best employees.

      Then I hope that the next three years are taken up in repairing the damage done. If the GOP is still in control of the Senate, everything will be slowed considerably, too.

      Then I hope we can get some better candidates running in 2024.

      On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 2:04 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 19, 2020 @ 10:58 am | Reply

    • I won’t be too hard on Biden, if he wins, considering what he is inheriting. If he can just fix things and get back to where we were that will be a major accomplishment.

      Given the multiple crises and the likelihood that Republicans and conservative judges will fight everything he tries, I’m concerned he might be perceived to be a massive failure. In that case, he could be setting the stage not for a better Democratic candidate but for a competent Trump-like candidate who could complete the oligarchic take-over that has been slowly underway for some time. Trump has shown them how far they can go. All it takes now is someone competent to take the lessons learned to the next step.


      Comment by James Cross — September 19, 2020 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

      • This mirrors my attitude toward TV political ads. I wondered what would happen if actual competent people started creating them.

        The problem is more than skin deep. It is cultural, structural, and more.

        On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 12:58 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



        Comment by Steve Ruis — September 21, 2020 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah, I’m not encouraged by a Biden presidency. We have to look down ballot at what we can do to improve the situation. When it comes to social issues neither candidate will be able to do much. It just feels like there’s far to big a divide to bridge. I could be wrong about that but I just see so much spite and hate for large swathes of people. It’s downright depressing.

    I’ve been saying that all along about the masks. All these people whining about the economy and wanting to open back up, yet refusing to wear a mask. It makes no sense whatsoever.

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    Comment by Ruth — September 16, 2020 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  4. I think the orange idiots covid plan is quite simple. It makes him look bad. Let’s not try to draw too much attention to anything that makes me look bad, ok?

    All of the death and economic devastation is fine with him, as long as the stock market holds up.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by shelldigger — September 17, 2020 @ 11:12 am | Reply

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