When I look back over the majority of my articles written since January, I find a single recurring phrase: “Look, I don’t like Trump either, but…”
And I’ll tell ya what: I’m getting sick of writing it. I’m coming to the conclusion that the average Democrat on social media is whiny, petty, and incapable of seeing any good at all in the opposition. Don’t get me wrong, mind; we already knew that about most of the Tea Party. But I thought there was supposed to be a difference.
Seriously, now — What is it we all, even the Tea Party members among us, detest about the Tea Party? It seems to attract people incapable of real thought. I’m all about disputing scientific consensus, but if you want to find someone who’ll swear up and down that climate change is a conspiracy, go to the Tea Party. You can find people on both fringes that think vaccines kill, but for the ones who think they’re government mind control? Tea Party. I could go on, but it’s just too depressing. There’s people in Congress who think science is out to get us, and they were elected by a majority of their constituencies. God help us.
There’s a major disaster in Puerto Rico. Unlike Houston, which got flooded by one hurricane (and a century of no zoning) or Florida, which got slammed by another, Puerto Rico had not one but two just kinda hover overhead for a couple of days. Category 3 to 5. So yes, there’s a bit of damage.
And there’s folks out there blaming Donald J. Trump. I am not joking.
Trump’s a blowhard; he’ll be the first to admit it. But even he can’t blow Category 5. He’s loud, but he’s not that loud.
Seriously: There is no way on God’s green earth that any government anywhere could have prevented these hurricane impacts. It’s just not possible, and so our government is not racist for having failed. As for the delay in Puerto Rico getting aid after Irma, there really wasn’t one; it’s just that things would have to get there from somewhere, and being an island, Puerto Rico is surrounded by rather a lot of water. Which also had, at the time, not one or two but three hurricanes just hovering around in it.
Which didn’t matter, really, because Puerto Rico, being surrounded by water, gets most of its freight by sea through the Port of San Juan. Massive container ships come, at least one each week, and they offload thousands of tractor-trailer-sized watertight boxes full of everything from corn flakes to toilet paper. When the port opened after Maria had passed, there were nearly ten thousand containers full of goods sitting there, waiting to get distributed. (Source: CNN, WSJ, NYT)
Today, the mayor of San Juan got into a social media battle with President Trump about how badly he’s screwed up Puerto Rico, about his delay over the Jones Act and sending the National Guard and navy comfort ships to help. The Jones Act needs to be repealed or revised, sure, but with ten thousand container loads of stuff in port right now, it’s not really the big problem. And it does take time for ships to… well, to ship out, particularly when there’s a bloody great hurricane in the way.
The mayor of San Juan is not a moron. She knows this; she must. But because she’s a rabidly devout member of the opposite political party, she’s taking her moment of national fame to dump on Trump — and, in the process, to look like a brainless tool.
Another bright person who’s doing her best to look idiotic is the Massachusetts school librarian who rejected a Dr. Seuss donation to her library from the First Lady. Her points are partly absurd and partly reasonable, and we might give her a moment to express it — except a picture of her in a “Cat In The Hat” costume now graces the Fox News story on the subject. Nobody cares about her objection.
The result? The next time the Trump Administration tries to do something horrific, they can point to these people and say, “Haters gonna hate.” Actually, they’ll probably just say “Fake news!” again, but you get the point.
Look: Donald Trump is the poster boy for “Evil Capitalist”. Some aspects of his tenure as president are laughably, absurdly like the worst kind of comic book villain. (“Sure, let’s blow the tops off mountains!” I am not kidding or even exaggerating.) It is easy to criticize this man for what he does and why; there’s no need to exaggerate — and when you do, it’s not just you that looks foolish. It’s your whole cause that you bring down with you.
I’ll go a step further: When he does something right (like with Zinke and the Monuments review), it’s vital to give credit where credit is due. We’re all in this together, and if the ship sinks because Trump’s at the wheel, you’re gonna be no drier just because you can say “I told ya so!”
Note: I refuse, absolutely refuse to link to the idiots out there screaming about how the hurricanes are racist, Trump’s fault, or a judgment of God. They do not need our clicks; they’re morons. You should read more of my stuff instead.