Previous Presidents used “the bully pulpit” to communicate issues to the people. Trump uses the sissy tweet.
There has never been any President who was “considering” so many actions that are never heard of again.
Imagine Joe Biden in debate in the British House of Commons. He would not last five minutes.
There is no longer any news reporting of actual events. There is only reporting of the “reporters’” opinions and feelings.
How much do you actually know about the COVID plague? How many got it? How many died from it actually? How many people have tested positive but have no symptoms? How many had symptoms but recovered? What is the rate by age, sex, race of infection and mortality? The government spends millions on thousands of overpaid people dealing with “health” who have been useless or worse. The government and the press have conspired to keep you as confused as possible. They are covering their incompetence and using the event to push unrelated agenda.
Meanwhile, they have catastrophically damaged the economy and the damage has been inflicted almost entirely on us “basket of deplorables” while the government lives safely and the obscenely rich get even more obscenely rich.
If Southerners were organised and had any money we would see that our monuments are put into safe custody. There is no reason for them to inhabit corrupt cities. The same goes for military bases of the corrupt U.S. military which do not deserve honourable Confederate names.
Just think of the fun we can have selecting names and erecting statues to all the outstanding politicians, activists, entertainers, and athletes who grace current American life. In fact, athletes who are learned in history have been prominent in the current iconoclasm. Clemson University, named for its slaveholding Confederate founder, should be renamed for Linsey Graham or Nicki Haley. Or perhaps one of its past great athletes.
The possibilities for hilarious renaming of institutions, streets, etc. are limitless! Let’s get started. A country’s symbols should reflect the people it belongs to, not the people it used to belong to.
For a long time I thought of myself as a Jeffersonian democrat. Like Jefferson I really believed that the people would choose rightly if we could just get rid of corrupt state capitalists and politicians interfering with their will. The trouble is, Oprah watchers, mall shoppers, and devotees of commercial sports are not a people. They are the urban rabble, undeserving of citizenship, that Jefferson feared.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews