Once again, satire is just inches ahead of reality. When the President of the United States calls for people who don’t stand for the national anthem to be fired and speaks wistfully of more violence in sports, you know we’ve gone farther into Kookyland.
Well, President Trump managed not to nuke anyone during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. At least he didn’t push the button during the speech— a speech that was not exactly the picture of peaceable diplomacy. There was name-calling, saber-rattling and chest-thumping. (And, of course, the de rigueur recounting of his glorious electoral victory on November 8th.)
Is it okay to talk about climate change now? We should probably check with EPA head, Scott Pruitt, who said that we shouldn’t be talking about climate change during a hurricane. It’s probably “too soon” still. Maybe we should wait for a nice, clear, sunny day to ask Pruitt about climate change?
With hurricanes on the march, we might want to look at the effects of deregulation on the march. Hurricane Harvey’s devastation was made worse by a toxic stew of Superfund sites and weak regulation. After a chemical plant started to explode in the Texas floodwaters, reporters began to dig a little deeper into what actions the EPA was taking and what sort of chemicals were in the mix.
First, let me say that the vast majority of people protesting against racists and white nationalists are sensible, peaceful protesters. Overwhelmingly, people standing up to the far-right nutballs are peaceful nonviolent marchers. In recent rallies, the ones who have been armed to the teeth are generally militias there to support the far-right.
With Confederate monuments being taken down, covered up or destroyed, it’s time to decide what to do with these statues. After the speech President Trump gave at his campaign rally in Phoenix, I’m surprised he didn’t redecorate the Oval Office in a General Stonewall Jackson motif.
Coincidentally, I am also on a “working vacation” like President Trump. Hopefully, I am offering less encouragement to white nationalists carrying tiki torches and in less trouble with Robert Mueller. It must be very difficult to relax with the Russia investigation and compulsive tweeting getting in the way of your golf game.
Now that President Trump is otherwise occupied while on his vacation, we’ve got nothing to worry about. Except a nuclear war with North Korea, that is. Unfortunately, Trump is on a “working vacation.”
The days of chaos continue at the Trump White House. Spicer’s out, Scaramucci is in. Wait, scratch that, The Mooch is out and General John Kelly is in. Priebus is out, as is any semblance of order and knowledge of governing.
Here’s a little peek inside my brain. Week after week, I strive to stay one step ahead of the satire curve but reality quickly catches up with absurdity. It’s a fast-moving target these days as satire goes from imagined to the real world all too quickly.