It didn't begin with him: We spent the bulk of the day watching the impeachment hearings. Tomorrow, we'll finish our current report, Flint and Fictition.
For today, we thought we'd insert a word about Donald J. Trump's tweet this morning. It started off like this:
"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?"For the record:
Yovanovitch was posted to Somalia in 1986. It was one of her first postings with the foreign service. She was 28 or 29 at the time. Needless to say, she wasn't in charge of the American mission.
For a list of American ambassadors to Somalia during that period, you can just click here. Stating the obvious, disasters which happened in Somalia weren't their fault or doing either.
In his tweet, Trump presented the latest example of the blinding stupidity which dominates so much of the American discourse. In fairness to Donald J. Trump, the blinding stupidity of our American discourse didn't begin with him. He's just made it more extreme, more constant.
The modern era of public stupidity involves some of our own liberal team's biggest stars. At the start of the MSNBC era, these stars served under an American oligarch, GE chairman Jack Welch, to whose wishes they deferred and under whom they became very wealthy.
How much money have they been paid? Under our own tribe's oligarchic arrangements, we aren't allowed to know such things, and they'd prefer that we didn't ask.
Hillary Clinton was like Nurse Ratched! When our own stars would say such things, we liberals kept forgetting to complain. Soon, Jack Welch's Lost Boys moved ahead to their next task, electing George W. Bush, and Nicolle got busy helping him set up all those anti-gay marriage ballot measures.
Eventually, this headlong public stupidity gave us Donald J. Trump. The stars who called Hillary Clinton "Nurse Ratched" were very, very upset with his bad conduct today.
We assume that Trump is mentally ill. What's our tribe's excuse?