Trump says the death count is wrong: Let's take a quick step back.
Mr. Lincoln fought a war to keep the union together. At present, our union is rapidly being disassembled under the aegis of Mr. Lincoln's current successor.
The post office is about to go. Each of the fifty states is on its own in the ongoing war against the virus.
This is the widely disassembled Eden Ron Paul used to dream about. We're not even saying it's right or it's wrong. We're just saying that this is what's happening.
As part of this process, we're losing all access to logic and fact. Logic and information are being disassembled, along with the rest of the architecture and infrastructure of our failing union.
Our progressive teams contribute to this game in matters concerning gender and race. When we can't understand this fact about ourselves, we contribute to the ongoing disintegration of national feeling.
The refusal to discuss Trump's apparent mental disorder also furthers this process. That said, nobody plays this game like Donald J. Trump and the various Millers around him.
This recent post by Jonathan Chait leads to the one of saddest example of this lunacy we have ever seen. We refer to the president's apparent desire to start claiming that the number of coronavirus deaths is being inflated as part of the latest Deep State scam.
Below, you see the basic nugget from Chait's post. Through a link, it leads to an astounding background report:
CHAIT (5/7/20): The next step, reports Axios, will be to begin publicly questioning the listed totals of coronavirus deaths. “Trump has vented that the numbers seem inflated,” it reports, as have several people around him who believe the same.Regarding the CDC tabulation, Chait links to this recent report by the Washington Post's Aaron Blake. Blake describes stupidity so vast that it seems hard to believe, even in this era.
This is not just a matter of public spin, like Trump’s campaign to pressure the news media into reporting that his tiny inauguration crowd was larger than it was. The news source he trusts, Fox News, has been running hours of programming questioning the death totals. One Fox theory has seized on changes to official tabulation by the CDC. Another misinterprets the categorization of pneumonia deaths. Axios reports that Trump himself has repeated yet another theory, which raises questions about an increase in previously uncategorized nursing-home deaths in New York.
We're going to let you scan Blake's report yourself. Simply put, some CDC numbers lag behind the actual totals because they're a count of official death certificates, not of actual deaths.
A lag time in filing official death certificates keeps the running total low in this particular CDC tabulation. This fact is explained all through the CDC accounting in question, but it has apparently generated the latest wave of insanity in Trump/Miller land.
For some time, we've been telling you this—we don't quite see a way out of this mess. When we let our own tribe be ruled by our own single-minded brigades, we only speed up this post-Lincoln process.
A truly sad example: For a truly sad example of the Trumpism practiced by our own team, we recommend this essay at The Nation by Cornell philosophy professor Kate Manne.
Simply put, Manne presents endless evidence supporting the fact that Tara Reade may be telling the truth. Manne seems to think that this evidence means that Reade is telling the truth.
It ought to be amazing to think that a person like this could possible be a Cornell philosophy professor. It ought to be amazing to think that, but the history of the past five decades tells us that it isn't.
This is the way we feed the madness. We feed the madness daily.