MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021
Shamelessness versus starvation: It pains us to say it, but we'll assume that Rep. Eric Swalwell is a good, decent person.
Now for an admission:
It has always seemed to us that, in spite of his obvious decency, Swalwell's picture should be in the dictionary next to the phrase, "callow youth." That said, nothing prepared us for what we were forced to endure last evening.
Swalwell appeared on MSNBC to discuss the possibility of getting Trump locked up in jail. He was wearing a face mask which carried this slogan:
"Good Trouble!" That was, of course, the trademark phrase of the late Rep. John Lewis, a man who literally put his life on the line, on the bridge leading out of Selma, in the battle for civil rights.
Last night, there was Rep. Swalwell, appropriating the phrase. You could see the [decency]-eating grin right through the aforementioned mask!
There's simply no end to the shamelessness. Truly, we are horrible people, even when we're decent and good and even when part of our tribe.
The values here in Our Town: Concerning the values of our tribe, we recommend Nicholas Kristof's unusual column in yesterday's New York Times.
The column concerns the starvation of children around the world. Our question:
What are the chances you'll ever see any such topic discussed on our team's favorite TV programs?
We'll hear about Spiro T. Agnew's lunch money. But will we ever hear anything said about anything dimly like that?
You know what they'll be discussing tonight. Is it all entertainment, a con?
Compare and contrast. Take turns and discuss. In what way is Bill "defunct?"