How the day got hopelessly loused up:
- At 8:30 am, I took my car to the dealer for a 5000 mile servicing. I had asked if I could get a loaner, and was told I could. But I’d have my car back in an hour, I was told, so I passed.
- Then I found all the doors at the place locked until 9 am. I decided to walk several blocks to get a fast breakfast, but Popeye’s doesn’t have breakfast, and MacDonald’s doesn’t allow you to use the tables. This was a huge McDonald’s: 20 people could eat there and not be closer than ten feet. But Virginia, in the throes of Blue Madness, is catering to hysterics. I ate my sausage biscuit and hash browns and drank my coffee sitting on a curb, like a vagrant.
- When I returned, I could get into the showroom to sit, but my glasses kept fogging up with the %$#@%!! mask, so I kept going in and out. My car wasn’t ready at 9:30. It wasn’t ready at 10, or 10:30. They had me, as Beldar Conehead memorably said, “by the base of my snarglies.”
- I also couldn’t complain, because they had assigned the servicing to my son, who works there.
- I got home at 11:46 am, the morning effectively shot to hell.
1. The fascinating memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will be dedicated this week:
Ike was one of my father’s heroes, and the first President I can remember. On a popular Boston kids’ show called “The Big Brother Show,” the host, Bob Emory, would call upon us to get a glass of milk and toast a photo of President Eisenhower as “Hail to the Chief” played. Because, you know, you were supposed to respect the Office of the President. The New York Times couldn’t even write about a memorial to a Fifties era POTUS without making veiled insults to President Trump:
He was a leader who sought to work across lines toward a common purpose, driven by duty and pragmatism rather than ideology and divisiveness. He steered his Republican Party away from isolationism toward a bipartisan internationalism that prevailed until recent years. He sent troops into the South not to crack down on demonstrations for racial justice but to enforce the desegregation of schools. He ended the Korean War and balanced the budget, presiding over nearly eight years of peace and prosperity. And he pushed through an infrastructure bill that built the interstate highway system.
He also presided over a remarkably homogeneous society, was opposed by a Democratic Party with many selfless statesmen that was barely distinguishable from the GOP (Ike could have been the nominee of either party), and he still was covered by a news media that mostly held to traditional journalism standards.
Ike would have been called a racist and a fascist in 2020.
2. Fairness to Kamala Harris? The conservative media is having fun reading the worst into Biden running mate Kamala Harris’s gaffe referring to the “Harris Administration,” then huminahumina-ing, “together with Joe Biden as the President of the United States.” Proof of the Democratic plot to have Slow Joe elected, then removed under the 25th Amendment so Harris could take over? I doubt it:
- Remember, Harris is an idiot, and liable to say anything.
- I bet similar mistakes have been made on the stump many times, by many VP candidates.
- The public has tolerated a lot of dishonesty from the Democrats already, but I don’t believe they would tolerate that. The more likely scenario is a weakened and submissive Biden being manipulated by many figures behind the scenes, including Harris.
Admittedly, it doesn’t help that Biden also put Harris on the top of the ticket, a day later, telling a veteran’s group.
“It makes it so much harder for military spouses to find good jobs and build their careers. That has to change. A Harris-Biden administration is going to relaunch that effort and keep pushing further to make it easier for military spouses and veterans to find meaningful careers to ensure teachers know how to support military children in their classrooms and to improve support for caregivers and survivors so much more than we do now.”
3. This, I fear, is typical of the quality of thought in the throes of the George Floyd Freakout. I’ll admit it: this ticked me off, for many reasons. I assume that these will be apparent.
The Boston Globe alerted me to a sports column by a venerable Boston baseball writer in which he opined that in the wake of this horrible Red Sox season, the team needed to address the alienation of its fans. I wrote the columnista friendly and substantive email, asking if anyone had the guts to address the glaring and obvious issue of many fans, like me, resenting the team’s pandering to Black Lives Matter and polluting the game on the field with political grandstanding. I explained my long dedication to the team, and offered my expertise should he or any other journalist wish to examine the issue of the inappropriateness and divisiveness of the Boston franchise’s rush to signal its virtue at the expense of respect for the game and its fans.
The response by the sportswriter, whose name I would love to divulge but have reluctantly decided against it, fulfilled my most critical assessments of the knee-jerk, woke idiocy that has driven the predominant attitudes enabling the current madness, while disappointing me nonetheless. Yes, I still hold hopes that those who have a platform for their opinions in the news media are better than this. This idiot, however, obviously is not. He responded to my serious and substantive note with:
Thanks for reading. But be advised: I am not on your side on this. I’m against systematic racism. The Red Sox and the players support the idea that Black lives matter, not the group. Nobody in MLB supports the group.They support the idea that a black person’s life is worth just as much as yours.
Something you should consider: I went to college with a guy named George. He graduated with highest honors, went to Harvard for his grad work and is now the CEO of a large health-care company. He lives in Maryland, belongs to a country club and is politically conservative. He’s also Black.
His son is 16. George is terrified of his son learning to drive because of the odds he’ll be killed over a misunderstanding with police. I’ve been stopped by police 3 times in my life. Not once did it ever occur to me I might get killed. A Black person worries about that every time.
That’s systematic racism. If you think it’s wrong to oppose that, I have no idea what to tell you. Be a better person maybe.
I won’t repeat my blistering response, but his reasoning and rhetoric is sadly typical.
- “Your side”? And what side is that? The position that it is not a sports team’s role to be preaching political positions and racial activism isn’t a “side,” and that isn’t what this hack is saying. He’s saying that because I don’t support this divisive and insulting “movement,” my “side” is opposition to “social justice.” Silence is violence.
- “The Red Sox and the players support the idea that Black lives matter.” Can you get more facile and infantile than that statement? I’m sure they also oppose pederasty, pornography in the schools and rape, and support the ideas of eliminating hunger and war, but there are no banners about those issues across the bleachers in centerfield, for the simple and once universally understood reason that this isn’t the jurisdiction of sports,
- “Nobody in MLB supports the group.” If you plaster the name of a group that uses the phrase it devised as its name, you are supporting the group. This is so self-evident that claiming otherwise is either proof of dishonesty or stupidity.
- “They support the idea that a black person’s life is worth just as much as yours.” Who doesn’t? The assertion itself presumes what is both insulting and and untrue: that anyone needs to be proselytized that one life is as precious as the next. How do the players and the Red Sox feel about abortion, since we’re on the subject? Are players, teams and sports columnists really equipped to handle that question?
- Systemic racism is not proven because some black guy has been made paranoid by anti-cop, anti white propaganda. He’s terrified of the odds that his son will be killed because of a confrontation with the police? If he behaves like a responsible citizen, cooperates, and doesn’t do anything threatening, his “odds” are the same as anyone else, of any race: virtually zero.
- I didn’t say it was “wrong” to oppose racism; I said it was wrong for a baseball team to serve as a mouthpiece for a racist organization that claims to oppose racism. Such is the clarity of thought and analysis of a columnist for the Boston Globe.
- “Be a better person.” [Fill in the blank]