There are two topics I want to talk about tonight. Well, three. RIP Keith Emerson. What can you say about that, though? He was an awesome keyboard player, the driving force behind Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, a legend from the golden age of music. He was 71, and he died. My thoughts go out to his family and close friends. As far as his fans, well, we’ll always have his music.
The two political things I want to talk about, though , are Hillary’s flub, and the Trump ‘riot.’
I had quite a few arguments with Hillary people today, and it reminds me of arguments about Nixon, Reagan, and Bush (either one, take yourpick) The question was always, malicious or just stupid. It’s an unfair argument, since malicious is not a defense, not an argument you shouldbe able to use to say “Well, he’s not stupid,” and stupid is an inadequate argument to use to say “Well,at least he’s not malicious” and whichever argument we choose to make they will deflect with the other one.
Hillary’s supporters defended her statement (that Nancy Reagan was a hero in the fight against AIDS) by saying “It was just a mistake,” i.e. stupid, not malicious, and one went so far as to say she had a “middle aged moment” which was an obvious way of saying ‘senior moment.’ Which is not an argument in her favor.
But,as in all arguments with Hillary supporters, they eventually just said “You’re being mean, stop criticizing her, you’re only helping Trump.” Like their chosen candidate, they can dish it out but they can’t take it.
On to the Trump riots, which weren’t really riots. It didn’t descend into a Ferguson or Baltimore type situation. I’m pretty sure no shops were looted, I didn’t hear of any shots fired, and I suspect everybody’s gone home by now. They had to cancel a rally because the protesters, who’ve been appearing in twos and threes and promptly been thrown out of the rallies, sometimes with an unacceptable level of aggression and violence, showed up in the thousands, and they couldn’t throw them all out, so they canceled the rally.
Actually, I don’t think this is a tactic we should pursue. Let the crazy man have his rallies. Protest in front of the building. Make funny signs about his tiny penis. By all means take note of who’s there, let their pictures go viral, shame them. But don’t stop the rallies. That’s not nice. That’s not democratic.