Having lived through the vicious anti-communist fifties culminating in the era of a drunken senator Joe McCarthy, enhanced by a homophobic gay lawyer named Roy Cohn, I never thought our democracy was in jeopardy. In college, I lost great professors in 1953 because of McCarthyism. Tragic yes, but it never occurred to me that our government would fail. But today, I believe that we are in real trouble. Pundits say it does no good to call Trumpists stupid. They have to be listened to, talked to, and convinced. I disagree. No matter how educated or brilliant the components of this electorate are, they are either monumentally stupid or just fucked up and are a danger to our very democratic existence. The Trumpist politicians, on the other hand, are just frightened, spineless, self-serving cultists who care about nothing but their jobs and are willing to support a man whose only working muscle is his mouth, the country be damned. I fail to understand why a lying, dumb, ignorant, amoral, psycopathic, sociopathic creep is raised to the level of a Christ. I used to think his death would be a blessing. But now I fear that even in death, he will find his Lazarus and Saul of Tarsus to promulgate Trumpism as a religion with at least the 75 million who voted for him – stupid, cultist, lemmings.
My memories of St.Moritz in the seventies where we had an apartment are still very vivid for me today. In those days, Annie and I were members of the “underprivileged jet-set”. This meant when the ski season was over in the spring, we hitch hiked to the Italian or French riviera or even tried to wangle a ferry ride to Ibiza. My book Corviglia – A Murder ini the Alps is about the kidnapping of the crown prince of Iran. But it tries to be more than that. It tries to recreate the aura of the time when the Shah and Farah Diba were frequently present along with a who’s who of world famous dignitaries in business, show biz, and just plain rich and famous. Someday, I will write a memoir of the seven years we spent back-and-forth between St. Moritz and Milano. You should check out the book at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Corviglia-Murder-Alps-Alan-Wallach/dp/099650804X. It really is a good read.
Equal justice?? The FEC is dropping the charges on Trump’s violation of the election law, paying hush money to the women. Michael Cohen, who did it at Trump’s direction and for his benefit went to prison for it. Trump should likewise. Hopefully the SDNY and NY Attorney General will move a little faster. Trump belongs in jail.
Summer is coming. Kids go badk to school in September. They should exercise their reading skills. Check out my books for middle grade readers 10 and up. The Kieran Adventure Series https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B078NRYZL1/ref=dp_st_1520627459
Originally, I thought Rudy Guiliana was a criminal. Then his behavior dictated that he was demented. Now I’m sure he’s a demented criminal. I don’t know if I prefer to see him in jail or to flip on Trump and send him to jail. What a dilemma.
Notwithstanding David Brooks article in the NY Times 4-23-21, sane republicans (and there are many e.g. The Lincoln Project) should form another party. Actually they should have done it years ago when the tea party entered. If they do it, in one or two election cycles, the loonies would be marginilized and the new party would dominate. Trying to change it from within is a hopeless cause.
While the verdict in the Chauvin trial was justified. Let’s not get too overjoyed. First, it should never have happened. Chauvin had a long history of abuse. Police leadership could have saved Floyd and, yes, Chauvin by stopping him years ago.
And next, may I now ask WTF is wrong with police. The next day police in Columbus have to shoot a teen age black girl four times because she had a knife? Two trained officers can’t subdue a teenage girl without shooting her four times. It seems to me that the only way we will ever cure this chronic disease is to take guns away from the police. Then they would have to use their brains and proportional force. Years ago, police had a nightstick and knew how to use it. They almost never had to use a gun.