We are watching a show. It's important to keep that in mind.
A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis.
It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus. Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn't even know it was going on.
After George Floyd became the latest unarmed African American killed by police.
"I know you're asking today, how long will it take?" Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.
Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before.
Are these people lying to us or are they lying to themselves?
That video broke my heart. If you've seen it, you need no further explanation. You know exactly what video I'm talking about and why it shattered me. If you haven't, be advised that the clip in question depicts the last seconds in the life of Ahmaud Arbery. He was just 25, a young man out jogging on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Glynn County, Georgia.
In other words, tomorrow is the place where things will get better. Tomorrow is where everything turns out all right. It is in America's national character to believe that, to build hope upon it.
And hope, in the era of the coronavirus, is a commodity more precious than gold.
This is for every American of Asian heritage, but one in particular.
A few words on the quiet death of an Italian priest.
And yet, many of us still believe. Meaning the ones who whine how the "fake news" is being mean to Trump when they call him to account for bungling the coronavirus pandemic. Meaning the ones who think the real illness is "Trump Derangement Syndrome": an inability to appreciate the genius of a man who is, as presidents go, "the best one we've had." Quoth Joanne, a reader from Ohio.
Saturday night, I ordered takeout from my favorite Chinese place. I did this as a gesture of solidarity after hearing that people have been avoiding Chinese restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.
Here's some advice for Democrats. It will run over 600 words, but I can give you the gist of it in two: Stop whining.
Consider this a eulogy for competence.
It's an appreciation long overdue, but then, competence -- the quality of being equal to the situation, of knowing what to do -- was always easy to overlook. You learned to expect it, to take it for granted.
You'd have thought she had thrown Bernie Sanders to his death from a tower of million-dollar bills.
Vote blue, no matter who. That's the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant.
People keep asking me about George Simon. They want to know why I created him and if it was hard to do. One person told me I was "brave." I wasn't trying to be brave. I was trying to write my latest novel, a World War II story called "The Last Thing You Surrender." But, you see, George, one of my protagonists, is white and I'm not. And at book signings, some people find that noteworthy.
Certainly, if it's moral failures you're after, you can take your pick.
Surely you remember the "basket of deplorables."
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