There is a time and a place for everything. Including the truth.
You do not proclaim that Uncle Eben was a skinflint miser and a sour old puss at his funeral. (You wait for the reading of the Will.)
Immediately upon Puerto Ricans coming up for air, after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, President Trump went for a visit. At one point, he threw paper towels out at a crowd, as if he were a sports star throwing . . . cloth towels. And he noted, after a pro forma expression of regret at loss of life, how shockingly low was the number of deaths.
For these and other such “gaffes” Trump has been roundly, hysterically criticized.
But a good portion of the American people has ceased to care about such matters. Sure, Trump says some worse-than-inelegant things, gives new twists to “photo opp.” But the over-reaction on the left and in the media (but I repeat myself) seems to have completely inoculated vast hunks of American humanity — who now choose to see the humor in all this.
It’s time, at last, to learn a new lesson: Political Man does not live by symbols alone.
No matter how hard he (she/zhe?) tries.
In today’s political environment, it might help us all if we gave up the symbolic battles and discussed actual policies and principles. After all, the substantive ideological divide is deep enough.
It seems certain: continued over-reaction in the Symbolism Department will prove feckless.
Americans increasingly don’t give a feck.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.