Over the course of my life I’ve had the experience of meeting and working with people who were by any measure, geniuses. A couple of Nobel prize winners, a surgeon who pioneered the science and techniques for heart and lung transplants, and people who were the world experts in their field. Ask them about what they were doing, and even if you’re fairly smart, the odds are you’ll be three steps behind them. But you know the one thing I never, ever, heard from them? How smart they were, or what their IQ was.
It’s been a hectic year for me personally and professionally, and as a result my blogging went down the tubes. It wasn’t because I wasn’t following the news, or didn’t have an opinion, because I most certainly did. As a result of that, I have a list of things I’d like Republicans and conservative groups to stop telling me.
A while back, I wrote a post saying that conservatives are like vampires. In that, I pointed out that like the classical movie vampires, conservative voters are unable to see themselves in the mirror. After the 2016 election, and through the first 6+ months of the Trump administration, I’ve come to realize just how true that is. I’ve had to listen to the rhetoric, the news reports, and lord knows I live in an area that went 2:1 for Trump and hear it every day. Since they refuse to look the mirror, I thought I’d tell them what they’d see.
As is the usual at this time of year, my time for blogging shrinks to virtually zero. I only get home for two days of the week, and most of my time is spent getting ready to go back out to the field. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the political news – and yes, I have some firm opinions on them, even unprintable ones. So, what’s this post about?
There was a Republican candidate who touted his business success as a qualification for office. During the campaign, a number of unflattering facts came out about his past, and his reaction was to attack the press for it. He made quite a number of outrageous statements, rude suggestions, and frequently issued threats. That he was actually the Republican Party’s candidate was a source of astonishment not only to Democrats, but a large number of establishment Republicans. Am I talking about Donald Trump? No, that was back in 2010, when the candidate for governor here in NY was Carl Paladino. Donald Trump was him 6 years later, on the national stage, and it’s no surprise that Paladino was one of biggest supporters here in New York.