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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Put the rubes in charge



In April, the governor of New York made the cover of the Rolling Stone.

The story was headlined, "Andrew Cuomo Takes Charge. The governor of New York found himself at the center of a deadly crisis. His response has helped guide the nation."

The interview took place just a few days after he locked down the state. But he instantly was heralded as the savior of the country in a sappy interview.

He said, "Well, look, nobody’s been here before, right? These are all uncharted waters. So you use your experience, you use your knowledge, you use your instincts, and you feel your way through the situation. Nobody can give you a chart. They can’t tell you the depths of the water. They can’t tell you where the rocks are. But if you’ve navigated for years, you develop an instinct that helps. But also keep it simple. Tell the truth. Give people facts. Explain what you’re doing, why you’re doing it. I don’t go out to impart confidence. You can appear confident, but you’re not going to fool New Yorkers, right? They’re going to hear what you’re saying and watch what you’re doing. They’ll make their own decision whether or not it makes sense. Here’s where we are, here’s what I’m doing, here’s what I’ve done, here’s what I plan to do, this is why I’m doing it. These are dramatic actions. I’m going to close the schools. 'What? Why are you closing the schools? I want my kid to go to school.' I mean, that’s a normal reaction. 'Well, this is why I’m doing it.' 'OK, that makes sense.' Or they think it doesn’t make sense. But it’s the actions and the facts that ultimately win or lose here, right? They’ve been watching what I’m doing for five, six weeks. So far, I think people think the actions we’ve taken make sense and are logical. But I think it’s a function of the merits and the substance in the actions more than anything else. I don’t care how many times you go out and brief. If what you’re doing doesn’t make sense to them, they will lose confidence very quickly. You know, confidence is earned. It’s not declared."

Actually, the waters have been charted before.

Quarantines harken back to the start of civilization. They helped civilization survive. You isolate the sick and those exposed to the disease.

Duh.

Super Genius Cuomo isolated everyone.

And he failed to shut down or even disinfect the subways.

He said, "You can appear confident, but you’re not going to fool New Yorkers, right?"

But that is exactly what he did, and he indeed fooled New Yorkers. He took charge and New Yorkers died by the thousands, and his popularity soared.

The death rate in New York is 14 times the death rate of Florida. The national press praises Cuomo while bashing Florida Governor Ron De Santis as a rube for not panicking. In the media's eyes, the Democrat is always smarter than the Republican.

And in the incestuous world of media and Democrat politics, Cuomo's brother is a CNN prime-time anchor. Despite the governor's lockdown order, the brother got covid-19 and gave it to his wife. This led to a second Rolling Stone piece, "Cristina Cuomo’s Wellness Regimen Shows How the Rich Deal With Corona Virus. She shares some of her covid-19-fighting tips, including using a body charger and bathing in a half cup of Clorox."

Her treatments were exotic, expensive, and experimental.

The story said, "Cristina Cuomo, wife of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (and sister-in-law to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo), is the founder and CEO of a wellness publication called The Purist. So it is not exactly surprising that, following her own covid-19 diagnosis, she would blog about her family’s corona virus health and wellness regimens, which are replete with wellness buzzwords such as Ayurvedic diets and oxygenation and cleansing shakes and body charger devices."

She did not use the one regimen that unsophisticated people around the world use: hydroxychloroquine and zinc. The sophisticates oppose it because President Donald John Trump suggested it might be a game changer.

Instead they drink laxatives ("cleansing shakes") and bathe in Clorox while chuckling at those rubes. Or so they tell us. Would they disclose using hydroxychloroquine and zinc given their politics?

Governor Cuomo has managed to both break the economy and fail to save lives. His actions offer a primer on how not to handle a pandemic.

His failure is legion, and it is drawing notice. A backlash grows against Democrat governors as people realized the ignorance of the actions by their state governments. The Pandemic Panic is the last straw for many people who are just plain tired of being governed by people who do not understand them.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote, "As a recent article in The Washington Times notes, residents of more rural parts of many states want to secede, because those states are dominated by the residents of large urban centers, who know little and care less about the lives of people out in the country. 'You’ve got Oregonians seeking to cascade into Idaho, Virginians who identify as West Virginians, Illinoians fighting to escape Chicago, Californians dreaming of starting a 51st state, and New Yorkers who think three states are better than one.'

"And this leaves out eastern Washington, which, like eastern Oregon, has been talking about breaking off from the liberal-dominated coastal regions. For that matter, California has produced multiple secession plans aimed at breaking the Golden State up into two, or as many as six, states.

"This phenomenon isn’t new — I wrote an article about it for the Notre Dame Law Review over a year ago — but it seems to be gathering steam. The reason it’s gathering steam is the same reason why most secession movements, including the American break with Great Britain in 1776, gain steam: the belief that the people who want to leave are being treated badly and callously by rulers over whom they have little or no influence. It’s not just 'taxation without representation,' but also 'regulation without representation.' And a general sense of being held in contempt."

This is a continuation of the Tea Party movement a decade ago, as well as the election of President Donald John Trump.

But it mainly is geographic, just as America's revolution and its civil war were. It is said when Benjamin Franklin met with the Privy Council in 1770 he walked in an Englishman and walked out an American. They treated one of the world's leading scientists at the time as a rube.

The Cuomos of the world are not worldwise because they rarely leave their perch.

When they do, though, they learn.

Susan Jones of CNS News wrote in 2013, "First Lady Michelle Obama, who grew up in the violent and murder-plagued City of Chicago, apparently found rural Iowa to be a scary place, even though its murder rate is much lower than that in Chicago, where Mrs. Obama grew up."

Her husband had given a speech for gun control. He recalled driving through Iowa. He said, "'And she says, 'You know, if I was living out in a farm in Iowa, I'd -- I'd probably want a gun too.' She said, somebody just drives up into your driveway, and you're not home, you don't know who these people are and you don't know how long it's going to take for the sheriffs to respond. And I can see why you -- you'd want some guns for protection.'"

Duh.

Cuomo and the rest of the Democrat governors chose to lock down their states instead of quarantining the sick and those exposed to the disease. Gretchen Whitmer shut down the Upper Peninsula for no apparent reason.

We know how sophisticated people acted. They locked everything down except the subways.

We also know how rubes reacted. Kristi Noem refused to shut down South Dakota. New York's death rate is 28 times that of South Dakota.

Cuomo's supporters will argue that the two states are not the same.

Duh.

America is not headed for a civil war but I cannot see how we can continue to run down this bumpy path with scissors in our hands without paying a huge price. Maybe we have and maybe the price we paid is a broken economy.

The real bailout we need is a change in leadership, and a reining in of the powers governors and health directors have.

40 comments:

  1. Looks like a Mafia don...

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    1. Nah, Cuomo doesn't look smart enough to be either of those guys.

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    2. He is Fredo's older brother Sonny.
      NB

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    3. Nah -- thumb-breaker like that Balboa guy in the movies.
      Baby Doc wouldn't have that job except for his Papa and the machine.

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    4. The man who knew too little.

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  2. 100% correct on all your points. Great blog.

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  3. If the people who elected leaders like cuomo and witmer don't learn from this experience I won't feel sorry for them. I feel they are getting what they deserve!

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    1. Watching the live feed on breitbart. Barbers are cutting hair outside the capitol in Lansing. Good size crowd, Karl Manke's there too. Frau Halfwitmer has the state patrol out there issuing $1000 disorderly conduct tickets to the barbers. A couple of state legislators are there telling them to request jury trials.
      I can't wait to see the lawsuits ol' gretch is going to get for this.
      Still, I'm disgusted the cops won't recognize their actions are a violation of those people's constitutional rights.

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    2. Shelley Luther, the Betsy Ross of the Birx Barf, is among the notables supporting Mr Manke by their presence.

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    3. According to PJ Media, Whitmer, while pursuing barbers, is allowing a gay swingers club to operate at the capital.
      NB

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    4. Conclusion: They think that incurable AIDS is a better illness to catch than Kung Flu.

      TarsTarkas

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  4. Referencing your article where you quoted Matt Taibbi, this is yet another reason for me to dislike that leftist hippie journo. He's a contributing editor to that leftist rag. He knows where his paycheck comes from, and he won't dare quit it.

    FLOlson

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    1. Love your posts but on this one would hasten to say, Not So Fast. Taibbi wrote some very solid stuff after the 2008 financial meltdown, when I worked for the self-regulatory agency overseeing the securities industry. His criticisms were largely spot-on. I would not be surprised at all if he is in the midst of “an agonizing reappraisal” and joins The Rebel Alliance here soon. Besides, nobody except Sixties Hippies reads RS anymore anyways. I subscribed from 76-85 back when rock was still kickin. Nowadays, it’s like...THIS jungle music deserves five stars, but THAT jungle music only gets two. Why? The first one used a newer version of ProTools?

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    2. In fairness, I've always hated the leftist rag RS. As for Taibbi, I have been biased against him for the fact that he writes for, and is a contributing editor for RS. Now, if Taibbi suddenly develops a conscience, and quits RS, I'll reappraise my opinion of him.

      I don't expect you to agree with me, and you offered good points as to why you don't. I respect your opinion.

      But, I've long ago decided to quit giving my time to leftist hippie journos like Taibbi. I will agree that he has written some articles about events like the financial meltdown that had a lot of truth in them. But, like so many journos today, he never really investigates what actually caused the meltdown. Maybe that's because much of the media is owned by corporations (like RS), who don't want to spend money on long, detailed investigations. However, that is what it takes to find out why that mess happened. Further, CONgress has passed legislation that led to stupidity like pushing housing down to low income people who have little to no equity to back up their purchases. All in the name of expanding economic growth. These programs are then taken advantage of by crooked CONgress critters, like Pelosi and her husband, to enrich themselves at the expense of tax payers. And when the bill comes due, they seem to get out before the bottom falls out, or, in the case of the meltdown, force American tax payers to bail out the overextended financial institutions which they invested in.

      Has Taibbi ever written about any of that? I did see where he (I think it was him) pointed out that SEC inspectors moved in and out of jobs at government and then financial institutions the SEC had oversight over. That led to an incestuous relationship between the SEC regulators and the financial institutions they were supposed to oversee, and thus, little to no oversight was provided. Yeah, that was a problem, but the crooked CONgress critters, and the legislation that led to the meltdown? Crickets from the leftist hippie. Why? My guess is that he likes big government, and believes as all lefties, that it can be a force for greater good. He never asks what exactly the greater good is, and who determines it. Until I read an article by him examining the real reasons why our economy is in the mess it is in, well, I won't waste my time giving his articles a read anymore, while he picks his paycheck up from the leftist rag RS, and lives in his mansion.

      FLOlson

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  5. How great would it be if all the disgruntled seceded from their socialist overlords? Shoot you could even be generous and let DC have real Senators. Doubt any of this will happen but we can dream. Great post, Don. Now if you'll excuse me my Clorox bath awaits.

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    1. If DC wants Senators, they can be ceded back to Maryland from whence it was carved. Keep the mall & monuments & capitol and white house as the Constitutionally-required zone.

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  7. This Mencken quote applies to the dummies who voted for people like Cuomo and Whitmer: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." The people in the blue states are getting what they voted for, good and hard. Will they learn from it? Nope. - GOC

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  8. You’ve got Oregonians seeking to cascade into Idaho, Virginians who identify as West Virginians, Illinoians fighting to escape Chicago, Californians dreaming of starting a 51st state, and New Yorkers who think three states are better than one

    No, no no. Let them make their own new states.

    Imagine 3 or 4 times as many red states as blue.

    Nothing wrong with that.

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    1. +1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion), Ed.

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    2. Pelosi says, "Triple that." - Gary B

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  9. So, last year during the California secessionist movement I took about 2 hours and looked at the vote totals for 2016 by county. There were three plans for breaking up California - one into three states and the others into just two. Regardleess of how it would have been done, the result was 1) an increase of Democrats in the expanded US Senate and 2) a more solid base of Democrats in the US House. I tallied the votes for DJT, Hillary, a Socialist who made the ballor in CA and Jill Stein, lumping the Stein, Hillary and Communist votes against DJT. We need to be very careful when we consider breaking up certain states. I think Western VA would be a pretty safe bet to join with WV, though. Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon should form the Great State of Cascade. Leave CA to stew in the mess they made.

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  10. Agree, Submariner.

    Referring to the Cuomo Rolling Stone cover...
    I got a freaky ole lady name o' Cocaine Katy
    Who embroiders on my jeans
    I got my poor ol’ grey haired daddy
    Drivin' my limousine
    Now it's all designed to blow our minds
    But our minds won't really be blown
    Like the blow that'll gitcha when you get your picture
    On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
    - Dr. Hook, Cover of the Rolling Stone, 1972.

    It had to be said...

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  11. Cuomopatra bathes in Clorox? What's next, Lysol injection?

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    1. Late into the conversation-Mrs. Fredo also used homeopathic-Quinine. My wife was rather an expert at Homeopathy when she was in her Hippie days-I the Scientist of the family-didn't give any credence to it._until I had the mother of all Charlie horses..
      she gave me this Homeopathic quinine. Went away quickly (Quinine is good for cramps.) . But, it turns out the pills she had were mostly quinine and you took like four at a time...Fredo was gettin a far amount plus I'll be he had more than few Gin & Tonics..

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    2. > Late into the conversation-Mrs. Fredo also used homeopathic-Quinine...

      And hydroxychloroquine is merely an attempt to synthesize quinine. In effect, he was taking the same drug they're criticizing Trump for taking.

      You can still buy quinine as a food additive: https://newportflavours.com/quinine-extract-pure-no-added-acids

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  12. And, just like that, it is gone. Thanks Don.

    FLOlson

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  13. "The interview took plays"

    Unless they were stealing scripts from Broadway, pretty sure that should be 'place'. ;)

    Cheers

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  14. > America is not headed for a civil war...

    Perhaps not, but barring divine intervention we are headed for a breakup. The current status simply is not sustainable.

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    1. Because the democrats can't accept honest election results. If they succeed in winning an obviously corrupt election we will see a civil war.

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  15. Don, third para "place" not "plays."

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  16. Re: Iowa and guns ... Ill bet 90% of homes there have a gun/rifle/pistol. In smaller towns close to 100% i reckon. They are everywhere. Almost every guy hunts/has hunted one thing or another and yes ppl have them for protection. Every farm has firearms. One of the lowest violent crime rates in the us.

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  17. We have long told my kids if they ever move from Mississippi, don’t dare move to a state that is dominated by a major city. It will destroy the rest of the state. Atlanta will someday destroy Georgia.

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  18. They didn't lock down the subways because their maids and housemen needed to be able to get to work.

    Think I'm kidding? Look at how many make the comment about how we need the borders open so they can get maids and whatnot to clean their houses.

    THAT'S how they think and perceive the world.

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  19. If they keep up the lockdown restrictions or try this again, people will secede with their feet. They will move to the states that are free.

    I'm already planning my move to West Virginia from Pennsylvania. Tired of a few large cities ruling the roost. I'll move where more people are of the same mind as I am.

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