With just two words, Neil Gorsuch assured his confirmation. CNN: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
Twenty days and only eighty more to go. The “first one hundred days” agenda is much like sitting in the mixing bowl with the motor set on HIGH. What the guy has done in these first days is essentially unheard of in the history of this Union of States and it is making a mess of the kitchen.
Why? Why would this happen this way. Many explanations are available. The most common is that the guy in charge is really not in charge. In business settings he would be the one to get the deal done. Think of going to a used car lot. This guy is the one to get you to sign on the line to buy the third hand Yugo without wheels. Put him in charge of running something like the greatest economy on Earth and you get horse apples stuck in the gears.
The man has mental issues so severe that he should be under the care of psychiatric professionals and sitting at some home where he can yell at people to stay off the grass. Many have hazarded an opinion that he has issues easily diagnosed in the DSM V. Good for them. Bad for us because the guy is sitting in the White House and making a mess of it.
He thinks he is queen of the hill and that the world must bow to his whims. What he is finding out is that his dictates can and will be ignored or challenged. And, he will not win everything, no matter how much he whines like a two year old denied a toy.
The guy lives in a world that only exists in his head and he is running a real world based on that. His handlers exist in similar alternative worlds and speak his language well. The rest of us are not invited in and without a Rosetta Stone to use for translations we cannot break through the barriers.
What happens next is a common question, best asked by the minute as the guy goes about destroying the United States as fast as he can. It seems like he does know that at some point an adult will step in and put the little monster in a playpen with a binkie in his foul mouth. How much damage will be repairable is another question adults need to ask themselves too.
My Dad’s pneumonia this week isn’t the first time I’ve lived in a hospital with a parent (I’m sure many of you had more experiences, including as patients), so this isn’t the first time on this blog I’ve praised the frontline soldiers of our health care system: the nurses.
Can there be any more challenging job requiring almost inhuman patience than dealing with sick, cranky patients? It is a wonder how they cope, and from what I’ve observed they always do. But they have feelings too. After an encounter with what sounded like an unruly and unreasonable family member, I heard one mutter under her breath out of earshot of the woman, “I came here to take care of people, not get yelled at.”
These days nurses at some hospitals wear walkie-talkie devices on cords around their neck that blare live voices from throughout the hospital demanding tasks to be done and interrupting what they’re doing, including serious conversations with a patient or in the middle of an important current task. It’s beyond multi-tasking. They often cannot finish one thing without rushing to another, then back to the original, only to be pulled away again.
As our nurse, who tends six patients per shift (plus others when colleagues need backup), was inserting a tricky IV she got one of those annoying verbal blasts for the third time during the procedure. She looked at us, pulled the cord away from her neck and pretended to throw it out the window.
Congratulations to our resident New England Patriots fans for what must be one of the most amazing comebacks in sports history. Must say I had checked out after Lady Gaga to watch Mercy Street on PBS, thinking the Pats had blown it. Tuned in the last half hour for the stunning turnaround.