Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Re: Buttigieg - David Brooks Nails It

Pete Buttigieg
via Pete for America
Monday, for the New York Times, David Brooks provided: Why You Love Mayor Pete. He is referring to Pete Buttigieg (Boot-a-judge), a presidential candidate with a name that requires a pronunciation guide and cut-and-paste text. Oh and he happens to be gay.

I just want to quote one passage (emphasis added) and urge you to read the piece in its entirety:
The Trump era has been all about dissolving moral norms and waging vicious attacks. This has been an era of culture war, class warfare and identity politics. It’s been an era in which call-out culture, reality TV melodrama and tribal grandstanding have overshadowed policymaking and the challenges of actually governing.

The Buttigieg surge suggests that there are a lot of Democrats who want to say goodbye to all that. …

They are sick of the moral melodrama altogether. They just want a person who is more about governing than virtue-signaling, more about friendliness and basic decency than media circus and rhetorical war.
Basic decency is the key to my vote in both the primary and the general election. Donald Trump is possibly the most indecent president in the history of the United States of America. Citizens have an absolute right to make decisions about what they like or don't like about their government and then to act on those decisions,

Our president is a pathological liar which makes it very hard for the average American to make those decisions. Trying to sort out truth from fiction is exhausting. The MAGA morons (and others) claim that we are obsessed with disparaging Trump. No, I think many of us just ran out of energy.

I assume that every statement is a lie and that every decision is the wrong one. That doesn't depict Trump as a victim. In contrast it demonstrates that we have been victimized by mendacity and decisions made, not for the good of the country, but for the perceived good for Donald Trump.

I am sick of it all. If Buttigieg emerges as the best alternative then he deserves our support. Buttigieg has very thin political résumé which might just be an asset. I admit to initially dismissing his candidacy but that is changing. Were he president I think that Tony Perkins and Mat Staver would each suffer a cataclysmic meltdown. Many others to follow.

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