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Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020—Year of the "trump"

On this last day of 2020, I think it's fair to say this has been "the year of the trump." No ... I don't mean Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, who will be leaving office in just about three weeks. I mean trump, which according to one on-line dictionary means:

trump  /trəmp/ verb  def. "to outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way."

Let's take a look at 2020—the year of the trump— first, through the lens of the pandemic:

  • Appeals to the authority of "experts" trumped common sense and past experience, even though the "experts" were consistently wrong in their models, their predictions (e.g., no vaccine until late in 2021, at best), and their proposed policies.
  • Media propaganda trumped honest, context-based reporting, leading to fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) among a significant percentage of the public.
  • Media bias trumped journalistic ethics, meaning that any pandemic-related news that would hurt a hated president was dishonestly amplified while news that might help him was relegated to metaphorical page 37 or omitted altogether.
  • Claims of "following the science" trumped actual peer reviewed science resulting in unnecessary and ineffective strategies like city/state lockdowns, closing of schools, and wearing of masks in outdoor settings. Each of these has been shown to be ineffective in stopping the virus and worse, often does far more harm that good.
  • Team Apocalypse trumped Team Reality and therefore ...
  • Hysteria trumped a calm, reasoned assessment of the threat of COVID-19, leading to ridiculous, illogical, and damaging policies at the state and local levels.
On a more pandemic-positive note:
On the political front:
2020 has been a difficult year for many and a disastrous year for those who have become caught up in the petty dictates of blue state governors and mayors. Surely, people who have lost their livelihoods and businesses and incurred debt that may ultimately lead to bankruptcy will be happy to see the year pass into the record books.

Let's hope that in 2021, rational thinking, solid, effective policies, and calm, determined leadership return and trump the hysteria-driven policies of 2020. If those policies are permitted to continue, our social fabric will fray, then tear. I'm hopeful that doesn't happen, but I have little faith that the new president and his team are up the the difficult task of prevailed over the those who currently control the narrative. 

Despite it all, smiles should trump frowns. Happy New Year!