Passing The Torch

John F. Kennedy said it best. During his inauguration address in 1961, JFK talked about the passing of the torch to a new generation of Americans.

We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end as well as a beginning—signifying renewal as well as change… Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.

Wow. A President who can actually string a few complete sentences together. I guess that was in the days before we turned elections into reality TV shows. I digress.

Clearly, the time has come in this country for a new generation to once again pick up the torch. And that generation had a leader in Bernie.

Okay. I know. Electing a Democratic Socialist in the USA in the year 2020 was a fools errand. Although I’m not sure exactly why. During this virus crisis when it takes an act of courage to leave home to search for toilet paper, just about everything that Bernie and his cadre of followers argued for has become a national priority. Toping the list: federal government financial protection for workers and small businesses and massive government intervention in the healthcare system and economy in general.

And to put it into a historical perspective, while we are subjected almost daily now to the incompetence of Doofus-in-Chief, another president took a different approach.


So it goes.

At least I had the opportunity to vote for Bernie in 2016 and again this year. Not that it did any good. I guess it was akin to a kamikaze pilot surviving one crash only to jump into the next available plane. Oh well.

But I’m convinced that in the not-to-distant future the policies that Bernie has advanced throughout his career will be mainstream in this country.

Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen as long as the corrupt corporate national political parties — Democratic and Republican — continue to serve up candidates like Biden and Trump.

It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation.

The Clorox Cocktail

Okay. I know these past few months have been tough. Being required to stay at home is no fun, even for someone like me who liked to practice social distancing long before it became fashionable.

And I guess for lack of anything better to do sales and consumption of beer, alcohol and wine are trending up. That’s understandable and even reasonable given the circumstances. I haven’t as yet heard any of the gasbags on MSNBC and elsewhere opine as to whether two fingers (or more) or Jameson served neat could serve as an antibody to protect against the virus. Oh well. I digress.

But as usual, perhaps I’m missing the big picture and not considering all the possibilities. Yesterday during his daily update/campaign rally, the bartender-in-chief, POTUS, added a new cocktail to the mix.

The Prez suggested that ingesting a disinfectant, like Clorox, could provide some relief to what ails many of us these days.

Folks, no matter how hard you try you can’t make this shit up.

Here’s from the BBC:

What did President Trump say?
During Thursday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, an official presented the results of US government research that indicated coronavirus appeared to weaken faster when exposed to sunlight and heat.
The study also showed bleach could kill the virus in saliva or respiratory fluids within five minutes, and isopropyl alcohol could kill it even more quickly.
Mr Trump then hypothesised about the possibility of using a “tremendous ultraviolet” or “just very powerful light” on or even inside the body as a potential treatment.

“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute,” he said. “And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?
“Because you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on them, so it’d be interesting to check that,” he said.

Oh boy. I’ll have mine over ice please.

But wait. Manufacturers, health care professionals and others with a still functioning brain say not so fast.

Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Lysol and Dettol, said “under no circumstance” should its products be injected or ingested.
On Friday, Mr Trump said he had made the comments “sarcastically”.
Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested.
Even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.

Mr Trump’s comments have been heavily criticised by doctors and have generated a huge online response. They have provoked hundreds of thousands of comments and caused well-known cleaning brands to trend on social media.
Reckitt Benckiser, which also owns the brands Vanish and Cillit Bang, said its products should not be administered “through injection, ingestion or any other route”.
“Our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information,” the company said in a statement.

Hmmm. Maybe history does repeat itself. Remember 20 years ago when we could still buy toilet paper? At that time people had to be encouraged not to squeeze the Charmin.


Since I suspect that many Trump supporters will take his advice, it might be time to call Mr. Whipple out of retirement and add him to the Coronavirus Task Force. He could stand near Dr. Fauci and convey this simple message:

Please don’t drink the Clorox.