How Do You Not Read A Bill?

There’s a famous scene in Seven where Morgan Freeman walks into a library and the cops, upstairs playing cards, mock him. As he notes, and I’m paraphrasing, is that in the halls of knowledge, a cop’s only pleasure in this moment is playing cards. I can attest to not being the most avid reader and being almost more like Mills, played by Brad Pitt, where I’m only interested in the cliff notes version. Reading is important, perhaps even more important for those in power as someone who is in government. Or, as we keep finding out with this healthcare bill, maybe not.

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Jeffrey Lord Knows Dr. King The Way Sean Spicer Knows Hitler

Jeffrey Lord, a political strategist and Donald Trump supporter, believes that Donald Trump is similar to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsure why? He explains here.

In a small quote, he explains Trump’s most recent strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare by withholding federal payments to insurers under the current Obamacare in one go:

“When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular, he didn’t have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so that the bill would be introduced. That’s what finally worked.”

It should be noted that Dr. King was working to put our country, and the world on the right side of history. Screwing with health insurance issued under the Obama administration puts this country on the wrong side of history. Why Jeffrey Lord can’t pull his head out of Trump’s ass and see this is beyond me.

If anything if Dr. King were alive and young and about in this day and age, he would pose a threat to Trump and his presidency in the way that Lyndon B. Johnson thought King was a threat to his presidency by putting the pressure on him and his administration to pull out of Vietnam:

President Lyndon B. Johnson was outraged at what he considered King’s lack of gratitude. Johnson had supported the Civil Right’s bill and the Voting Rights Act, but after King’s criticism of the war, the president reportedly referred to King as “that godd—ed n—er preacher.”

King’s feelings are best summed up, to me, in this particular part of his Beyond Vietnam speech:

We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.

I would try to find a speech where Jeffrey Lord’s comparison of Trump to King works, but the guy never comes across as a guy you imagine could see even writing a tenth of the kind of speeches King wrote. Mostly, Trump would boast he knows about healthcare and then find out that his preferred method of bull doggedness and deflection (putting the blame on Paul Ryan) does nothing to fix the issues that he and his party seek to fix.

Some try to compare him to Hitler, but I would argue that you can’t compare Trump to King or to Hitler, but Mitt Romney, who was once up for the Secretary Of State role that eventually went to Rex Tillerson. I bring up Mitt because, as eloquently explained by Jay Smooth via his Ill Doctrine blog, Mitt Romney is a nothing – a vessel for other people’s politics.

I wonder what other figures we are going to compare him with – Ghandi, Mandela, David Beckham? The mind shutters at what else Trump supporters posing as news commentators will say next. If he gets compared to God, we are definitely in trouble.