Donald Trump Junior made a fool of himself about a meeting he should never have attended. If you believed in genetics, you might say something mordant. He then made a bigger fool of himself by forgetting about the meeting and then lying. When this was brought to the attention of pater on Air Force One, Dad immediately dictated a response for Junior. We can just imagine pater bathing in the awe of his minions as he worked with granitic splendour in the crisis. The President’s response was both stupid and misleading, and seriously damaging to Junior’s case – and the standing of the government. The White House met the furore by saying that Dad had acted ‘as any father would’ and ‘with the limited information available.’
First, the President of the United States is not just ‘any father.’ Putting to one side that the President might be mad, our Prime Minister has the President’s personal assurance that he is the greatest man in the world. Secondly, the son is of age, and allegedly capable of looking after his own affairs. How many sane parents want to dictate to adult offspring indefinitely? (Junior turns forty this year, more than half the biblical allowance.) Thirdly, the case is a fortiori here, when Junior is supposed to be running the business of the family to the exclusion of Dad. Fourthly, a person of average intelligence in a crisis with limited information would wait until he gets decent information before committing himself and others. What if this idiot invokes the codes on limited information?
While on the subject of bullshit, a lot of people are calling for the head of Ian Narev, who is a serious challenger to Tony Abbott for the tile of the most loathed Oz. He has presided over a disaster while being paid $12 million plus – the worth of 155 tellers. The directors are responsible for managing the business. Why don’t they resign? For them to fire the CEO would have the same moral and intellectual value of a football club firing the coach for its failure to accept responsibility.
Finally, there is a group of embittered old men who are bigoted in religion and who are standing in the way of how ordinary people wish to conduct their lives. They invoke God to do so. Of whom do I speak – Parliament House, Canberra, or the Vatican?
Poet of the month: Walt Whitman
A child’s amaze
SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his statements,
As contending against some being or influence.