The Wednesday Read

Quote of the day:

I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been avoiding people since way before the coronavirus. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Great American Outdoors Act
  • Five Words
  • One More Thing


President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law Tuesday, surrounded by Republicans, including U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana.

The Associated Press reported it this way:

Among the bills’ congressional champions are Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Steve Daines of Montana. Both are among the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, and each one represents a state where the outdoor economy and tourism at sites such as the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks play an outsize role.

Daines and Gardner persuaded Trump to support the legislation, which Gardner has made the cornerstone of his reelection campaign.

There are a few interesting things about this Act. The Act, H.R.1957, was introduced by U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis recently died and Trump refused to pay his respects to him.

Then there’s U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Tester first introduced a bill to fully fund the LWCF in 2009. According to his press release until recently Tester was the only member of the Montana delegation to support full, mandatory funding for LWCF.

Finally, President Trump spoke at the event and could not pronounce “Yosemite” as in National Park, pronouncing it YO-se-MIGHT, and then adding a syllable, “YO-se-min-NIGHT” according to USA Today. Watch it HERE.


The last two national interviews that President Trump gave to Fox News (Chris Wallace) and recently to Axios on HBO (Jonathan Swan) have been train wrecks for Trump.

Only those with blind loyalty could believe that Trump is fit to be President of the United States. Trump will leave our country broken and bankrupt as he did to so many of his businesses.

One part of the Axios on HBO interview really pissed me off. Here is the back and forth:

Jonathan Swan:
But here’s the question. I’ve covered you for a long time. I’ve gone to your rallies. I’ve talked to your people. They love you. They listen to you. They listen to every word you say, they hang on your every word. They don’t listen to me or the media or Fauci. They think we’re fake news. They want to get their advice from you. And so, when they hear you say, everything’s under control, don’t worry about wearing masks. I mean, these are people, many of them are older people, Mr. President.

President Donald J. Trump:
Well, what’s your definition of control?

Jonathan Swan:
It’s giving them a false sense of security.

President Donald J. Trump:
Yeah. Under the circumstances right now, I think it’s under control. I’ll tell you what-

Jonathan Swan:
How? 1,000 Americans are dying a day.

President Donald J. Trump:
They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us.

There are over 156,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus and Trump has the nerve to say, “And it is what it is.” What an ignorant response. The sad thing is his equally ignorant followers believe the coronavirus is a hoax to get Trump defeated.

In December 2017 I wrote about Marist Poll that found for the ninth consecutive year, Americans say “whatever” is the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation. I added the phrase that ticked me off the most in 2017 was, “It is what it is.”

It ticked me off in 2018, 2019, and it is still annoying the heck out of me in 2020, too.

See the Trump interview HERE.


I support all-mail voting.

That is all…