First, let me say this. If there ever was a beverage masquerading as a beer with a worse taste, I’ve never heard of it. Bud Light being called a beer is like one of those old TV dinners with the aluminum tasting peas being served at Michelin Three Star restaurants as an entrée
It is blasphemy.
What Bud Light does is fill the need for those who wish to conserve their money—pay day and title loans in many cases—and maximize the quantity of beer they can acquire.
Anyone, given the choice of a comparably priced real beer would be insane to pick Bud Light. As we used to call some ales we acquired as miscreant underage drinkers with few options, it tastes like Tiger piss.
And that is an insult to tigers.
But now the battle lines are drawn between those who are taking delight in Bud Light’s fall from grace and those who see this as a backlash against Bud Light’s brief flirtation with supporting a transgender human being.
But I see this a bit differently. First, Bud Light does not come to mind as the beverage of choice at a LGBTQ party. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.
Bud Light is the beverage of choice at say, NASCAR, or a game dinner. It goes well with the exhaust fumes and the small talk about gutting animals and different caliber bullet effectiveness and range. This is not to be critical of such events, just the reality of the world.
Could it be the dramatic downturn in sales—in all probability not due to any reduced demand at LGTBQ clubs or transgender recovery parties—be from the NASCAR/Hunting/testosterone club types concerned about being associated with a “gay” drink?
What self-respecting race fan has an umbrella in their drink? Beer is the only choice and not a beer with someone confused about gender on the can.
This is not about the beer; this is about resistance to what some people cannot or will not understand. Bud Light lost money, BFD. I think they did the world of beer a favor. Leave the light beer to companies like Coors who understand the market.
First, let me preface this by saying I wish the President and First Lady a speedy recovery. I wish this for all people affected by this virus. But as the President, Mr. Trump owed a duty of responsibility to the American People to lead them in times of crisis, and he has failed in this.
He had a responsibility to protect this country and to do what needed to be done. Still, the evidence of failure is right before our eyes. He couldn’t, or more troubling, wouldn’t even protect himself.
I take no stock in the nonsense of fate, or karma, or even poetic justice as an explanation for Mr. Trump being infected by the virus. Like Occcam’s razor, the answer is always simpler than that, and it is based on science. Something that has become an anathema to many Americans.
Mr. Trump contracted the virus because he ignored the straightforward guidelines of wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distance, avoiding large crowds, and minimizing physical contact with others.
But more egregious than placing himself and those around him at risk, he is pandering to the conspiracy lunatics who see political motivations in any criticisms of Mr. Trump handling the pandemic or the jingoistic malcontents who take pleasure in blaming China while ignoring the evidence right before their eyes.
Suppose one were to review the list of the most popular shows on TV in America. In that case, it goes a long way to explain many Americans’ warped perceptions of reality. These “reality” shows are anything but real, but they are telling.
One of the most tragic ironies in Mr. Trump disparaging the CDC and other agencies that recommended these precautions based on science is his complete faith in the rapid development of a vaccine. When such a vaccine becomes available, and we all hope it is sooner rather than later, it will come from long-established scientific methodology not Presidential directives or boastful claims.
Though some believe they might master the virus simply by the contempt of it, willful ignorance is nothing but an analgesic for the scientific reality of viral pathogens and how we should be dealing with it. They drank the Kool-aid offered by Mr. Trump and now can’t understand why the world doesn’t blindly follow this foolish course of self-deception.
Mr. Trump failed. He ignored common sense, and he is now suffering the consequences. More importantly, his actions have directly placed more than American lives at risk. He has put the entire government of the United States at risk by his careless actions.
Mr. Trump had a golden opportunity in February to get out in front of the pandemic. It would still have taken lives and livelihoods but at a much lower cost. Instead, he placed the false rhetoric of his “economic success” over the long-term health of a nation at the cost of 200,000 American lives.
The real irony lies with him in Walter Reed Hospital. There, Mr. Trump benefits from the best medical care in the world. Something he and those in Congress (who also have such access) would deny to most Americans in the pursuit of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Perhaps the knowledge he would be whisked by helicopter to such a facility at the moment of any medical crisis made ignoring the risk much easier.
As I said in the beginning, I wish Mr. Trump and the First Lady a speedy recovery. I do not wish him ill; I wish him gone from the position he holds. I hope he recovers and finds it within himself to act Presidential at least once in his time in office and peacefully hand over power to the next President on January 20, 2021.
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