Episode #331: God Help Us

Peaceful demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd have morphed into sometimes violent outbursts, as more than one hundred cities have been affected, one way or the other.  And President Trump, rather than call for calm and preach unity, has sounded an aggressive tone, suggesting “shooting” looters, siccing “vicious dogs” on demonstrators, and even talking about sending in military troops to quench dissent.  Julian Zelizer of Princeton University says this is a vintage Trump. The president is lashing out the way he always does, Zelizer says, appealing to his base by focusing on a foe — such as liberal Democratic mayors, ANTIFA, etc.

Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president, spells out her philosophy and how she would handle the Covid-19 crisis, as well as the upheaval in the streets following the latest act of police violence, differently from Trump.

With much of the country shut down because of the pandemic, how are candidates expected to campaign?  No crowds, no one-on-one meet and greets … the lifeblood of a candidate.  Brigid Callahan Harrison, a Montclair State political scientist turned Democratic hopeful for a congressional seat in South Jersey, is trying to pull out all the stops.

Photo via AP /Patrick Semansky

Music used in this podcast:

It’s My Party by Lesley Gore

Burning Down the House by Talking Heads

Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson

I. T. T. (International Thief Thief) by Fela Kuti

Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen

1 thought on “Episode #331: God Help Us”

  1. This week’s podcast gave an excellent reminder of why the Libertarian party run for the presidency is nothing more than a quadrennial vanity project for the nominee. This year’s nominee, Jo Jorgensen, provided an excellent window into the Libertarian philosophy and why it is such self-centered nonsense. How outrageous that the FDA should actually require medicines to not just be safe, but actually WORK before they are approved? And why should the government require seat belts OR wearing masks in public? The answer is, of course, that people are not self-contained islands; even if you are driving on your private property and choose not to wear a seatbelt, you may not injure anyone else if you crash, but YOUR injury has obvious effects and costs to others.

    Finally, as to Ms. Jorgensen’s comments about her immigrant grandparents coming to the the USA from Sweden to seek “freedom,” the main drivers in the increase in Swedish emigration to the US in the 19th and early 20th centuries were population growth and crop failure. And ironically, just as Ms. Jorgensen was lauding the Swedish government for their relatively lax response to COVID-19, the architect of that strategy acknowledged that too many people have died and said that, in retrospect, he might have pushed something closer to other countries’ restrictions.

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