“Patient Zero: the person identified as the first carrier of a communicable disease in an outbreak of related cases.”
It’s sometimes helpful to identify origins of poxes upon the body politic. Here are four personal pox picks to click.
1. RONALD WILSON REAGAN. To keep a campaign promise, he needed a token female to appoint to the US Supreme Court. Alas, conservative babes proved scarce. He settled on an obscure Arizona local court judge who had gone to law school with morticianly taciturn Justice William Rehnquist.
2. SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR. The first Supreme who had ever been pregnant cut the ovaries out of Roe v. Wade as a warmup.
The party-line 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore was such an imprudent piece of jurisprudence that the blackrobes barred it use as precedent in any other case. Forever.
President Dubya the Unelected soon phonied up stories of Iraqi nukes and placed us into a state of perpetual war. The world bleeds.
O’Connor in later years said she regretted that decision. Too little, too late.
3. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON sowed the seeds of her own destruction. Twice.
By caving to the major insurance companies, she spawned opposition that killed HillaryCare in the mid-90s. Obamacare would not have been necessary and her detractors would not have had it to run against.
Their campaigns were made easier by hate radio. It took the Donkeykongs over a decade to figure out what generated all the false rumors, now called fake news, that resulted in the 1980 election of Reagan and converted the senate to GOP.
Answer: Religious radio stations that liberals never monitored. First Lady Hillary was assigned to create a new liberal broadcast network in response. She likewise failed, thus paving the way for her “surprise” defeat last year.
4. DONALD J. TRUMP. Presidential candidate Hillary was handing the public re-runs while the psycho-narcissist was performing a new show every day.
I said last March that a Trump presidency would be a combination of Andrew Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. To that rogues gallery, add Julius Caesar.
He became head of the Colosseum and gained wide acclaim giving bloodthirsty Romans heady entertainment. He then marched north to gather the war cred necessary to supplant democracy with dictatorship.
Trump already has his own Josef Goebbels, a smiling Aryan blonde named Kellyanne.
Propaganda minister Goebbels was once described as having “a high intellectual varnish covering the emotional world of an adolescent.”
GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT. The venerable Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tents. They should have just announced moving to Mexico. King Donaldo and Prince Pencil would have immediately found them millions in order to trumpet saving U.S. jobs.
OOPS DEPT. Because I received erroneous info, last week I published the wrong location for one of the MLK weekend events. Both originated at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sparks. We were able to correct it online. Sorry for any confusion.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.