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One of the many hands holding the daggers probably belongs to the smarmiest man in politics. No other man on earth has as much to gain from the Oval Office falling vacant in the near future. Trump is the one thing standing between him and his lifelong dream, to which Almighty God has called him. The Thane of Cawdor can be patient for only a limited period before the time comes in which he must act.
If Trump knew how to ask "Cui bono?" his paranoia would erupt, and he would have to let his base know about his suspicions. What would be the magnitude of the ensuing conflagration?
I figure that we will know the identity of Deep Throated Cough by Friday, so that we can ask him/her to clarify that position.
This is my understanding of what Trump supporters are upset about.
The grizzly bear is huge and wild;
He has devoured the infant child.
The infant child is not aware
It has been eaten by a bear.
They are not even trying to stick up for Trump and Sessions. No doubt some fanatical Trumpsters are defending him, but perhaps these two Federalist Society types can serve as a barometer of when Trump has reached the limits of what he can get away with.
Does this make sense to others? Or am I overlooking something?
James Shaw, Jr., the hero of the Waffle House shooting last Sunday, has now raised over $165,000 for the victims of the shooting. In normal times, this might be deemed worthy of a presidential commendation, or even a nice Tweet from a presidential Twitter account.
Not that this president is incapable of giving praise where praise is due. For example, he did commend Kanye West yesterday for flattering him on social media, which included a very nice Tweet featuring a picture of a MAGA baseball cap. It took real guts for West to do that.
In normal times, we might be shocked by the incongruity of the case. Normal times were what we had long ago, and they are not likely to return unless abnormal times are recognized for what they are.
This has happened because we have neglected to develop students' awareness of the use-mention distinction; this is not just an academic fine point but it could make our discourse more civil. Utterances in quotes and outside of quotes have different meanings. The Nile is longer than the Chattahoochee, but "The Nile" is shorter than "the Chattahoochee."
I realize that "the use-mention distinction" is not "an important concept in linguistics," but I wish it were widely understood and applied nevertheless.
For some reason, that little opening has come to mind in recent days. Cannot imagine why.