Hey Joe, America Is Not An Idea

by Derek Hunter


No one is as smart as Joe Scarborough thinks he is, and no one could ever love him the way he loves himself. These unfortunate truths were on display for the world to see on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country. It was on that day Joe decided the world had to know his latest Jack Handy “deep thoughts” about President Trump and the state of the country today. He then proceeded to step on a series of rakes.

Choosing the anniversary of 3000 Americans being murdered by Islamic terrorists to write an op-ed entitled, “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could,” was dumb. To tweet it out with, “My Latest—> Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could,” was dumber.

It was also proof Joe lives in a bubble and likely has no one in his life who disagrees with him or who can credibly tell him to pump the brakes a bit when he gets a stupid idea in his head, especially on a day like September 11th. (A point he later admitted on Twitter, long after the fact.)

In what reads like an attempt to make his readers believe he is much smarter than everyone else, Joe uses hindsight like it’s in his windshield to attack US foreign policy since that horrible September day. Falsely, Scarborough writes, “Seventeen years later, endless wars abroad and reckless policies at home have produced annual deficits approaching $1 trillion. President Trump’s Republican Party will create more debt in one year than was generated in the first 200 years of America’s existence.”

A couple of things are shady about this. The first four years of Barack Obama presidency saw deficits of more than $1 trillion, thanks to his “stimulus” bill, which was rolled into the budget and became near-permanent spending. Something Joe either doesn’t know or hopes his readers don’t.

Secondly, notice that nice bit of sleight of hand stopping counting debt in 1976? That lets a lot of big spenders off the hook, most notably the last president. The national debt is approaching $21 trillion, so to claim “Trump’s Republican Party will create more debt in one year than was generated in the first 200 years of America’s existence” is, for lack of a more-perfect word, deceptive. He knows people won’t think about the fact that he’s cropping out presidents after the bicentennial, framing Trump as the worst of the worst for the national debt. When you control (or are dishonest) about the unit of measure it’s never because you have a good argument, it’s because you’re hiding something.
Still, that’s not the worst part of Joe’s prose.

In what would have been another easily ignored, though inappropriately timed, rambling column from a self-important cable news host, Joe just had to take one more swipe at the man he gave countless hours of free, glowing television time to when he was just one candidate in a large field of Republicans.

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