DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY

 

The legendary singer/songwriter Sam Cooke recorded and released the song “What A Wonderful World This Would Be” just prior to the election of JFK.  The early 60’s were a time when we thought the world could indeed be wonderful.  We were targeting a new frontier – space exploration.  In part, in response to the Soviet Union’s Sputnik initiative, science was valued and efforts to enhance student’s scientific understanding were underway. Those efforts began with the 1956 National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) conference convened to examine the science curricula in the United States and to develop new curriculum materials to improve science knowledge.  Not so today.

 

Now we have a president for whom Cooke’s lyrics are so appropriate. Here are the lyrics: (first stanza only)

 

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book,
Don’t know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a wonderful world this would be

 

In the next verse Cooke sings about his lack of knowledge about geography, trigonometry, and algebra all subjects that, I’m betting,  if Trump had an opportunity to talk about he would display his ignorance.

 

Now let’s look at how Cooke’s lyrics describe Trump.

 

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY

Trump certainly does not know much about history.  In today’s New York Times, writers Peter Baker and Jonah Engel Bromwich write about Trump’s lack of knowledge about the Civil War. they say:

“In his latest foray into what might be called the alternative past, Mr. Trump suggested that Andrew Jackson had been “really angry” about the Civil War, which did not break out until 16 years after his death. And for good measure, Mr. Trump questioned “why was there the Civil War” in the first place, suggesting that it should have simply been worked out.”  Yes, Trump you DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY.

 

The authors continue:

“At various points, he has seemed to suggest that Frederick Douglass is still alive, appeared surprised that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and mounted a plaque at a golf course marking a Civil War battle that never happened.

 

“Presidents should have some better sense of the nation’s history as they become part of it,” said Julian E. Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton.”

 

There is much more depressing information about how little this president knows about history.  You can read the Baker and Bromwich column using this link:

 

https://nyti.ms/2qsz3aR

 

Continuing with Cooke’s lyrics:

 

DON’T KNOW MUCH BIOLOGY

About Ebola Trump tweeted:

“Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days – now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE! 10:04 PM – 31 Jul 2014”

“Ebola is much easier to transmit than the CDC and government representatives are admitting. Spreading all over Africa-and fast. Stop flights 5:52 AM – 2 Oct 2014”

 

But indeed, as Sarah Kaplan noted in the Washington Post (November 10, 2016):

“Ebola is spread only by direct contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person, and doctors said that the infected Americans whose transfer to U.S. hospitals Trump opposed would probably have died otherwise. Public health experts also said that a travel ban on Ebola-affected countries would not protect Americans and would likely make the epidemic worse by hampering relief efforts.”

 

I cannot find tweets or statements that Trump has made about evolution but he nominated a candidate for Army secretary who spoke about his views on evolution.  Yesterday CNN noted that: “President Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of the Army, former army doctor Mark Green, is a self-identified “creationist” who delivered a lecture arguing against the theory of evolution.”  See this link:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/kfile-trump-army-secretary-pick-theory-of-evolution/

 

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT A SCIENCE BOOK,

 

Sarah Kaplan writes about the many topics written about in science books that Trump knows nothing about.  Topics such as:

 

– Climate change (as Trump said in interviews: “I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.” — Trump in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Sept. 21, 2015 and  “Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money.” — interview on Fox and Friends, Jan. 18, 2016”

– Vaccines and autism (In a Republican presidential debate Trump said:” “You take this little beautiful baby and you pump . . . We had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” — Republican presidential debate, Sept. 16, 2015”

– Light bulbs and cancer  (as Trump warned us in this tweet: “Remember, new “environment friendly” lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful– the idiots who came up with this stuff don’t care. 11:39 AM – 17 Oct 2012’

 

There is much more to indicate Trump’s ignorance of science but you can read about it yourself.

 

You can read Sarah Kaplan’s piece in the Washington Post using this link:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/10/trump-and-pence-on-science-in-their-own-words/?utm_term=.7b911309a953

 

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE FRENCH I TOOK

I don’t have information about Trump’s knowledge of French language, (or whether he ever took French) but I do know that he is woefully ignorant of the implications of current French politics.  While not offering outright endorsement of right wing extremist candidate Marine Le Pen, he did praise her for being strong on borders and for wanting to keep immigrants out of France.

 

So now we get to the sentiments expressed in Cooke’s song.

 

BUT I DO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU

 

The you being the potential Trump voters, as he has often tweeted:

He loves the “deplorables”

“RT @DanScavino: WE LOVE OUR DEPLORABLES!!! #TrumpTrain #Debates2016 https://t.co/2Nt9ID3tV7 [Twitter for iPhone]”

He loves the voters of various states and cities:

“Nov 7, 2016 04:03:13 PM I love you North Carolina- thank you for your amazing support!”

“Jul 22, 2016 08:13:02 AM Thank you Cleveland. We love you and will be back many times!”

 

AND I KNOW THAT IF YOU LOVE ME, TOO,

 

Meaning vote for me and tell me how much you love what I am doing:  For example:

“Jun 3, 2016 07:43:51 AM Rally last night in San Jose was great. Tremendous love and enthusiasm in the hall. Big crowd. Outside, small group of thugs burned Am flag!”

“May 17, 2016 07:41:23 PM “@KaceyIlliot1669: @realDonaldTrump We actually really do love you!” Great”

May 17, 2016 07:32:10 PM “@SandraR67758219: @realDonaldTrump You are a fighter and we LOVE that about you! Don’t listen to these people who want you to change!”

 

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE

By this Trump is selling MAGA (Make America Great Again) to his supporters.

“Mar 8, 2017 06:54:16 PM Great news. We are only just beginning. Together, we are going to #MAGA”

“Jan 24, 2017 12:04:01 PM Great meeting with automobile industry leaders at the @WhiteHouse this morning. Together, we will #MAGA!”

 

But that selling job is really a way to create a wonderful world for Trump.  A wonderful world where:

He can keep his properties and be able to use his office of the president to swing deals his way.  (WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE) And deals for his daughter. (WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE) And deals for his son-in-law.  (WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE) Where he can double the fees for membership in Mar-a-Lago. (WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE) Where he can get the government to pay the bill for his (almost) weekly trips to Florida to play golf. (WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD THIS WOULD BE)

 

But lately it’s not been such a wonderful world for Trump and because of it he is coming apart at the seams.  He doesn’t sleep at night.  He wanders through the empty White House.  And his moment-to-moment flip flops on policy and on people and issues are confusing everyone: members of his party, members of his cabinet, and world leaders.

 

Stay tuned!

 

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