We smokers are among the “deplorables”.
And of course it was Hillary Clinton who referred to the “deplorables”:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
She didn’t actually include smokers in her list of various different deplorable people. She just mentioned a few of the most deplorable people. But we all know that smokers were among the deplorables, because as First Lady she got Bill Clinton to ban smoking in the White House:
At First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s orders, all ashtrays have been removed, and at her insistence, they are never to be placed on tables for official dinners. Apparently, her target was cigarettes, yet the effect of her decision also covers cigars.
No need to explain why she deplores smoking and cigarettes. We had a physician in just yesterday telling us how terrible they were (and he came back to tell us we were flat-earthers as well – although strictly speaking it’s Gráinne who is our principal flat-earther – ).
Everybody knows how terrible cigarettes and smoking is. Everybody knows it’s a deplorable habit to smoke. And so pretty much everybody deplores it.
We’re not the only deplorables, of course. There are lots of others. There’s a whole basket full of deplorables. If smokers are deplorable, then so are drinkers, and so are fat people. So if you’re a fat, boozy smoker you’re triply deplorable. And if you’re a fat, boozy, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic smoker, you’re octuply deplorable.
So Hillary Clinton has a whole long list – a veritable basket – of people she deplores. And in doing so she’s telling everybody that she’s holier than them because she’s not a fat, boozy, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic smoker.
To deplore someone is to look down on them. And to look down on someone you have to raise yourself above them. You have to regard yourself as in some way higher or nobler or better than them. You have to have a very high opinion of yourself. You have to be pretty conceited. And if you’re going to tell everyone just how good you are, and how deplorable pretty much everyone else is, you have to be monstrously conceited.
So I think Hillary Clinton is a very conceited woman. And we know this from how she reacted to not winning the 2016 US presidential election. She’s never gotten over it. And she’s always telling people how she would have won, but for this, or but for that, or but for the other, and it’s never ever her fault that she lost. It never seems to occur to her that she might have been a lousy candidate, and that a lot of Americans wanted anybody but her as their president. But if you’re really conceited, and have a very high opinion of yourself, it never will occur to you, will it? It’ll be the very last thing you’ll ever think.
I was (and still am) a Trump supporter. But if I’d had a vote in the US election, and hadn’t thought much of him (and, after all, he’s another deplorable, isn’t he, even though he doesn’t smoke or drink?), I think I would have voted not so much for the Donald as against Hillary. In fact I’m quite sure that millions of Americans went and voted, perhaps for the very first time in their lives, purely on the basis of “Please God, No. Not her!!” Because they had just had to put up with 25 or 30 years of her coming round and round, again and again, like a piece of unclaimed luggage on an airport carousel.
One of the people Hillary Clinton blames for her loss of the election is then-FBI Director James Comey, for publicly raising the matter of her unsecure emails 11 days before the election, even if only he raised it in order to drop it.
And now-ex-FBI Director James Comey has written a book, in which he defends himself. And the title of the book is “A Higher Loyalty.” And Comey was on ABC with George Stephanopoulos a couple of days back. And this is what he started off saying:
JAMES COMEY: I r– I was never going to write a book. But I decided I had to write this one to try and be useful. That was my goal after I was fired, to be useful. And it occurred to me maybe I can be useful by offering a view to people, especially to young people, of what leadership should look like and how it should be centered on values. And so–
It seems that James Comey has written a book about leadership and values. Why should anyone want to read a book by a one-time FBI Director about leadership and values? Are they well-known for their deep insight into leadership and values? Do all of them write books about leadership and values? Or honour and duty and courage?
In fact, it seems he’s gone way beyond just leadership and values, because within seconds he’s telling Stephanopoulos about fairness, integrity, and truth. And norms. And health.
The whole interview is kind of weird. Comey compares Trump to a forest fire, but then goes on to say that “forest fires give healthy things a chance to grow.” And then he goes on to say how we need to put the fire out – and so prevent the healthy things from growing, I guess.
But what Comey is doing, with all this talk of leadership and values and integrity and health and norms, is telling everyone that he’s a man of integrity and truth and leadership. And he’s very kindly written a book for them to read all about it, and how it’s done. He’s telling them that he’s holier than most of them, and he can tell them all about integrity and values and norms.
In short, James Comey is doing the exact same thing as Hillary Clinton does. He has an enormously high opinion of himself, just like she does. And he has a correspondingly low opinion of pretty much everybody else, just like she does. He looks down on them all.
And, oddly enough, James Comey actually does look down on most people. He’s a very tall man: 6 feet 8 inches high, 2 metres.
And I think this is the problem with all these people. They’re all so vain. They’re all so sanctimonious. They all have tremendously high opinions of themselves. And they have no trouble telling other people about it either. They’ll even write books about it. Hillary Clinton has written a book about her failed presidential bid. James Comey has written a book about being an FBI Director who got fired. Does anyone really want to know? Do people want to read about defeat and humiliation?
I’m not familiar with a great many US politicians, but those I do know anything about all too often seem to have very high opinions of themselves. For example, Al Gore. Somebody please tell me that I’m wrong, but I get the same impression about Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. And Michael Bloomberg. All these people are totally full of themselves, and they all talk down to everyone else. To be fair, I guess Donald Trump is pretty full of himself too. A few weeks back I was watching a documentary about him, and noticed that he walked with a visible swagger in his earlier days. And he puts his name on top of the buildings he builds: Trump Tower.
And maybe that’s what they hate about him: he’s got an even higher opinion of himself than they do.And what could be worse for someone with a really high opinion of himself than to come across someone with an even higher opinion of themselves? Maybe Trump comes across to them as a vulgar parody of themselves, who’s telling them: Anything you can do, I can do bigger and bolder and better. And that’s unforgivable.