Anne Mikolay
Anne Mikolay

Sometimes, what we see going on around us defies logic. Take the media, for example. The media constantly defies logic. In its own special way, the media stirs the pot and sends mixed messages regarding the current pandemic. Television’s talking heads nightly bombard viewers with statistics and the latest daunting, often conflicting, Covid information from the CDC, WHO, or Dr. Anthony Fauci. The take-away is clear: Covid/Delta is nothing to scoff at. In contrast, there are news anchors who, in an effort to lighten the moment, toss out peppy phrases like, “Be positive. Test negative. And get the vax.” Journalists and television pundits should be on the same page. Covid is either serious business or nothing more than a cute slogan for a t-shirt. Pick one, guys, and stick with it.

Politicians, too, are defying logic.

Last week, the news broke that during a December, 2020 phone call, former President Donald Trump pressured acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to say the 2020 presidential election was corrupt. Aiming to overturn the election result, Trump instructed Rosen to “just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.” While Trump’s self-incriminating statement should have been a bombshell, it slipped under the radar, overshadowed by the Delta variant. This potential “stop the presses!” moment elicited a tepid, ho-hum public response.  Are we so resigned to Trump’s machinations, convinced nothing will ever stick to “Teflon Don,” that we no longer listen, no longer care about his obsession with power? Trump is raising money for a possible 2024 presidential run; shouldn’t his admission of orchestrating the “big lie” prohibit his pursuit of public office? At this point in the Trump political saga, entertaining the idea of Trump’s second presidential run is totally illogical.

And how about the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo? Setting aside the issue of the Governor’s culpability, the public outcry for impeachment is promising. Has America rediscovered its moral code? We are, after all, the nation that elected an accused rapist to the presidency in 2016. Hopefully, the New York Attorney General’s findings in support of Cuomo’s accusers indicate justice and reason are making a comeback. The #MeToo movement leads the way! Andrew Cuomo’s contention that he is innocent and should remain in office defies logic.

While we are discussing misguided politicians, what’s up with Barack Obama? Former President Obama invited 400 guests to his 60th birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard and hired 200 servers for the event. A representative for the Obamas reported the gala would be held outdoors in accordance with all public health protocols and would include Covid testing for guests. Despite its high vaccination rate, Martha’s Vineyard is experiencing “moderate” Covid spread. Why, then, would a prominent pubic figure, who is also President Biden’s close friend, host a potential super-spreader event? After media backlash, the Obamas scaled back their celebration to include only family and close friends, but the message that Covid/Delta is nothing to be concerned about has already been sent. That Barack and Michele Obama thought they could party hearty during a rampant pandemic and not draw criticism defies logic.

More often than not, when it comes to current events, what we expect will happen simply doesn’t, and what we think could not possibly happen, many times does. The end doesn’t always justify the means; the means doesn’t always justify the end. There is no logic in public affairs. Critical thinking is lacking. Frankly, it’s a mess. How we came to this point definitely defies logic. Ponder that for a while, and remember…stay positive. Test negative. And get the vax.  (Couldn’t resist!)


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Anne Mikolay

Anne M. Mikolay joined The Atlantic Highlands Herald as a columnist in 2008. Prior to penning “The Armchair Critic,” Anne wrote feature articles for The Monmouth Journal. Her work has appeared in national...