Reasonable Alternatives: October 31, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

For awhile now, I’ve been concerned about what we’re considering reasonable. As our Overton window moves, we begin to think of people who are truly awful as being reasonable alternatives. You, for example. Or John Kelly.

How many stories have we read about John Kelly and how he’s going to save us from Trump? (That last one in particular is a Vanity Fair article entitled “Will John Kelly Save Trump’s Soul?”)

And let us not forget the picture of John Kelly looking…concerned. At the UN General Assembly. The chatter after was all about how awful John Kelly must be feeling, and how he’s going to keep a tight leash on Trump.


Let’s be clear, though. John Kelly is not a hero here to save us from Donald Trump.

Recently, he’s attacked a Congresswoman, called the Russian investigation “distracting”, said women are sacred, and then…

Robert E. Lee is “…an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state…” – John Kelly

During the Civil War,  “…men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand…” – John Kelly

“The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” –  John Kelly


Good people on both sides. Well, that sounds familiar.

I mean, first of all, there was compromise pre-Civil War. Like, the three fifths compromise. Or, that time we admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state. Or, the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

More importantly, though…what exactly did John Kelly want compromise on? Did he want politicians to continue to compromise on people’s ability to own other people? That certainly sounds like what he’s saying.

So, no. Like you, this man is not a reasonable alternative.






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