Just Don’t Believe The Hype
Your dedicated Hype-Man or Hype-Woman is just gassing you up
You’ve got to admit it, some, if not most, are easily gassed by cheap talk, hyperbole, and plain nonsense. When repetition is added to that noxious verbosity it becomes this hardwired insensitive belief that warrants nothing more than the affirmative such as “YEAH!”🙌🏻
Take for instance the term “Defund The Police!” followed by Yeah! 🙌🏻
Nah! 🤨 🤦🏻♀️
Defund the police is all hype. It is phrasing used and taken in without much context and when seen or spoken without much context is just an overstatment or exaggeration. Since all humans in one form or another are on the spectrum we must really pause to familiarize ourselves with any rhetorical device so oft used by politically opposed sides and filter out hyperbole.
So imagine that. Defund the police. 🧐 Essentially and literally no police now?!?. That would be akin to inviting epic proportions of chaos. Because these men and women who actually do brave it day in and day out to protect and serve would find little to no incentive in doing so without compensation, one should pause to find out what Defund The Police actually means instead of getting hyped off of it. It can’t possibly mean that we no longer should have dedicated civil servants whose aim is “to enforce the law, to ensure the safety, health and possessions of citizens, and to prevent crime and civil disorder.”¹ Taking it literally and then running with the phrase defund the police as a sticking point is kind of silly without context and without facts.
According to the David M. Rubenstein fellow and Governance expert for the Brookings Institution, Rayshawn Ray contextualizes this phrase so that people should understand on both sides that …
“Defund the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. That’s it. It’s that simple. Defund does not mean abolish policing. And, even some who say abolish, do not necessarily mean to do away with law enforcement altogether. Rather, they want to see the rotten trees of policing chopped down and fresh roots replanted anew.
For conservatives this should be seen as a good policy because as Mr. Ray elicits “defunding police highlights fiscal responsibility, and advocates for a market-driven approach to taxpayer money, and has[…] the potential to reduce police violence and crime. It is a win-win because for liberals that means mental health, addiction, and homelessness would receive some of that reallocated funding to enhanced use of those perceivably starved social services.
The most prolific of all hypes has to be the hype-man himself as president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Anything he says it actual hype and has very little to nil to do with anything factual. This shouldn’t be hard to believe but I find that people have resorted to contorting themselves physically and mentally to align with Trump’s fallacious statements. We all know the root cause analysis that motivates the ignorance seen by Trump die-hards in part by large (majority) support and the rest in small support (minority) that i promised myself when writing this piece that I won’t mention the r-word because I am sick and tired of the r-word. But that too is predicated by all kinds of hype.
Covid-19 has been a consistent source of hype. There is now this theory that the 5G netowrk compromises the immune system which makes “corona” more susceptible. None more effective and more prevalent than the hype from the commander-in chief though which leads to the disinformation that results in negative behaviors and attitudes at scale towards efforts to mitigate the onslaught of the pandemic that is not yet fully understood. There are caveats to whatever scientists and medical professionals have proposed to reduce infection or even treat the infection. This is why the answers coming from them are not straightforward. It is important enough to heed the warnings and take the guidance seriously. Like anything else certainty takes time solidify. Presumptions followed by conjectures only makes this worse and can often seem like absurdities.
President Trump has tested positive and has been hospitalized for the very same illness that he was supposed to contain and mitigate from spreading here in the U.S. With the best healthcare in the world afforded to him at the cost of taxpayer money and the laws of the constitution bestowed to him, the president appeared cavalier and nonchalant about a disease that has taken the lives of more than 217,000 U.S. residents so far — a country with just 4% of the world’s population makes up 20% of the cases worldwide.²
In a video where he reminds everyone that he is president for some oddly naricssistic, yet emotionally needy reason, Mr. Trump explains to the public that “I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it, it was my suggestion. I said, let me take it. And it was incredible the way it worked, incredible. And I think if I didn’t catch it, we’d be looking at that like a number of other drugs. But it really did a fantastic job. I want to get for you what I got. I’m going to make it free, you’re not going to pay for it."
Notwithstanding that this sounded more like an informercial for our pharmaceutical oligopy than a public service announcement, but everything from his appearance to his awkward pattern of speech is all hype to maintain the appearance and some semblance of chauvinistic leadership. That this drug will be available right after the election as Trump says is neither logical, practical, fathomable, nor reasonable when Trump himself was unwilling and against nationwide covid-19 testing.
Not only are the president’s statements, among other things, overstatements and exaggerations, it is wholly inaccurate and criminally misleading.
According to Business Insider, Friday (Oct 15) and Saturday (Oct 16) marked the worst two days of infections in the country since the start of the pandemic. Given that the death rate is low this tidbit has been reinterpreted and reimagined as a negligible concern.
Medical treatment is not a one-size fits all proposition. And how could it be? We are uniquely human with predispositions ranging from genetics to socioeconomics to environmental factors. The Covid-19 virus is so nuanced that we are still taking note of the affects which we won’t fully be able to grasp for years to come. Another point worth noting comes from assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Ingrid Katz, “We know more about how to treat people with severe COVID now than we did six months ago, Trump was one of the lucky beneficiaries of that, and there are others who are like him who may survive now, who would not have survived back in March.”³
That doesn’t mean that a surge or spike in cases will mean that everyone will get presidential treatment, nor is it a given that you would survive from it when preexisting factors would ultimately factor into survival. But given all the hype that the president speaks the proper context and its facts seems to have less impact on the psyche of Americans suffering from social distancing fatigue and or Trump-mania.
By the way the only free thing that President Trump has managed to offer us is the unmitigated circumstances of catching the Covid-19 virus and you will end up paying for this freemium whether you manage to avoid contracting it or not.
And not only has our healthcare systems been strained by the pandemic because many hospitals continue to run low on personal protective equipment, supplies and more pointedly tests we will be at the tipping point during this imminent second wave of contagion this winter in which we will see our economy and our social well-being suffer needlessly as well.
I don’t know about you but I would rather not have a White House govern by hype and distortion. Strip away the hype and what we are left with is another kind of plaque that as humans we can overcome once we recognize how invaluable our interdependence truly is. Just like we are unable to see past the how overfunding our police department leads to corruption and decay of civil rights and civil liberties because of the role and vicious cycle of hyperbole has played with our outsized police unions, Jim Crow law and order tactics, and the prison industial complex feeding off and into each other at the public’s detriment and expense. But it seems we can’t help but get caught up in these false realities created by HYPE.