Alan Chartock's The Capitol Connection: Several things just ain't right – New York News




When my kids were growing up they used to comment on what was happening in politics and I’d often hear the words, “That ain’t right.” I’ve been using that phrase for years now both in print and on the radio and I’ve been hearing from many of the folks Garrison Keillor calls the Professional Organization of English Majors who object to the word “ain’t” as a bastardization of “isn’t.” Nevertheless, “ain’t” serves to emphasize the point. Maybe the English majors are unhappy that they ain’t getting the respect or the vocational rewards they think they deserve. In any case, I like “that ain’t right” and I will give several examples.

Donald Trump is President of the United States. Now, that ain’t right. Just based on the mess that he has made these past six months, how could you come to any other conclusion? It ain’t right that Trump is playing footsie with Vladimir Putin whose political enemies end up in jail or worse dead. It ain’t right that he keeps hinting about firing Special Council Mueller or even his own close personal friend and supporter Jeff Sessions. It really ain’t right in that in this so-called democratic republic, an arcane institution like the Electoral College means that the candidate who got the fewest votes is the president. It certainly ain’t right that this oaf in chief is already advancing the unthinkable idea that he has the power to peremptorily pardon himself and his close family. Not only that, it ain’t right that he keeps on lying. He told a whopper when he declared that his health care plan would…

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