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Protesters vs. Politician Who Wrote a Book

October 20, 2020

I don’t know who to root for in this situation. I’m not a fan of protesters or politicians who write books.

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A silver casket was wheeled to the front of a Brooklyn nursing home  Sunday — and 6,500 copies of the cover of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new book were dumped into it in protest of his COVID-19 policies.

Read more here at Casket outside Brooklyn nursing home filled with 6,500 covers of Cuomo’s book .

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This is a tough one. I’m not a fan of protesters (even when I agree with them on the issues) because they tend to get really loud and they block people from going to where they want or need to go. As I’ve said many times, social injustice is bad, but I need to get to work.

On the other hand, I don’t like politicians who write books while they’re in office. It seems unethical, and it’s probably a form of (maybe) legal money laundering.

I have to admit, putting book covers in a casket is creative, if also morbid. If I were an author and saw 6500 protesters with my book, I’d think, “Yes! My book just sold 6500 copies!”

But then when I realized that the protesters had only my book covers, I’d think, “Aw, man, those protesters just ripped me off!”

If you’re going to rip anybody off, though, rip off a politician.

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Enough about me! What do you think? Which group of people would you usually root for, the protesters or the politicians? Should politicians be allowed to publish books while they’re in office?

3 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    Free publicity. I don’t care if you hate me.

  2. No one can stop anyone from writing a book while in office. However, the real problem with most of those writings, is poor criticism. No one is willing to announce this is a piece of junk, and rewrites of a half-dozen books in this last five years.

  3. Writing a book while in office might be okay if you’re running a town of 100 people and have a lot of free time on your hands. If you’re running a state with a population of mid-size country with a GDP large enough to make it into top 10 among the countries, beating Canada and Russia, having the time to write a book doesn’t feel write.
    Especially if that book is written to celebrate the governor’s success in fighting the epidemic that’s far from over and with success being the worst mortality rate in the world except possibly for New Jersey.

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