TRUMP AND TRUTH IN POLITICS

January 6, 2017

POLITICS HAS ALWAYS BEEN POST-TRUTH. TRUMP’S JUST HONEST ABOUT IT.

From Barton Swain at The Washington Post:

Trump perceived, correctly in my view, that political rhetoric in the United States had become empty, a vast collection of platitudes and bogus phrases that no longer bore any real connection to the truth. Everyone else pretended to mean what they said when they didn’t; Trump simply dropped the pretense.

Very interesting perspective on the idea that we all know and expect our politicians to lie to us while we simultaneously demand integrity.

 

THE BLAME GAME

January 4, 2017

OBAMA TELLS DEMOCRATS: ‘DON’T RESCUE’ REPUBLICANS ON ‘TRUMPCARE’

In the closed-door meeting, the President urged fellow Democrats to not “rescue” Republicans by helping them pass replacement measures, according to sources in the room.
He also floated this idea: Start referring to the GOP’s new plan as “Trumpcare.”
So don’t help Republicans pass anything, but make sure you fully lay any blame on them. The irony burns after eight years of blaming others for any failures of the Obama administration. I guess they’d rather see all those people lose insurance than actually help them. It’s a political football now.

THE OBAMA LEGACY?

January 2, 2017

OBAMA’S LAST REPORT CARD

From National Review:

The United States and Russia are at the moment engaged in an escalating tit-for-tat confrontation over Moscow’s minor-league meddling in the presidential election, which is, of course, what President Obama really cares about: Vladimir Putin can annex Crimea and test out new weapons on civilians in Syria, but release a bucket of embarrassing DNC e-mails (the veracity of which is, incidentally, not in dispute) and the Obama administration swings into action.

While National Review is conservative, and certainly no friend to the administration, the report card is valid. I have friends that ask me what I don’t like about President Obama’s policies. This is a very good summary of the poor results of eight years of those policies.

WHAT THE HELL?

January 2, 2017

CHICAGO SHOOTINGS

From HeyJackAss!:

December 2016

January 2017 to Date
Shot & Killed: 3
Shot & Wounded: 25
Total Shot: 28
Total Homicides: 3

If there were ever a situation that warranted a national guard presence on the streets of a U.S. city, I would think this was it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen, nor would I be surprised for some to fabricate a narrative about “racial oppression.” Gun violence in Chicago is beyond out of control. This should be unacceptable to everyone. More needs to be done to protect the people that live there.

HOW DO WE MEET IN THE MIDDLE?

January 1, 2017

DEMOCRATS HAVE A RELIGION PROBLEM

From The Atlantic:

Reaching out to evangelicals doesn’t mean you have to become pro-life. It just means you have to not be so in love with how pro-choice you are, and so opposed to how pro-life we are.

This is the essence of understanding and compromise. For representative government to actually work we need every side to come to the table willing to meet somewhere in the middle. Digging in our heels does nothing other than polarize and perhaps make ourselves feel better. In many ways, the left’s progressives are the right’s evangelicals.

RUSSIA’S ACTIVITY DOESN’T MAKE TRUMP’S ELECTION ILLEGITIMATE. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.

December 31, 2016

SOMETHING ABOUT THIS RUSSIA STORY STINKS

From Rolling Stone:

Adding to the problem is that in the last months of the campaign, and also in the time since the election, we’ve seen an epidemic of factually loose, clearly politically motivated reporting about Russia. Democrat-leaning pundits have been unnervingly quick to use phrases like “Russia hacked the election.”

This has led to widespread confusion among news audiences over whether the Russians hacked the DNC emails (a story that has at least been backed by some evidence, even if it hasn’t always been great evidence), or whether Russians hacked vote tallies in critical states (a far more outlandish tale backed by no credible evidence).

The Russian hacking certainly needs to be investigated further and the facts must be made public, but it still looks as though the Obama administration is trying to feed a narrative that Trump wasn’t fairly elected, when there is no evidence of that at all.

BLOCKING TRUMP MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST STRATEGY TO PRESERVE AN OBAMA LEGACY

December 30, 2016

9 LAST-MINUTE OBAMA MOVES TO STYMIE TRUMP’S AGENDA

From CNN:

With the finish line in view, President Barack Obama is entering a sprint. He’s scaled up his executive power moves in a bid to solidify some of his legacy items before Donald Trump takes office. Many of his actions won’t be easily reversed.

Given what we’ve seen of the temperament of President-Elect Trump so far, the response I’d expect will be an even more concerted effort to undo every facet of President Obama’s legacy. Neither Trump nor his supporters will care about potential political blowback or any negative PR.

THE OTHER SIDE ISN’T GOING AWAY

December 28, 2016

HOW TRUMP’S VICTORY TURNS INTO ANOTHER ‘LOST CAUSE’

From a CNN article speculating about a cover up of white racism and it’s role in the recent election:

After President-elect Donald Trump’s recent victory, some of his supporters celebrated by flying Confederate battle flags from pickup trucks and waving them at rallies.

Some. Potential parallels with “Lost Cause” just aren’t real.

Painting with broad brushes does little to encourage dialogue and progress. Claiming that half of the voters in the country are racist, bigoted, misogynistic, or just plain stupid isn’t a sound political strategy. A note to both the left and the right: the other side isn’t going away.

MORE FAKE NEWS

December 28, 2016

FAKE NEWS IS NOT THE REAL MEDIA THREAT WE’RE FACING

From The Nation:

Nothing that appears in the Times or on CNN can now make much of an impact on the people who live within the party’s steel-walled ideological bubble—including a very large proportion of Trump voters.

They don’t talk about a liberal ideological bubble and media machine, but they exist just as surely as the conservative ones do, and they are equally dangerous.

FAKE NEWS FACT CHECKING

December 27, 2016

FOR FACT-CHECKING WEBSITE SNOPES, A BIGGER ROLE BRINGS MORE ATTACKS

From The New York Times:

But the role of fake news and misinformation in Mr. Trump’s surprise win quickly reached a fever pitch, prompting questions about the extent to which Facebook, where many of these bogus stories were shared, had influenced the election.

The extent that fake news influenced the election is being conveniently and grossly exaggerated by the losing side. I’ve been waiting for someone to call for establishing a Department of Truth to monitor and correct the news.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY LEGACY OF FAILURE

December 27, 2016

OBAMA’S FITTING FINISH

From The Wall Street Journal:

Even this might be excusable, if Mr. Obama at least had the courage of his mistaken convictions, or if his deception were in the service of a worthier end. Instead, we have the spectacle of the U.S. government hiding behind the skirts of the foreign minister of New Zealand—along with eminent co-sponsors, Venezuela, Malaysia and Senegal—in order to embarrass and endanger a democratic ally in a forum where that ally is already isolated and bullied. In the catalog of low points in American diplomacy, this one ranks high.

The abstention on the U.N. censure vote against Israel is another in a long list of President Obama’s foreign policy failures that have diminished the integrity and standing of the United States around the world.

THE REAL PROBLEM

December 22, 2016

RACIALLY CHARGED RANT AT J.C. PENNEY SHOPPERS

From CNN:

A woman at a mall in Louisville, Kentucky, was ticked off at two fellow shoppers when she thought one of them jumped in front of her in the checkout line at J.C. Penney. She responded with a racially charged rant, captured on cellphone video by someone in the store.

and

IVANKA TRUMP ACCOSTED BY PASSENGER ON JETBLUE FLIGHT

From TMZ:

7:48 AM PT — The husband of the unruly passenger tweeted an hour before the plane took off, “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them.”

What the hell is wrong with people?

Part of the problem is there are people who find only one of these incidents disturbing. Both are prime examples of unacceptable behavior. If you can’t condemn both the woman in J.C. Penney and the man on the plane with Ivanka Trump, you are part of the problem.