“It’s Not Cool To Not Know What You’re Talking About.”

And so I see it today.  Americans are again polarized into 2 camps, basically.   But the press seems far more interested in fanning the flames than it does in reporting the news without bias, which, when you think about it, just the news you choose to report is bias in itself.

With all the rallies and speeches happening, with some candidates even walking picket lines with workers or explaining difficult foreign policy positions, news outlets would ofter prefer to report on stories such as Donald Trump lying about a telephone call he made – pretending to be his own publicist – which he originally lied about and then admitted it was him.

In other words, he lied about it, then admitted it, then years later (now) lied about it again.

His supporters don’t care.  All his supporters care about is Trump’s promise that he will enact xenophobic, anti-Muslim, racist policies, and build a wall.  Everyone who opposes him, he will basically attempt to destroy in one way or another, which is a right-winger’s most precious dream.  He comes off as a cross between Godzilla and Hitler.

The American people are not served well by news outlets who joke and laugh about Trump’s gaffes while ignoring the dangerous aspects of his campaign – such as the lack of knowledgable advisors, his obvious lack of education in history/civics/foreign policy/the Constitution, and the reaction the rest of the world has to this frontrunner for the Republican Party (very few stories on European leaders’ opinions of him).

The idea that Americans, in general, will find this vetting of Trump “boring” is, again, the fault of the media mostly.  Yes, a lot of people do not watch C-SPAN, which often has unedited hours of Congress doing absolutely nothing, or has call-in shows that are alarmingly starting to sound more like “rednecks spewing hate” on the “Republican” and “Independent” phone lines set up to let viewers air their opinions.

CNN tries so hard to be “cordial” to its guests that we are either treated to hosts apologizing to audience members, arguing with them, or failing to reign in their guests when they start yelling at each other (or yelling at the audience).

There has got to be a middle here between “mind-numbingly boring” and “yelling your opinions”, but so far I see very little of that.

I keep waiting for someone to nail down Trump on his positions on things – how he intends to carry out his batshit crazy ideas, why he flip-flopped on particular issues (that in itself could be a whole show), and quizzing him on his knowledge of civics and the Constitution.  Really making him answer the questions.  Not falling for his baiting, not letting him change the subject, not letting him state he “never said that”.

In my opinion, this is the only way that Trump can be exposed for who he really is: a businessman who does not have the knowledge, wisdom, or education to hold any public office. To paraphrase our president, “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

People would run out of a doctor’s office if he/she said, “Well I’ve never set a leg before, but I had a broken leg once and what the doctor did looked easy, so let’s give it a shot!”  Yet putting someone in power whose only assertion is he “can do it better than anyone” just because he has watched – or, has he even watched? I don’t know – some politician, somewhere, do something is the height of foolishness.

I guess the Democratic Party candidate might try to make Trump answer questions about his policies, in debates, but that’s assuming Trump even decides he wants to show up to debates. After all, he pretty much is the leader of the Republican Party at this point, so who’s to say he won’t just refuse to show up?  What is anyone going to do about it?

And if he does show up, is there a moderator out there who will have the courage to reign things in when Trump tries his name-calling evasion tactics?  Or will they just let him make up names for the other candidate, spew lies, and try to bully even the moderator?

I think we’re going to have to re-think the way we deal with candidates, folks, for the good of the country.

Weird news this week comes from Channel 4 NBC website.  It’s a “weird and wonderful” kind of thing:

Pizza-box-pizza-vinnies-resized

Yes, it’s a pizza box made from a pizza crust.  Yum! (“NYC Pizzeria Introduces Pizza-Made Pizza Box”, R. Darren Price and Ben Feuerherd, Channel 4 NBC website, 4/282016).  Ok, it costs $40 but if you really want it and are in the area, I think a trip to Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn would be well worth it.

Recommendation for the week: I’ve read a few books this week, but didn’t feel any of them were good enough to recommend.  For TV, I would recommend “Democracy Now!” on Free Speech TV, and other programs that they show.  They tend to show news that other channels don’t, like environmental news and specials on problems like fracking (which is a big problem here in Pennsylvania).  It’s slanted to the left, and one of the pundits can kind of get a little preachy, but it’s packed full of information and generally a pretty good source for little-heard news.

Be good.  Be kind.  Be well.

 

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6 thoughts on ““It’s Not Cool To Not Know What You’re Talking About.”

  1. Charlie

    Well said! Basically my feelings almost to a “T”. Great insight.

    In addition to all that, there is his treatment of John McCain’s POW experience, his statement that he had as much military training as “a lot of guys serving today”, (no, marching around and wearing a costume in high school absolutely does not make you a military expert.

    Probably the most disturbing to me was his total ignorance of the so-called nuclear triad. When asked in a debate about the nuclear triad, he started an incoherent pointless rant about nuclear power.

    This really, reall shook me. The nuclear triad referred to s land-based nuclear warheads on misses in underground silos, sea-based missiles on nuclear submarines, and nuclear bombs carried by bombers.

    As you know, I spent three years as a member of the 19th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command (SAC), and we were an integral component of this triad. Our sole purpose to exist was to nuke the Ruskies before they did us. (Which caused several clever folks to call us all “baby killers”.)

    So I was very intimately involved with this whole program.

    For this dimwit not to know anything about this was beyond frightening. As far as I’m concerned, this in itself should have been enough to disqualify him. And then, for him to say he had as much training as some of the people currently serving is beyond insulting.

    And yet, as you point out, it doesn’t matter to his followers.

    There are so many reasons this d’bag is not qualified even to run for dog catcher. But he’s great for ratings. So, if by chance, and it is looking less and less impossible, he wins, then I suppose the big question is “What about the morning after?”

    Who ultimately will pay the price?

    I’ll get off my high horse now.

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    1. Victoria Post author

      Thanks for the comment!

      Yeah, it’s truly frightening, the things he says. He would be Commander-in-Chief, and the only reason I can think of that relatively sane people would prefer him to Hillary would be the ol’ “women are emotional” argument. Which is awful and untrue, but not insane (which is why I said “relatively”).

      I am fairly sure he won’t be elected. I don’t know what I’ll do if he is.

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  2. charlies5169

    I don’t know that the “women are emotional” is really quite that prevalent. No don’t, there is a segment that truly believes that, but don’t forget there is a fair number of those folks that believe Sarah Palin is a consummate, tough leader… Excuse me while I vomit…

    I think Hillary has a lot of (perceived) negatives, not the least is Bill. That’s especially true in respect to so many people who don’t like the whole “dynasty”, Bushes notwithstanding.

    Chuck Todd, from NBC refers to this as the “post-truth” election. Along those lines, the right has done a masterful job through innuendo, fabrication and manipulation … Or what we used to call LIES! .. of undermining her credibility and integrity.

    Add to that, the fact that most Trump supporters don’t care about the facts.. They know what they know.

    I am really afraid that not only is this not going to be a blowout, but I think the possibility of Trumptopia is not as far removed as we’d like to convince ourselves.

    Not trying to be negative, just realistic.

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    1. Victoria Post author

      It’s weird, I was talking to a Bernie supporter the other day (random young guy at bus stop) who told me that if Hillary gets the nomination, he will vote for Trump “because most world leaders are men who don’t respect women. She can’t be tough enough.”

      This astounded me. I tried to list many of the past/present world leaders who actually are/were women, but he was adamant, stating that he “meant the Middle East.” So he wouldn’t vote for a woman because Middle Eastern leaders don’t like or respect women.

      To me, this was not-so-thinly-veiled sexism. And I marveled at how someone who would consider himself “progressive” would see his stance on women as leaders reasonable. How progressive, too, could you be if you were even considering voting for Trump, just because the alternative is a woman??

      I believe it goes deeper than just a dislike for the Clintons. The very fact that people are using Bill as an excuse not to vote for Hillary tells me this – how many men can you recall had their wives brought up as reasons not to vote for them?? And, I remember clearly how badly Hillary was treated when she dared to speak up for universal healthcare – it was appalling. A lot of the response to her was about “keeping her place” and so on.

      Personally, I think Bill is someone she ought to have cut loose after he left the office. But he’s her husband, not mine, and she clearly did what she wanted to do there. He’s still pretty popular as far as his political views go, for mainstream Democrats, so I don’t think he’s going to hurt her campaign too much – and anyway, she’s the one running, so she’s the one people ought to focus on.

      And it’s up to progressive Democrats to move the platform to the left, so that there really is more choice involved in elections. For far too long both parties have been pretty much the same, and that’s the reason so many people support Sanders. I know that was a huge reason I changed my affiliation from “independent” to “Democrat” – they finally had a candidate who wasn’t the same old same old.

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      1. charlies5169

        Interesting comment about women not being tough enough, especially in the Mid-East…(Like Golda Meier, huh?)

        My sister lives in San Antonio, where she works for the Air Force at Lackland AFB. She teaches ESL to foreign, mostly Saudi pilots and mechanics who come to the U.S. for training.

        She is very aware of that type of attitude, so she starts off her first class introducing herself by telling them she grew up in a family with seven brothers and that she raised three sons. That immediately creates a level of respect from her students, I suppose they feel that if she can thrive under those circumstances, she must be tough. (She is!)

        She has never had a problem, and in fact still gets email from many of her former students.

        Of course, don’t take my word for it… Ask some of the female Israeli soldiers about being tough. Or maybe those American women who finished Ranger school at Fort Benning recently.

        My $.02.

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  3. Victoria Post author

    So many examples of strong women in the world – including your sister – that it boggles the mind that anyone would characterize women in such an old fashioned way as the “Bernie supporter” I spoke to. Maybe he doesn’t know any strong women? Though I wouldn’t call central PA women particularly “soft” heh.

    Sexism, like racism, seems to be something that is very hard to eradicate, unfortunately.

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