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Threats Of A Presidential Slugfest?

While our politicos debate what should be done about kids slaughtering other kids in our schools with assault weapons, we now have a former Vice President and our current President threatening each other with assault.   They’re talking about taking it out behind the barn and slugging it out.  Wonderful.

Bad enough we have to juggle Donald’s illicit love affairs with his love for Putin.   Now he’s talking about taking it out behind the barn.

Out in the real world, boy wonder, 33 year-old Mark Zuckerberg, doesn’t seem to grasp the enormity of his website providing more than half of America with their news.  Think about that.  More than half of Americans 50 or older,  presumably think that what they are reading on Facebook, is news.  That it’s valid.

During an interview with “Wired,” regarding Facebook’s information sharing issues, Zuckerberg said, “The good news here is that the big actions that we needed to take to prevent this from happening today we took three or four years ago. But had we taken them five or six years ago, we wouldn’t be here right now.”   

What?  Where?  Who?  And this guy’s in charge of America’s most potent opinion forming platform?

Pew Research reports, “For the first time in the Center’s surveys, more than half (55%) of Americans ages 50 or older report getting news on social media sites.”   Click here, to read the report, “News Across Social Media Platforms in 2017.”

While the pundits prattle on about Stormy Daniels and Joe Biden dreams to taking Trump out behind the gym (although Trump prefers “the barn”), the nation’s business is left undone – except for anything the Republicans can quietly pull off behind the huge political smokescreen that’s covering the nation’s capitol.

It’s at once both frightening and fatiguing.   Feels like we could crash at any minute with the Republican Party at the wheel, as an uncontrolled Internet provides all the bogus and biased news either side cares to consume, some of it coming from Russian bot farms while Donald praises Vladimir Putin on his “electoral” win.

Where have all the adults gone?    Is John McCain the last sane Republican standing?  How is it even possible that this current batch of Republicans is so totally devoid of conscience and shame that they risk throwing over the country for a pot of gold?  Can this even be happening?

Don’t be fooled.  There is a difference between the two parties.  Vote for Democrats in November.  Throw these Republican bums out.

And to those who have recently charged me with being something less than a journalist because I state opinions, please try and understand that this is what I do.   As it states on the front page of my website, what you are getting here is “news and opinion.”   The difference between me and those other guys, is that I tell you up front that I’m writing opinion pieces.   If you don’t like what you see here, then please feel free to stay away.

Trump And Sanders Blowing The Beltway’s Political Circuits

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Interesting exchange on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning, a program I generally do not watch because so many of its participants are suffering from “Beltway Fever”  but am now watching occasionally as the presidential campaign moves forward.

I was encouraged and surprised by an admission from one among the group of inside-the-beltway pundits, that they have been wrong,  and that it is no longer an impossibility that Donald Trump could actually turn out to be the Republican nominee.   Still improbable?  Yes?  Impossible?  No.

Wow.  Always nice to see DC pundits admit that there’s a country out there beyond the Beltway, and that they may be out of touch with it.  But there’s another problem with their punditry.     Hahahaha.   Hohoho.  Guffaws, all around.

Within minutes of admitting their mistake about Donald Trump, they then turned on a  political penny and raised the question of whether Joe Biden’s trip to meet with Elizabeth Warren is an indicator that Biden is getting serious about getting in the race against Hillary Clinton.   Oh really?  So you were wrong about Trump and now you continue to ignore Bernie Sanders?

Hopefully, within a few weeks they’ll be scratching their heads about the growing support for Sanders among younger Americans, and admitting they were wrong about him as well.  This is what happens to pundits when their thread of common wisdom based upon politics as usual can no longer be depended upon.

Why is there absolutely no concern expressed about Trump’s tactic of using the politics of hate and fear to whip up his base?    How would he deport 11-million Latinos?   Would he follow Hitler’s example and load them onto boxcars, breaking up families in the process?   What about Latinos who are politically connected?   What about rioting in the streets?  How would he repeal the 14th Amendment?   By non-existent presidential decree?  It’s insane.

And you might at least try and understand the groundswell of support for Sanders among young people facing crushing student loan debt as they are forced to live with their parents because the corporatocracy which has purchased the federal government has shipped millions of jobs overseas gutting middle America.   Nothing much to discuss here, other than the abject failure of American Capitalism to support a majority of Americans.

If you want a younger audience for your programs, then try and speak to the issues that concern them, instead of ignoring the truth and carrying on with your ridiculous business as usual nonsense.

Are there still more than 400 days to the election?   Yes.   Will Trump probably not be the Republican nominee but nothing’s impossible?  Yes.  Should pundits and newscasters be allowing Bernie Sanders the same credibility they are now affording Trump?  Yes.  Will they,  until they are forced to because they are making themselves look stupid?  No.   And not because they don’t want to.   The problem is that they are beltway insiders, and Trump and Sanders are political outsiders challenging DC’s business as usual insider machine and the usual  gang of suspects on the network shows don’t know how to handle it.