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The Brilliance of da Donald

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Da Donald

Nobody saw this coming. If they did, they were quite right about it. With the dumbing down of America, who would have thought those same techniques could be used in politics?

First, let’s look at the dumbing of America. When we turn on the tube, we have multiple different flavors of reality TV. Whether we’re looking at some sort of outdoor survival or some type of show where “strangers” are thrown together, it is cheap reality TV. This kind of entertainment requires no thought process. Nothing. You sit in front of the tube and veg out.

Next, we have the assault on education. This started way back in the Reagan era. We had education activists who wanted to tell educators what they should and should not teach in the schools. Books like Catcher in the Rye and the Pigman were questioned. They weren’t wholesome enough. They didn’t promote Christian values; therefore, they should be thrown out. I will not get into teaching standards that forced teachers to teach to a test instead of teaching concepts. The bottom line is that all of this has made the average school…well, less average than it was 20 – 30 years ago.

Now, we add to this mix Donald Trump. This is a guy who is good at one thing – promoting himself. He has promoted himself for over 30 years. This is a guy who has learned the entertainment industry. I’m not talking about making movies. I’m talking about learning how to get on the front page of newspapers. I’m talking about knowing how to get reporters to interview you. I’m talking about knowing how to manipulate the situation once you are in the interview, so that you don’t get serious questions. His whole blow-up with Fox News and Megyn Kelly was about the fact that Megyn was asking an almost tough question. He didn’t like that and forced Fox News to apologize. Think about this for a second. Megyn Kelly, not the best or toughest reporter in the world (hell, she isn’t the toughest at Fox News) is singled out by Donald Trump because of her “unfair” questioning. This is a stunt, like everything else. It was designed to tell all of the news outlets that he didn’t want any serious questions and it was designed to bring him more publicity. It worked perfectly.

Donald Trump has brilliantly crafted himself as someone who speaks the truth. Give me a break. This guy will say anything and everything just as long as he is promoting himself. The Republican Party is now sensing that they are being driven off the cliff. GOP leaders like Mitt Romney are starting to speak out. Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. Like Thelma and Louise, the GOP are in that convertible with the Donald at the wheel. My advice to the GOP is to put on your seatbelt and look around to see if there is a crash helmet. You will need it.

PS. Like clockwork, Donald Trump has responded to Romney’s criticism.

From TPM:

“I could’ve said, ‘Mitt drop to your knees’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees,” Trump said. “He was begging. He was begging me.”

Trump added that Romney “did a big choke” in the election against President Barack Obama.

“Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed horribly. He failed badly,” Trump said. “That was a race that should have been won and I don’t know what happened to him. He disappeared.”

What would have happened if Barack Obama would have used that “drop to his knees” line instead of Donald Trump? Fox News would have lost their minds.

News Roundup – Syria, Austerity, Immigration Reform

Syrian chemical attack

Last night, President Barack Obama presented his case against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad. In my opinion, the case is pretty clear. The Syrian government used chemical weapons against their own people. Then, to cover up their atrocities, they then shelled those exact same neighborhoods for three days straight. Then, they let UN weapons inspectors to come in with the hope that they would find nothing. Or at least, they would find nothing conclusive. The one thing that this whole ordeal has clearly shown us is the dysfunction of the Republican Party. On one hand, there are some of the Republican Party that have been yelling, as loudly as they possibly could, that a limited, targeted, surgical strike was not enough. We needed more. (Invade Syria?) Then, there are those who wanted immediate airstrikes. They didn’t even want President Obama to ask Congress for anything. They stated, clearly, that Obama had the authority and he was scared to use it. Finally, you had a group of Republicans who are calling Obama a warmonger. In my opinion, all of these extremes simply miss the point. I think the idea of Syria giving up their chemical weapons is a good one. Unfortunately, the implementation of actually getting them to give up their chemical weapons is going to be extremely difficult. For a second, it seemed that Russia was going to play a constructive role in the peaceful turnover of Syrian chemical weapons to the international community. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to squash all that. The Russian president took to the New York Times. Not only is he falsely suggesting that the United Nations was founded so that we can start war only by consensus. That’s garbage. The United Nations was started to give Russia and the United States cover if they needed it. He even suggested that the rebels may have unleashed the chemical weapons. If, President Al Assad does not comply, we need to unleash the cruise missiles.

Once again, we have overwhelming data that this austerity program that has been shoved down our throats, doesn’t work. The fact that the economy is in a funk right now, is evidence that austerity doesn’t work. We should not believe that further cutbacks would’ve been helpful. This is exactly what happened in England. They are in a terrible funk from an economic standpoint. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, austerity doesn’t work. Continue reading News Roundup – Syria, Austerity, Immigration Reform

Sunday Morning News Roundup

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Four firefighters died – huge fire in Houston consumed a motel and a restaurant, causing the deaths of four firefighters. This is the deadliest fire (with regards to loss of firefighter life) in Houston’s 116-year history of the Houston fire Department. Very sad.

Car salesman has a deep conviction – Paul Scott is an average car salesman. He doesn’t make any more or any less money than any other average car salesman. Mr. Scott is going to pony up over $32,000 in order to have a brief conversation with the president at a fund-raising event. He wants to convince the president that electric cars are the way to go. He wants to personally pitch the president. Electric Cars. On one hand, I think this is very noble and thoughtful. On the other hand, Mr. Scott shows that he doesn’t really understand our political process. Even if he convinces President Obama that electric cars of the greatest thing since sliced bread, what then? Suppose the president and his advisors immediately sit down in the White House and create “the perfect” electric car legislation which requires parking lots with over 50 parking spaces to have electric car recharging centers. The legislation will also give tax rebates or tax credits to any parking lot owner who adds a recharging center. This supercharged legislation would give any American who buys an electric car from an American car company a $5000 tax deduction. Now, and here’s the important thing, the legislation goes to Congress, where it dies. There’s no way any kind of progressive legislation like this will get through the conservative House. I applaud Mister Paul Scott for putting his money where his mouth is. He is dipping into his savings in order to try to enact legislation and try to make the country a better place. Unfortunately, with a recalcitrant Republican Party, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to get this type of legislation through the Senate. I have a better chance of winning the lottery than this legislation has a chance of getting through the House. Continue reading Sunday Morning News Roundup