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by Dr Mark Bear
When Trump has need to tell the American people how civil he is, you can be sure, he is not. This especially, when he spent the entire morning acting more like a teenage bully on a schoolyard playground, than the President of our nation. When he tells Americans how “intelligent” he is, you can be certain, he is not! When he continues telling the press how “fake they are,” you can be assured that there is nothing fake about our media, and this is just another example of him attacking one of our democratic institutions. When he refers to himself in the third person, there is, in all probability something woefully inadequate about the man,” as has been now documented by over 27 psychiatrists in a book which you can now pick up at your local bookstore.
In other words, confident people have NO need to TELL others about who they really are. You want to know why? Because their actions speak louder than the words.
Trump’s claim that he is a victim due to the Clinton campaign “funding the ‘fake’ dossier composed by Christopher Steele is nothing more than another one of his distractions to keep us focused on trivial matters, while our governmental institutions are being attacked by him, and will be unsuccessful in the end.
Trump can continue diverting attention away from the Mueller investigation by bringing up issues with the Clinton campaign all darned day long, but at the end of the day, it pales in comparison if he is guilty of just one-twentieth of what the smoke is indicating; that the Russians interfered with our election, with the intent of making him President and, that HIS campaign met with a Russian agent of the Kremlin to dig up dirt on Clinton. So, when he says, the Clinton campaign funded – as reported by various sources now – the supposedly “fake” dossier, despite several items contained within that dossier confirmed, and argues how THAT is comparable to Watergate, he is simply full of you know what.
Case in point: Were you each aware that Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, prior to being placed on Trump’s cabinet funneled millions of dollars to the Trump campaign through Super Pacs? Did you also know that he has been flying around on private jets more frequently than a “road warrior” has to take a plane to get to his or her destination, at our expense?
Did you also know that the firm hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s extensive electrical grid, despite offers from Tesla, who was going to build one of the most modern-day power grids to prevent the crisis from occurring again, ended up going to two guys with zero experience, zero equipment, zero understanding of Puerto Rico’s unique situation on that island, and zero employees at the time that Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico?
Well, did you know?
No, you – if you are like most of the American public – you may be unaware of this information because this is not the stuff the media is covering right now, are they? Nope! They are more interested in capturing Trump’s verbal diarrhea – through Tweets – as he sits on his “throne” each morning. Whatever happened to investigative journalists, like Walter Cronkite, Edward Murrow and a host of others? Thankfully, we all have Rachel Maddow, a few others, and the internet to hear what is really going on.
So, just who are those two guys who were awarded a 300 MILLION DOLLAR contract? Hmm! Well, nobody seems to know, but one thing is for sure; the mysterious two guys seem a bit less mysterious when you discover that their two man office is located in the town of Whitefish, Montana, home of you guessed it: Ryan Zinke, the very man who is spending our taxpayer dollars as though they were the precious water the poor people of Puerto Rico could use right about now.
THIS folks, is what an oligarchy looks like. When the leader of the nation happens to have business interests right down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, our White House, refusing to divest his interests in his business, nor release his taxes, while having several Cabinet Officials within Trump’s administration flying around on private jets, some with their wives, you can only call this as it is: An OLIGARCHY!
How about discussing what went on in Niger which cost four men their lives by serving our nation; Staff Sergeant Bryan Black, Sergeant La David Johnson, Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, and Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson? The president refuses to discuss what in the heck they were doing over there, and while some media has reported that they were ambushed as they went after an ISIS leader, the majority of our media remains too silent. Perhaps THIS is why Trump won’t discuss the matter, since after all, he did promise his supporters and this nation that “ISIS would be defeated,” within the first thirty days in office? Oh, how we so quickly forget, don’t we?
Yet, the conservative media raged for years over the tragic incident which took place in Benghazi, didn’t they? So did republicans of course, spending millions of our taxpayer dollars only to conclude that everything they tried to allege was mostly false. At best there were operational failures, of which the republican party holds some of the blame. After all they turned down requests for additional funding for security in places just like Benghazi. But hey: “priorities,” right? Isn’t that what Congressman Chaffetz said?
Or, how about daily and persistent coverage on how Puerto Rico still has nearly 85% of their population without power? Are we just going to forget the people who are our own since the incident occurred? Is the media simply going to provide coverage as to how things are coming along, or not, over in Puerto Rico, just because the President wants our attention diverted? In other words, is the media going to merely provide scant coverage to the Puerto Rico situation, while ignoring all of this administration’s stated inconsistencies?
What about having a national dialogue on gun safety, considering fifty-nine people lost their lives in Las Vegas, while wounding over five-hundred? You will recall conservatives were clear that a discussion of this sort, during the recent days of the incident was politicizing the event? What about now? If not now, when?
Also, the media could be providing coverage about how a man walked into Asheville Regional Airport several days ago, and placed a bomb in the airport, “because he wanted to begin a war with the United States?” If it were not for some citizen who observed the man walk into the airport with a package only to leave without it, that bomb would have gone off at 6:00 AM the following morning, the busiest time for the airport, ensuring maximum affliction on those unfortunate to be traveling that day. Instead, if you are like most citizens of this nation, you ‘may’ have heard about the incident through social media, but the mainstream media? Not so much, huh? Perhaps since the man was not Muslim the editors did not feel it worthy of news coverage.
What about the CHIPS program expiring thanks to republicans in the House, and Trump, allowing nine million children to be at risk of not receiving medical coverage? Where was that story in our news?
The current media would do well to stop covering Trump’s constant diversion tactics, and cover on a consistent basis what is REALLY taking place, as oligarchs extract the wealth out of our nation, and the aforementioned issues take place. Yes, the media outlets do provide coverage of these events, but when they do, it is usually scant, while their entire focus is on Trump’s movements and his Tweets.
Senator Flake stood on the floor of the Senate telling his caucus how Trump was damaging our democracy, and how one day those lawmakers “would have to explain to their grandchildren why they sat silently by and did nothing,” and to what effect folks? Senator Corker has excoriated the current President and while there is coverage over the feud, the media portrays the people writ large of this nation to be siding with Trump.
As noted Statesman Benjamin Franklin once said regarding the relationship between a lack of a robust press and tyranny:
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”
No matter the reason our current media provides more coverage to Trump, versus his daily diversions, with republicans losing their souls by their continued support of this President, the media may be our very last hope to prevent our nation from being ruled by a tyrant. So media, please do your jobs. The survival of our democracy is dependent upon you.
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