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Enough Already With the Media!!

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That’s about enough! 

Most of us wouldn’t treat anyone we knew like this! 

Have we forgotten what gossip is and what it does to people? Why have we now decided that some people are human but other people are not? Just because the media spreads gossip, lies and rumors does not mean that We The People should follow, give credence to, believe or even listen to the destructive things they say. 

What ever happened to believing that a person was innocent until “hard” or incontrovertible evidence proves otherwise? Nothing good ever came out of these historical periods of accusation and hysteria. Think back to the Salem witch trials, those were our not-so-distant ancestors who thought they were being practical and rational. After all…everyone agreed! Or what about the practice of slavery, not just in the United States but throughout history. We are one of, if not the only, country to eliminate it and then sincerely try to repair the damage! Full grown allegedly intelligent adults accepted it as common practice in the Middle Ages and in various countries it has continued until today. People can be conditioned and can become “hardened” to almost anything. If you don’t think people accept crowd defined norms then you need to go back and

Because I have standards of behavior, because I try to live by the Golden Rule, because I believe every person is a child of God I am not going to accuse my customers of stealing, I won’t say that my neighbor is cheating, I refuse to pass along rumors I know are probably untrue. I think most Americans are like this but have not really had the time to actually stop and think about what the media is doing to us. Ten or twenty years ago I would not have had time either.

Some vague accusation, a wild rumor, an anonymous tip, an unsubstantiated leak or even unverified gossip is front page news today and inevitably reported as fact (or as being under investigation by “authorities”). Since the Democratic Party has joined with the MSM in a joint mission to remove President Trump from office the press has become corrupt and agenda driven. They have not been objective or even decent in their coverage. There is no attention to detail, no verification of sources, no allegiance to truth. There is no value on American virtues, the Constitution, law and order or respect for family values and Christian faith. They try to manipulate their audience instead of informing them.

We should not allow this awful main stream media to affect or influence us in any way. America’s people have always been innovative, honest, generous, principled and we have always stood for what was right and good. None of this can be applied to the MSM in any way. 

Until the bulk of the press can pull itself out of the gutter, disassociate itself with any and all political parties and become honest journalists once more, I am no longer going to listen to or read any of them. There are plenty more reliable sources who are striving to uphold traditional journalistic standards.

Russia! Russia! Russia!

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Before a criticism is given, perhaps it should be thought all the way through.Practically every one of the components of the commonplace press has posted, broadcast or published at least one article/commentary denigrating President Trump for not “being firmer” or even “standing up to” Putin on the allegations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. I would like to add my humble opinion:

It is always presumptuous for any outsider to make a judgement about how one issue should be handled and fit into the overarching strategy of the relationship, the negotiations and what we want to get out of that regime or what path we want them on. They also presume that they know all about every phone call, every message, etc. However, often they do not know context at all. They are only presented with optics.

So, I think automatically about what my response would have been if I were Putin. It isn’t very difficult at all. The United States foolishly tried to meddle in the last major Israeli election, and to condemn us even further, Israel is one of our closest allies! I do not think President Trump would have come out on top of that argument. You could add in Libya, Iraq and more (justified or not they were sovereign nations).

Since Russia and America have not been on friendly terms for the last eight years and we have numerous other highly advanced technical adversaries in China, North Korea, Iran and etc. It seems a little ignorant to me that we neglect installing top notch protection and defense of our election systems. Why are we not angry at the people responsible for leaving us open to attack? Why are we not investigating the entire election, including the Democratic Party? Why are we not hardening the grid? Why are the democrats and the MSM trying so hard to focus the public and the politicians on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What are we missing while they are flashing their worthless shiny object?

Before we back any person in a corner and forcefully present him with his crime, we had better have good evidence. That is right and reasonable. It cannot be the expert opinion of 17 professional organizations, opinions will always be subjective. If there is no IRREFUTABLE proof, then President Trump sounds like the boy crying wolf. After all…..what proof does he have when so many other hackers can leave traces making themselves look like Russians? What real proof, hard evidence, do we actually possess?

Play it out in your mind, but take the part of Putin. Obama did not leave Trump an easy fact set to work with!

Trump’s Telling Tweets

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The President’s tweets have not been an issue for me one way or another. If I were advising him, I would naturally recommend that he be far more careful. However, that being said, the press just tries to use every tweet against him in some way. I think most people realize that and pay little attention to their obfuscation and outright falsification of the news.

What wrinkled up my forehead and started this post was the heavy response by women. Evidently, President Trump hit below the belt and committed a social faux pas when he mentioned that lady’s (?) facelift. This implies that there were/are rules in effect, I have heard endless clips of “THE MORNING JOE” , if there were any rules of civility and decorum being observed while covering President Trump it has not been at all apparent. Have we not heard the main stream media report every unconfirmed rumor, each unsubstantiated allegation? Do they not call the properly elected President of the United States every foul and disgusting name that is legal to utter on television? Furthermore, “THE MORNING JOE” is one of the worst shows to do this!

There may very well have been better ways to handle it, but if the President or the White House strikes back after so much constant abuse and rhetoric that is honestly beyond the pale and shameful for any American broadcasting station, no one should complain. She has said horrible, nasty and outright untrue things including that our President is mentally unstable, unqualified for the job, etc. The response to the tweet is that President Trump is being a misogynist and has no respect for women.

This is absolutely and unequivocally not true. In general, if one keeps an open mind and actually pays attention, he treats men and women exactly the same (in their chosen field). If they work with men as equals and hold themselves out as such then he treats them accordingly. https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-up-with-donald-trump-and-the-women-not-090043983.html

To apply this to the tweet, our President would naturally assume that if you can dish out such gutter worthy below-the-belt trash then you ought to be able to take it like the pro you are holding yourself out to be. I have worked in construction, definitely a male dominated field, there is a choice you have to make as a woman. You can be a lady on a construction site or you can be a woman who demands (and gives) respect while interacting as an equal. It isn’t easy, but it can be done, however, you cannot flip back and forth between the two! The same is true for any profession. 

There is no honor in hitting a man where it hurts and then hiding behind behind being a woman when he turns around.

Freedom of Speech

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“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”~Abraham Lincoln

You can close down a discussion (free speech) in many ways. 

You can protest and riot thereby shutting down not only the speaker or event, but in the process one achieves the added impact of destroyed property, terrorized innocent citizens and (they hope) national media coverage. The extreme left on many campuses has done this to great effect.

You can simply call the person a racist. It does not matter whether or not it is true. In fact, yell the accusation loud enough and you might be able to provoke option number one above 👆! It is a wonderful strategy since it eliminates the need to memorize facts and figures, slower members of the group do not need to “think on their feet” or step outside of talking points and since racism is such an emotional issue it is uniquely difficult to fight even with facts. This also has had a great success rate and is a major reason that the Republican Party has been branded a party of racists when history and honest research proves otherwise.

Those are two of the radical ways, almost always employed by the more extremist democrats because they do not have a successful argument or any good endings for their ideology. If you “shut someone up”, if you close down an event, if you prevent the dissemination of an idea you are restricting everyone’s freedom. We all have the right and the freedom to listen to, and walk away from, speech and ideas of every sort. 

No political party, No foreign national (think Soros paying protesters and rioters), No college academic or gang of students, Not even the government has the power to change our absolute rights under the Constitution! Free speech is number one in the Bill of Rights and its placement is an indication of the importance it held in the political discussions of the day. It was important in the discussions held in almost every state during the ratification process. We tend to take it for granted now, but this freedom can be nibbled away, gradually eroded without most citizens even paying attention.

Protected speech is not comfortable speech. Protected speech is usually different, objectionable to some, offensive to others, it may make you angry or it may make you stop and think. Protected speech is free speech not because it makes you uncomfortable but because the free expression of ideas is part of true Liberty. 

Each generation is challenged to maintain and preserve our Constitution and Liberty. The circumstances differ and the environment, both social and political, changes. The younger generation has not been grounded in a complete history of this nation and it constantly amazes me how jaded and anti-American they can be. There is much about our history they just are not taught. Depending on the school, what they are actually taught varies from a slanted version of events to skipping over all but the darker parts of our history and then concentrating on those. All nations have them, they should be acknowledged and taught, but only in context with the rest of American History!

Without a more thorough and balanced approach to US history we will be missing at least one generation of patriotic and knowledgeable Americans to watch the politicians and fight for free speech and our other guaranteed rights. 

So, will we have our rights and freedoms in twenty years? 

Think First – Type Later

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This past weekend one of my dear work friends stepped off of a bridge and fell onto a busy interstate highway, committing suicide. 

He was a positive person whose bright smile was absolutely infectious. In all the years I worked with him, I never saw or even heard about him doing one mean or inconsiderate thing to anyone! In a world of individuals who become even more individually special after death, he was the genuine honest real deal! He would help total strangers and think no one knew. He did not ask for repayment or obligation-he truly loved his fellow man.

This man was just past 40 and he had a wife, a son and twin girls. Yes, he was a family man and a Christian man. He was a force for good in this world and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Any one of us would have stepped up without hesitation to help in whatever way was needed,feeling privileged to be able to do so. 

I could continue, but it would only illustrate a point that I have already clearly made and which actually needs nothing more. What has shocked me is the attitude and content of the comments which every online news agency attaches to each article or story.

The comments ranged from, “it is obvious that he must not have had a family that supported him” and “how selfish can a person be?” to “didn’t care much about his family, did he”. Almost a third of the comments were evidently worse than that because they had been removed, only a box was left in its place “deleted”.

In the middle of these horrible, small minded, thoughtless, mean and abusive posts one person kept trying to answer back. That person explained that the family was in pain, that they were as confused as everyone else, that posts like this were hurtful, etc.. That person was my friend’s cousin.

It honestly broke my heart.

I have thought about this and also about the current state of the media and their messaging. It didn’t just start this year or last year. It seems that our entire society has lost the art of diplomacy, manners and thoughtfulness. Our media says the most outrageous things and thinks nothing of putting out stories that are not true. It is even worse online where people will say the most foul, ugly, untrue and violent things. The one and only purpose could only be to hurt other human beings. 

We all need to stop and think before we type, and I am not excluding myself. I get just as passionate as anyone else about what I believe. However, what I believe should not be hurtful for someone else to read!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Just a Word….

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One way that public opinion and attitude can be manipulated is by changing terminology and labeling. This is not new. I am seeing it being done so successfully with Social Security that even conservatives slip and call it an entitlement.

This is not about reform, SS problems or the need for something to be done. This is an irritation. The American People are forced to pay in to Social Security for all of their working life. (20, 30, 40 and even sometimes 50+ YEARS) That money is not there because Congress stole it. They have ever increasing salaries with unbelievable insurance and perks along with large staffs and etc. I am not sure how they find money for all the things they want to do and yet seem to have no funds to pay the American People back! 

Social Security is not now, and never has been, an entitlement. Calling it an entitlement will not make it one. Conditioning the public by including SS in that category might be really smart, except for one thing. When people look at the information from their paycheck, the stub does tell you exactly how much the government is taking away from you (for your own good, for retirement). 

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