Over the last few days, I’ve had to drop a few people I had been following on Twitter. With that in mind, I’m making a one and only post on the subject of politics. Be forewarned; this will be a bit of a long rant.
Keeping it simple, I have a disdain for the current state of politics and political discourse. The extremes on both the right and left have become increasingly shrill and loud. These people are not helping their causes, only hurting them.
All the majority of us hear is “my side was right to do it but now that your side is doing it, it’s bad. Lets take Clinton and Trump having their sexual escapades as an example. I’m going to start with Clinton but I’m no fan of Trump either.
Clinton’s defenders say the Lewinsky affair was consensual and nobody’s business. In and of itself, they’re right. Like all political arguments (and news) today, it’s built on half truths though. What was forgotten and barely reported is that when Clinton lied under oath in January 1995, it was at a civil trial brought by Paula Jones seeking justice for her rape (sorry I don’t use PC terms) by Clinton while Governor of Arkansas. The case further asserted that Clinton used his pull as Governor to bury her original attempts at seeking criminal justice, and that Clinton’s team slandered Paula Jones. This is the whole thing the ME TOO movement is built on. 20 Years later and he”s still getting a pass from Democrats though, both on the rape and the perjury. You all don’t even think about the standard that you set for politicians that will come after him. Lying under oath to deny a victim justice is now seen as fine by politicians. It helped them believe they’re above the law.
Trump paid off multiple women he had affairs with and lied about it. Not under oath however, and as far as I know, paying the women to keep quiet is not a crime. (bear with me, Trump haters). The legal definition of bribery is:
Bribery refers to the offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty. … Solicitation of a bribe also constitutes a crime and is completed regardless of whether the solicitation results in the receipt of a valuable gift.
So no crime there. The victims that I’ve heard have all said he simply made promises to get them in bed and then broke the promises. There may very well be other victims out there that were forced however. If so, they deserve their day in court too. Right now, Republicans are splitting legal hairs saying no crimes, so ignore it. More than legal technicalities though, there’s a question of MORALITY. Is this the kind of man we want leading our country? He treats women like garbage, lies, uses them, and then slanders them when they complain. Kind of like Clinton did with his victims.
I could spend several more paragraphs detailing how BOTH sides of the 2016 presidential election went to Russian and other foreign sources as well. Given the way election laws are worded, it’s questionable that either side truly broke any campaign laws. It’s not illegal to talk to or get information from a foreign national, or even have them work on your campaign so long as it’s strictly on a volunteer basis. Both sides are pointing fingers at each other though instead of saying “let’s fix these fucked up laws”.
Reagan and Ollie North free the Iran hostages in 1980 with a guns for hostages scheme. North is a hero to the Republicans and a villain to the Left. The move circumvented the will of Congress regarding no ransom to get the hostages back. More recently it’s an almost identical situation with Obama’s administration funneling weapons to the Middle East to fuel the Arab spring. THAT leads to the attack in Benghazi. Republicans are up in arms over an illegal gun running operation when it was OK that Ollie North did the same thing. Democrats defend and bury it when the condemn the Reagan administration for doing the same thing.
EASY additional example: The national debt is bad when you’re not the party in power. When you are, the spending is ALL good. The debt keeps skyrocketing and nothing gets fixed.
You extremists are being USED to keep the public at each others’ throats and distracted from all the waste, fraud and abuse in Washington (and most if not all state capitals). Not only that, the venom that you spew alienates the majority of people from your causes and getting involved in general.
NOW, unlike some people, I believe you MEAN well, both on the far left and far right. If you TRULY want change though, you have to calm down, talk to people as if they’re human beings with brains and feelings, and being willing to admit when your idea doesn’t work. When that happens, then both sides need to sit down and say “What can do do to fix it.” Think win-win and what benefits people, not power mongering politicians and special interests.
As an example, lets look at spending. We’re CONSTANTLY fed the FALSE choice that the only options are more taxes or cut programs. The REALITY is that there’s so much waste and graft that if it was all cleaned out, there’d be plenty of money for all. The unverified statistic I hear is that only 30% of social program funds actually go to benefits. The rest is overhead and bureaucracy. SEVENTY PERCENT IS WASTE! To fix that though, everything has to be looked at. Some recipients are committing fraud. Some government employees are unneeded. Government contractors are getting overpaid, the rules for getting help need to be streamlined and have common sense guidelines… etc…
Same is true for defense. We need it but there’s SOOOOO much waste in the spending.
And as a side note; for those who are hating on me now and ranting mentally about “my news source said…” Fake news is REAL, it’s on BOTH sides, and it’s been around for AGES. It’s frequently not recognized as such because it’s built on half truths too. All the best lies have an element of truth after all
William Randolph Hurst started the Spanish American War by publishing a bunch of lies and half truths in his newspapers, whipping the public into a frenzy until the government declared war. That was in 1898, over 100 years ago!
More recently, 60 Minutes expose on how unsafe the Ford Pinto was had it’s crash results rigged. The car wouldn’t explode for their story until they put a lit rag in the gas fill pipe of the car. All the news outlets picked it up and the car got snarky nicknames like the BBQ that Seats 4. Good story, it got ratings. It also hurt alot of blue collar workers who made parts and assembled the car.
In 1983, the owners of the McMartin Preschool got swept up in a media generated sex abuse hysteria. They were prosecuted and financially ruined. When the trial was done, it turned out all the children were coached by prosecutors and were saying what they were told to. The news did next to nothing to apologize or clear their names, and the family still got death threats a decade later.
Politically, I used to listen to the radio when younger and doing homework. Speeches used to be carried live and I’d hear President Reagan say one thing and have it completely spun by the media later. The example that sticks with me to this day is education funding. He repeatedly proposed eliminating the federal Dept of education as a level of bureaucracy and giving the department’s money directly to the states. Logic being the states knew better how to allocate the money and the savings would give the states more money. The media would only report that Reagan wanted to eliminate the department though. See how a half truth completely changes the story told? Everyone from Fox to MSNBC does it too. They focus on the part of the story that drives their narrative and whips their audience into a frenzy.
Seeing all of this is why I don’t have any patience for the “Trump is the antichrist” and “Obama is the antichrist” crowds. You’re doing nothing but adding to the problem and spreading hate. If you REALLY want to fix things, start channeling people like Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Theresa, etc… and look for solutions beyond your hate, victim status or virtue signaling.