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What Is On My Mind Today? Trivializing the Momentous and Complicating the Obvious

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It seems to me that by now almost everyone in this country knows someone who has been personally impacted by Hurricane Harvey, will be hit by Hurricane Irma or is being affected by the horrendous fires devouring several of our nation’s western states.

These natural disasters have, are and will be affecting millions of our fellow countrymen and women.

So, what did I see first thing on the nightly news last evening and this morning.   Not hurricanes, not fires, not even North Korea and their latest nuclear missile, DACA…a program that effects less than a million people and that will not be ended for another six months.

Oh, I saw lots of people marching expressing their ire against President Trump…yet again.  Which made me wonder if I am the only person who is becoming totally numb to these protests?  Yes, I get it already,  Trump can do nothing right.  But, I’ll tell you, I am much less fearful of a leader in whom the media finds only fault, than in one that can do no wrong.  Just for the record though, under our Constitution, only Congress can make law, not this president or any other.

On the bright side at least these protesters are getting some exercise, however I think they could all benefit greatly from a reading of the children’s story, Peter the Wolf.  It is a Russian story so conspiracy theorists beware!

Then, to escape the mainstream media, as I do everyday, I went online to look at several different media outlets and saw this story about a 10-year-old girl and her donation of 167 pairs of her own shoes to hurricane victims in Texas.  I went to public school, so I did the math.  In my head. That is 16.7 pairs of shoes a year.  That’s a lot of shoes.  An impressive amount of shoes for any child to be sure.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful that this little girl is pitching in to help with storm relief.  It’s with her parents and the media I have issues.

How is this, in any way shape or form news!  Especially, for a national news outlet? What is the media’s news story prioritization process?  What must this process look like?

I can just picture their newsroom meeting.  The beast in charge summarizes, “Well on today’s docket we have two major hurricanes—Irma could be the biggest and deadliest ever; DACA is on a six-month hold in hopes that Congress will get its act together and do the right thing to give these folks some permanent peace of mind in law; the North Korean nuclear threat is increasing by the day; Montana is on fire; well, actually many of our nation’s western states are fighting out of control fires; oh, and this cute little girl in Georgia is giving away 167 pairs of shoes that she’ll never wear again or put on any of her future children to hurricane victims.”

There is quiet in the room. Only soft breathing, and the occasional slap to an overly inquisitive hand is heard, as the powers that be mull over their news story choices and mentally wrestle with the importance of their weighty decision.  Quickly, they individually conclude that the hand slapper just lost her promotion.  Eventually, their eyes light up as they realize which story is most important to the viewing public. Then, in unison they all jump to their feet and yell, “Go with the shoes!”

I must say about our media as General James L. Kemper said about General George Picket in the movie Gettysbury, “Well, I got to hand it to you, George. You sure got a talent for trivializing the momentous and complicating the obvious. You ever consider running for Congress?

….just saying

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/05/georgia-girl-10-donates-167-pairs-shoes-to-hurricane-harvey-victims.html

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What is on my mind today? Job Opening for White House Communications Director…..

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What is on my mind today….I hear there is an opening at the White House for a Communications Director.

What an opportunity for professional and personal growth! And, here I am with experience working with national, state and local press; both political parties; elected officials at state, county and local levels; and military generals. I confess, I liked the generals best.

I have written over a hundred press releases and can pump one out in minutes, in plain speak, while on the phone fielding press calls, with management standing over my shoulder.

My customer service remains professional and excellent even when subjected to a profane diatribe. I enjoy a certain amount of—goal orientated—chaos, and I have been known to successfully meet complex and difficult challenges that would arrest most folks in their tracks.

With my background as a preschool teacher, legislative staffer, assistant communications director and press secretary, I know from personal experience that the difference between toddlers and politicians is….height.

Where do I sent my resume…my country needs me!

Oh, that’s right, I’m multiple myeloma broken….darn.

What is on my mind today? Special Prosecutor…..Damn!

 

Election 11I do believe that this whole Russian business does call for a special prosecutor.  It is time to have an adult in the room and the issue settled.  I frankly am sick of hearing about it.

That being said, the gleefulness of the mainstream media and Democrats, as they convict the president almost daily with hearsay, reminds me of a story a veteran once told me, about himself and his best buddy.

These two young men were both stationed in Germany.  They enjoyed going out and having fun.  Heavy beer drinking and obliging women filled many an evening.

As it happened, on one of these occasions, the boys drank a bit more beer than they probably should have.  As they stumbled around dead drunk in the dark, trying to flag down a cab driver, they ran right into a very old, very ugly, very large woman.

The gal, while not having been created easy on the eyes, more than made up for that deficiency by having been blessed with a kind heart and a giving nature. She immediately offered to help the uniformed lads get a ride to her home where they could spend the night.

The boys did not remember another thing from that night.  When they awoke early the next morning they were in bed together with the ugly woman laying naked between them.

As she snored away in peaceful slumber, the soldier’s friend vigorously pointed at him and mockingly mouthed, “You did her, you did her!”

Well, my veteran friend, thought for a second about the situation.  He then decided that the best way to find out the truth was to just pull back the covers and reveal what was underneath. As he lifted up the blanket on his side of the bed, it was discovered that he still had all of his clothes on.

Then, his gleeful friend very slowly peaked under his side of the blanket only to shout, “DAMN!.”

 

Election 2016: The Alamo and American Voters

Today, is a good day to reblog this post written before Trump was even the Republican nominee for president. The tone of our nation’s politics certainly did not improve after November’s election.

However, contrary to the media hype, this White House is not the Alamo. Even a politically embattled president is considered innocent until proven guilty and has the right to face their accusers.

No, this White House is not the Alamo. Nor will it be. Too, many experienced generals in the cabinet. Besides, what do Republicans really have to fear? After all, if President Trump is hounded out of office, the next three in line are also conservative Republicans.

Its always important to be careful what you wish for, especially in politics. Oh, there may be a political massacre. Who ends being massacred, is the question at hand.

For the sake of our great nation…may truth will out and justice be done.

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I have been reading a book about the battle of the Alamo.  It is a sad tale of a besieged and surrounded fort near San Antonio, Texas. There in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, its brave defenders all gave their lives for their state and country.

The over 160 American men, of diverse ethnicity, that held that small fort from February 23 until the final assault by Mexican troops on March 6, knew that the Mexican General Santa Anna did not take prisoners and that their time on this earth would shortly and violently be over.

There were several famous American frontiersmen, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett who died at the battle of the Alamo.  Accounts recorded later by Mexican officers and an officer’s widow and a male black slave, the only adult lives spared, are filled with the horrors of kissing a young husband goodbye as he ran out to meet certain…

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Election 2016: Scaredy Cat Politics

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2013 National Award I received from the National Association Secretaries of State for my voter outreach work as Assistant Communications Director at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

After working at the Minnesota State Capitol for over a decade, for leadership in both the Republican and Democratic parties, my Facebook friends are from all sectors of the political spectrum from hard right to far left.  I have always enjoyed reading their wide variety of political views and concerns.

The chorus of fear for the future expressed on social media about the current candidates for president, whether it be Trump, Clinton or Sanders is alarming. It has become apparent that many people do not like the candidate choices and claim they will be voting for the lesser of two evils or not voting at all.

I would like to address several concerns. Yes, historically, there have been nastier presidential campaigns than this one….Lincoln’s comes to mind. Yes, there have been serial philanders in the White House before…Kennedy, FDR and LBJ would be examples.
Can our country survive with a weak president?  Yes, at the end of World War I  Woodrow Wilson had a debilitating stroke and our nation survived war and all.  No, our civilization is not going to collapse this election cycle…we are more united and stronger than that as a nation.  Will Trump, Clinton or Sanders be able to change our whole way of life single handily?  Nope, our president is an elected official and not a dictator. Congress and the courts have reined in many a power hungry president in the past. The checks and balances in the Constitution actually do work.   Our nation is not that fragile!

However the comments that concerned me the most were by political pundits who are always outspoken about their beliefs while devaluing other people’s opinions.  The real my way or the highway type.  Do not kid yourself their are plenty of these folks in both parties.  The “I didn’t get the candidate of my choice so now I am not voting at all” or “I will write in a cartoon character’s name as my vote”, are not in any way, shape or form doing their civic duty.

I have very strong feelings about people who do not do their civic duty and cast a ballot in a free society. I would like to remind those who choose not to vote of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and civil rights leaders who bought and paid for that right to vote with blood and death. 

Not voting is NEVER all right.

Very few choices in life are easy.  Why should choosing a candidate for the highest office in the land be a simple choice? Or for any elected office for that matter.  It should take some time and effort to learn about the candidates that you want to represent you before casting a vote. Casting a vote is the very minimum of involvement in government that every citizen owes their country.

So, where did Trump and Sanders come from?  Well, they did not come from the stupid, uneducated, drunk or crazy, but from angry voters who have felt unrepresented for far too long. The public wants new faces, leadership and ideas.

Both political parties have become issue paralyzed. Their sole mission is to retain and expand their political power. All other issues pale in comparison. Compromise has become a dirty word and pragmatism has become extinct.  Members of congress spend more time fundraising for reelection than in their districts working for constituents.

Whether it is a social, economic, healthcare, environment or a national security issue the public is sick to death of seeing the same elected officials being interviewed as they parrot tired old overly simplistic talking points over and over again, year after year, election after election. The beating of the political dead horses of old ideas, criticism without solutions, social agenda pushing, staged political theater, childish name calling and less than clever quips is then continued ad nausea m by mass media outlets that have a financial and philosophical stake in the game.

Voters no longer taken in by this foolishness.  Today’s electorate is technologically savvy and use many online resources for information and fact checking. They don’t need “educating” from main stream media and certainly not from elected officials.

Personally, I do not think there is anything to fear from the 2016 presidential election.  It has been an exciting election process so far that has energized millions of disenfranchised first time voters to turnout and attend a caucus or cast a ballot. As long a protests remain peaceful, they are a sign of a very healthy and vigorous democratic process. Historically, our nation has been in much worse straits and our voters have picked the right person to get us through hard and challenging times.  As Lincoln used to say, we must have confidence in the people.

In closing I would like to address the seeming inability to have a polite political discussion in the public square–I blame this on texting. I believe that due to communicating through impersonal technology, we have lost our ability to be conversationalists.  Being able to disagree and remain agreeable is a skill that would go a long way to strengthen personal relationships, increase meaningful dialog and heal our nation.  It is a skill that would be well worth our time to relearn….just saying.