Mr. President: Stop Hiding And Start Listening

Donald Trump, get over yourself. You wanna be better than Obama, start actually acting like you care about the country and not the version currently played out in the most depression editions of Call Of Duty. In other words, wake the f*** up.

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Donald Trump – What Else Is There Left To Say About This Man?

I apologize for featuring this same photo of Donald Trump that I used in another blog post. The fact of the matter is that there are so many sides of Trump that you can never tell which of them fit his real character. One side I wish he’d do away with is the part of himself that believes he lives in an alternate reality where he is considered a hero and everyone else is the villain.

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So You Cancelled Bill O’Reilly, Now What?

The No Spin Zone has been swallowed up by the black hole that has been created by it’s founder, Bill O’Reilly:

From CNNMoney:

“The O’Reilly Factor” has been canceled amid a cloud of harassment allegations against the conservative broadcaster.

 Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run 21st Century Fox, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” Fox said.

In a statement of his own released later Wednesday afternoon, O’Reilly said, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

I would like to cheer on the fact that this happened, but then this followed:

From The New York Times:

Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox News with a payout of up to $25 million, the equivalent of one year of his salary, two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.

I feel like the real impact of his exit would have been better had he not been paid. Sadly, for all of his ignorance, he was not stupid; Bill always had an endgame in mind in case the network didn’t want to stand by him. This just goes to show you that if you want to be a jerk, make sure you get paid and stay paid when you lose it all. In all seriousness, Bill is gone; what’s next?

Well, it seems Fox News already has a Plan B – as in bowtie (also from The New York Times):

Tucker Carlson, a conservative provocateur who joined Fox News’s prime-time ranks only three months ago, has been tapped to replace Mr. O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern, beginning on Monday, the network said. Mr. Carlson has become, seemingly overnight, one of the network’s most vital players, a remarkable turnaround for a pundit whose bow-tied heyday had seemed behind him.

If Tucker, who infamously was lambasted by  Jon Stewart on CNN’s Crossfire years ago, couldn’t handle a guy who was literally a comedian pretending to be a newsman, I can’t imagine that will bode well for him when he goes up against people who have actual facts. Tucker Carlson is much younger than O’Reilly which perhaps would have been an eventuality; the younger generation also watch Fox News, why not get someone their own age. I certainly hope no one Tucker Carlson’s age is sporting a bow tie and has some amount of intelligence.

Never mind.

Jeffrey Lord Knows Dr. King The Way Sean Spicer Knows Hitler

Jeffrey Lord, a political strategist and Donald Trump supporter, believes that Donald Trump is similar to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsure why? He explains here.

In a small quote, he explains Trump’s most recent strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare by withholding federal payments to insurers under the current Obamacare in one go:

“When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular, he didn’t have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so that the bill would be introduced. That’s what finally worked.”

It should be noted that Dr. King was working to put our country, and the world on the right side of history. Screwing with health insurance issued under the Obama administration puts this country on the wrong side of history. Why Jeffrey Lord can’t pull his head out of Trump’s ass and see this is beyond me.

If anything if Dr. King were alive and young and about in this day and age, he would pose a threat to Trump and his presidency in the way that Lyndon B. Johnson thought King was a threat to his presidency by putting the pressure on him and his administration to pull out of Vietnam:

President Lyndon B. Johnson was outraged at what he considered King’s lack of gratitude. Johnson had supported the Civil Right’s bill and the Voting Rights Act, but after King’s criticism of the war, the president reportedly referred to King as “that godd—ed n—er preacher.”

King’s feelings are best summed up, to me, in this particular part of his Beyond Vietnam speech:

We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.

I would try to find a speech where Jeffrey Lord’s comparison of Trump to King works, but the guy never comes across as a guy you imagine could see even writing a tenth of the kind of speeches King wrote. Mostly, Trump would boast he knows about healthcare and then find out that his preferred method of bull doggedness and deflection (putting the blame on Paul Ryan) does nothing to fix the issues that he and his party seek to fix.

Some try to compare him to Hitler, but I would argue that you can’t compare Trump to King or to Hitler, but Mitt Romney, who was once up for the Secretary Of State role that eventually went to Rex Tillerson. I bring up Mitt because, as eloquently explained by Jay Smooth via his Ill Doctrine blog, Mitt Romney is a nothing – a vessel for other people’s politics.

I wonder what other figures we are going to compare him with – Ghandi, Mandela, David Beckham? The mind shutters at what else Trump supporters posing as news commentators will say next. If he gets compared to God, we are definitely in trouble.