The recent press conference where President Trump took an equally adversarial role in his treatment of the media as they have been doing in their waging war upon the President guarantees us fireworks for the next four years. The only question is how much nastier this warfare between the fifth estate and the President will become. Between the President claiming the media is inventing the news and other “fake news” accusations and the media claims that President Trump is a fascist who is overthrowing the Constitution and appointing a Cabinet which will serve only Wall Street and will crush the working man turning employees into indentured servants or worse, slaves; who is stretching the truth more depends on which side you fall. For those without a side in this war it becomes tiresome and detracts from the one essential service the news media is supposed to provide, actual news we can depend upon and actually use. The sooner the media gets past the results of the election, which they thusfar have refused to accept, the sooner they can get back to providing reports on actual events instead of editorials day in and day out on how awful the world is since Donald Trump became the Pretender in the White House. What makes the news war with President Trump all the more distressing is that it feeds the social media war against President Trump.
Should one dare tread the pages of Facebook or follow Twitter feeds you are fed a near constant diet of anti-Trump regurgitated articles, links and comments. People with whom you used to have normal relations exchanging pictures of pets, children, families and other mundane events of life and now all they appear to be capable of posting are reposted articles, opinion pieces, links or, if you are fortunate, original editorials on how awful President Trump is and how he is a threat to the world as we know it or how unfair the media war against Trump is and how their recklessness is a threat to freedom and the world as we know it. One can only assume from the evidence, especially if you just arrived from one of the recent planets NASA claims might support life, is that the Earth is teetering on the edge of oblivion. The sorry truth is that if the world actually were teetering on the edge of oblivion we would not know this as the media is too busy with their wall-to-wall get Trump campaign on one side and the defaming the media war on Trump from the other outlets. Where are those old friendly headlines about the newest baby born at the zoo? Speaking of those headlines, my wife and I have had one of our computers on a link watching and waiting for a pregnant giraffe to give birth as our distraction for the day and thus far a whole lot of chewing one’s cud but no calf as of this writing. One takes their distractions where one can find them these days.
One may ask whether we voted for President Trump and we can honestly report that we did not, then again we chose to not vote in the American elections as we do not reside in the United States. Who we supported is also of little matter as our preference did not relate to how the person sitting in the White House would serve the American people but rather which would be more advantageous in certain areas of United States foreign policy and foreign relations which should be sufficient to indicate which candidate we had favored, we will not go so far as to say support as we neither voted for nor contributed to the campaign of anyone in the United States election. The only real care we had was that our former Congressman be reelected which we can report that he was and this makes us happy as we have family living in that Congressional District. We can honestly tell that we are not exactly happy that the media and many Americans are so completely obsessed with the result of the election that they refuse to allow everything to return to some semblance of normalcy and simply await the next elections to try and change whatever it is they disapprove of from this past election.
This is how the United States political system is supposed to function, you have an election, somebody wins and somebody loses and the losing side works harder the next election and the winning side attempts to fulfill their election promises. That is another item which has us confused. President Trump is doing exactly what he promised his supporters he would do if elected. We understand that it is somewhat unusual that a politician actually fulfills their promises and with such gusto as President Trump has set about doing exactly what he had promised. It may be understandable that if you were against Trump’s platform that his doing as promised would be upsetting to some extent but just because you do not like his performing as promised, this does not make his coming through on campaign promises an impeachable offense. Unfortunately for the Trump impeachment club, President Trump has yet to actually break any laws unless you believe the Russians fixed the election for Trump because he and Putin are as close as bosom buddies can be storyline. That would prove to be an impeachable offense but first it need be proven and even the FBI has stated that there were no Russian interventions on the voting or the election as best as they have been able to find. Of course if you believe that President Trump has somehow corrupted the FBI, then there may be a more serious problem than any of us, including the media which even they have not claimed such, have realized and if you have actual evidence, then perhaps you should contact the FBI immediately. Without any actual proof of Russian interference, then the election stands and as unfortunate as such may be for you, President Trump has yet to commit an impeachable offense.
Then there are the claims that because of General Michael Flynn’s resignation as President Trump’s National Security Adviser over Russian contacts and lying to Vice President Pence actually being a criminal offense under the Logan Act, that too has been cleared from having any validity by numerous sources including even some from the Obama administration. The fact that in the two hundred years that the Logan Act has been on the books that there has been one charge, and even that one was not prosecuted, and never a single guilty verdict should indicate the improbability of making any such charge stick. If one were to chase that wisp of smoke then they would also have to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for her early 2016 secretive meeting with the Chinese. WikiLeaks presumably held a Podesta e-mail showing that a former State Department official with close ties to Hillary Clinton met with an ambassador to China attempting to facilitate a secret “off the record” meeting between Clinton and the ambassador to discuss China relations with the United States. What’s good for the gander must also be good for the goose, or something like that.
What would be interesting is if the people who really are gunning for President Trump did find a smoking gun and succeeded in forcing him to resign ala Richard Nixon and Vice President Pence being sworn in only to find himself trapped and also needing to resign ala Spiro Agnew and the next in line being sworn in, imagine the schadenfreude felt by many on the left end of the political spectrum when Hillary Clinton is not sworn in but Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan is being sworn into office. This makes the President, from all the efforts to remove Donald Trump and Mike Pence with the aim of placing Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, the very much more conservative and likely even more hated Paul Ryan sitting in the Oval Office as President of the United States and would indeed be a classic case of schadenfreude. What would the media do at such a point in a possible but unlikely future scenario? Perhaps it might be best to settle down, accept the election results and not seek to eliminate Donald Trump and Mike Pence as that simply results in President Paul Ryan.
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