Too bad America’s left isn’t more militaristic. Missiles and uniforms would add some flair to this year’s May Day rallies. Russia is way ahead of our liberals on this one. How can you celebrate May Day without a show of right wing force? Strength in numbers sounds impressive, but when all you are doing is demonstrating with no power and nothing to back up your anger, the numbers only make things worse.
When it comes to current events how do we know where politics leaves off and reality kicks in? We don’t. Sometimes it takes years for lies to be revealed. We are still finding out about the government scam that thrust health care reform down our throats. Immigration propaganda is so infested with lies that we’ve been all but beaten into submission, waiting for the next Obama order to be announced and the newest numbers on border to control to boast another victory.
Politics endlessly drags out events in the news. The Benghazi and email server scandals will be with us for four to eight years if Hillary Clinton is elected. Even then we will likely never have the answers we seek.
A mainstay of the right is liberal media bias, though the largest conservative news outlet deserves a few fingers pointed in its direction as well. Audiences mean dollars. People want to have fun and current events, whether good or bad, are no exception.
News is entertainment. Current events have to be leveraged to be fun. The Internet and electronic devices haven’t helped with that. Were we better off when the news was reduced to black on white print where screaming, distorted headlines could never leave the page?
When we want to know about current events and politics there is truth to be had. We just need to look for it. Often the truth is not nearly as entertaining as lies, distortions, obfuscations, and inflated rhetoric. Sometimes federal transparency is a good thing. We have watchdog agencies like the GAO that clue us in on what is really happening. Sometimes transparency is a bad thing. When the information comes from a cabinet-level bureaucrat, don’t expect to hear the facts. When it comes from anyone running for office, just turn and walk away.
There are some things you can’t do if your job is talking to the press, especially if your audience and the surrounding real estate are filled with hostiles. For starters, you can’t talk about Hitler. It’s like trying to explain away the “N” word. No matter what you say, you are going to get into trouble.
Now that everyone is rejecting fake news whether or not it is real, why are we still so obsessed with words that mean even less? Whether we are talking about inappropriate remarks at a Hollywood awards show or Trump’s latest Twittering, Americans hang on the words of prominent people as if they mean something. Sometimes they do.
American families know what they need to worry about. Zika is not on the list. What families don’t need is to be faced with a public health emergency that is just a cleverly disguised political crisis.
Families don’t need Capitol Hill’s Zika threat
Congress is selling Zika to the public for reasons that don’t have a lot to do with protecting our health.
Whether you spend your summer lounging by the pool or battling mosquitoes in the woods, life in the real world goes on. Not everything that happens during the hot months is fun or relaxing. There are plenty of bad things in the news that happen while we are out having fun. Politics tops the list. Just because Congress escapes Washington during the hottest time of the year doesn’t mean things aren’t still cooking on the political front.