My last twelve waking hours have been spent cruising the internet about Las Vegas and Puerto Rico and Trump and Fox News and the pros and the cons and the whys and the shoulds and the musts and the can’ts.
Large chunks of my mind tell me to shut it all down in self-defense. Throw the blanket over my head and hum La-la-la-la until peace washes over me.
The other chunk says to see more, watch more, look for a door that will lead us out of this madness.
CBS News, the world that gave us Cronkite, the world that now has Charlie Rose (and oh-my-gawd Gale King – what is that about) spent the morning asking the victims how they felt. Please.
I am more interested in what our government officials think, what the NRA thinks, what Trump thinks about Las Vegas. Not their prayers, what they are willing or not willing to do.
I am sick of news coverage being about network ratings. Can we please have NEWS instead of photo ops.
The coverage of Trump in Puerto Rico should have been details about what has and has not been accomplished. The Trump speech should have been an apology and explanation about why it has taken this long and what is being done to get things moving more quickly.
The Puerto Rican leader should not let him leave the island until he and the tidy first lady sat down on broken chairs and shared a meal of what a native outside of the improved perimeter could manage to put together with local resources.
All I can think about is the pending doom of civil war… the return of the awful clashes of the 50s and 60s. The younger citizens who have no memory and little education about how angry this country was, have no understanding of the impact of their rhetoric.
Steve Bannon and ergo Trump want anarchy. Corporations want war — it has always been good for business. Bannon says this out loud. The corporations would never say such a thing, but the stock market is rising.
Once again, I am the child of the 50s who saw the air raid shelter sign on my elementary school and even then knew that the mushroom cloud was bigger than my school. I was not fooled.
I want leaders who constantly search for peace.
I want leaders who constantly search for fair allocation of resources.
I want leaders who constantly search for solutions for waste.
I want leaders who know in their soul that we are a tiny planet filled with needy people and greedy people hell-bent on taking all they can get, but there must be restraint.
I played golf with a man whose career is morning radio in my small town. He yucks it up with his female co-host, supports local community businesses, at the forefront of good works and thinks the Trump administration is doing a wonderful job. He thinks gun control must never be considered. He thinks a border wall will keep us safe. He thinks univeral healthcare is a terrible idea.
Why does he think this? He is not inclined to share. He is mostly in the “it’s a good thing it’s not Hillary camp”. Now there’s an argument for the advancement of democracy.
What I think is, he does not need univeral healthcare, he is a white male living in a small town and is as safe as safe can be. He listens to Fox News and the voice in his head — stroked everyday by Fox New coverage — is that we must fear THEM. THEY are trying to take your freedom. THEY are infiltrating your safe little life.
And the very worst thing I am thinking is that Steve Bannon and company convinced a 64 year-old white guy to kill as many people as possible and then kill himself in the name of moving the needle closer to what Bannon wants.
He may be the first United States of America jihadist…. or whatever you want to call a home grown terrorist who also hates everyone from the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia. The jury is still out on Scottish and French. We know the Germans are pissing them off but they think the Russians are cool.
Like I said. Blanket over head.