Have you noticed that DT and his ilk regularly talk down to us—as though fellow American citizens are merely ignorant children who must have things explained “properly.” Is this arrogance—or what? I may not “know more than the generals do” as the current occupant of the oval office claims to do, but—by God!—I am a reasonably well-read American citizen and I am as capable of understanding and coming to logical conclusions on matters as the orange man is.
So, just tell me the truth and let me decide. That is the collective “me”—the one Walt Whitman wrote of all the time—and I want the real truth, not an alternative version. If there is more than one way of viewing a given matter, tell me. I’m a grown up. I can figure it out. Again: the collective “I” there. Just don’t hide information from the folks you are supposed to be serving.
Truth. A rare commodity in government circles these days. More’s the pity.
Nor is it just ordinary citizens that DT and his treat as far less perceptive than they. Did you see that so-called news conference? (Has there been more than one yet?) I was surprised those reporters did not just gather their notebooks and walk out. What the world needs now—well, what the White House Press Room needs—is another Helen Thomas. At least Morning Joe’s Mika Brezinski got it right in calling out Kellyanne—mouthpiece extraordinaire—for her lack of credibility. Good on ya, Mika!
So now—in another stroke of sheer arrogance—certain journalists are to be denied access to White House briefings. DT seeks to control the very information we receive in order to ensure that nothing negative leaks out. It is a blatant attempt to control the media, which as any historian will inform you, is the action of the worst of history’s dictators.
“Doing the job” may be more difficult for those “banned” journalists, but I have confidence that they will, indeed, keep at it and try to ensure that we have solid information on which to form our conclusions.
Now—if we could just get all those so-called “leaders” in government to heed those town hall chants and DO THEIR JOBS.