Previous presidents, whether you agreed with them or not, all operated within the normal range of American political discourse. Maybe some tested that range, but they still had the ability to be civil and comforting when the country needed it. You know what needs to be “great again”? The American President. ...
Conservatives have exploited the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi to advance their Obama administration witch-hunt. I’m not here to say there should be no accountability, and that nothing was done wrong, but Fox News, Republicans, and right-wing talk show hosts constructed their narrative without a shred of evidence. Benghazi wreaks of fake outrage and manufactured scandal.
Remember when Fox News couldn’t stop talking about Benghazi? It was Benghazi-gate, 24/7. OK, maybe that’s somewhat embellished, but there is little debate over whether Fox News provided ample coverage of a supposed Benghazi cover-up — well, except for some Tea Party nuts. They believe Fox News is not conservative enough, and they point to their perception of a left turn for the “news” network in the aftermath of the 2012 election.
If you aren’t watching The Newsroom then you should be. It’s a new Aaron Sorkin show on HBO that combines a great cast with a unique method of weaving real-life events, politicians, and public figures into the world of ACN (Atlantis Cable News), a fictional news network that competes with the real-life Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is the anchor of a fictional 8pm news program on ACN called News Night.
Tennessee Republicans and bat-shit-crazy Tea Party activists are steaming mad that their governor, a Republican, had the gall to hire a well qualified person to a government position. That well qualified person’s name is Samar Ali. Oh, and did I forget to mention that she’s a Muslim? Ah, now it makes more sense, right? Not really, but at least it’s not beyond the realm of expectations for a southern state.
A poll on cnn.com today asks: Which party won the debt debate? The more important question is: Who lost the debt debate? The answer would be simple, us! The average citizen. The fact that the country can be held hostage to the narrow ideology of a small group means we all lose. If this is what our politics is going to look like moving forward I don’t know how our democracy is going to fair. While it’s true that democracy does not always mean majority rule, I think it’s safe to say that a small group of narrowed-minded people that want to punish others for what they perceive as “leeching off the system” is not very democratic at all. It has increasingly become obvious to me that we have one party in this country that governs based on the best in people and we have another party that governs based on the worst in people. One party assumes everybody is looking to take advantage of the system. The other party does not. I don’t think I need to mention which one is which.