Bless their hearts

Going into the first full week of the Trump Era in America, I think I know what Trump’s job creation strategy will be.  He and his administration is going to create unheard of job growth in the media field if for nothing more than publications having to hire mass amounts of fact checkers to deal with the onslaught of “alternative facts” that seem to appear from thin air.

When I first heard that term alternative facts, I had one of those WTF moments complete with the head twist like dogs do when they see something interesting.  Facts are facts.  There is no alternative to them.  They exist or they don’t.

This whole issue came because of the new press secretary trying to defend his boss’ ego by claiming the inauguration was attended by far more people than actually were there.  There was no reason to lie about it.  The inauguration was on TV.  When the POTUS has an ego so frail that he has to lie about any and everything, it doesn’t set a good precedent for his term, especially considering we haven’t made it a full week into the four years yet.

From the inauguration speech to his address at the CIA, President Trump is setting himself up for four years of defending the most miniscule crap that he shouldn’t have to waste time dealing with.  Who cares how many people attended your inauguration?  You are not the most popular president in history, not by a long shot.  If you keep acting the way you do, you won’t become more popular than you are now.

I really want to give this president the same respect as I did the two previous that I served under.  However, I don’t trust people who are habitual liars.  Without trust, there is no respect.  Period.  I will always respect the office, but I don’t have to respect the person sitting behind the desk to show respect to the office they hold.

If we can’t get the administration to be honest about the most ordinary of things, what do we do if/when a crisis occurs and they’re responsible for telling us what is going on?  When the press secretary can’t tell an honest fact and has to spin a tale based on alternative facts, the administration should expect for the press to call them on it.  If you spread manure on a plowed field, you can’t complain about the stench afterwards.

I sincerely hope the media doesn’t cower to the threats of intimidation and other schemes to manipulate stories.  We need a strong press to keep fact separated from fiction.  If not, we risk falling for lies and misdeeds and allowing bad things to happen without any repercussions.  At the same time, the media doesn’t need to try to over hype things just to sell ad space.  This administration appears to be one that will be great for the for-profit media as well as the rest of the press.

I purposefully tried to unplug over the past few days, just to spend time with family away from electronics and such.  When you see those closest to you suffering from anxiety over the unknown, you have to do those kinds of things to ensure that they’re okay to function.  If the next four years are anyway like the past few days have been, we’re all going to need to take care of ourselves and others to stay sane and avoid being screwed over.


What’s being hidden in DC

WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.

In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.

The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons.

The program is over and done with.  Nobody with an internet connection or tv is unaware of it, so what’s really being hidden by withholding this information?

Senator Dianne Feinstein blew whatever veil of secrecy there was with this investigation with her allegation of CIA spying on the Senate committee that’s running this investigation.  We all know that there were some heinous things done in the past.  None of that can be changed.  However, if we don’t know about mistakes we’ve made in the past, how are we supposed to learn from them as to not repeat them in the future?

After all the allegations we’ve endured since 2001, the last thing we need is more secrecy and hidden agendas.  Americans are getting tired of this stuff, and politicians should be quite wary of that if they want to maintain their status and office.  I understand the need for secrecy involving national security, so I don’t expect anything that would harm our security to ever be released to the public.  However, it doesn’t take the clone of Albert Einstein to figure out that the CIA or whomever was running interrogations at those black sites were not giving hot stone massages with a happy ending.

We elect our leaders to represent us and ensure that our country and way of life is protected and will always endure.  Sometimes, that requires them to do the hard and difficult tasks to move us forward instead of taking the easy route and doing nothing.  We’re not going to see any prosecutions over what happened with the CIA just as we haven’t seen any prosecutions for the economic collapse.  That said, we still need to ensure that the lessons learned, both good and bad, are known and understood by the people who can ensure we don’t make the same mistake(s) again.


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