The FIRST Witch Hunt was the worst one…

Ah, the President of the United States does love to mangle American History.  This morning he set to his favorite Historical Misappropriation Delivery Tool… Twitter and said:

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Well, actually… no.  The single greatest Witch Hunt in American political history was the one that actually gave you the name with which you use: witch hunt!  Now whether his is the second or 200th can be debated, but not the “single greatest”.  Continue reading

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Would Jackson have stopped the Civil War? Yes and No: History is Complicated.

It’s hard to keep up with the current President’s wild historic thoughts, so I finally have the time to dig in on this now moldy tweet about Andrew Jackson stopping the Civil War…

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At first blush, it’s no surprise that Trump would have an affinity for Jackson.  He had visited Jackson’s home six weeks earlier than his tweet.  It is oft reported that the last things in POTUS’s head contribute greatly to his positions, often contradicting those he had earlier or those of his staff moments before the change of direction. Continue reading

Social Media – it’s better for you than you think?

People have been hollering that Social Media is driving a wedge between us and polarizing America politically.  It is one of those situations where you sit back and think it sounds and feels logical.  We even get “data” that supports what we already think, as a Pew Research Center study cited: “More than one-third of social media users are worn out by the amount of political content they encounter, and more than half describe their online interactions with those they disagree with politically as stressful and frustrating.” But is this truly the case, or is this a by product of elsewhere from which the polarization is hatched? Continue reading

How Fox & Friends used an Amber Alert to manipulate their viewers… twice!

This morning on the treadmill I flipped the TV over to Fox news.  I like to vary where I get information from and hadn’t been on Fox in awhile.  Fox & Friends was running their Saturday edition.  What unfolded in the half hour span was nothing short of an authoritarian’s delight.

Last week Michael Flynn stepped down as National Security Adviser when CNN broke the news of improper contact with Russia during and after the election and prior to taking office.  This past Thursday the news broke that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to get the FBI to dispute media reports about the Russian interference.  As President Trump is so able to do, Friday was a diversion from all of this when certain news groups were banned from a White House presser.  Cue the Outrage Machine about a free press vs. an authoritarian state. Continue reading

Much ado About Nothing: Trump’s Month One

The first month of President Trump’s term has been marked by turmoil.  What your politics are determines what that turmoil is.  For the political left, it has been one gobsmacking outrage after another.  For the right, it has been a hounding media blowing up every little Trump tweet and tither into a scandal of Watergate proportions.  But if you sift through the silt, you will see that President Trump hasn’t really done much governing at all in his first month.

While Trump was swift to issue a torrent of Executive Orders, he is ahead of the typical president but lags behind President Obama.  Trump issued 12 Executive Orders in his first month, Obama had 16.  Trump actually takes 3rd place, with Harry S. Truman edging him out by a single order.  By comparison, George W. Bush issued 7, Bill Clinton 6.  Continue reading