Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Breaking News! You Won't Believe What Trump Just Did!

This is what I expect to hear next on a BREAKING NEWS ALERT.  “This just in!  “At a campaign rally, Donald Trump just announced that he farted!”  Then somewhere in America, a woman named Edith shouted at her husband sleeping in his recliner, “Archie, did you hear that?  Trump just farted!  He’s just like you, Archie!”  Archie responds, “That’s why I’m voting for him, dingbat!”

That seems to be the favorite reason people give when asked what they like about Donald Trump.  “He’s just like me.”  No, he’s not!  That is, unless you are a billionaire.  Unless you want to gather all Mexicans up and herd them like cattle back to Mexico.  Unless you make fun of handicapped people.  Unless you call women derogatory names.  Unless you discriminate against people of an entire religion.  Unless fighting STD’s was your own personal Viet Nam and believe a POW is not a hero because he got captured.  Unless you are a pathological liar.  Unless you are an unbearable narcissist.  I could go on and on, but I refuse to believe that you are like Trump. 

I’m just gonna say it.  If you think Trump is “just like you,” then you need to get help!

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!  The so-called day of truth has finally arrived. As I listened to the committee members at the great unveiling of this seven million dollar report, I was reminded of the quote by W. C. Fields.  “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”  Eight hundred pages of it!  So, after two years and seven million dollars of our money, the Chairman of the Committee, Trey Gowdy, reluctantly admits there is nothing new in this report. Right-wing conspiracy theorists threw up simultaneously.

If you think we’ve heard the last of Benghazi, think again.  At first I was perplexed as to why Trey Gowdy didn’t tell the nation what the over-all findings were in report.  If he said it once, he said it a hundred times, “Read the report.  I urge you to read the report for yourself.” (Yep, we’ll jump right on that, Mr. Gowdy!) Then I realized this was a crafted political ploy.  Gowdy is a trained prosecutor accustomed to writing briefs.  In lieu of making an oral argument, he chose to tell us to read it for ourselves.  In other words, he knows when it is read by members of the media, there will be many questions necessitating clarification by Gowdy and other committee members.  The ploy is to keep Benghazi alive until the election. 

I’m sick of hearing about Benghazi and I will be tuning it out or turning it off.  That goes for Facebook and Twitter, too.  Where does this stuff come from?  We have enough negative news without people manufacturing stories that are explosively negative, with no concern for the truth. 

I wrote my newspaper column and now this blog for two years.  I have felt obligated to stay on top of the latest happenings in order to tell the truth about incidents and issues.  This has required researching the perspectives from both the liberal and conservative sides.  This has also required nearly non-stop watching of cable news networks.  Most days I sit in the same chair for more hours than I like to admit, watching news while browsing the Internet.  Just recently, I found myself experiencing feelings out of character for me.  Nervous, anxious, worried, and a very short fuse.  Minor problems that come up in my everyday life seem magnified and I find it hard to cope. 

I realized that I was living on a diet of bad news, death, destruction, and Trump.  The exposure to so much negativity has affected my disposition and my outlook.  I don’t like these feelings.  I am a news junkie and I need to kick this addiction.

I Can't Wait!
Therefore, I have decided to take a break, a vacation, a sabbatical!  Just temporarily while I figure out how to be informed but not obsessed.  I need to refresh my mind. I want to devote more time to my church. I want to spend more time in the river, sing, and read books. I am behind six months in reading my subscription magazines. We have a ten-day vacation planned for mid-July.  I will be lying on a beach or by a pool during the Republican National Convention. 

To my faithful readers, don’t give up on me.  I’ll be back all refreshed and ready to give ‘em hell!



  1. Hi Marilyn,
    I have a subject to recommend for your next blog posting that is closer to home than Trump (who I hate as much as you do). This subject concerns a conversation I had recently with one of the two candidates for the School Board in Monroe County's upcoming election. It was scary. I don't want to post it here. If you will send me your email address, I'll fill you in, Or a phone number if you prefer.Hopefully you remember me from the Michelle Nunn campaign and know I'm not a crank. Jack Quinn

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