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It’s Political Hunting Season and All Candidates are Fair Game!

I believe the English language is being destroyed by superlative adjectives.  When I was young, pretty much everything you wore or ate could be described as small, medium or large.  With the popularity of fast food restaurants (thank you very much?) we now have extra large, 2X and 3X in our clothing sizes.   But those restaurants have even taken this to a higher level…we now can order SUPER-SIZED!  Extra large just doesn’t cut it anymore, its got to be super-sized.  How about that Big Gulp?

Another item I have noticed about the destruction of the English language is how we differentiate our celebrities.  During my youth, we had movie stars and television stars.  That’s what they were called and that’s what they were.  But now, if someone is being referred to as just a movie star, they are being denigrated.  You have to be a SUPER STAR or you ain’t diddly by the standards of today. Other terms I have heard to describe celebrity performers are A Lister or Uber Star.  A Lister? When I was attending school, I usually had a B+ average.  Most people would think that was pretty good but do you think any celebrity would be referred  to as B+ lister?  Uber?  Isn’t that German?  It’s not even Spanish.  What’s with that?  Isn’t there a cab company called Uber?  Are all the drivers German?

But now that the political campaigning season is underway, the media is tripping all over itself to describe the speeches and confrontations of the candidates by manipulating public opinion with their use of superlative adjectives.  For all practical purposes and with the media intent, the candidates could all be blaze orange-colored deer prancing through the woods during the start of the hunting season with bulls eye targets conveniently painted over their vital areas.  As can be imagined, that scenario would draw lots of fire.  (See the October 2015 blog on Do You Trust the Media? for further information}

A few weeks ago, Donald Trump appeared for a campaign speech in Pensacola, Florida.  The microphone did not work properly, so here are the headlines that the media chose to describe this occurance:

“Trump attacks his ‘stupid’ microphone in epic rant”, and

“Donald Trump freaks out over his microphone”

Admittedly, I did not watch this speech.  I did, however, see these headlines from two different news sources on the internet the next morning.  I was appalled.  Did Trump really have a meltdown?  Then my local newspaper arrived.  The event was close enough geographically to the newspaper offices for them to send reporters.  Can you guess what was reported about the ‘epic rant’ and the ‘freak out’ by journalists that were actually in attendance?  Not much.  They reported about the issues that Trump talked about and the audience response to the issues.  It was positive.  What the reporters did relate was that there was a microphone issue and that Trump was bantering about “firing the person responsible” and “not paying the company that was responsible”  You will be glad to learn that no one was fired and the responsible company did get paid.  It was classic Trump and part of his mantra of not tolerating substandard employee performance, especially government employees if he were elected POTUS.  (Remember his TV show, The Apprentice?  Same reaction,  You’re Fired!,  different format.}  Out of curiosity, I found the parts of this speech concerning the microphone on Utube.  There were three short snips of his comments about the microphone in a speech that was almost two hours long.  I particularly watched the audience reaction to determine if he was indeed having a meltdown.  He wasn’t and the audience was eating it up.  It was quite amusing and certainly did not warrant the above mentioned headlines.  The media made a deliberate effort to bury the issues of his speech and to exaggerate his delivery and demeanor.

Here are three more story headlines that appeared on the internet:

“Trump’s Staggering Remark about Iran”     “Cruz slams Trump after Explosive Assault on Twitter”  “Donald Trump goes Ballistic on Cruz, Invokes 9/11”

Here is the amazing thing about these headlines.  They all appeared on the same popular news site on the same day!  Look at the descriptive words being used to affect public opinion: ‘staggering remark,’  ‘slams,’ ‘explosive assault,’  ‘goes ballistic.’  This is not the way journalism reported when I was growing up.  This is a political campaign, but if you look at just the descriptive words you would think we have begun World War III!

I know most of this piece has been about Donald Trump and for good reason.  He appears to be the Republican front runner at the present time.  As a result, he is being attacked by his fellow Republican candidates that want to destroy his lead in the polls.  He is being attacked by the Democratic candidates.  And….most importantly, he is being attacked by the liberal media.

So, in the interest of fairness and impartiality, here are two headlines that appeared on January 19:

“Cruz slings insult directly at Trump for the first time”   “Republican Party Dumps NBC for CNN for Super Tuesday Debate”

I guess it just wouldn’t be the same if the first headline read, “Cruz responds directly to Trump for the first time.”  How about, “Republican Party Selects CNN for Super Tuesday Debate.”  Did I convey the same message with a greatly toned-down rhetoric?

How about this headline, “Bush spars with Trump supporter over foreign policy.”  Spars?  Isn’t sparring a boxing practice used to get ready for a big match?  Was Bush actually boxing with a Trump supporter?  Of course he wasn’t, but apparently  when it comes to politics, the media is all about aggression and aggressive descriptions.

This type of reporting is not an exclusivity of the Republican party.  The media likes to give their licks to the Democrats as described with these two headlines:

“White House fires back at Palin after Obama Attack.”   Did they shoot her?  Did she conduct a military operation or use ninjas to attack Obama?   Could this not have read, “White House responds to Palin’s comments about Obama.”  Just saying, this is the way it would have been reported 50 years ago.

Here is another one: “Clinton delivers brutal criticism of Sanders’ abilities.”  Take out the word brutal and the headline still delivers the same message.

I apologize for not having more Democratic examples, but they only have two viable candidates versus a platoon of Republican candidates.

Here is one of my biggest pet peeves.  It has been a pet peeve of mine for about 30 years.  It is the political candidate that says, “If you elect me…..I will fight for you”  Fight for me?  Doesn’t that statement imply we have enemies even though we are all Americans?  Is this the reason we don’t get diddly-squat done in Washington?  I want my representatives to communicate, debate, identify and compromise on what is for the good of our country.   Leave the fighting to the Department of Defense.

So here is the Grandpa T common sense opinion of what we can expect in the immediate future:

Firstly, it is only January and we have too many months to go before the election.  We will hear more and more of this type of rhetoric until we finally become numb to it, as most of the population has done already.  Additionally, it has become commonplace to use all these exaggerated superlatives by the younger generations.  If my grandkids ask me how I am feeling, and I reply ‘good,’ they are concerned I am dying because I didn’t reply that I was ‘great.’  Trust me when I say that the baby boomers were brought up in a more civilized era of reporting with far less super-sized adjectives.

Secondly, Trump has become the principle blaze orange deer prancing through the woods because he is the perceived front runner, much to the chagrin of too many people.  He will remain the biggest and brightest target until he either wins the election or gets dethroned as the perceived Republican leader.  I am convinced that if Abraham Lincoln was the conservative front runner in this fall’s election, he would be treated the same.  That is the way politics has evolved in America.

Thirdly, the media is not going to change or let up on their form of rhetoric and opinionated, false reporting.  They will continue it to sell advertising and to express their opinions in the most dynamic rhetoric possible.  What has changed is their beliefs and efforts to tell the truth.  As the saying goes, ‘don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.’  And they haven’t as witnessed by my example of Donald Trump’s Pensacola speech.  Relating the truth played a very small part of what was reported.

So here it is readers.  Most media sources think that the average American is too ignorant to separate the chaff from the buckwheat when it comes to political issues and political candidates. Prove them wrong!  Do not let the rhetoric get in the way of the truth.  Don’t make your political decisions because of the way you ‘feel’. That is what the media is hoping for as a way to destroy your objectivity.  That is how they bias your opinion with the use of superlative adjectives.  Do research.  Get facts.  Make sound decisions and ask pertinent questions before voting.  The future of our country depends on it.

‘Educated Idiots’ – Did That Really Come Out of Your Mouth?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Yes, it’s that ‘tweener’ time of the year.  That crazy, mystical time of the year when both holidays fall in the middle of the week.  Do I get mail?  What stores are open?  When do the kids go to school?  It is the ‘mystical’ time of the year because we are inundated with that great American tradition – college football bowl games!  I have been watching them for a week and the great games are yet to come!  Yippee skippee!

Yesterday was the second anniversary of my official beginning of writing this blog, December 28.  Even though I fought and struggled to write this blog yesterday, the mind was somewhat willing, but the body was definitely weak.  As a result of it being a Sunday, I decided to take a much needed break from watching the college bowl games.  There weren’t any televised yesterday anyway.   I watched the pro games.

Anyway, its time to get back to work!  (Or in my case – back to retirement!)

Have you ever been dumbfounded by some of the things that come out of the mouths of supposedly educated people?  I know I have.  Early in life I discovered that not all educated people have ‘street smarts.’  For instance, while someone that has an advanced degree could max any college test known to man and could rate at the top of a mensa entrance exam, he may not know how to change a lightbulb.  These people have all the ‘book’ smarts that one could possibly have and yet would not likely know how to change a flat tire if their lives depended on it.    We all know some of these people.  I have a term for them – educated idiots.  They are not stupid, they just did not inherit that gene that provides them the ability to cope with every day, common sense situations.  Thinking ‘on their feet is not one of their fortes.

I once had a young junior officer in my military unit that had a master’s degree in engineering.  Everyone outside the military would always emphasize that he was a brilliant person, a genius by all measures!  I had two incidences with him.  The first was when a field grade officer, as a reward after a successful evaluation, brought two large watermelons into our field headquarters for the staff.  The young officer asked the Major where he got the watermelons.  The Major pointed into the woods and jokingly replied that he found them in a ‘wild watermelon patch’ located about 200 yards from our headquarters area.  Now I need to point out that there is no such thing as a ‘wild watermelon patch,’ much less one to be found in the overgrowth of a coniferous/deciduous forest.  There was plenty of watermelon for everyone present, but the young officer decided he would be a hero and search for more watermelons.   Before we knew it, and before we realized what he was going off to do, he spent two hours looking for that watermelon patch!

My second incident with the junior officer was when he was required to write a statement that was approximately three sentences long.  He had to write this in long hand, as there were no computers or processors available for this form.  I was appalled.  Both his handwriting, spelling and grammar were at a third grade level!

Eventually, he was discharged from the military.  In retrospect, I missed an opportunity.  If I were to have asked him how the pyramids were built, he might have ended centuries of curiosity with his likely profound explanation.

Enough about my life experiences with ‘educated idiots.’  I am going to provide statements from political figures and you will provide the name of the ‘educated’ person that gave that statement.  I was going to do this with movie and television celebrities as some of their statements are astonishing.  It was decided that most of them are not educated and I would be writing for another two years to cover their statements.  Here we go……….

What graduate of both Wellesley College and Yale Law School said the following:  “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics.  That has been tried.  That has failed.”  This person made this statement while campaigning for a gubernatorial candidate in the last election.

Who made this statement?  Wait for it……wait for it……..Hillary Rodham Clinton, on October 24, 2014, while campaigning for Martha Coakley who was running for governor of Massachusetts.  Hasn’t Hillary Clinton been lauded as the smartest woman in Washington?  If corporations and businesses do not create jobs, exactly who does?  I believe we have witnessed and experienced a Freudian slip with Madam Clinton supporting a much bigger government.  After this speech was televised, Madam Clinton’s minions attempted to do damage control by saying she really wanted to address corporate tax cuts and corporate outsourcing.  If that is indeed the case, it surely appears she missed the mark.

Which President said this?  “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”

Admittedly, I had to throw this one into the mix, just so I had one conservative comment.  This was said by George ‘Dubya’ Bush at his last G-8 summit.  He said this as he was punching the air and grinning while departing Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008.   ‘Dubya’ had received much negative publicity from the liberal media because he did not sign the Kyoto Agreement concerning global pollution.  He did not sign it because China and India did not sign it, and they are the world’s largest polluters.

Ready for another one?  Which graduate of Trinity Washington University with a BA in political science said the following:  “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

I am throwing you an underhand softball on this one.  Think about it.  Time is up!  This statement was made by house speaker Nancy Pelosi while waxing poetic about President Obama’s healthcare law on March 9th, 2010.  As one pundit pointed out, this was similar to someone handing you a plate of Tuna Surprise, and you said “Hey, what’s the surprise in your Tuna Surprise?” and they said,”…..why don’t you eat it and find out?”  It appears we are being more and more surprised by the Affordable Healthcare Act as time goes on.

Here is another one.  Which person, with a BA from MIT and a PhD from Harvard said the following: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  And basically, call it the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

If you don’t remember his name, you certainly remember his face.  Those comments were made by Jonathan Gruber, one of the Obama administration’s consultants on the Affordable Care Act.  Additionally, Gruber said the following, “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes.”  All of these comments were made and recorded at the Annual Health Economics Conference held in 2013.

It is difficult to respond to not only the statement, but to the methods of getting this bill passed.  Rush Limbaugh said, “There you go, America.  That is what the Democrat Party thinks of you.  They think most people are incompetent and will make the wrong decisions if living a life of self-reliance.”

On December 24, 2009, the United States Senate passed the Affordable Care Act with a vote of 60-39.  The vote was split precisely on party lines, with one abstention.  On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives voted to pass the senate version of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 219-212.  All of the pro votes were from Democrats.  The against votes were from all 178 Republicans and 34 dissenting Democrats.

As you well remember, the Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House at the time.  Now we find out that even though our President promised government transparency, this law, commonly known as Obamacare, was passed in a very non-transparent manner.

So who are the real idiots to whom Jonathan Gruber was referring?  In retrospect, I don’t think it was the American voter.  I think it was the representatives that were elected to represent our best interests – those that passed this law.  They passed this 2000 page law without having read it, or without any clue as to how it was to be administered and managed.  Look at the problems associated with the website.  This falls right into the presidential feel-good political motto of Hope and Change.  I have often wondered what we were supposed to hope for and what exactly we were changing?  Again, I don’t think our representatives have a clue, but it all sounds good and doesn’t it give the voter a warm and fuzzy feeling?  More than a few voters may have heard harps and seen rainbows and unicorns at the mere chant of Hope and Change!

Who may have become the smartest people in the last few years?  Contrary to what the eminent Johnathan Gruber says, I think the smartest people are the American voters.  Why?  Because in four short years  we have gone from a Democrat-controlled House and Senate to a Republican-controlled House and Senate that will be sworn in on January 5.  Now that’s what I call Hope, followed by a whopper of a Change! Do you think this is what Obama had in mind with his motto?

I mentioned that December 28 marks the second anniversary of Common Sense by Grandpa T.  On our one year anniversary, we had 42,556 unique hits on our website.  It was most humbling.  This year, on the second anniversary, we have had 130,612 unique hits!  Amazing!  I want to thank the Bayou Mauler for the much appreciated editing and my Houston Nefoo for his graphics.  Without them this would not be possible.  I would also like to thank the three avid readers that diligently follow my blogs.