In physics, we all know the law that every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. Politics is not supposed to be an exact science, but with respect to this law of physics it is. Last Fall America elected the biggest political troll in the race, and his opponents are increasingly adopting the effective nastiness of Trump Troll style.
In a brilliant piece on Late Night with Seth Meyers "Trump Faces the Fallout from Firing James Comey" Meyers lampooned the troll in Trump with the above graphic. The piece also noted how our press has begun to hyperventilate over Trump's erratic behavior, such as when press helicopters followed Comey's motorcade over an LA Highway on the way to the airport after he was fired "because nothing says the press is keeping calm like filming a car on an LA freeway." Meyers also showed how some reporters were literally gasping for breath as they rushed from the White House to tell the news of Comey's firing.
When we troll, we appeal to our political base with facile extremes and fail to make the lucid arguments that ultimately win the day and steer our country right. Like this video argument by The Atlantic: America Needs an Independent Investigation on Russia—Now.
The question then: how long will the trolls rule America?
What the heck was President Donald J. Trump thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey? Why did the President say "Thanks for saying I'm innocent in the Russia probe" and "Thanks for saying I have big hands"? (OK we made up the last part). What is more laughable, the President's rationale that Comey was fired because he was mean to Hillary Clinton on emails, or the sudden Ascension of Comey to martyrdom and sainthood by Democrats?
One thing is for sure; if Comey had to go, there was a right way to fire him and a wrong way, and this was the wrong way because the President's actions raise unnecessary doubts about the integrity of the Russian Hacking investigation. If the President wanted to replace Comey and increase the faith in our justice system, he should have consulted with Congress first.
But as Condoleeza Rice just said on CNN, we still have the institutions (Congress, courts, free press and FBI) to ensure the Russian hacking/collusion probe will go on. So take a deep breath folks. We still have a strong democracy. Let's all support a strong investigation of the Russian hacking of our elections and the possible role of the Trump campaign.
#RussianHacking #HillaryEmails #Comey
are "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold." -- "Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats.
Things do indeed fall apart because moderates in the political center of the USA won't fight for their country. They won't fight because moderates are like W.B. Yeats, who was an Irish poet.
Because moderates are pussies.
OK, we admit we picked the most foppish photo of Yeats we could find on the internet. We are joking of course and have a lot of political moderates in Komodia, and others with strong views on one side or the other who still believe we all ought to play by the same rules. But the point remains: Why do folks on the extremes seem to be the nastiest while the folks in the middle seem to be all nice and polite to the point of being weak? As Rebecca Nelson said in her outstanding article "The War on Partisanship," there are dozens of organizations in the USA trying to promote decency in politics and fighting partisan politics but the are, "to put it mildly, out of step with the zeitgeist of U.S. politics."
Donald Trump got elected after running one of the nastiest political campaigns in US history, with upwards of 70% of his statements being deemed false or partially false by independent fact checkers. And soon after he won, many Trump opponents jettisoned the Michelle Obama mantra of "When they go low, we go high" and quite literally embraced the mantra of "When they go low, we go lower" as in a December Huffington Post article.
So now the new definition of "moderate" needs to be focused not just on politics, but on whether you believe that the dangers posed by people you disagree with politically justify using nastiness and falsehoods. Both sides are increasingly using those tactics (though not equally).
Which side are you on? Are you a moderate in the center or on the extreme of using low tactics? Komodia is very much in the center (or centre as Yeats would say) and we'll use the power of comedy to fight the good fight.
The next line of the Yeats poem is "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." When facts are no longer facts, when rules of political and social media civility are routinely violated, when Americans forget what unites them, then anarchy reigns. Fight against the extremes who justify jerk behavior in our politics and online. Fight against anarchy. Get angry. And then be decent, civil, and truthful in how you fight.
#partisanpolitics #Comedy4Comity #AngryModerate #StarkRavingRational