This post has been in my craw (what the hell is a craw) for a long time, but I can't stay quiet anymore. When I opened my computer this morning, Yahoo popped up as usual, as that is where I check my email. I try not to read the stuff on Yahoo's home page, as like every place else on the net. It seems to be extremely liberal. Guess you know where I stand now, and I didn't even have to make up anything. Okay, here goes and a quick disclaimer here, this is my opinion and does not necessarily mean that my editor agrees with me. However, she does believe in our first amendment, which is freedom of speech!
I would challenge anyone reading this to show me, not just tell me, show me that our President and his administration as a whole, have been treated fairly in the media. That is with the exception of Fox News, and conservative talk radio shows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and a few conservative sites on the net.
I guess what put me over the edge is not one, but two stories about Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary. She has been under constant attack whenever she steps in front of that podium to hold her press conferences. I don’t know many people who could withstand the amount of crap that has been thrown at her with as much grace as Ms. Sanders.
This past Wednesday, CBS reported that Ms. Sanders was going to leave her job as press secretary. “Does @CBSNews know something I don't know about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter's year-end Kindergarten event, and they ran a story about my ‘plans to leave the WH' without even talking to me," Sanders tweeted Wednesday night. "I love my job and am honored to work for the president.” Case closed? No way.
CBS had to have the last word, so they interviewed the reporter (notice I said reporter and not news reporter), and she was actually indignant and seemed quite perturbed with Ms. Sanders tweet. She said twice, we called her, and she didn't call us back and she wouldn't comment. Ah, so because she didn't call CBS back with a comment CBS chose to run the story anyway, it didn't have to be true, after all, it was CBS reporting the news, or more adeptly stated, their version of the news. Don't get me wrong; it could have easily been ABC or NBC they all report their version of the truth.
Friday evening, Ms. Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, where she was attempting to have dinner with her family. Did owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, ask Ms. Sanders to leave because she was causing a scene? Was her kindergarten throwing silverware at other patrons of the restaurant? Was her husband yelling at a busboy? NO, NONE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED. Ms. Sanders was asked to leave because she works for Donald Trump. Can you imagine sitting down at a restaurant with your family and being asked to leave because you work for Walmart or the Post Office?
Do you want to know what Ms. Sanders had to say about the incident? “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so”, she tweeted. Speaking for myself again, I certainly would not be as graceful or polite.
This article is not meant to defend or accuse anyone. It is merely intended to tell you what I think this kind of behavior will elicit. Negativity breeds negativity. It is so much easier to say something negative than something positive. It is human nature; we always want to hear something that usually makes us feel better about ourselves. You know what I mean, stuff like "Oh my god she has gained 50 pounds" No, it's only 5. "Did you hear he lost his job?" No, he was only sent to another location. You get the picture.
We, as humans want to feel good about ourselves and our environment. Ergo, hearing something negative about someone makes us feel better about our situation. I think that is why soap operas have survived all these years, geez everyone's life is better than the heroines on these programs. That is unless you are Susan Lucci, that bitch survives everything and comes up smelling like roses. Come on; you want to hate her looking that good in a bathing suit at 70. Gotcha, see what I mean?
The negativity that is permeating our lives is almost overwhelming. And, it is coming from all forms of the media. These folks can't wait to tell you about the latest thing the President is doing wrong. Because make no mistake, in their viewpoint he never does anything right. He could save a baby from a burning building, and it would be reported that he chose the baby over the cat or something as ridiculous. This is not news; it is just trying to get people worked up about a man, who was duly elected by the people, as our President.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a whatever your political affiliation, the office of the presidency should be respected, just like our flag. Whoops forgot if you are a professional athlete you don't have to respect that either. This is the root of the problem; it seems most people don't respect anything. At least this is what the media is reporting and wanting you to believe and even join in. Think like they do, hate, hate, hate.
All this hate is leading to something that I fear is inevitable. None of us can remember the Civil War. We’ve all read about it how brother was against brother, and thousands were killed for a belief. Well, that same kind of mentality is leading us to a war. It has already started all you have to do is look around watch the protests getting a little more violent; watch neighbor fighting with neighbor over a sign on a lawn; see the holiday table missing an aunt, a brother, or another family member because of their political beliefs. These are just obvious signs, the ones that are hidden and seething just under the surface are the ones that scare me.
When is the last time you actually had a conversation with someone who differed in their political beliefs? How did it end? Voices raised and harsh words uttered while vowing to end the relationship is what I have seen and experienced. Gone are the days when you could actually talk about the state of the union with calm heads. Everyone is so passionate, hey, I'm Italian, so I'm passionate by nature. But how about my neighbor or your neighbor, can you see yourself talking about politics? Hell no, you avoid the subject like the plague.
I'm afraid the straw that will break our nation's back is immigration. I fear a war coming, and it will pit neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother. I don't think it is going to be a war of words; I think it will be another civil war, one that we will all remember for many years. You can thank the media in advance. Yes, that is what I said, it will be their war as in my opinion, they will have caused it.
I offer a simple example of what I am talking. Someone, anyone, gives you a cookie. You bite into it, and it tastes like crap because it is crap. You voice your opinion and tell your sister her cookie tastes like crap. She immediately defends the taste of her cookie, not only that, she has thousands of people that have signed a petition saying that her crap cookie is the best cookies they ever tasted. You hear every day on tv, the radio, and everywhere how wonderful this crap cookie tastes. This goes on for months and months until you begin to think the whole world is full of crap. Do you stand up and fight or do you roll over and join all the people who say the crap cookie is delicious? I guess you already know where I stand, the cookie tastes like crap because it is crap. No one could make me say or think something different. Ergo, do I go down fighting? Yes, I do because a better tasting cookie is worth fighting for.
The aforementioned is a very simplistic example of what I think is happening in the United States these days. Change all the negativity and disrespect for the president, the flag, and many Americans into the crap cookie, and you see what I am trying to say. How about just trying many cookies and agreeing that some taste good and some taste bad. How about respecting other's and their opinion no matter how they vote, who they sleep with, what color they are and what kind of cookie they eat.
My favorite word in any language is RESPECT, Aretha sang about it, I was brought up doing it, and I instilled in my kids you don't have to love me, but you better respect me. I value this word over love or Italian, of course, those two words are synonymous, but I will take Respect any day of the week. Think about that word for a moment. Who do you respect? Who do you love? I bet the people you love outnumber the people you respect, and if that is not the case, then I want to know what kind of cookie you been eatin’.