I’ll begin this blog with something of a qualifier, that being that I believe NPR to be a proven reputable source though I haven’t always agreed with editorial positions they take.
So far what is referred to as the main stream media hasn’t covered this emerging story, and one can expect if and when they do Fox “News” and their acolytes will instantaneously label if as fake news, and yet apparently sufficient evidence does exist to the contrary.
This is a classic example of what failing to “drain the swamp” leads to – a cause Trump was very vocal about during his campaign and yet opted to introduce additional invasive species from corporations and the billionaire class.
There have been more than a few corrupt administrations and politicians in the nations history, none though that have ever rivaled the blatant corruption and dysfunctional approach of the current one.
Some may argue that Trump has no actual involvement, no direct linkage to the events described related to Indonesia in the links below, whether he does or not remains to be seen.
But the moral and political reality is the buck stops at the presidents desk – especially if his business interests or associates are involved in any way.
You can add, subtract multiple, or divide that axiom any way you like yet it remains an obvious truth.
There’s been a long running meme that Trump supporters are by and large an uneducated lot who give greater credibility to sound bites than facts.
Being an uneducated person myself with a seventh grade education that hasn’t necessarily set well with me inspite of the fact I am anything but a Trump supporter.
I find myself wondering though if there is reason to label this demographic in a such a manner?
Granted I’ve often referred to Trump supporters as ignorant in the context of a cultivated ignorance willing to ignore what is obvious, an ignorance of convenience, an opinion I hold and see no reason to abandon.
But there is something else at play here, and a lack of education may have a certain relevance.
As far as I know a college degree doesn’t guarantee common sense, something I consider an essential ingredient though I’m sure those who eagerly proclaim themselves as “critical thinkers” would argue to the point of exhaustion.
In their argument I would say they lack a fundamental element of education.
There is a time and place for both, in fact there should exist a union of sorts – a reality that much the same thing can be said in a few straight forward words as opposed to the lengthy ruminations of critical thinkers.
And that’s the sticking point, there is a certain self love going on with those critical thinkers who believe their opinions are the only ones having merit – a misconception common sense at times kicks the soapbox they are standing on out from under them, and so something of an enmity has arisen.
Politicians are “educated”, they have college degrees, a great many with law degrees, and yet they aren’t above displaying an identical willful ignorance as they deem efficacious.
Working class people supporting an administration that’s going to hit them squarely in the pocketbook can not be said to have adopted an informed and educated position.
Nor can working class people who railed about Obamacare and now find themselves on the short end of the stick.
The same people who carried on about making America great and bringing jobs back while wearing hats made in China, Bangladesh, and who knows where else now are confronted with cuts in every single category that will impact them while benefitting corporations and one presenters, and yet they rave on.
A cultivated ignorance, lack of education, or the same mindless delusional national hysteria that empowered despots like Hitler, Idi Amin, Stalin, and a host of others?
When was the last time if ever you read an article but the child of the wealthy being exposed to lead contaminated water or attending an underfunded public school?
Have you read anything about such a child being dependent on school lunch programs or public healthcare?
How about living in a mold contaminated house or not being able to avail themselves of pre or post natal healthcare?
You haven’t have you? Nor will you, and the truth is neither the wealthy, nor this president and the current Republican infestation in the three branches of government don’t give a damn about anyone’s children other than their own, and in view of all things it may be debatable that they care enough about their children to put their interests above those of corporations and the billionaires club.
We’re going to put coal miners back to work – right, a dying industry besieged not by regulations but by natural gas, dwindling demand, and a growing green awareness – better to retrain miners and provide subsidies during the training and then put them to work on infrastructure and a conversion to clean energy.
These are working men, men who want to work, want to provide, who among others built this nation with sweat and aching backs – they deserve better than the illusion that coal mining has any sort of longevity.
Better to bring back Depression era work programs than attack the environment, clean water, and the health and welfare of every person in this country.
Better to attend to the political mess in our country than to undermine the government of a country like Indonesia.
So, a cultivated ignorance, lack of education, or delusional hysteria? Worse case scenario is a combination of all three, but regardless of the equation the situation is deplorable at best.