Democracy is at stake
I continue to ask the queston - why can't I, a regular everyday person, ask the NYT editorial staff why they do this and get a real answer? Is the paper itself the answer? That what they present as more and less important is what the staff truly believe are the order in which they should be considered? So the years of incessantly going after Clinton was because as a staff, they were convinced that Clinton was as bad as her detractors said and needed to convince the world this was true?
This is my greatest frustration. That there are people in positions of power who wall themselves off from us lesser people and don't even bother allowing any of us close enough to ask a question let alone to receive an answer.
It is a bad situation We can no longer count on checks and balances, the courts, majority rule, and simple decency from the Republican party. Just about all we have to protect us is the free press. Eric's work on press behavior is so important because the press does not seem to appreciate its crucial role. The NYT for example, is turning into a rag. I am a pretty stoic guy, but I'll tell you, I am afraid.
The scary thing that is becoming more and more obvious is that we are in the midst of a coup, a right wing coup hell bent on destroying democracy. Trump is nothing more than a pawn, not the pawn that the Republican Party intended but one that ultimately is serving their purpose. Look, Trump could not possibly be doing all of this blatant disregard for the rule of law by himself. He's getting help throughout this racist party. Trump's the fool, a clown that grabs all the attention. And while this circus unfolds on the TV, Mitch McConnel works behind the scene to insure that money and power go to the top one percent. Republican voters, so frightened of a future where more and more people are treated equal and where Americans no longer look so similar to themselves look the other way. Sadly the polling in swing states looks to be within the margin of error, close enough for the dirty tricks to play out that we found out about this week in Barton Gellman's article in The Atlantic. The press and TV media care more about ratings and sales than signaling the alarm that we are about to become the next Turkey and Hungary. The only thing that can stop this is not a tsunami of Democrats voting but a tsunami of Democrats voting in swings states and and now it seems plausible that those votes could be disregarded. Those that support Trump and the so called Republican Party better worry about their health insurance through the ACA and shortly after that, medicare and social security, and for women, the right to control their own bodies. That this dire situation is still being covered by the press as politics as usual is perhaps the biggest sin of all.
Trump downplayed the pandemic because he “didn’t want to start a panic.” I wonder if the Very Serious People at the N.Y. Times and elsewhere are downplaying the Trump threat because they don’t want to panic themselves?
Nice gig they have for themselves; be a shame if anything happened to it. Better play it safe - how bad is it really?
If only Biden had emailed Hillary Clinton about this, The Times might have given it the attention it deserves. Today, I noticed, they were trying to recover with two front-page stories--the surest sign they know they bollixed it up.
The part of "Dr. Strangelove" that has stuck with me was the convergence of individual interests without overarching circumspection. I find that no less true today.
Please. He's one guy with literally no support. This is not news because if he doesn't leave voluntarily, he will be removed involuntarily. He knows it, you know it, and I know it.
I wouldn't accept a free subscription to the New York Times. After Trump's election, the only news shows I would watch were Rachel Maddow's, Joy Reid's, and Lawrence O'Donnell's because they were the only news programs that treated Trump's election like the national disaster it was. I don't think the media or the Democratic leadership understands how ENRAGED we the people really are. I'm a 58 year old white woman with no criminal record, but if that bastard refuses to concede and leave the White House I will smash windows and burn down businesses. Just the thought of him trying to steal this election makes me want to break something. Bone Spurs/Bunker Boy is gonna find out what it means to be in a war if he dares to pull a spoiled little rich boy stunt like refusing to admit he's a loser. He will be very very sorry if he does this. We the people will make sure of it (even as our "representatives" sit around fretting and biting their nails like idiots). If he wants a war, he will surely get one.