A Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted November 14th, 016 on Niagara At Large
“One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when your ten feet tall.” – from the Grace Slick/Jefferson Airplane song ‘White Rabbit’
Have I just taken a trip through Alice in Wonderland’s looking glass or something?
Or has more than half of everyone I am listening to on American cable news networks these days gone delusional or mad? …. If they hadn’t been delusional or mad all along.
Just a few weeks ago, with the exception of the Donald Trump hacks on Fox News, most of these same cable news voices were behaving as if their hair was on fire over any chance this former Reality TV show huckster with the orange comb over might become the next president of the United States.
After more than a year of giving Trump all kinds of free air time because he was good for ratings, they could not, in the last month or two of Trump’s campaign, come up with enough ways of describing how mentally unfit they thought he is to hold the most powerful elected office in the world.
“I fear for my kids’ future if this guy becomes president,” one of these chattering airheads said just a few days before the November 8th vote.
Now they are sitting there, looking like a bunch of zombies in front of their studio cameras, as they talk about ‘President-Elect Trump’ and how – so far, at least – he “seems to be setting the right tone” as he and his transition team get ready to “drain the swamp” in Washington, or whatever they have in mind to do.
“He appears to be more tempered. … He’s acting more presidential,” they keep repeating over and over again, as if they are trying to convince themselves and the rest of the country and world to believe it.
And just to show how “tempered” he is, they go on to how he is already tamping down on some of his wildest ideas, like building that “big beautiful wall” along the whole border between the United States and Mexico. Now, in some places along the border, it may only be a “fence” that gets built, concedes the Donald.
And instead of getting immediately to work throwing 11 million undocumented Mexican immigrants out of the country, it will only be about two or three million that will either be bused out or thrown in jail, adds Trump, although those will be the “murderers” and “rapists” Americans should be most concerned about. (There’s a relief. The “murderers” and “rapists” go first.)
As for Obamacare or the “Affordable Health Care Act,” as the Obama administration calls it, instead of ripping up the whole thing, the Donald now says he may keep parts of it, which is curious since it looked like many of the people who showed up at his rallies and looked like they might need health insurance the most cheered wildly when he said he would tear the whole thing up.
Then there are those stiff tariffs he has repeatedly vowed to slap on goods coming in to the country from China. Now, all of a sudden, he might not slap those tariffs on everything, which may be a relief to his daughter Ivanka since, according to reports, about 350 of the of the 800 or so items in the line of clothing she sells are made in China.
Wouldn’t want to do anything that hurts the family business but what about all those angry supporters out there who wanted the Donald to take a meat axe to all of this stuff? Aren’t they going to turn some of that anger on him if he starts walking back on building that wall, throwing all of the Mexican immigrants out of the country, shredding Obamacare, etc?
Well, say the zombies on the cable news, “people have to understand that candidates say a lot of things in the heat of a campaign.”
In other words, people shouldn’t take the promises candidates make during a campaign seriously. Why have a campaign at all then? Especially one that drags on for a year and a half and costs hundreds of billions of dollars.
Just have each candidate fill a bag for of B.S. with their name on it, and go into the polling booth and vote. Get the vote over with then get those bags of manure out from under peoples’ nose.
Just as I was finishing that last graph, a reporter on CNN was saying with a face all dead panned, that Trump will soon be getting more detailed intelligence briefings and will be shown the so-called football with the missile-launching code. One nuclear strike, the reporter added, could vaporize 100 million people.
I could go on with this but the Mad Hatter just knocked on the door to invite me to a tea party, and thank God for that. Right about now, I could use an escape.
“When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead. And the White Knight is talking backwards and the Red Queen’s off with her head. Remember what the dormouse said. Feed your head. Feed your head.”
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