Solution for A Divided America

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Feb 202017
 

Solution for a Divided America

Something is seriously wrong in America today, and many news casters on TV and radio are coming to the same conclusion; which is that we are as divided as we were just before the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln said:

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”

But none of our news casters seem to realize that it is themselves who are to blame for this. If you listen to MSNBC about one story, then go to FOX news, you will hear the same story; except that it is the exact opposite.

How can this be? Consider this example; Barack Obama once said: “if an enemy convoy is headed to America to attack, he won’t use nuclear weapons”. The Left Wing said this was courageous because it will prove our moral superiority. The Right Wing said this is stupid because it would needlessly cost American lives, so just nuke’em and get it over with. Who is right? Who is wrong? This depends on which news source you watch all the time.

All the news sources use people who are the best con-artists ever. They are selected because they have great personality and devastating charisma. Just look at Chris Matthews, Bill O’ Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow and all the rest of them.

Both sides do an extremely good job of making the other side look like liars, incompetents, and just downright dangerous people, hell bent on destroying the nation. Plus they all do it with selective written proof and video of actual events. It’s really amazing. But what they are really doing is destroying the other stations for ratings, the higher their own ratings, the higher their paychecks.

For example: Rachel Maddow of MSNBC once put on a game show skit with contestants who tackled the issue of who is the biggest spending president. The conclusion they came to was that President George Bush (the younger) was the biggest spending President in American history. Then FOX said that when Barack Obama started his first term, the national debt was 10 trillion dollars and when Obama left the White House, the national debt was 20 trillion dollars. Making Obama the President, who spent more than all former presidents combined.

But MSNBC is not the only bad boy in town. Bill O’Reilly of FOX News fame once said that FOX News does not insult the other news networks, while the other networks insult FOX News all the time by calling them racist, sexist, homophobic etc. etc. Then John Stewart showed a video of Bill O’Reilly calling Left wing people pinheads and loons. But, believe it or not; the big Irish man O’Reilly did apologize, he had no choice.

Denzel Washington said: “If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed, if you do read it,  you’re misinformed.”

I can give other examples here, but then so can anybody else; suffice it to say that the mass media is an out of control circus. That would be a joke, except that the news media is endangering the whole nation with division and (hopefully not), Civil War. The solution for this is as simple as it can get; we have to impose “Parliamentary Rules of Debate” on the news media.

If you look at governments around the world (except dictatorships) they have a congress with opposing sides debating issues with strict rules of debate that include time limits, the right to present an opposition voice and no interruptions. Our news media is nothing like this. Add to this is a habit most people have of watching the same news channel day after day with the same propaganda and after a while they get brain washed into thinking that the news they watch is the only right side and the other side is nuts.

As another example, most court rooms have the same structure in that there is a defense attorney and a prosecuting attorney; if there were only a defense attorney then nobody would go to jail, if there were only a prosecuting attorney then everybody goes to jail because the jury is only getting one side of the story. Having a defense and a prosecutor examines all sides of the case and it’s more likely to get the right decision. This is what must happen in our news media– all sides of an issue must be examined to get to the best decision possible; clearly this is not happening now.

Right now we can’t even have civil discussions among citizens because we have different facts. It’s all “Fake News” or “Alternative Facts” in a “Post Truth” world. It’s all lies and B.S.

Look at the case of Ivanka Trump. Her clothing line has been dropped from many stores. MSNBC said this is because of declining sales. But FOX says the opposite because the sales are up 21% and total profits were 100 million in 2016. So this is just an attack on Ivanka  because of her dad’s Presidency. This is typical of news operations.

By “Parliamentary Rules of Debate” I mean  all newspapers must have two columns, one for the home newspaper, the other column right next to it must belong to an opposition newspaper, so that an opposition can be heard. The same for all web pages, opposing opinions must be side by side. TV news must have an opposition seat belonging to the opposition with full rights of parliamentary debate, even shutting off the mike for interruptors. Penalties and fines must be used for violations.

This raises many questions, like how can you put Bill O’Reilly right next to Rachel Maddow, no building can take the pressure without blowing up, but something has to be worked out to unite our nation.

Rodney King said: “Why can’t we all just get along”

Jose Lugo, editor DDTV.ORG

Donald Trump, Lame Duck or Dictator

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Feb 012017
 

In reading Donald Trump’s book “the Art of the Deal” he sounded like a man who was just as concerned about interpersonal relations as well as making money. One quote he made was:

“Maximize your options, have fun”.

This sounds like good fatherly advice as well as sound financial advice, but it certainly does not sound like the guy that just ran a scorched earth campaign to win the White House. What in fact did happen was that the Donald did what Dennis Rodman once did, which was to do some outrageous acting to get attention. This got Dennis Rodman a lot of TV spots and also made him some good money. Well, the Donald was running against 17 other guys who also wanted the presidential nomination, so he followed the Dennis Rodman technique– got outrageous, got attention, and won the White House.

What this means is that the Donald likes to win; he even said so himself. But what now, he is not in the corporate world he came from, he just can’t fire Congressmen who are doing a lousy job. And, if you add up the Democrats and the RINOs in Congress, they are the majority and they will oppose him anyway they can. So will the Donald be able to get anything done? Or will we have a lame duck in the White House for the next four years? Or does the Donald have another trick up his sleeve, since he likes to win.

Will the Donald drain the swamp, or will the swamp drown the Donald?

Look at it this way; the Donald said he wants to get manufacturing back in America to get the economy going again, and so wants tariffs on goods sent to America from American industries that moved to other countries, (to take advantage of low wage workers), to make products to sell to the high priced American market, and so make huge profit margins. This has been going on for many years and these corporations have been making big money like you won’t believe. These are rich powerful corporations that found it easy to buy congressmen to pass NAFTA, the WTO and pass legislation to give China special trade status to make this big money scheme work. They are not going to say good-by to this deal on the say-so of the Donald. To stop the Donald from getting the tariffs he wants, congress just has to DO NOTHING. Don’t pass the legislation to establish the tariffs. Then probably use BS like they don’t want a trade war, when we have been in a continuous trade war that we lost 30 years ago.

So, what will the Donald do? He can try exposing the bought-out congressmen, that is after all one method he used to win the election. But if that doesn’t work, what then? Well, he can use his Twitter account to convince the people that Congress must be minimized or ignored ( just like Obama did, without the Twitter account) to get anything done. The problem here is how much can you minimize or ignore Congress before it becomes useless, and without a Congress what else can there be but a dictator.

So, the process that Barack Obama started to minimize Congress, or go around Congress is continuing with the Donald, he has already started action by “executive order”. But how far this will go is anybodys guess, will Congress get a set and fight back? Or is this the beginnig of an American Caesar; a historically proven failure as far as government structure goes.

A good case can be made to let the Donald have these special powers (executive orders) to repair the damage that anti-American elements have done to America. But what happens when a future president takes power who wants to do damage to America and he has these expanded powers that executive orders will give him? Again, great damage to America can be done.

But then again, just to keep the show going, the owners of Congress may let the Donald do some small stuff like pick some Supreme Court Justices, or let men use the mens bathroom again. But as far as changing the current trade deals, not likely; there is just too much money involved for too many very rich people.

Then the Donald said this at his inauguration:

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.”

The Donald has been critical during his campaign of the government, but now as President he has fired the first shot at Congress. Clearly the Donald and the corporations that own Congress are going to go to war. If the Donald wins– then America gets a better economy, if the corporations that own Congress win– then America is finished. This is a prime factor to start a dictatorship, especially if the Donald is successful in bringing back the jobs that the Democrats sent to other countries with really bad trade deals they made.

Will the price of letting the Donald fix the economy be the loss of the American Democratic-Republic? Will executive orders vs. the owners of a fading away congress be our new form of government; or will executive orders vs. street protests and riots be our new form of government? The next four years will be interesting.

Jose Lugo, editor DDTV.ORG
lugo@ddtv.org