American Elephants


Fed Up, Annoyed, And Just Plain Had It Up to Here! by The Elephant's Child

I am fed up. The excesses of the media are becoming just too much. There are too many would-be reporters chasing too little news with a portfolio of too little knowledge. This celebrity said that about President Trump—a notice that brings out other celebrities to say something, because celebrities’ lives depend on publicity, and members of the media are hungry for a new and interesting comment.  One rude comment brings on a “Can you top this” reaction.

It is an age of hysteria. We now have “Antifa”— supposedly “anti-fascist” but they seem to be the same anarchists and Black Bloc people who keep showing up with clubs and black clothes and masks whenever there is an opportunity for a good lively protest — at least here in Seattle and in Portland. I don’t know if they are that active elsewhere in the country, but they have apparently found that not too many get dragged off to jail here, the opposition is unorganized, as is the police force. Mayors don’t want melees in their streets—bad publicity. It’s always appeared to me that the anarchists are just interested in breaking windows, setting fires and especially destroying police cars. Higher aims or philosophy, if any, have not been worked out.

It’s clear that excesses on one college campus infect many others, like a plague. Even abroad. And it grows a little with each new venue. I don’t think the kids consciously think, oh let’s go imitate Old Ivey — that would be embarrassing, but that’s of course what they’re doing. In their enthusiasm for eliminating the Civil War, the Trojans called for changing the name of the white horse the Trojan cheerleader rode out on the field after each touchdown, because he was named Traveler, which was the name of Robert E. Lee’s horse. An Asian-American sportscaster named Robert Lee was yanked by ESPN from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game. Virtue-signalling carried to an extreme. And so it goes.  A plague of idiocy, highly contagious.

Kathy Griffin is still complaining that she was roundly condemned for holding up a bloody-looking head of a supposed Donald Trump as if he had been decapitated, and people didn’t get the joke. Or she doesn’t understand why it wasn’t a joke, or she doesn’t understand why everyone made such a big fuss about it. Her entire career as a comedian is in the toilet, and the punishment is just too much for her to bear. The fact that she did it to herself seems not to have penetrated.

There was a time when the press was supposed to be the watchdog of government, keeping the three branches of government honest and responsible. Truth tellers in the face of possible corruption and greed. That’s almost laughable these days.

And Trump accomplishments? Never mentioned. The Trump administration has blocked Obama regulations that would have burdened employers with hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs and increased paperwork loads by millions of hours each year. The OMB instructed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to shelve a rule change that would have required employers to submit twenty times as much data to the agency as previously required. It would have affected 61,000 workers.

American companies with more than 100 workers and federal contractors with more than 50 workers were required ,to demonstrate their commitment to closing the nebulous “gender wage gap.” Obama’s big idea was for businesses to provide 3,660 different data points about each employee and their pay structure, up from just 188 points. Lessening the burden of regulation on employers may just have something to do with the economy’s growth the last quarter at an annual rate of 3 percent. This was much better than the  2.7 percent rate that was expected. The 3 percent figure was the first time the GDP growth rate has hit 3 percent in over 2 years. Broadcast news, of course, chose not to cover that interesting bit of information.

Advertisements



%d bloggers like this: