I have so many Comment of the Day-worthy posts to choose from right now that I could throw darts at the comments list to pick one and hardly go wrong. (Of course, that would be bad for my computer screen). I decided that I wanted to see if I could get some perspective from Louisville, Ky., where my father grew up, while the Breonna Taylor Freakout is in full, embarrassing bloom. Luckily, I knew I had Glenn Logan as a resource.
The post Glenn was commenting on wasn’t even about the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision, but rather Don Lemon’s evident ignorance about how the government works. Ignorance, however, is the common theme. The George Floyd Freakout was and is a fraud, because the protests were about racism when the episode didn’t involve racism, and about “routine” police brutality when the brutality was sui generis rather than routine and, we now know, was probably not even the cause of Mr. Floyd’s (Or Saint Floyd’s, as BLM would have it) death. By the time Floyd died, Taylor’s unfortunate death was already part of the protesters’ mantra, just as other factually irrelevant episodes have been for years, like the demise of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
There’s a reason Black Lives Matter is really Facts Don’t Matter. If the United States had a less despicable opposition party and a barely responsible journalism profession, making certain the public understood little details like what constitutes a murder, what causation is, and—back to Dumb Don again— how the Constitution gets amended would be a prime directive.
I admit to being a bit obsessed with the rioting and grandstanding around the Taylor grand jury decision, because it is so indefensible on any logical basis, yet so many are so self-righteous about it, and so many assholes are showing their true colors. How warped do human beings have to be to threaten and harass diners in St. Petersburg over an incident in Louisville that they don’t comprehend?
And why don’t leaders of the Democratic Party condemn such mindless thuggery? Well, that’s a stupid question: we know why.
Ugh. Don’t get me started.
And if you are wondering why I started writing this at 5 am, it’s because my now healthy, lovable rescue dog is still so insecure that he has to sleep slammed up against me like a hot, furry incubus, and I couldn’t bear to kick him off the bed, but couldn’t sleep either.
Here is Glenn Logan’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Unethical Quote Of The Month: CNN’s Don Lemon”:
“He clearly doesn’t understand how amendments actually get passed, and why this particular amendment will never, never be passed.”
Agreed. Actually, I doubt if he knows or cares how many hoops amendments have to jump through to become part of the Constitution. If he did, he wouldn’t have been so cavalier about his comment.
“It is also incompetent, irresponsible, nonprofessional, reckless and a breach of duty for CNN to allow someone who couldn’t pass junior high civics to pretend to be able to analyze the nation’s political scene.”
Heh. You could make that charge at virtually every TV or cable news outlet in America, and 98% of its newspapers. Which tells you that most of the public, who snoozed through civics and government classes in high school, don’t know anything about how the Constitution is amended, or if they did, have been convinced of some alternate reality. This lazy, feckless disinterest is the root cause of many of our current problems.
“Lemon has been immune from accountability because he is black and gay.”
Very nearly the trifecta.
These days, news outlets don’t care about the facts unless they fit their “narrative,” they don’t care about their personalities unless they fail to draw an audience, and they don’t care about the damage they do to the republic. In service of their ideological bent and their target audience, nothing is off limits anymore, and they use President Trump as justification via rationalizations 1, 13, 14 (where all “marginalized” people like Lemon are automatically good), 17, 25, 28, 30, 31, 46, 49, 52, 53, 57, 58, and 67 among others.
Nothing can be done about this. Mass media has become an addiction, and the polarization of the country makes it easier to appeal to only part of the country and still make money. The various media groups have embraced this idea and simply written off the rest, much like Mitt Romney’s infamous “47%” comment. This approach has hastened the Balkanization of our country and enhanced the violence that now manifests itself upon us all.
Here in the Louisville suburbs, where I reside, we watch in resigned fear and horror as the rising violence threatens to spread and engulf the rest of the city in the conflagration of racial and political hate. There were many shots fired downtown last night, and two officers injured by gunfire. There may be no more injuries, but the fact that shootings are becoming a multiple-per-day occurrence in a city where they were once fairly rare is not lost on those of us somewhat removed from the epicenter of the naked rioting.
I think we all hope it will get better, but deep inside, we know it’s going to get worse. Hopefully, “worse” does not mean “worse and worse.”