One-Liner Wednesday — Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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“Watch what they do, not what they say.”

Rachel Maddow, American television news program host

I started watching The Rachel Maddow Show regularly in early 2015 as the 2016 presidential election race was just getting underway. Her weeknight show on MSNBC has since become Must See TV for my wife and me.

In the age of Donald Trump, Rachel has urged her viewer to not get distracted by what Trump says. He lies constantly and most of what he says is bullshit designed to divert and distract while he and his Republican enablers go about systematically destroying everything our country has stood for.

She’s warned us to not focus on the word salad and nonsense that he utters anytime someone points a camera and a microphone toward him. She suggests that we not pay too much attention to his crazy tweets, where he comes across like a king whose mind has been muddled by syphilis.

Instead, Rachel reminds us that “There’s no law that says you have to do and think and feel and focus on subjects of the president’s choosing…. Now, more than ever,” she tells us, “watch what they do, not what they say.”

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

22 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  1. Marleen June 3, 2020 / 7:09 am

    She suggests that we not pay too much attention to his crazy tweets, where he comes across like a king whose mind has been muddled by syphilis.

    Aw… that’s from his “personal Vietnam.” Can’t you give him any honor?

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  2. bikerchick57 June 3, 2020 / 7:38 am

    I used to watch and love Rachel Maddow when our previous Governor was elected and we had protests at the Capitol in Madison. Even though I totally agreed with her sentiments at the time, I had to stop watching because I was living very disheartened for the first few months after the election, when I knew nothing would change.

    In this present case, I may have to start watching Rachel again – the voice of reason and sanity. The right wingers most likely call her all sorts of names to deflect the truth, as Trump loves to do, but most of us know their actions. Actions always speak louder than words.

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    • Fandango June 3, 2020 / 9:19 am

      She is the voice of reason and sanity, but I’m afraid hers is a lonely voice these days.

      Like

  3. Laura June 3, 2020 / 9:11 am

    Solid advice. I’ve always found that words might try the head fake but actions never fail to reveal the truth.

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  4. Marleen June 3, 2020 / 10:39 am

    I don’t know how to make this just show up instead of being a link.

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  5. Marleen June 3, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    I ran across this earlier today — some book recommendations.

    5/17/18 Roland Martin: don’t go on tv and lie about slavery and
    American history (response to a Laura Ingraham segment)

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    • Marleen June 4, 2020 / 7:15 pm

      I’m pretty sure it was the world socialist web site that first publicly questioned “the Project” referenced. They (wsws) found out later about the fact-checker (at the nyt).

      I’ve made a list of what I hope doesn’t miss any of the books.
      (They don’t all have to do with the controversial tie-in.)

      The Counter-revolution of 1776, Gerald Horne
      Empire of Cotton: a Global History, Sven Beckert
      The Half has Never been Told: … Capitalism,
      Bind Us Apart, Nicholas Guyatt
      Rough Crossings,Simon Schama
      Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution, Lawrence Goldstone

      Black Reconstruction in America: 1860 to 1880,
      W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, first published in 1935

      All Deliberate Speed, Charles J. Ogletree
      Slavery by Another Name: … from the Civil War to World War II, Douglas A. Blackmon

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      • Marleen June 4, 2020 / 7:22 pm

        Sorry; I missed giving the author for The Half Has Never Been Told…It’s Edward E. Baptist

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    • Marleen June 4, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      At 8:25, the guest mentions a “corporate counterrevolution” that has taken place — I think referencing, metaphorically, the concept of Gerald Horne’s book (which is a controversial one). Near the end (before eighteen minutes) of the video, there is a reminder of an earlier Minneapolis police-shooting case, where someone got shot for no good reason.

      The Real Looting of America … (with Chris Hedges)

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