One-Liner Wednesday — Under the Spotlight

“The president’s recent discussions with those around him reveal that he sees his White House comeback deliberations as a way to earn the commodity he needs most after leaving office: attention.”

Anita Kumar, Politico White House correspondent and associate editor

The good news is that, despite his need to stay in the limelight, Trump will ultimately wilt under the truth, scrutiny, and heat of the spotlight and will finally melt away.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Political cartoon credit: Paul Fell.

The Monday Peeve — The Media

Through her The Monday Peeve prompt, Paula Light invites us to vent on Mondays, to let off some stream, to get something off our chests. This week, my peeve is with the mainstream media. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let me tell you.You’d think that, after four years of Trump’s lying, misleading, diverting, and distracting, the mainstream media would get it. But yet the media carries on as if everything that comes from Trump, the White House, and the lackeys in his administration is the gospel truth.

Did Trump really test positive for coronavirus, or is this just another way to distract us from his taxes, his efforts to cast doubts upon the election which, if everything was fair and above board, he’d be likely to lose, and all of the other underhanded, unethical, and probably criminal things he’s done?

The media’s tendency is to continue to amplify, rather than analyze, his lies. They’re buying all of his bullshit hook, line, and sinker. They’re covering this coronavirus “thing” under the assumption that it is what they’re told by Trump and his cronies it is. But is it? Could it simply be yet another distraction designed to garner sympathy, good wishes for a speedy recovery, and to bolster his support among his base right before the election?

Trump is like a pickpocket who distracts your attention with one hand while he grabs your with the other hand. He intentionally tries to keep reporters busy fact-checking and debunking all of his lies, but the media shouldn’t fall for it. The media must evolve in order to protect and safeguard the truth. It must refuse to fall for Trump’s continuous onslaught of lies. We know we can’t trust Trump to speak the truth, but I don’t think, after four years, we can yet trust the mainstream media to cut through the bullshit and tell it like it is, either.

I’m sorry, mainstream media, but you need to do your job, which is to see him for what he is, an authoritarian leader who uses lies as a weapon against us; against the truth. Unlike any other president before him, everything he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Everything he does is for the ratings or to boost his fragile ego and feed his extreme narcissistic personality disorder.

So yeah, I’m pissed at the mainstream media. Really, really pissed.

One-Liner Wednesday — Lies and Truth

Truth and Lies“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”

Edgar J. Mohn

It’s very true these days, with Twitter and the always on, 24×7 internet, that lies have speed. I used to think, as did Edgar J. Mohn, (whoever he is — I looked him up but, other than this quote, not much is known about him), that truth will endure. But Adolf Hitler was the first to express the notion that…

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

This is a philosophy that Donald Trump has embraced “bigly,” as he tells big lie after big lie and his rabid supporters buy into his every word and believe every lie he tells.

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

Share Your World — Going Deep

Share Your WorldFor today’s Share Your World edition, Melanie said that she’s asking a few philosophical questions. While she’s going deep with her questions, I’m going to wade in the shallow end of the pool with my answers.

Must we have evidence to know the truth?

It helps, although the Republicans in Congress can’t seem to acknowledge the truth about their president despite all of the evidence about his misdeeds and incompetence.

How much control does a person have over their life?

You can control only your own actions and life, but you have little control over the actions and lives of others and how that might affect your own life. You can only do what you can to make the best of it.

What is gravity and how does it work?

According to Albert Einstein, gravity is “a consequence of the curvature of spacetime caused by the uneven distribution of mass.” I have no idea what those words actually mean, so don’t even ask me to explain how it works. All I know is that if you drop something, it falls, and that’s somehow due to gravity.

Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness? How about vice versa?

I don’t think experiencing happiness or sadness is dependent upon having experienced the opposite. As the old song goes, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. If your sad and you know, but you don’t want to show it, go take a nap and sleep it off.

Share Your World — Truth and Joy

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and Melanie is once again asking us to Share Our World with each other. She has posed some intriguing questions for us this week, so let’s just hop to it.

What is truth?

Now this is a question I wish I would have thought of to ask on my weekly provocative question prompt. Technically speaking, truth is something that conforms with facts and reality. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we have “alternative facts” when the actual facts are in conflict with what someone chooses to believe. And we have “fake news” when the real news (i.e., reality) is not consistent with what someone chooses to accept as actual reality. Furthering the blurring of truth, we have Photoshopped images and deepfake videos that effectively “alter” facts and reality. Bottom line, we are living in a post-truth age and I’m not sure that the notion of truth even exists anymore. Any that’s the truth.

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

That I’m a stable genius. Oh wait. That’s the one thing people would never think about Donald Trump.

Do loud noises bother you?

Unfortunately, with my left ear being totally blocked, every noise I hear gets trapped inside my head and bothers me. Hopefully, after my surgery at the end of this month, that will be corrected.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?

Seriously? You asked in the first question, “What is truth?” and my answer was that we live in a post-truth age. So is there really such a thing as a “correct answer” anymore? I guess that would depend upon who you ask.

What fills YOUR heart with joy?

Right now, not much. But seeing Trump impeached (likely) and removed from office (unlikely) would fill my heart with unbridled joy.