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Archive for February, 2020

The National I-Don’t-Care-Anymore Breakfast

By on February 7, 2020 in See It Here

The National Prayer Breakfast has been an annual event in Washington DC since 1953.

I’ve attended and it’s always a chance to look at who we are through the eyes of religion.

It’s a place where differences are set aside and Republicans-Democrats-Whatever share stories, hear speeches and agree to stay on the same page for an hour.

After Mr. Trump’s finger-pointing-look-at-me-Pelosi-doesn’t pray performance, I hope those in power decide to cancel the entire thing and use Trump’s name as the reason.

Yes, we’re watching his Republican cohorts who backed him during all the “pain” inflicted on Trump and his family, and later saw them again at the White House for another TV show. I just hope the Prayer Breakfast folks don’t operate the same way as did his nodding-smiling-yelling Congressional supporters.

The thing is: his ego will dig it.

After all, it’s another “look-what-I did” moment.

The State of “Dis” Union

By on February 5, 2020 in See It Here

I’m sure most children weren’t watching the State of the Union Address on February 4.

But if they were, a good parent would have to have been sitting beside them pointing the 4th grade behavior among adults.

Yeah, you know what’s coming.

Our TV Show President refused to shake his House opponent’s hand when delivering the pages of his soon-to-be-given address.

The House Opponent then proceeded to tear up the pages of remarks.

As usual the GOP members cheered and, as usual, the opponents sat grim-faced. When it was President Obama at the podium, the same reaction occurred but the aisles swapped behavior.

The State of the Union has become a western with the two sides challenging each other to a verbal (and juvenile) “gunfight.”

We should just sell ads for joining Twitter, and buying beer and potato chips during this event.

Then again, advertisers wouldn’t be interested because nobody inside the joint session of Congress is listening and not enough people  would listen to the radio or watch it on TV.

I am worried about our ability to talk with, and listen to, The Other Side.

Civilization may become a topic for the history books.

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