Level of discourse continues to fall

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I only was able to attend circuses when I was older, mostly as escort for my young nieces or for my younger children.

The things I would take away from the events is that everything is more expensive than it needs to be, there’s a lot of running around on ground and in the air with little purpose, and there’s noise.

Lots and lots of noise. Meaningless, sometimes unintelligible noise, with the occasional bleat of some voice, usually the ringmaster, egging something on or announcing the next round of cacophony and frenetics.

Clowns, animals, acrobats all had their place, and while the dance went on and was fairly well scripted, it all was just a big miasma of events, with nothing lasting in memory longer than it took for the batteries to die in that gotta-have-it toy (which usually was the next day).

It get that same takeaway when I read or watch the discourse in the political arena, which anyone who has a discerning mind will equate to a circus.

The latest “act” to grace the stage was the mouthing off Roseanne Barr did about former White House NSA director Valerie Jarrett. I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the insult, and the hours and hours of noise and action everyone seems to be taking on both sides of this particular argument.

Next week, or in a couple of weeks, this will be replaced by the next round of outrage and circus acts over something someone — probably Trump — will say or do. And this will be relegated to the dustbin of history, only to be dug up when it can be used to make someone’s life miserable, or to prove some false equivalency in something the next person says, kind of like when you’re cleaning out your kid’s toybox and come across that gotta-have-it toy from so long ago.

This has become the new norm, and it is probably the most unproductive and useless form of discourse ever. Nothing of substance is discussed, or solved, or moved forward, in any meaningful manner; anything said or done is used as a weapon to prove the other side is just as miserable as we said they were. Which side doesn’t really matter.

When do the adults actually show up? When do we grow up and stop enjoying the theatrics, and actually start caring about results? Until we start talking to each other, and stop talking at each other, the answer to both of those questions are a resounding never.

•The Headline of Note for this week follows in the same theme, and is brought to us by newsbusters.org: CBS/CNN Panels: Totally Fine to Take Trump’s ‘Animal’ Comment Out of Context.

Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump referred to members of the MS-13 gang as animals during a press conference about immigration. The press, many liberal thinkers and Hollywood types took his comments to prove that Trump was bigoted and this proves it.

Shortly after it was pointed out that Trump referred to the gang members, and not all immigrants, as animals, the wind came out of the sails of the U.S.S. Outrage, and so the loudest of the screamers began to backtrack their comments by way of sophistry and rationalization, and this article is a prime example of that.

Parsing language to reach a desired outcome is disingenuous at best, and defamatory at worst, and for journalists and commentators to claim that an outright lie is in ANY way justified is heinous, and shows that yet again, the object here is destruction, not information.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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