Looking at the news lately brings out the exasperation in me.
Just when I think people might finally get over the almost two-year-long tantrum over President Trump being elected, new things crop up that bring everything boiling to the surface again.
Even the perpetual investigations into Russian collusion are boiling over again, what with the testimony of Peter Strzok, an FBI agent under fire for what is being called anti-Trump bias.
It’s interesting to note that during the congressional hearing at which Strzok was testifying, his claim the he wasn’t biased but patriotic received applause and fanfare from the assembled Democrats.
That’s puzzling, to say the least, but damning as well, in that the members of a political party would be brazenly partisan during a hearing, the purpose of which is to discover the truth.
I’m sure you’ve heard that President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Heads began spinning even before the name was announced, and statements condemning the candidate were broadcast without even knowing who to condemn. There were two X’s where the name was to be, sort of a fill-in-the-blank press release of hate.
Now the candidate is being lambasted for purchasing baseball tickets on a credit card, and then paying the credit card off.
And who can forget that political darling and porn star Stormy Daniels was recently arrested for being pawed during a strip tease. It’s ridiculous to think this even needed to be reported, much less blasted over every news channel, each side getting more and more obnoxious about being right.
In even another polarizing event, the president met with NATO allies, where he was accused of saying something he didn’t, and Chief of Staff John Kelley complained about continental breakfasts.
The meat of these and other stories were left behind, and everything that was reported was from a gotcha standpoint. We’re not so much being informed as we are indoctrinated, and we’ll end up either loving or hating the subjects of news for reasons we never truly understand.
Nobody in this country is immune to having an opinion, and my favorite band says if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. But the more we travel these roads, the further apart we become.
It’s time to stop this nonsense, start behaving like adults, and move as a country, as a people, as a race of beings into the next stage of our existence. We’re better than this, but lately, it sure doesn’t show.
•Our Headline of Note for this week comes from the “duh” section of the news: Turkish televangelist known to surround himself with ‘kittens’ arrested on sex assault, fraud, other charges.
I say “duh” as in, “what did you expect would happen here?”
Part of us acting like adults means stopping stupid behavior, and stuff like this certainly qualifies. Yes, America has free speech, and yes, if this yahoo lived here, he certainly would be offered that protection.
But, come on, any preacher whose schtick involves shades of Hugh Hefner should not be taken seriously. Like bakers who don’t have to make cakes, broadcasters don’t have to give boneheads like this the time of day.
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.