A Dispiriting Picture

 

I get weary when I read that Trump’s approval rating is consistently above 40 percent and Fox is number one among cable news channels. I am stunned when I learn 80 – even 90 – percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job.

Who are the people responding to these polls? Who listens to Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jesse Watters, Laura Ingraham and the rest of those Fox propagandists?

Are they allowed to roam about freely? They might be a danger to themselves and others., Lock ’em up! Lock ’em up!

OK, I’m being facetious. They have every right to their opinions –¬† even the racists and fascists among them. This is still America, after all.

But this is not the America I imagined when I swore allegiance to the flag and abjured foreign princes and potentates.

This is not the America I envisaged when I watched movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

This is definitely not “the land of the free and the home of the brave” that I chose as my home.

And, yes, Chris K or any other xenophobe reading the blog. I should get out before it’s too late. I might just do that if the midterms prove as disappointing as I fear they might.

In the meantime, it’s hard to muster the will to write blogs. Yes, LogicFish and Joy, the rabbit hole is becoming uninhabitable.

I feel very, very old today. Old and defeated.

Perhaps I’ll feel better tomorrow. Or the day after. Or the day after that…

Who’s who in right-wing news

The kind of stuff they listen to

Ihose incredible poll numbers

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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1 Response

  1. Bill Moore says:

    I think Hendrik Hertzbegr’s take is the best I’ve read or heard: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/08/16/100816taco_talk_hertzberg