Saturday, May 13, 2017

Easy Pickens

To mock these "deplorables" the "Trumpsters" is to vilify your neighbor, your co-worker, the dude in the car next to you in traffic or any of the many who deliver your packages or serve you a drink. The Washington Post went to a remote Florida town to interview the locals at the local watering hole. They also do this in other towns at the local coffee/bait shop and somehow that is a finding a pulse on America.

I don't see them talking to people in "mixed" towns like Memphis, Nashville or Miami. I bet wandering into the cuban sammie shop or the BBQ joint on a Sunday - after Church - would find a cross section of people who are of varying ages, races and more importantly education.

The reality of this is that we have an under-educated populace. This was a deliberate experiment that began in earnest with Reagan and has been systemically abused throughout the years with the proverbial nail in the coffin, No Child Left Behind and its modified version, Every Student Succeeds Act. This is pretty much what the current fight over the ACA is, finding a new way to re-brand a truly decaying system rather than taking it apart and rebuilding it from the ground up. The Educational system and the Medical Industrial complex are just that - complex - and until we actually take it examine each level and layer of what comprises it and in turn toss what is failing, keep what is working, and fix what is broken but usable we will just throw money into the wind and in turn into the pockets of the rich.

So demonizing these people is easy. My favorite is the trucker who thinks because he was saved from not going to Vietnam and coming back in a box or damaged beyond repair is the Government's fault and they owe him for 40 years. Well they would have given him VA benefits, socialism, but he is getting Medicare and Social Security when he retires - two Government programs. It is as if people are confused about what makes Government work and when it fails to serve their needs and theirs alone it fails. Therein is the problem.

The No Trumpers are passed by in the local Walmart another den of diversity or not as in this town it is likely the only place to shop. There used to be town shop keepers, small business owners and a local economy that relied on the locals but now without a nearby larger employer to feed the income source, Walmart is all they have. So again the point is what? To tell us that most went to local schools that failed to teach them skills to work in the global economy. Yes Educators are also readers of the future to know that in 20 years the same kids that would go to work in the nearby factory, the few that might go to the local colleges would be displaced by the global economy? By wars and terrorism and political manipulation? That is a hell of a Teacher, get his or her name! Oh wait it was her or his fault for failing to do so.

Blame a Teacher for Trump.

‘I wish he’d quit tweeting’: Many Trump backers say it’s time for him to put down his phone

By Jenna Johnson
The Washington Post
May 12 at 12:28 PM 


NICEVILLE, Fla. — On any given day, President Trump is known to fire off tweets that grab the attention of those inside the Beltway.

On Friday, for example, he got started at 6:51 a.m. decrying the “fabricated” story about possible collusion between his campaign and Russia before threatening to cancel press briefings, jabbing at the credibility of his staff and sending a thinly veiled threat to former FBI Director James B. Comey.

This is not unusual. Earlier in the week, the president called Democrats “phony hypocrites” for criticizing his decision to fire Comey. Last week he praised Australia’s socialized health-care system and congratulated a morning talk show friendly to his agenda for “its unbelievable ratings hike.”

Trumps tweets, as always, transfixed Washington.

But nearly 1,000 miles south, in the bar of American Legion Post 221 in the Florida panhandle, no one seems to notice his Twitter habits.

Instead, the regulars talk about their grandkids, home-improvement projects, politics and the way things used to be in conversations peppered with curse words and crude jokes. The jukebox blares country, with some classic rock mixed in, as the bartender pours $1 draft beers and $2 mixed drinks.

No one has a Twitter account — frankly, many aren’t even sure how Twitter works — although they do know it keeps getting the president into trouble.

President Trump's relationship with television goes back decades – and now that he's in the White House, his TV-watching habit is still going strong. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

“I wish he’d quit tweeting,” Becky Corcoran, 62, a Trump-supporting retired school custodian, said last week. “Keep your mouth shut, quit tweeting. . . You’re not just a businessman any more. Now you’re president of the United States.”

Although the president pledged to let go of his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account if elected, he has continued to tweet, insisting that it’s the only way he can bypass the media and directly connect with his supporters.

A Quinnipiac University poll last month found that 68 percent of registered voters said the president should stop tweeting from his personal account. Among Republicans, opinions were split, with 47 percent saying he should continue, 47 percent saying he should stop and 6 percent not caring. A Fox News poll of Trump voters in March found that 35 percent approved of his tweets — while 51 percent wished he would be more cautious and 12 percent disapproved.

And for those who are active on Twitter, interest in Trump’s tweeting is fading. The president’s tweets earn far fewer likes than they did during the election — or even when he first took office, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. Those who engage with Trump are more likely to be left-leaners leveling criticism than right-leaners lavishing love, according to an analysis by the Associated Press and Cortico, a media analytics nonprofit group.

Niceville, Fla., is home to about 12,000 people, many of whom work at Eglin Air Force Base. (Meggan Haller/Keyhole Photo/For The Washington Post)

Many of those at the American Legion bar one night last week said they can’t keep straight which of the president’s comments were delivered in a tweet and which came in an interview, speech or formal statement. Everything melds together as they watch the news, listen to their favorite talk-radio shows or read articles posted on Facebook.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president’s supporters don’t have to read his tweets on Twitter for them to be powerful modes of communication.

“When he tweets . . . it gets picked up by everybody, it gets read live on the news, you guys will cover it in the paper,” Spicer said. “We put out a press release and it gets covered much less than when he sends a single tweet.”

Here in Niceville — which replaced the town name Boggy in 1910 — questions about the president’s tweets were often met with shrugs. Many said they care more about some congressional Republicans not supporting the president’s full agenda, about liberals not giving Trump a fair chance and about the media seeming to ignore the victories that they see.

“I’d rather hear honest and crude than unhonest and sanitized,” said Scottie Gontarek, 60, who retired after 20 years in the Air Force and is one of a handful of widows who often hang out together at the Legion post. “You might not like what he says, but he’s honest.”

Trump won overwhelmingly in the Panhandle, which culturally has much more in common with the southern states it borders — Alabama and Georgia — than with Miami.

Niceville is home to about 12,000 people, and is known for its annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival (named for a fish, not the hairstyle). Last week, fighter jets practiced overhead as students at Northwest Florida State College took finals, tourists posed for photos at an armaments museum and families gathered at a local playground.

No one could name a tweet that the president had sent recently.

Among those shopping at a local Walmart was a 56-year-old Republican who refused to vote for Trump and called his tweets “childish,” along with a 29-year-old whose husband is based in South Korea and who wishes the president would be more careful with his comments, especially those about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. At a water park, a 69-year-old grandfather who voted for Trump said he had to cut back on cable news late last year for fear that the stress was hurting his health — so he’s unsure what the president has been tweeting.

During a lunch rush at the chain restaurant PoFolks — “be sho’ to tell yore friends how much ya enjoyed yore visit,” the menu says — a 57-year-old white grandmother raising her 14-year-old grandson said she loves the president’s tweets and said that the occasional typo or poor choice of words shows he’s down-to-earth and not trying to “be some bigwig that thinks he’s above all of us.” At a nearby booth, a 56-year-old African American grandmother who is helping to raise her three grandchildren and didn’t vote in November said that Trump “shouldn’t even be tweeting at all.”

As the night wore on at the American Legion, a light rain began to fall. Rob Orr, a 48-year-old electrician, ordered a round of Tequila Rose shots for several of the women in the bar, most of whom were old enough to be his mother.

“Tastes like a strawberry milkshake,” said Lenora Ellison, 77, a retired Air Force mechanic who loves telling stories about being one of few women in the service.)

Ellison thinks a lot of the nation’s problems could be solved with more birth control — “and that’s a position I even made on Facebook,” she said — and she voted for Trump.

“He says what he thinks and doesn’t flower things up,” she said.

Sitting to her right is Corcoran and her husband, Kim Jones, who said he worked for General Motors in Michigan until his job was shipped overseas.

Around the corner is Jeff Gipson, a dump truck driver with triplet grandsons who said he has been mad at the government since 1978 when he graduated from high school in Michigan, volunteered for the Army and was given a date to report — only to show up and learn that doctors wouldn’t allow him to go.

“We had a goodbye party with my family and friends. . . I said goodbye to my family, my friends,” he said. “I think the damn government owes me a paycheck for about 40 years.”

Gipson said that he’s fine with Trump “speaking his mind” and doesn’t think his tweets are terrible, although he doesn’t follow them closely.

To Ellison’s left is a 38-year-old who grew up in the Midwest and specializes in defusing bombs for the Air Force. He voted for Barack Obama in 2008, felt let down, and voted for Trump, noting the charismatic similarities between the two. He asked that his name not be published, as he’s active duty and not allowed to speak to the media without permission.

Like many in the bar, he was glad to see Trump finally take action against the Syrian regime, although he thinks the president went a little light. And it was “awesome” that the military used the “mother of all bombs” against the Islamic State in Afghanistan





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