What Makes Conservatives So Angry At America?

The two sides of Fox News were on full display Friday.  On one side was the small handful of serious journalists at the network like Chris Wallace and Bret Baier who have demonstrated they are willing to break from Donald Trump to deliver the news fairly and accurately.  That is a far cry from how that network usually engages in their operations.

On the other side were the right-wing talkers like Jesse Watters, Tucker Carlson, and Sean Hannity who spin and deceive the audience in service of Trump on a regular basis. The difference between these two sides could not be laid barer on a day like Friday.

If you want to know why so many of our fellow citizens are so seriously wrong on the facts and acting so careless about our republic all one needs to do is spend some time watching Fox News to understand why.

I do not drink, but Lord knows I really should if spending any amount of time with that network.  My coffee intake already makes me a live wire, so taking in the nighttime antics of the right-wingers is more than I can handle.

But during the day-time, there are actual moments of clarity.  Two of the top anchors at Fox said that Trump’s Friday morning tweets attacking Yovanovitch raised the possibility of an additional article of impeachment being added against Trump for witness tampering.   I strongly concur with that assessment.

Bret Baier said Trump’s tweets “enabled” Adam Schiff to “characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness or tampering with the witness, which is a crime.”  Baier continued on to say that Trump was, “adding, essentially, an article of impeachment real-time as this hearing is going on.”

Chris Wallace agreed with Baier, noting the attack “played out in real-time.” Wallace said, “It does raise the possibility of witness intimidation and witness tampering as a new charge here.”

Wallace appeared quite moved by Yovanovitch’s testimony. He called it “very powerful testimony” from a career diplomat who had served presidents of both parties. In fact, Wallace went so far as to say, “If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse.”

I suspect most of the Trump base lack more than a pulse.  They lack the education to grasp the law of the land that has been trampled by Trump, the true sense of patriotism that must run deeper than partisanship, and the spine to stand up to what they know to be wrong—and in so doing accept the responsibility for taking our nation down such a rugged national ditch with their 2016 vote.

And so it goes.

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Trump Tweets Attack On Female Impeachment Witness, Refrained From Doing Same To Males

It was one of those moments that history will recall.

This morning live on national television, as the major networks had the attention of the American public, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff read aloud Donald Trump’s tweets attacking Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ambassador to Ukraine.  Trump tweeted his nasty words just minutes prior to the committee reaction.

I watched the face of the ambassador and found her to be far abler at diplomacy than I would have been in the same situation.  She was almost stoic in demeanor as Schiff read the president’s words blaming her for things going badly in places where she had served.

When asked for a reaction she served it with a touch of humor.  “Well I, I don’t think I have such powers”.  She then added that, ” I and others have demonstrably made things better for the U.S. and the countries I served in.”

What is most troubling about the latest tweets is the intimidating nature of them.  Yovanovitch stated today. “I think the effect is to be intimidating”.

It also needs to be added that the tweets today carry the usual sexism that comes with many of Trump’s actions.  Recall that Trump did not personally attack either of the male career Foreign Service officers who testified on Wednesday.  It is most telling that Trump feels threatened to such an extent he engaged in witness intimidation against Yovanovitch while she was testifying.  

Caffeinated Politics calls it one more article of impeachment that Congress will need to act on.

And so it goes.

336th Mass Shooting In United States This Year

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Yesterday’s school shooting was the 366th mass shooting in the country so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection, and research group.

The police said a suspect described Nathan Berhow as a 16-year-old male student at the high school who went there on Thursday morning, pulled a handgun from a backpack and shot five people before shooting himself in the head. Thursday was his birthday.  

Katie Holt, a choir teacher at Saugus High School, nursed two gunshot wounds on one of her students.

“I don’t think I should have had to process this. I don’t think my kids, especially, should have to process this,” said Holt.

“A really big change needs to happen,” she said. “I held a bleeding child today in my classroom, in my music classroom.”

So where does that leave us?

First, no one is surprised that a mass shooting took place, or that it occurred at a school.  The ones who feel the shock are the students and staff at the school along with their families.  The rest of the nation is growing numb to the carnage—the very preventable carnage.   What happened at Saugus High School will happen again because there are not enough reasoned voices in Congress to pass the bills we know would start to make a difference with these mass shootings.  The NRA is damaging the fabric of this nation by controlling members, and too many of my fellow citizens seem resigned to that fate.

It’s not a leap to say that no 16-year-old should have ready access to a firearm.  Yet this teenager was able to do just that very thing.  What is staggering to ponder is the fact that about 1 million students show up at school carrying a firearm. Since 2010 there have been 142 mass shootings committed by people age 17 and younger.

The fact that too many guns are manufactured, there is too easy of a process to buy guns and ammo, and the laws are not strict enough to prevent many of our youth from obtaining a gun are issues that our nation could start to resolve if we wished to do so.    We know the availability of guns remains the main problem.