May 30, 2018

Wondering on Wednesday (v134)

What are you wondering about tonight?

Maybe you're wondering why president Trump just doesn't fire his Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III?  You know, deal with the problem, rather than letting it fester or whatever it is he's doing?  And rather than letting Lame Duck South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy do his dirty work for him?

Or, maybe you're wondering why the president was so happy to tweet Gowdy's comments about Sessions, on the same day that Gowdy said the FBI did exactly what Americans would have wanted them to do  when they got information they got? And that there was no 'spy' and, by extension, no 'gate' either?

You might be wondering why people who are appalled by football players kneeling during the National Anthem can so quickly defend Rosanne for her racist comments, while simultaneously forgetting that they should be appalled that she was even on TV in the first place, given her performance of the anthem? 

Perhaps you're wondering why so many people could have actually thought that Whoopi Goldberg wore a shirt with a picture of the president being shot in the head? Believed, without question, that it must be so because there was a picture of it on social media?

If you're wondering that, are you also wondering how it's possible that so many people believed, without a shadow of a doubt, that a bunch of people at a Trump rally were wearing Make America White Again t-shirts?

Both of these are believable, because we are that polarized, and because what we know has been said is not really all that far removed from what we believe people might have said. And because we know there are people out there in the world who would say these things, or wear these shirts. Heck, some of these folks are family, friends, coworkers -- so why would we even wonder if the pictures are real?

And does that make you wonder if you've ever fallen for any of those Russian bot campaigns on social media?

And, have you wondered which is worse - falling for a Russian bot, or falling for an American politician, comedian, actor, media star -- or an American anything else?

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