If You Actually Believe…

conspiracy-theory-1024x729Some quick thoughts for the day.

If you actually believe that the election of Trump means that your gay marriage will be invalidated, or that Obamacare will be repealed without being replaced by something even more generous and costly; or that millions upon millions of people are going to be rounded up at the point of a gun (hmmm, that sure sounds familiar, don’t it?) or that Roe-v-Wade is going to be overturned, or spending is actually going to be cut, or Trump is from Pakistan, you haven’t been paying attention to anything for the last quarter of a century.

Nothing. At. All.

And if I need to actually explain to you why none of those things are going to happen, then you probably shouldn’t be voting in the first place.

You can find fault with the Electoral College system all you want. But the truth is that the Framers expected YOU to be a virtuous and engaged citizen. And corporately, as We the People, we have not been.

Vice President-Elect Pence claimed back in July that if Trump won, Roe-v-Wade would be overturned. I imagine that he’s walking that back a bit by now, because, as it turns out, Vice Presidents cannot overturn Supreme Court rulings. Congress could override it, but Republicans, whatever you think of them, aren’t stupid. They know a courageous vote when they see it, and voting to pass a law which negates Roe-v-Wade would be the ultimate courageous vote. Whatever the GOP plans to do it will never, ever, not in a million years, be an overturn of Roe-v-Wade. I’ll take any bet on that. And if I were to lose that bet, I guarantee – write it in stone – that the GOP will suffer a wave defeat in the next election the likes of which has never been seen before.

Media Experts are having heartburn over Facebook’s new “fake news” policy. There are some legitimate questions here about whether or not Facebook is “Media” in the news sense in the first place, and if so, why does it get to decide what and who is legitimate and who is not? On the one hand, Facebook allows ads from Chinese knockoff companies which sell sports memorabilia. I am embarrassed to say I fell for one of those ads. Once. Just once. And the “jersey” I bought hangs in my closet where it will never see the light of day again. I keep it to remind myself caveat emptor.

On the other hand, the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to Facebook. At the end of the day it’s a company, not the government. If it chooses to do so it can eliminate whatever stories and sources it chooses (just ask Chris Teicheira). It would be a bad business decision, and it would fly in the face of the spirit of the salon, the free range exchange of ideas and thoughts. Were it to become an online version of MSNBC or FoxNews, it wouldn’t last long.

At the end of the day, Google and Facebook can “police” news stories all they want, but unless some amazing and serious societal change happens, the fact will remain that you can fool some of the people all of the time. I think that I’ve been pretty clear about the necessity for using caution and care when reading news online. Know your source. There are some easy ways to tell a fake story, the biggest one being that it is a site or post that has no link to an original source and it appeals to your confirmation bias. Just because it sounds like something you want to be true, doesn’t make it so. Just like those who believe that Roe-v-Wade will be overturned or people are headed to massive deportation camps.

It’s long past time to start thinking and stop reposting and promoting every fool thing that comes across a social media feed.

Retired Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was informed yesterday that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On the chance that you don’t know what that is or what it means, the award was established by President Truman in 1945 to honor civilian contributions to the war effort. Since that time it acknowledges people who have contributed to the security or national interest of the United States, world peace, or other cultural and societal public or private endeavors. Certainly Vin Scully has done that through the years. Having said that, and though it is sacrilege for a lifelong Dodger fan to say this, I actually prefer Dick Enberg along with my favorite, Zack Bayroute. Scully will be in the Hall of Fame soon, Enberg should be as well. And some fine day Zack will calling big league games.

In case you care, Carrie Fisher says that she never said that Harrison Ford was “bad in bed.”



Posted on November 17, 2016, in 1st Amendment, 2016 Presidential, Elections, Obamacare, Press & Media, Social Issues and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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