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How Media Inadvertently Helped Trump

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On April 6, 1994, a missile shot down an airplane carrying Hutu leaders Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprian Ntayamira in Rwanda, unleashing the ethnic majority Hutus against the minority Tutsis on a campaign of mass murder. As the atrocity spread, the world debated the nuances of the word ‘genocide’. Three months and at least half a million deaths later proved that, yes, it was genocide. Semantics matter. During the 2016 US election, mainstream media’s refusal to correctly identify bigotry, while perhaps not as egregious as mislabelling ethnic cleansing, has contributed to Donald Trump’s victory. Semantics matter.

Trump’s detractors, and count me as one, remain perplexed. We can’t blame the Republicans, they won. We may ponder hypothetical scenarios: what if Gary Johnson had run a stronger campaign and pulled votes from Trump? Or Jill Stein simply ceased to exist? But this does not explain how the media alienated voters.

Consider Roxane Gay’s post-election analysis in The New York Times:…(more)

Written by Caleb Powell

November 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

Obama & Romney, Save Me from Your Followers!

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An acquaintance w/spouse who live in Hawaii sent a group Email this last weekend. Here goes:

Hi Guys,

Check out this interview with Penn JilletteI know some of you’ve watched his BS [Bullsh*t] series and he makes some interesting points.  He says there’s not much difference between Obama and Romney.  Also here’s a link to Gary Johnson’s website.  He was a two term republican governor of New Mexico now running as President under the Libertarian ticket.  To quote his website, “He has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, lower taxes, winning the war on drug abuse, protection of civil liberties, revitalization of the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and privatization.”  His track record proves this.  Read on…

Hawaii doesn’t allow write-in candidates so we can vote for one of four or vote for no one.  So we researched the other candidates and Gary seems like a strong choice.  Sorry for bringing up politics but it’s hard to stay silent with such an important election Tuesday…

My response? Well, to quote Penn, “Bullshit!” Brief point/counterpoint analysis:

BS Point 1. “…there’s not much difference between Obama & Romney.”

BS Point 2.  “…we researched the other candidates. and Gary seems like a strong choice.”

BS Point 3.  “…Sorry for bringing up politics but it’s hard to stay silent…”

Counterpointing:  1.  Don’t tell me Obama and Romney are “the same.” Penn qualified this statement in the video, but some of his fans aren’t so sophisticated. Dems & Reps are polar way-the-fuck opposite on so many issues, and their candidates tilt toward their bases.  2.  Thank you very much for your expert “research.” Or better: “expert” research. 3.  We’re sorry, too.

Part of the game is trying to persuade others to vote for the person whom you feel is the strongest candidate. People sign up for social media, or vent on blogs, or message boards, and this is where polemics thrive. But geeeeez. Don’t forgive my “proselytizing” tone, but don’t be a proselytizing caterpillar and then apologize for it.

Should you vote Third Party? Maybe in Hawaii, where Obama’s victory is certain, but no 3rd Party candidate will garner over one percent of the vote this election. There’s a good reason for this. Voting 3rd Party gives voice to other philosophies, fair enough. However, there are only two choices…thus:

Obama & Romney, please save me from your followers. I think Obama and Romney are decent men, they mean well for the country, and have pros and cons. Yet I can’t understand how one side paints the other as evil. Obama is not a Muslim communist who wants to take your money and give it to heroin addicts. Romney is not a racist misogynist who only loves kleptocrats and billionaires.

My opinion? The Economist articulates a lot. Vote Republican or Democrat or even Third Party, make a respectable choice. This  sentiment underlies elections and democracy.