July 4, 2016

JULY 4th DISAPPOINTMENT

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016
BY BOB FRANKEN
July Fourth disappointment
It’s a funny thing about fireworks: As they fleetingly light up the skies, they temporarily can blind us to the dreary reality that lies below. As we mark the 240th year since our Declaration of Independence, we need to take stock about how far we’ve fallen from the fervent highs of the revolutionaries back in 1776. In too many ways, their idealism has become a dud.
Look no further than our alternatives for the next chief executive. Let’s be blunt: If the polls are to be believed, we will be forced to choose between “bad” and “disaster,” between someone who is untrustworthy and calculating, and a liar who is a shameless demagogue. How inspiring is that? It’s as if those fireworks to celebrate the spirit of ’76 have started to fizzle.
The Declaration’s premise is for a democracy that would evolve after the separation from England would ensure “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” as we all remember from middle school. Sad to say, our government has far too often become the catalyst for the pursuit of money and power for the few, with little regard for the people. What, back then, was a violent split from the “absolute tyranny” of the British king has turned into a fiefdom for the privileged who manipulate their puppets in government in a slightly more subtle way, the legalized bribery known as campaign contributions.

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July 1, 2016

JULY 4 ON MSNBC

It's only fitting on Monday the 4th, that I go on MSNBC during the noon hour, Eastern. On Independence Day, you can count on me to offer comments independent of reason. Plan accordingly.

June 24, 2016

SATURDAY MORNING FROLIC ON MSNBC

I'm appearing with Joy-Ann Reid on Saturday's "AM Joy": MSNBC between 10 and noon Eastern. Tune in as she says "You can't be serious Bob."

June 22, 2016

LOW LIVES

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
Low lives
BY BOB FRANKEN
How low can we go? When it comes to politics, that’s a question that has a new answer nearly every day. Each time we think our campaign seems to hit bottom, somebody starts digging us in deeper. And I don’t want to tell you what they’re shoveling, because, well, you know.
So now we have Sarah Palin posting on Facebook that President Barack Obama is a “special kind of stupid.” Mind you, that’s Sarah Palin saying that. She was in a tizzy because the president has been restating since the Orlando massacre his frustration that we can’t put some limits on the easy availability of guns. Therefore, says Ms. Palin, he deserves “no due respect.” Of course he is the nation’s chief executive, twice elected — once when she was on the opposing GOP ticket as John McCain’s running mate. Actually stumbling mate was more like it.
Of course, McCain also is crossing the line with his rhetoric. Two days after Orlando, McCain told reporters that the president was “directly responsible.” After that hit Twitter, he was being showered with so much criticism that he pulled back a little bit, and said he “misspoke.” What he really meant is that Obama’s policies were responsible for ISIS.
Never mind that it was the Bush invasion of Iraq, which he so avidly supported, that created ISIS. McCain did not misspeak; he’s been in public office for a long time, and he knew exactly what he was saying. It’s just that he’s facing a tough re-election fight back home in Arizona, so he has to pander to his party’s zealots, who are head over heels in love with Donald Trump, the guy who will lead the ticket.

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