May 30, 2016

REMEMBERING MEMORIAL DAY

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Remembering Memorial Day
BY BOB FRANKEN
It’s a shame that it needs to be repeated as we enjoy the three-day weekend, but Memorial Day is much more than beach breaks, barbecues and shopping sales. It’s the occasion when we are supposed to pay homage to all those members of this country’s armed forces who died protecting the nation. By extension, it honors all those who serve in the military to defend America.
Regrettably, we have broken faith with them, not just for the shameful mistreatment that impedes the repair of the broken minds and bodies for those who returned (more about that in a moment), but for the shoddy state of a political system that is fundamental to our way of life.
They didn’t intend to put themselves in harm’s way to witness a choice between two presidential candidates who are significantly disliked, both for good reason. One is a fast talking, lying, and ignorant racist who has played on the fears and anger of a fed-up population. The other is also widely considered to be dishonest, enmeshed in an email scandal that has now only made her look even worse with the release of a scathing report from the State Department’s inspector general. In addition, she’s a plodding, uninspired candidate, perceived as a pawn of the wealthy.
They also didn’t believe they were fighting to protect the selfish interests of a few robber barons who live in obscene luxury at the expense of everyone else.

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May 27, 2016

MY HOLIDAZE ON MSNBC

I'm on MSNBC Monday afternoon during the 2:00 Eastern hour. Watch as I replace your extended weekend reverie with my dopey irreverence.

May 26, 2016

WELCOME TO THE MCP

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FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016
Welcome to the MCP
BY BOB FRANKEN
This is going to get me in trouble, but I believe that the New York Times piece that spent a major amount of space detailing how Donald Trump is a sleazebag relic from the Male Chauvinist Pigdom nevertheless was a huge waste of resources. We knew all that.
Let’s face it: The Donald is not a young man. He dates back to a time when objectifying women was considered an honorable pursuit for a guy, where usually the main feature of the relationship was getting the reluctant female into his bed. Since time immemorial we’ve discovered that when we got up close, our most revered heroes were really quite ordinary; they took their pants off the same way as you and I do. The political realm has always been for those who prowl the Male Chauvinist Pigdom.
It is true that The Trumpster resembles the guys in “Mad Men” — although he’s not as pretty — but at the same time he was being a sexually regressive dirtbag, he was being a gender-progressive boss, promoting women who could tolerate his juvenile comments and attitudes. They thrived in his domain even as he was treating others like mannequins, there to endure his blustery innuendo. It was a power imbalance, of course, but he is not the first one who seeks to lead the nation who was a total fool when it came to relations with the opposite sex.
How different is he than Bill Clinton or John Kennedy or FDR in that regard? Nevertheless, the New York Times piece about Trump’s boorishness was the most read political article of the year, according to the Times. So it wins out over the hundreds of stories about Donald Trump’s lies, ignorance, racist rants and various simple-minded positions on just about everything that many feel could plunge the world into chaos or worse.
Never mind all that. We prefer reading about how Trump scored, or tried to. For all the controversy about the article, it has been met by his supporters with the same shoulder shrug as all the others. They are so angry at the system that they adore anyone who rants against it. They also have such contempt for Hillary Clinton that they will follow anyone who is an alternative.

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May 23, 2016

DAISY, THEN AND NOW

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Daisy then and now
BY BOB FRANKEN
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I wonder if the Democrats’ plans against Donald Trump include reprising the “Daisy” ad. It was a major success in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson’s campaign released it in an effort to portray Republican nominee Barry Goldwater as a dangerous wild man. It simply featured a 3-year-old girl innocently counting petals and ended with a nuclear explosion, then a voice-over: “Vote for President Johnson on November 3rd; the stakes are too high for you to stay home.”
The Democrats have made no bones about the fact they will hammer at Trump as an even wilder thing, one who has already blown up the rest of the Republican candidates with hateful rhetoric and insults. Come to think of it, the 1964 campaign was kind of tame compared with the nastiness we can expect this time around. The attacks against him they’ve already launched make the “Daisy” ad look like, uh, child’s play. (By the way, it had a huge impact, even though it ran only once. In this Internet era, nothing runs only once.)
Of course, the Trump forces are already planning their own barrage, hammering at Hillary Clinton’s negatives. When the Clintonistas charge misogyny, the Trumpsters will dredge up Bill Clinton’s record with women. When the Clinton people hammer at The Donald’s inconsistencies and lies, his troops will storm right back by unloading on The Hillary’s reputation for dishonesty.
It won’t be pretty, but it’s worked so far for Trump, who has taken the Republicans and turned them upside down, leaving party regulars in a pile. But his adopted party is not the only one with unity problems. Witness the Democrats’ melee in Las Vegas, which certainly didn’t stay there. It was a delegate-selection process that went awry, complete with chair-throwing and physical threats from the supporters of Bernie Sanders, who accuse the party’s establishment of unfairly thwarting their efforts at every turn. Sanders, who refuses to go quietly into the night, has been tepid with his reactions to the violence, suggesting it’s the natural anger of those trying to take on the political/economic machine.

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