Since when do television personalities drive U.S. policy? Since when does the president of the nation ask the media pundits what he should do? Why, the answer is simple: Since 20 January 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated to an office he is incapable of managing.
No one person can know everything … I get that. In the past, though, presidents have hired people called ‘advisors’ to help them determine the best course of action. Trump hired people called advisors, but refuses to listen to or heed the advice of the ones who actually know what they’re doing. The others are just window dressing or campaign donors to whom a favour was owed. The ones who knew what they were doing got tired of being berated, abused and ignored, and they have since left the room.
Left to right: Sean Hannity, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Doocy, Lou Dobbs, Ann Coulter
“Is there any, in your judgment, any reason in the world why he should not call that emergency?” — Fox News host Lou Dobbs
“Let’s be very clear, this is just politics, this is about the vote. This has nothing to do with the security of the nation. And on February the 16th, I expect [Trump] to declare a national emergency to build the wall.” – Sebastian Gorka to Sean Hannity
“Agreed.” – Sean Hannity
“If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time! And if they’re contemplating amnesty, it’s also a waste of time.” – Ann Coulter
Now, I don’t think any of the above people were elected by We the People to govern this nation, were they? And I seriously don’t think any of them have the education or experience to do so (yes, yes, I know – neither does Donald Trump, but that is a whole ‘nother issue!).
Sean Hannity attended three different colleges – New York University, UC Santa Barbara, and Adelphi University – but lasted only two years total before dropping out to start a house-painting business. He has never held a position within the U.S. government.
Ann Coulter, surprisingly, graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in History, and then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. I shake my head over this one, as I do over the fact that Kellyanne Conway has a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. An education wasted in both cases, I would say.
Lou Dobbs has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and briefly attended law school.
Steve Doocy has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Doocy is also implicated in Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Roger Ailes. The lawsuit alleges: “Doocy engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment …”
All of the above have been involved in the promulgation of conspiracy theories over the past decade. None were hired to determine public policy. None are, as far as I know, on the U.S. federal payroll, although it wouldn’t surprise me to find that they are. And yet, they are influencing Donald Trump far more than We the People who elected him and pay his salary are. (And yes, folks, he receives a salary)
The most glaring example, of course, came in December when Trump had agreed to sign the spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown, until …
- Ann Coulter described Trump as a gutless “sociopath” who, without a border wall, “will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people.”
Rush Limbaugh said on his show that without the $5 billion, any signing of a budget stop gap would show “Trump gets nothing and the Democrats get everything.”
Steve Doocy of ‘Fox and Friends’ said that without wall funding, “the swamp wins,” adding that Trump will “look like a loser” without wall funding and stating, “This is worth shutting down” the government.
We all know that there is no depth to Donald Trump, that to him the most important thing is that people “say nice things” about him, so when his favourite television pundits seemed to be turning against him, there was no thought in his head about what was the best thing to do for the country, but only what would get his Fox buddies to talk nice about him again. And thus, we had a 35-day government shutdown that is estimated to have cost us approximately $11 billion.And now … we are headed for either another shutdown or a declaration that the nation is in a “state of emergency”. As far as I can see, there is no emergency and it is a political tool that Trump is likely to use to keep his friends at Fox saying nice things. Can the republicans really not see what a total failure their ‘leader’ is? Can his fealty to Fox News to the exclusion of the citizens of this nation continue to be ignored? And if so, at what cost? Think about it.