One might think that Filosofa would run out of snark eventually, mightn’t one? But nooooo … it seems to reproduce itself. Well, in truth I mostly blame the idiots in Washington and the fools who sent the idiots to Washington, but you already knew that, didn’t you? So, here we are … on the cusp of entering a new year and a new decade, and do you think they could give us a little break? No, of course not …
The headline read …
Trump, Obama tie for Americans’ most-admired man
Surely you jest? NOBODY in their right mind admires Donald Trump!!! According to the pollster Gallup …
Barack Obama and Donald Trump are tied this year as the most admired man. It is Obama’s 12th time in the top spot versus the first for Trump. Michelle Obama is the most admired woman for the second year in a row.
After Obama and Trump, no other man was mentioned by more than 2% of respondents. The remainder of the top 10 for men this year includes former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Elon Musk, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama, and investor Warren Buffett.
Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years, with a 45% job approval rating, among his best as president. Coincident with the rise in his job approval rating, the 18% of Americans currently naming Trump as the most admired man is also up, from 13% in 2018 and 14% in 2017.
I’m thoroughly confused how a president who was just impeached can have an increase in his approval rating and be named “most admired man”. It becomes apparent that there is a disconnect in this nation, that either people have come to like being shafted, or they are really not smart enough to understand the things that Trump has done. Sigh. I give up trying to figure this out.
United States Representative Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey decided with a snap of his fingers to switch parties in the middle of his term. The once-democrat is now a republican, presumably the catalyst having been the impeachment of Donald Trump. Now, it happens sometimes, but frankly I think Van Drew needed his head examined.
First of all, he is a freshman in the House of Representatives … this is his first term. His district, as most of the rest of his state, is predominantly democratic. He had few qualifications for a seat in Congress, as his only formal education was a degree in dentistry, and for most of his career, he was … a dentist.
When Van Drew announced his intention to vote against impeachment, most of his staff resigned and he saw his support immediately begin to plummet into the 20 percent range. Best I can figure, this was the sole reason for his party switch, which makes no sense. The theory behind the party system is that one joins either party based on shared values and ideology. Now, is Van Drew a democrat at heart, or a republican? Or, as my instinct says, an opportunist who has no core beliefs, no values, and will go to whichever side seems most profitable. Since there are three other republicans running for the seat in his district next year, my best guess is he shot himself in the foot by changing parties. At least, I certainly hope so, for he is a man without values … we don’t need any more of those.
Kudos to Greta … once again!
Yesterday, Greta Thunberg was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, where she was asked what she thinks of the criticism she has come under from the likes of Donald Trump. Her response is so much more mature than anything that has ever come out of Trump’s mouth …
“Those attacks are just funny. Because I mean they obviously don’t mean anything. Well I guess of course it means something. It means that they are terrified of young people bringing change, which they don’t want. But that is just a proof that we are actually doing something. And that they see us as some kind of threat.”
Thunberg did not meet with Trump when she was in the U.S., but when the BBC Radio interviewer asked her what she would have said to him if she had met with him, she responded …
“Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me? So I probably wouldn’t have said anything, I wouldn’t have wasted my time.”
And, while I still have plenty of snark left to impart, I have other things I must attend to, and I’m sure you do too! I shall return later today with some introspective musings to close the year. Have a wonderful day!