Monday, July 31, 2017

Reality TV from the White House

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One of the CNN pundits referred to the staffing of the West Wing positions of the White House as Survivor:White House.  The comment wasn't far from actuality. What's happening at 1600 Pennsylvanie Avenue has sunk to the levels of reality TV programming.  To me, the premise seems less like Survivor than an old ABC reality series The Family, the premise of which was that, unbeknownst to the family members competing for a lucrative prize, the servants on staff in the mansion were charged with determining those voted off as well as the eventual winner. It's not that anything so noble as having the domestic staff vote contestants out of a competition based on rude, condescending, and otherwise inappropriate behavior is what is happening in today's White House. The likeness is more in that those who are being kicked off White House payroll don't necessarily know in advance who has the authority to exclude them. 

All of this would be entertaining were it not that the business of these people is supposed to be to run our nation rather than to entertain anyone.  I understand why North Korea is working around the clock to perfect their long-range missiles. This would seem the perfect time for any of our enemies to strike.  The staff members of the executive branch of our govermnet are likely far too preoccupied with protecting their own interests and preserving their own jobs to have the capacity to adequately advise the president. 

And as to the president himself, I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise that a man who hosted a reality show in which his signature line was "You're fired!" would turn the human resources department of the White House into a revolving door.

The only person in the White House for whom I have anything resembling respect is Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  She has almost certainly sold her soul to the devil in a metaphorical sense by accepting any position whatsoever in the Trump campaign or administration, and she's going to find herself in the position of having to speak untruths even if unwittingly. Still, she seems to be a decent human being and a person of substance.

As far as Scaramucci is concerned, good riddance. 

4 comments:

  1. The daily idiot show is very sad. Our nation has sunk to new lows.

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    1. It's getting to the point where those who deny there is a problem won't be able to deny it or shift the blame much longer. Some people, including an occasional pundit I know [you probably know who I'm talking about] are still trying to blame the liberal press, but that's growing more ridiculous every day. We do have a right to know what's going on, and a press that's controlled by the White House isn't going to tell us.

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    2. I don't understand Trump supporters. They are clearly drunk on Kool-Aid.

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  2. Trump seems to think he can legislate via Twitter. How long will his cronies (Ms. Sanders included)keep say something to the effect of, "What the President meant was...?"

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