The loss of professional journalism, functional education, and free speech are among the most serious crises we face today.
I live in a house where the other occupants, who are voters, form their political opinions directly from the liberal mainstream media. They loathe President Trump with a vitriolic passion. When pressed, they struggle to come up with an intelligent reason for their irrational hatred. They have no understanding of the issues, such as why continuous trade deficits are a very bad idea, or why socialism cannot work.
On questioning them, I discovered they know absolutely nothing about President Trump’s platform, goals or successes. That is because they refuse to watch his rallies, don’t read his tweets, and believe every word of the mainstream media. They attribute fake news to the alternative media that happens to be loaded with professional experts and journalists who actually report the facts.
The irony is that President Trump’s platform and goals are very closely correlated with my house mates’ desires, wishes and wants. Hillary Clinton’s and the “New Democratic Party’s” platforms and goals are precisely the ideas that will embed their frustrations and dashed dreams.
They know vaguely about Republican outrage over some sort of corruption, but they think it is political pumping. They have no idea that certain government Democrats actually initiated a real, attempted coup that has still not been wholly contained.
Now, they have banned all talk about President Trump in the house or over restaurant dinners and have told me that they can no longer have their like-minded friends over because they cannot talk freely if I am around.
If we don’t start insisting on major improvements in the standards of education and journalism and insist on the right to free speech, then we are doomed.