It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. – Niccolo Machiavelli
These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- State of the State
- FBI Director James Comey
- Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims
- White House Press Secretary
State of the State:
Last night (Tuesday) Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) delivered the State of the State address. He told Montanans that he was pleased to report the state of our state is strong.
Yippee! This is great news although it seems the state is always “strong.”
I was worried about the state of our state because to hear the Republicans talk about Montana, we’re just a few days from an apocalypse or from being invaded by refugees.
As an independent, I think Bullock hit on the right tone. No matter what either side says, they need to work together and make some compromises.
As for the rebuttal from the Republicans, about all you need to know is that State Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen went after Bullock in the second paragraph of his speech:
Tonight our Governor outlined his priorities. But so far has provided little to no leadership in how to achieve these priorities.
For contrast, in the Governor’s second paragraph he honored Montana National Guard members serving around the world, snowplow drivers, child protective services workers, and others.
In other words one was a statesman one was not.
Montanans are tired of the partisanship and the game playing in Helena every two years that is splattered throughout with little press conferences to slam the other side. It makes Montana look ridiculous.
You can read the speeches from Bullock and Knudsen and the story from Lee Newspapers HERE.
FBI Director James Comey:
Reuters reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post.
Why not? Some people feel that Comey helped Trump win the election, so Trump might want to offer him a pay raise and ask him to announce an investigation into whoever Trump’s opponent will be a few days before the 2020 election.
While we’ll never know if Comey’s announcement that the FBI was investigating more emails regarding Clinton just 11 days before the election made any difference, he should have kept his mouth shut that close to the election. It was out of bounds.
Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims:
President Donald Trump does not seem willing to accept the fact that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election. The Associated Press reports:
Trump first raised the prospect of illegal voting during the transition. Then, during a reception with lawmakers at the White House Monday evening, he again claimed that he’d lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally had voted. That’s according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Trump and his people seem to have a problem with the truth. The AP also reports:
Trump’s assertion appears to be part of a continuing pattern for him and his new administration in which falsehoods overshadow his outreach efforts. Both Trump and Spicer made false comments over the weekend about the crowds who gathered for the inauguration.
Those in the media and the public will quickly grow tired of Trump’s “falsehoods.” We may even see a bigger divide between Trump and the media.
White House Press Secretary:
When President Trump appoints someone I think is a good pick (Heather Wilson – AF Secretary) or someone I don’t think is a good pick (Betsy DeVos – Education Secretary) I’ll point it out.
I like the appointment of Sean Spicer as White House Press Secretary. Although the first (five minute) press briefing was a little rough, he rebounded well on Monday for his first full press briefing.
Spicer is a member of U.S. Naval Reserve – we need more veterans serving in the federal government. Being the White House Press Secretary is a tough job. Sometimes the military style of doing things is the best. That might help him with the media in the White House briefing room because it looks as though President Trump and the media will be at odds for most of his term.