Don’t fall in love with politicians, they’re all a disappointment. They can’t help it, they just are. – Peggy Noonan
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary about include Confederate monuments, Corker on Trump, Missouri Lawmaker, Trump and General Pershing, and much more!
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll taken August 14/15 found that 62% of Americans think the Confederate statues should stay, with 27% saying they should be removed because they were offensive to some people. The rest were unsure.
President Donald Trump has been pretty clear that he supports keeping the Confederate statues on display. I thought Trump liked winners…
I really don’t care that much one way or the other. I never paid that much attention to the statues. I have never owned nor would I ever fly a confederate flag.
Of course, I am just an average white guy. I grew up in northern Missouri.
I always thought the folks who felt they needed to fly the rebel flag were just silly rednecks who were not too smart – kind of like the folks in the “Dukes of Hazzard.”
I do wonder if we keep going down this path if the “good old boys” in the “Dukes of Hazzard” will need to rename the “General Lee” car.
You can read local Great Falls historian and author Ken Robison’s thoughts about Confederate memorials HERE.
Corker on Trump:
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) challenged President Trump’s leadership skills this week. We’ll see if this opens the floodgates for other Republicans to come out strongly against Trump.
Corker was speaking at a Rotary Club meeting in Tennessee when he said:
“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
“He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today … and without the things that I just mentioned happening, our nation is going to go through great peril.”
It’s starting to look like it will be Trump against all others. I don’t think he can get much done this way.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal:
You see it on social media all the time. Some people cannot handle debating the issues, so they go after people in different ways. Often those ways are ugly.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal decided instead of debating the issues that she had a solution. The Democrat from Missouri posted on her Facebook Page, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
It is never OK to say that about any elected official, whether it be Trump or Clinton or Obama. Stick to the issues and debate those issues fiercely if you want, but don’t promote violence.
On the other hand, people who contact Chappelle-Nadal about her remarks should avoid using the “N” word to attack her.
Chappelle-Nada should resign. If she does not the Missouri State Senate should censure her.
One More Thing:
Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! –President Donald Trump (via Twitter)
Trump’s claim rates Pants on Fire. – Politifact