If it makes you happy, no one else’s opinion should matter. –Unknown
Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME).
CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. – Neal Boortz
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:
The Associated Press reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Montana’s limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign.
I don’t think the decision will stand.
Basically, money is speech these days. We are already far down a path that allows the rich and powerful (big money) to influence elections.
It did give Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) the opportunity to say, in part, that “Elections should be decided by ‘we the people’ — not by corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests buying more television ads.”
That’s a great line. The other side will say that corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests have rights, too.
I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead. – President Donald J. Trump (02/28/17)
I was somewhat hoping that we would see and hear a speech from vintage Donald Trump last night with him hurling insults at everyone during a slash and burn speech.
Color me surprised. It was far from that. It was even Presidential.
Trump acted Presidential last night for about an hour and throughout his 5,006-word speech. (Source) Some are saying this was the best speech of Donald Trump’s life.
I don’t know about that, but I would give it a 7/10.
Glenn Thrush of the NY Times tweeted, “For any other president this would be a boring, laundry list speech. For Trump – amazing, responsible, detailed, uniting, presidential!”
Trump actually stayed on message like a robot reciting a message from a higher command (Steve Bannon?) and that was good for him, but not as entertaining as it could have been.