Let me share something sublime with you.
Someone with the Twitter handle “Razor” penned the troll to end all trolls earlier this week when he confirmed well beyond a reasonable doubt that journalism is magical and not at all broken.
“Christian bakers would get less negative news coverage,” said Razor, “if they trained children at a compound how to commit school shootings.”
That one tiny, brilliant sentence filled me with great hope for a bit. Perhaps, if such ruthless wit and wisdom were still there among the people in sufficient quantities, civilization might still have a chance. Because if reason is still a thing in America, that was a kill shot from Razor’s Twitter gun.
But kill shots are in very short supply these days. Except when it comes to innocent babies and cake bakers. Those we’ve got covered.
And in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, well, there was indeed a kill shot recently, but it can most accurately be described as a suicide: A resolution passed by unanimous consent — and just the day after “Razor” threw journalism to the ground and gave it the hazing it deserved — that “affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people” and “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves” and “condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press.”
I’m not sure why I have to say this, but just because President Trump goes overboard in one direction doesn’t mean you have to overcompensate in the other direction by genuflecting to an institution that has shown you nothing but hostility and contempt for decades. Are Senate Republicans really so far gone that they read the 300-plus editorials issued Thursday by newspapers begging Trump to stop being mean to them and then thought this would improve their standing in any fundamental way?
I mean, the New York Times just hired a documented bigot named Sarah Jeong to write for it. Remember her? And now Republicans are in essence apologizing to her. Stockholm syndrome called and said, dude, that’s a little pathetic, don’t you think?
And as if on cue, to hammer that point home, the same Twitter that just banned one of my CRTV colleagues also just gave Jeong the coveted blue verification check mark to signal the validity of her unique presence on its platform. Translation: Twitter, with a wink and a nod, wanted to make sure you know it has Jeong’s back and that if you don’t, you suck.
That’s the press. That’s social media. That’s progressivism. It wants nothing more than to make you grovel for not hating God, your country, or crazy concepts like having only two genders, and boy does it succeed a lot at that.
I know I’ve said the Senate will likely stay Republican in 2018 and that the House is the chamber most likely to flip, but the Democrats may as well have the Senate, too, since the fools currently running that place really thought that awkward makeout session with the press was important in any way. It was a move made by losers for losers. Senators apparently have time to swap spit with an industry that has forsaken bias for flat-out malfeasance, but they don’t have time to defund baby-killers, repeal Obamacare, or secure the border.
It is intolerable.
In baseball, the intolerable is handled, more than in any other sport, by a set of unwritten rules that do not exist anywhere, but are known by the time you get to the end of Little League. No showboating on a home run, no stealing when up by a certain number of runs, no bunting to break up a no-hitter, etc.
Since these rules cannot be governed by the umpires, it is up to the players to police themselves. When these rules are broken, the other team responds, often by the pitcher hitting the next batter. And that, too, is governed by unwritten rules. You can throw the ball at a batter’s hip or arm, say, but not at his head. If the rules are broken, the benches will clear.
But the Republican team is perpetually filled with betas who allow the other team to steal and showboat without retaliation. The conservative base grew to hate this so much that one day it looked in the bullpen and saw Trump warming up with 100 mph fastballs that he could hardly control. And when he came in to pitch and put one of those fastballs into the ear of the very first batter he faced, the crowd went nuts. He fights!
It’s also grown into chaos because Trump so rarely gets one over the plate, or he just flat-out decides to throw nothing but beanballs. That means it’s not really baseball any more.
Yet that’s America for you these days, and this week it’s feckless Republicans in the Senate whom you have to thank for not doing anything at all to turn that situation around. In fact, they only further encouraged both Trump and the propaganda-obsessed press to keep offering even more obscene chapters of this twisted show we are watching.
Because they never offer a sane and principled alternative. (For more from the author of “Stockholm Syndrome: Senate Republicans Kiss up to the Media, but Don’t Have Time to Keep Their Promises to Their Voters” please click HERE)