Trump hosted the Teacher of Year Award winners on last Wednesday. Every President since Truman has done so. It is generally treated as An Event. Speeches, a meal, etc. family members are included and the President spends time with them.
This year Trump treated it as an after thought. A sign of the absolute chaos that seems to reign in the white house. No event was planned. The state winners, without family, were ushered into the Oval Office, Trump remained seated throughout. A casual meet and greet. The teachers sang Happy Birthday to Melania.
On the surface it just feels sort of not a big deal. We already know they run a shitty White House. That they lack the organizational skills to handle with dignity normal Presidential duties.
The part that is more troublesome is this: “several participants who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because they said they fear Trump addressing them on Twitter or press secretary Sean Spicer bringing them up at a daily briefing.”
That is problematic. That is a symptom of a deeper sickness with the country. But it also feels sort of small because this man is suspected of Treasonand our Congress is shuffling around and looking at their feet with each new piece of evidence.
And no one discusses the fact that the Trump organization may have actually paid for the Russian hackers. Everyone is busy being upset that the white house is a disorganized mess and he plays golf every weekend.
Shut up about the golf! I don’t care.
What do I get upset about? How much weight should I put on various things that swing the outrage barometer on the internet. I refuse to jump into rage for every stupidity that Trump etal do. He is a fountain of it and raging over minor stupidities makes the huge ones seem less large. I think that is at least part of why there isn’t more outrage at the potential Treason.
But I also cannot deny that a situation where citizens seek anonymity when exercising free speech because they fear retribution by the leader of the government – that is bad. That is not a pimple, the way a disorganized event is. That feels more like an infection in our government. People in this country should not be afraid to speak out against the government. Ever.
Am I making it bigger than it is? It’s not like he’s sending the FBI to arrest people who speak against him. He’s lighting torches in social media mobs. The thing is – that is effectively stopping some people from speaking out.
He is undermining trust in our government and is using social media to intimidate people. Those things are bad. But it feels nebulous. Which perhaps makes it feel less important to me. Especially when I compare it to:
He may have colluded with a foreign government to get elected!!! This is just mind boggling and it never sits at the top of the news cycle for more than a moment. We need a march about that!
I’m glad we march about science and climate change and women’s rights – but our President probably committed Treason! Let’s get organized about that. Let’s blast the social media with that outrage!
But no. Golf. Golf, we get endless stupid memes about.
4 thoughts on “Finding the right places for outrage.”
Reblogged this on Dana Ellington, MAPW and commented:
I continue to be grateful for the people who are so able to put their thoughts in coherent sentences. When it comes to me being able to rage against the injustices, I get choked up. So again, thank you to the wonderful thought provokers and clear writers!
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First I think the golf outrage is not about the golfing, but the hypocrisy, which, to be honest, still enrages me every time – even now after the 50th such incident. That said, it occurred to me while reading this that my outrage is no longer directed at the man himself, but much more at his many opportunistic enablers. It seems I have convinced myself that the man in the White House suffers from some kind of dementia. I don’t see him lasting even a year without all the people around him simultaneously protecting and exploiting his occupation of the oval office for their own self-interested reasons.
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I worry about the fact that that no seems utterly outraged at the implication of th treason. We get distracted by the golf, which in a normal presidency would seem excessive, but in this one is one isn’t relevant. But somehow we have lost context..
Yeah. It’s the hypocrisy, but that outrage is just useless. I want to stay focused on the issues that have substance and affect the country.