Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Tough To Make Sense Of The World When People React As If They're In A Comic Book Multiverse

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their summit today. Following their one on one meeting, they held a joint press conference. Reactions to the press conference were fairly uniform. CNN called it "The most shameful, stunning moment of the Trump presidency."  Senator John McCain said, 
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”
Even folks who should be reliable Trump supporters like the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Russia and a Fox News Anchor are outraged.
CBN's David Brody calls it "plain bad."
 And yet, there is one political group that can praise Trump's performance, the leaders of religious right.

Graham doesn't seem to be alone. As Brody notes, there are other religious conservatives defending Trump's performance.

The only analogy I have is the DC Comics multiverse. On one Earth-1, there's the Justice League; Earth-X is populated by evil doppelgangers known as the Crime Syndicate of America. I am not trying to make light of the situation or hype today's events. I am trying to underscore the fact that it seems as if it will soon be impossible for Americans to discuss any event because they they won't be seeing the same facts. The Republic works when people argue interpretations of agreed on facts. I don't know if it works when groups of citizens live in two different universes and refuse to agree on both facts and interpretation.

2 comments:

Bill "Stretch" Coleman said...

"The Republic works when people argue interpretations of agreed on facts. I don't know if it works when groups of citizens live in two different universes and refuse to agree on both facts and interpretation." Couldn't agree more. Am wondering just how bad things have to get before we come to our senses?

Kal Lis said...

Bill,

Thanks for stopping by. As a person who believes the glass is half empty and cracked, I think we have a long time to go before we return to anything resembling normal.