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Politics and Reading

I haven’t written too much about politics on this site yet.  Anyone that follows my Facebook page would be surprised because the majority of the posts are political.  It wasn’t always like that, but since Trump was elected I’ve devoted a lot more space and time on Facebook to politics.  And for anyone that hasn’t read my Facebook page, just to let you know, I’m not a Trump fan.  I think he’s a terrible person and only out for one person, himself.  The country could fall apart but if he makes some money off it, he’s happy.

Which brings us to this post.  I just had Katy Tur’s new book delivered to my Kindle today.  One day soon I’m going to have to write about how much I love my Kindle.  Yes, I love books and will always love the feel and smell and touch of a book in my hands, but I also love my Kindle.  I had forgotten I had ordered this book ahead of time, so that when it came out it was just sent straight to my Kindle.

Katy Tur is the journalist that Trump called out (more than once) at one of his rallies and basically incited the crowd against her.  Two secret service agents escorted her to her car afterwards.  She was one of the first, if not first, serious journalists that covered Trump from the beginning of his campaign to the end.  This is her story of that campaign.  “My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History” is the byline of the book.  And so true.

I’m about half way through the book now and enjoying every page of it.

I’m just going to recite one event she mentions to show how dishonest Trump is.  At one point in the campaign, Mitt Romney gives a speech in which he destroys Trump.  He doesn’t just shred him as a politician, he shreds him as a business man.  He cites Trump Steaks, Trump water, Trump magazine as all ventures that Trump attempted and failed at.  So what does Trump do?  At his next press conference, he has a pallet of steaks, water, and magazines sitting by the stage.  The problem is that he didn’t rope it off or try to keep the press away from said pallet.  They wandered up to it before Trump took the stage and looked at the what was sitting there.  The steaks had stickers that said Trump Steaks on them, but you could see the markings from the company they really came from.  The same with the water and the magazines weren’t his either.  So when he came up on stage he mentions how Romney said he failed and Trump smiles and waves at the pallet to prove that the companies Romney said Trump had failed at was a lie, see there’s Trump Steaks.  There’s Trump water.  Suck a liar.

That is just an indication of the type of things Trump was capable of.  I think he believes if he says it enough then it must be true.

I definitely give this book a good review and you should check it out.  (I really need to get Amazon links up so you can just click and buy from my site.)



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I truly believe that Trump is not going to finish what he’s started.  Like a child throwing a tantrum once he realizes that he cannot win he will drop out and than he will be able to say that he would have won if he stayed in and things hadn’t been rigged against him.  He’s going to keep claiming that the outcome is rigged and he has no chance and eventually he will use this as his reason for dropping out.  And than later it will be his face saving moment.  If anyone can’t tell by now, Trump can never admit he made a mistake or he wasn’t the best.  What will happen when he drops out I have no idea.

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The Importance of Science

In 1945 Vannevar Bush wrote a letter to the President of the United States about the importance of science and the role the government should have in promoting it and helping advance it.  You can find the entire letter here.   While some of it is dated, talking about World War II, the basic premise stands.  When I look at the members of our government today that are charged with the advancement of science I all but weep.    We have Men and Women serving in our Capital that our proud of their ignorance and wear it as a badge of honor.   When we as a nation celebrate stupidity and complain that a candidate for office is too smart, where are we headed?  I can tell you that I want the smartest people helping to make the decisions that matter.  I want people that understand the way the world works and are not afraid of science.

Once upon a time it was deemed important to learn everything you could.  To try to gain knowledge.  When did it change?

To end I’ll just put up one quote from the letter that I think is more important than ever in our day and age when higher education seems to be forever out of the grasp of so many.

Higher education in this country is largely for those who have the means. If those who have the means coincided entirely with those persons who have the talent we should not be squandering a part of our higher education on those undeserving of it, nor neglecting great talent among those who fail to attend college for economic reasons. There are talented individuals in every segment of the population, but with few exceptions those without the means of buying higher education go without it. Here is a tremendous waste of the greatest resource of a nation — the intelligence of its citizens.

If ability, and not the circumstance of family fortune, is made to determine who shall receive higher education in science, then we shall be assured of constantly improving quality at every level of scientific activity.

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