7-25: Nasty Behavior on Both Sides

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

Politics, Yuck!

I have written about the violence at Trump rallies and the fiery rhetoric of Republicans, specifically Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And that animosity played out right into the coronation convention last week.

A Pox on Both Your Houses

Sunday’s news carried enough dirt–on both sides–to fill a small farm. I am referring to Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Fox impresario, Roger Ailes. Wasserman-Schultz was trying to tilt Democratic primary voters toward Hillary Clinton and specifically away from Bernie Sanders. That is no way to run a committee. The omnipotent Ailes got sacked from Fox for sexual harassment. I guess at some point the powerful among us really do not believe they bear responsibility for their actions.

The Democrat

Following revelations of emails showing what appears to be clear prejudice within the ranks of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced that she will be stepping down. (Daily Kos)

This is a breaking story, as I type, so details are sketchy. The crux of her problems, however, seem to relate to e-mailed remarks referencing Sanders’ religion, which happens to be Jewish. Wasserman-Schultz has admitted her wrongdoing and has stated that she will resign her post “after” the convention. She should step aside NOW. Donna Brazile, Deputy Chair of the DNC, should preside over the convention.

The Republican

Roger Ailes Out at Fox News Channel (The Houston Chronicle)

Roger Ailes has resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel effective immediately. 21st Century Fox Executive Co-Chairman Rupert Murdoch will assume his responsibilities.

The man credited with founding the network exits in disgrace amid a lawsuit filed on July 6 by former “Real Story” host Gretchen Carlson, who accuses her erstwhile boss of sexual harassment. 21st Century Fox swiftly opened an ongoing investigation into the claims that remains ongoing.

… Carlson’s lawsuit against Ailes claims he sexually propositioned her, then fired her in retaliation after she complained about discrimination and harassment. Ailes has called her claims “false” and “offensive,” and promised a vigorous defense.

While numerous Fox News employees have publicly defended Ailes, Megyn Kelly was oddly silent until a New York magazine report, also by Sherman, claimed she, too, was harassed by Ailes.

When will they ever learn?

This past primary season saw mud slinging all ’round. And there is no doubt in my mind that each side will now attack the other, referencing these particular outrages. You know, I don’t want to hear, from anyone, garbage like “politics is a tough business.” Maybe so but you and I deserve better. We deserve the truth from government and we deserve honesty in all matters from those who lead.

Ailes, of course, was never an elected official but he certainly was/is a political animal. Wasserman-Schultz should have known better. The system stinks. Period.

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