Friday
Jun092017

A Magician's Trick: Focus Your Attention Here (not there)

Truth tellers are in rare supply.  I'm reasonably certain I've never met an infallible one.  Between lying to oneself, lying to others and just plain not being sure, people broadly suck at Exodus 20:16.

Sarah Huckabee Sander's statement "The president is not a liar" (June 8, 2017) can at best be critically interpreted as "please buy the idea that the president is trustworthy" and at worst as "I am lying to you right now."  

In this new age where suspicion trumps demonstrable facts, I see patterns from days of old, old misdirections polished and preformed once again.  And I wonder.  

Does Trump suggest the NFL fire protesting black athletes precisely at this moment because there is some other more importation conversation that could be happening?   That statistics show black Americans have legitimate reasons to distrust police?   Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico?  Helping our North American allies harmed by the string of hurricanes or Mexico’s earth quake?  State by state preexisting condition obesity coverage under Graham Cassidy for fat Americans (West Virginia 37.7% obese, coverage reduction and cost saving opportunity)?  Days of anti-diplomacy on North Korea?  The Gulf of Mexico has highest ever bathwater temperatures this year?

Or does he just want to be in each and every day's news for any reason at all.

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