Marshall in the Middle

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"I'm With Her" is an "Epic Fail" Slogan


By Chuck Marshall

 



  But it's pointing right ? 

 Tonight I watch the Democrats and Hillary Clinton.  I missed a lot of last night but  I've heard Michelle Obama's speech was very good, so I'm sorry I missed it.  I also read an article in the paper and a Facebook posting that indicated the Democrats were behaving much better than the Republicans did last week in Cleveland.  Tonight, I'm assuming they've changed their tactic because it seems to be all about Trump and how terrible he is.  I agree the Republicans did this with Hillary, but I can't stand hypocrisy from the left when they say they're "being nicer".   I see very little difference between the two conventions.  Each side is nasty, each is side is highly self-righteous.  I will say though, at the end of the day, shame on the media (both print and television) for being so obviously biased towards the left.   Even 60 minutes offered up   "tea with Hillary" interview in contrast to an outright pummeling of Trump and Mike Pence.  I'm very disappointed in them.  Trump deserved a tough interview after all his boasting and egomania but so did Hillary after a highly publicized e-mail scandal and a questionable record as Secretary of state.  At the end of the day, I see Trump and the Republicans speaking to the left leaning media (CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, etc...)  even though they're often hostile and nasty....  but I don't see any significant player from the Democratic party ever interview with "right leaning" Fox news.  This is cowardly.  

     The other major factor I notice is a huge portion of the speakers tonight are reminding us that Hillary is a female and this would be "historic" to elect a woman as President.  This is one of the main selling points, as far as I can tell !   In my mind this is the least important factor that we have here.  Anyone that votes for a person based on their gender or race is as much a bigot as those that would NOT  vote for someone because of their race or gender.   You diminish that person by basing your choice on something they have no control over.   Therefor. "I'm With Her" is one of the worst slogans I've ever heard.  Donald Trump took advantage  in Cleveland last week by stating in his speech in contrast to being "with her" that he is "with you" he said as he pointed at the camera.  Pretty powerful contrast., and a very clear example of the difference between these two candidates.   This is the biggest gripe I have against the parties over the past 25 years;  neither of them is clearly in the corner of the middle class.  Neither is focused on shedding their "way of thinking" in favor of solutions for the American people.  Donald Trump, with all his bravado and pompous egomania is the first person to point to me and say "I'm With You" and have me believe that could be true.    


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trump Children May Win Him the Presidency


By Chuck Marshall 




After writing more than a few blistering criticisms of Republican nominee, Donald Trump, I feel compelled to write tonight about how impressed I am with his children.  Is this his only redeeming quality ?  No, but it speaks the loudest because you can't hide behind how your children turn out.  That is something you really have to own., and with all our faults as human beings, how a parent raises a child and how they mature is significantly connected to the person who raised them, or failed to raise them.  Not all bad kids had bad parents, but I think it's safe to say most good, happy and successful adults have their parents to thank for how they turned out.   This is not just good breeding and wealth (look at Paris Hilton !) this is an effective person behind successful, good looking, well spoken, talented, intelligent children that all love their father-  five times over !     I am very impressed with Donald Trump's kids.

If you're a moderate trying to pick a poison, this may be the deciding factor.  At this point I am pondering Gary Johnson and Donald Trump and THAT is saying something because I really don't care for Donald Trump, but you can't argue with success and he just keeps on winning.  Most importantly, he won with what appears to be a superb job raising four fine adults.  That takes some doing.  Maybe he does have a shot at fixing some of our nation's big, bad, audacious problems.  Maybe.


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Trump Children May Win Him the Presidency


By Chuck Marshall 




After writing more than a few blistering criticisms of Republican nominee, Donald Trump, I feel compelled to write tonight about how impressed I am with his children.  Is this his only redeeming quality ?  No, but it speaks the loudest because you can't hide behind how your children turn out.  That is something you really have to own., and with all our faults as human beings, how a parent raises a child and how they mature is significantly connected to the person who raised them, or failed to raise them.  Not all bad kids had bad parents, but I think it's safe to say most good, happy and successful adults have their parents to thank for how they turned out.   That is not just good breeding and wealth (look at Paris Hilton !) that is an effective person behind that kind of success - five times over !     I am very impressed with Donald Trump's kids.

If you're a moderate trying to pick a poison, this may be the deciding factor.  At this point I am pondering Gary Johnson and Donald Trump and THAT is saying something because I really don't care for Donald Trump, but you can't argue with success and he just keeps on winning.  Most importantly, he won with what appears to be a superb job raising four fine adults.  That takes some doing.  Maybe he does have a shot at fixing some our nation's big, bad, audacious problems.  Maybe.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Did We Do Away With the Word "Crazy" ?

The Far Side Tee Shirt Just Plain Nuts XL 1990 White Psychiatric Couch Patient:





Dear loyal readers,

     By now I'm sure you've  all heard the news regarding the slaughter of 49 innocent people by a nut job here in my hometown, Orlando, Fl.  (actually I live in a suburb of Orlando- Clermont but we are part of the "metro Orlando" population of 2.3 million people so... close enough.).   Anyway, I'm sure some of you are wondering why Chuck Marshall didn't write something sooner than this since all this happened in his hometown ?  Mainly, it's because my blog is not news, it's an opinion so I can't write down much until the situation has developed and my little brain has formed enough of an opinion such that I can dribble out some sort of rambling comments regarding the whole thing.

     First of all, of course I extend my deepest condolences to anyone affected by this travesty.  I can only imagine how difficult  this is for those people.   They should know that the world prays for them and their families.  I had my own panic attack as the news developed on Sunday morning.  When they said the number was up to 50, I suddenly thought of my nieces and nephews - all in their 20's and all still at the "clubbing age".  It's fashionable for kids today to go to gay bars on occasion, so my mind jumped immediately to my two nieces living in Orlando.  I texted them both...: "Are you guys ok?   Please let me know, watching news"    I was frantic until I got word within the hour they were fine.   How awful to text your loved one and never hear back.  Only silence.  I was also part of the new Facebook "I'm safe" feature.  I got a message from FB that they noticed I was in the vicinity of the shooting in Orlando and I could click the button to let all my FB friends know I was OK.  I haven't been in a nightclub in years and am way past such libations but I understood as I clicked "I"M OK" that people will still worry no matter how slim the chances.  Strange world.

    Second of all, of course this has turned into a political cat fight.   Both presumed candidates have weighed in with what you would expect from the left and right.  Donald Trump  is a bit more theatrical and bizarre  than you would normally hear (as usual)  but the point is the same as always from both sides.  The right says we should restrict Muslims to some extent, go after the culprits and kick some butt (kick whose butt, exactly?)   The left says we need more gun control and we have to be very, very careful not to upset the Muslims lest  more terrorists are inspired to drop more bombs and shoot up more of us. (I'm so concerned about upsetting the terrorists !)   And, as usual they're both hysterical and sort of stupid about the whole thing.

   What does Chuck Marshall  think?  I like to entertain the idea that we have a smart government.  It's fun !  Like fantasizing about the lottery.  Imagine you're living on a planet inhabited by wise citizens being ruled by a government that actually takes action to solve problems.   On this fantasy planet the government is actually smart and it forms ideas to solve problems rather than  simply debating  the problem from opposing views until we've all forgotten what the original problem was.   In other words, they DO SOMETHING.  The core of the problem is mental illness.  All of these shootings are done by nut-case freaks.  Yes, he may have been "inspired" by ISIS but he's still crazy !!  We're talking "Cra-Cra" here folks !  All of these mass shooters are died-in the wool, bona-fide lunatics.  The cable news works so hard to define the whole damn thing, they turn themselves into pretzels analyzing the  event.  But really ?    In the words of the great Chris Rock; "Did we do away with the word "Crazy"?" Lock them up, observe them and set a Psychiatrist loose on them.  Anyone who talks about how much they love ISIS or posts on FB violent ideas or who strangles puppies or runs over cats with a lawnmower is a threat to us all and they need a psychiatrist not an AK47 !    That will solve the problem.

So, there you have it... a solution.  Don't forget to click an ad and share this blog and  remember,......everyone is entitled to Chuck Marshall's Humble Opinion.









Thursday, June 9, 2016

Disgusted Voters 2016

By Chuck Marshall

Dear Loyal Readers,

Thanks for your patience in this time of personal mourning as I work to get my head back into politics.  It has been very hard to write since my choice for the Presidency, Marco Rubio, failed in his bid for the White House.  In my mind he was head and shoulders above the competition so seeing him rejected by the Republicans removed any hope I had for their revival and I think it cast doubt in my mind that the general voter is, in the end, a wise animal.

Below is a letter I wrote to the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday, they haven't printed it (yet?), so I figured I'd toss it out here for you, loyal readers, to peruse and consider.

Thanks for a paper stuffed with anti-party information regarding the antiquated two-party system that has proven itself totally ineffective and contrary to the will of the people.  Three articles today (Friday, June 3) including a headline on voter dissatisfaction, an editorial from two points of view- both opposed to the Democratic VS Republican nonsense and a column by Scott Maxwell pointing out the increasing unpopularity of both parties.  The sooner we establish a system of elections that does not favor the major political parties 'nor require vast quantities of money, the sooner we will get a government that acts as a true advocate of the people.  Perhaps an amendment or a constitutional convention is in order to wrest control of the government away from special interests, greedy media giants, crony capitalists, and government bureaucrats and reclaim it as the domain of the American citizen.  Hopefully Hillary Clinton VS Donald Trump will be the final straw that awakens the wrath of Americans who will be so disgusted by it all as to start making legitimate changes to "how we've always done it".  

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