By Chuck Marshall
In a previous blog post I mentioned my quandary "do I change the name of my blog?". The reason being I feel my political persuasion has shifted to the right for various reasons. As I considered this I remembered I named it for the purpose of representing the "middle" of America politically, but I also- and perhaps even more passionately- named it for the purpose of speaking for the "middle class" of America. So, while my political persuasion is "right of center", my heart still lies with the struggling middle class and it probably will forever. In addition, much of my political thought these days is an urgent feeling that we need compromise. I don't agree with a lot of leftist ideas and solutions for solving our nations problems and challenges, but I do believe that an effective government needs to compromise with other ways of seeing things so that all citizens feel they have some say in the way the nation is run. With compromise we all have "buy in" for the approaches to the challenges of society, policy and finding solutions to the problems of this Republic. So, I conclude, Marshall in the Middle will remain.
Have a good day.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
DT gives them the DT'sBy Chuck Marshall
This year, 2017 has been a shocker for all of us. Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States and although I voted for Gary Johnson, I must admit having a certain glee in watching the MSM (mainstream media) go into hyperventilation over the election of DT. They simply CANNOT get over it.
I have a theory regarding all this. I believe, think and feel that the MSM was so addicted to abusing Republican politicians, and Presidents in particular, that when DT became President they thought it would be bashing as usual. After winning the coveted office, they thought Trump would retreat into the White House and "become more presidential". Their version of this for Republican Presidents is to bend over and take it from the MSM and their superior way of looking at things. When DT did not cooperate in this regard there was a significant amount of Delirium Tremons emanating from the gang at CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc... The consequence was a mass hysteria the likes of which I've never seen before in my entire 54 years. Outrageous stories with gaping holes of logic. Obvious opinions presented as facts. A complete lack of consideration and even open disdain for any idea from the right. A near total lack of logic and reason and a bankruptcy of ideals and morals. The consequence is a disgraceful lack of journalistic values that should include searching for and revealing the truth. Revealing the truth and following differing opinions is their purpose. THEY are not the story, 'nor should they be.
I do hope they get the help they need. They should dry out, clear their heads, sharpen their pencils and consider the delights of looking for and writing about the truth of all matters, regardless of their political slant. A quote from Voltaire, the french philosopher that has always shined to me as crucial to democracy "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". The MSM is so attached to the left that they don't see issues with the clarity that is required. Any opinions from the right side of political thought in our country- most especially if the argument is a good one- are left out completely. This is a very serious problem right now. To all the MSM I say; Get off your lazy asses and consider working for the American people in general, not the Democratic party in particular. You'll feel much better for it. For now, enjoy the holidays but beware that I will be challenging your baloney stories in 2018 with great intensity.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Dear loyal readers- Once again the Orlando Sentinel flatters me by publishing my words of wisdom. (At least I like to think!). I've lost count, but since 2005 I think I'm close to 50 letters published. I'm not bragging (well, I am sort of) but I just can't keep my mouth shut regarding my opinion. I am considering returning to my original name for this blog from "Marshall in the Middle" to "Chuck Marshall's Humble Opinion". What do you think ?
Today, I'm simply inserting an electronic clip to give it the "air of authenticity", so I hope that works for all of you and your discriminating tastes. It's easier on me right now, and I'm feeling sort of lazy. Have a great Weekend !