You can’t be too busy because you wasted a whole paragraph there. It’s not the number of words.
My understanding is that there is a profound difference between patriotism and nationalism. I have no problem with patriotism. Nationalism I do, it leads to bad places. Many people in the States who use cries of patriotism as a cudgel seem to be in love with the flag of a treasonous rebellion to save slavery. I consider that a corruption of the patriotic ideal, at best. Patriotism isn’t a demand for sycophantic obedience either, and there is a fair bit of that among those calling themselves patriots as well.
I think that we are paying a profound price for the failures of the mainstream media. They cried wolf many many times, and now a wolf is here but no one is listening. Forgive the attempt at poetic imagery. Though Trump himself is less about idealogy, than I-Me-ology. He’s just desperate to be liked and accepted so goes with the room. He definitely has racial hangups however - Central Park 5, Birtherism. That’s leaving aside that he’s not even up to maintaining the public pretense that he is up to the job, let alone doing the job. The US is running on inertia right now.
The media went after McCain and Romney like they were Trump, but they are not and never were. I would happily have either as President and I wouldn’t pay the slightest attention to political news, I’d be reading the sports section like I was before Trump announced his candidacy. I’d have John Kasich as President. I hope he runs in the future. I think all three are people that you might not agree with but you can trust.
Those failures drove people to alternative media like the Breitbarts of this world and I don’t think you can excuse them for the role they have played and are playing. Because they are not better, whether they lean left or right or forward or back. They often have far fewer checks and balances.
Or people turned to insular social media communites to get their news and have radicalised and hardened their position. This is not good.
So often the cries of “Fake news, Fake news” are just that, fake news. It’s a deflection.
I think the GOP have played their part as they whipped up their base over the years to achieve legislative majorities and governships across the country. It has been incredibly successful as an electioneering effort but now they have a base they are terrified of. Roy Moore is a test of that base, if he is rejected then I will worry far less. He was a terrible candidate even before allegations of pedophilia.
I’m not interested in the idea of absolute blame. I think that is a waste of time. I don’t think you can ignore the role of Foxnews if you are going to get angry at CNN.