The dismal performance of the Republican candidates for president during the third debate on Wednesday evening demonstrates that they continue to ignore the issues that matter to most voters, which are the stalled economy, poverty, homelessness, untreated mental illness, the broken criminal justice system, unregulated predatory capitalism, bloated military and intelligence budgets, an overwhelming need to repeal Citizens United, gun control, lack of jobs that pay a living wage, overwhelming student debt, out-of-control police, prison overcrowding, human caused climate change, and crumbling infrastructure. In other words they are so out of touch and weird that it’s a waste of time to listen to them.
The punditocracy’s discussion about the debate also seemed to be detached from reality. I could not decide if they were pretending that the candidates said important things or they actually believed that they did. Their tendency to present both sides of every issue as if they are equally valid when anyone with a functioning brain cell knows otherwise is frustrating. Their decision that Marco Rubio won the debate seemed beside the point since no one said anything important or memorable and nothing was resolved.
Many media pundits agree that Marco Rubio would be a centrist voice of reason who would match up well against Hillary Clinton in the election next fall. However, they did not say that Rubio is a climate change denier and his solution to the energy crisis is to drill, baby, drill. Because of these extreme views, he is not qualified to serve as president. Every credible climate scientist agrees that human caused climate change is underway and accelerating. We humans are running out of time and options. Therefore, all nations of the world need to be developing short term and long term strategies to avoid the catastrophic consequences of global warning. Anything less is grossly irresponsible. Unfortunately, all Republican candidates except Senator Lindsey Graham and former Governor George Pataki are climate change deniers.
Similarly, most media pundits are fawning over Representative Paul Ryan, who has been elected as the new Speaker of the House. They call him a centrist policy wonk who is extremely well qualified to determine what we need to do to jump-start our economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. He believes in tax cuts for the rich, elimination of all welfare and entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He is a devotee of Ayn Rand, free markets and elimination of regulations and regulatory oversight. These policies are hallmarks of supply side economics, AKA: Reaganomics. Despite 35 years of tax cuts for the rich and a reduction of regulatory oversight, the rich are the only whose incomes have increased. Kansas Governor Brownback implemented similar policies in his state that created a $400 M shortfall for the state’s economy during his first term. Instead of changing the disastrous policy, he doubled down and two years later, the state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Paul Ryan’s ideas can only damage our economy. Instead of gushing over the selection of Paul Ryan as Speaker, the mainstream media should be reporting that his ideas not only don’t work, they may cause irreparable harm.
Lat night, I read an article by award winning journalist and scholar Dr. Nafeez Ahmed in which “he exposed startling information about U.S. complicity in the creation and rise of ISIS, as contained in a recently declassified Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report. Possibly more terrifying than the report itself may be the fact that this information has been virtually blacked out across global mainstream media.” In other words, the mainstream media refused to report this declassified information because it decided that it was potentially inflammatory and might damage the credibility and reputation of the United States.
The mainstream media has a duty to cut through the BS whenever it can and report the truth. By failing to report the Republican Party’s detachment from reality and the extreme views of its candidates, the MM is causing voter confusion.