Election: U.S. At A Crossroads

Trust is the glue that binds any relationship together, including the relationship between citizens and their government.

The presidential elections is a dagger in the heart of the relationship between tens of millions of American voters who question the integrity of the election and the U.S. government’s response (or lack, thereof).  

As poet Maya Angelou said, people will forget what you said and what you did but “people will never forget how you made them feel.”  

What is most important right now is that many Americans feel, with some justification, that their voice was illegally silenced and their rights as American citizens were abridged. It is the consequences of erosion of trust that should be most concerning right now.

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Trump Supporters Cast About For Credible Info On Election

After years of uniformly negative and partisan reporting on the Trump administration, the media came up with a new concept designed to restore its credibility – fact checking.

But now the fact checkers suffer from the same credibility problems.

So where do 73 million Trump voters who suspect their candidate was robbed in the recent election go for information? They go to social media, which is a Pandora’s box of raw, unfiltered information that has no real indices of credibility.

It is supremely ironic that Democrats and the media complain that social media is awash with misinformation about the election results. They accuse Republicans of using social media to instill distrust in America’s election, with Vox claiming Trump is attempting a coup.

In fact, what Trump is doing is attempting to insure the election was fair and trustworthy, which he has every right to do. And his supporters are looking for unbiased information.

Speaking of Facts…

Just like pollsters who predicted a Democratic rout that never materialized, fact-checkers have lost all credibility.

The giant in the fact checking industry is PolitiFact, a supposedly non-partisan organization that is affiliated with The Poynter Institute of St. Petersburg, Fl, which is classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Poynter’s major donors include Facebook, Google and Open Society Foundations. The latter was founded by Hungarian billionaire George Soros, who, according to Remix News, donated more than $50 million into the 2020 U.S. presidential election to take down Donald Trump.

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In Addition to U.S. History, Re-Examine Kindergarten?

With storefronts boarded up around the country in anticipation of post-election mayhem, it seems pretty clear that many Americans have forgotten lessons once taught in kindergarten.

President Donald J. Trump this week signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, which will work to improve the understanding and teaching of the history and principles of the founding of the United States.

It also might be fruitful to re-examine what is being taught in kindergarten.

Clearly, many Americans on both sides of the political aisle either were not taught the “rules” or have forgotten them.

Hence, boarded up storefronts, trucks carrying Trump supporters with flags that surrounded Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign bus, young people assaulting older people who are wearing Trump MAGA hats, and so-called civil rights protesters shouting at outdoor diners until they raised their fists in solidarity.

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Perceived Media Bias Has Skyrocketed

Many Americans will check the media today to see who “won” the Presidential debate.

And they will wonder if they watched the same debate as everyone else.

The Presidential election has exposed a rapidly growing fault line in American democracy – media bias.

A biennial report recently released by the Knight Foundation and Gallup Poll found that 73% of Americans consider media bias to be a “major problem,” a whopping increase of 65% in just two years.

The report found that 86% of Americans think news coverage is distorted by political bias.  Of these, 49% see a “great deal” of political bias in news coverage, an increase of 45% since 2017, and 37% see a “fair amount” of political bias in news coverage.

Eight in ten Americans think news organizations are no longer reporting the news but trying to persuade the public to adopt a particular viewpoint.

Three quarters  of Americans are worried that media owners are willfully influencing their companies’ coverage.

Hunter Biden Laptop

The bias is evident with respect to ongoing campaign coverage and especially with how the media is covering the scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contains emails indicating Biden took a cut of payments from his son for business deals in Ukraine and China while he was vice president.

Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed Thursday that VP Biden was the “big guy” who Hunter Biden planned to give 10% of proceeds from a business deal in China.

The Bobulinski development was not reported in some of America’s top newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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