I see there are very few new posts on this blog since the November election of Donald Trump. And this in spite of the fact that I was never a supporter of and am an extremely skeptical observer of Mr. Trump, with little confidence in his ability to do more than continue to widen the partisan divide that is destroying our nation. I also doubt he is a good role model for citizenship in anything other than making deals and money.
Eight years ago I was posting with great regularity, usually expressing viewpoints divergent from those of President Obama. I had been hopeful that he would close some of the national division, especially that due to race, but quickly became skeptical (as is my nature) and found more and more on which to comment. Let me hasten to say that I have great respect and admiration for President Obama as a principled individual and loving family man. I just dislike some of his principles and the direction in which he wanted to lead the USA.
So, what is the difference? Why did I feel so compelled to write then and not now? I think it may because the media were so heavily supportive, even worshipful, of President Obama and are so powerfully organized in opposition to President Trump. When almost nobody was criticizing, there seemed to be a great need to do so. When NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and even some Fox commentators are speaking so frantically, and sometimes irrationally, against the president, why should I try to compete with all those professional pundits with my two cents worth?
It almost makes me want to start defending President Trump.