And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that first, nota bene, Donald Trump was not my first choice among Republicans for nomination. Nor second choice. Nor third choice.

However, having said that, he not only won the nomination but also the presidency.

I listen to public radio Saturday and Sunday mornings by default, because regular AM and FM stations have nothing to offer in the way of news and information at those times.

Since way back several years ago, the Wisconsin station denigrated Republicans, in part because of the Republican governor who three times defeated their efforts to oust him. The Minnesota station was not as bad.

But from Trump’s nomination through and since his election, both have been unceasing in their attacks on him. Even the so-called entertainment programming includes several jokes at his expense.

Is an executive order forthcoming taking away federal funds from an obviously biased medium?

This most recent Sunday morning, one of them interviewed a college professor who taught journalism. He was invited to comment on the new president. Would there be any doubt about his views, since he is associated with two organizations, journalists and higher education, composed almost entirely of leftist supporters?

To increase my angst, the station then announced it would cancel a regular afternoon show to make room for another discussion of the president’s actions.

At Sunday mass later, one of the readings was based on Bible verses from Corinthians. I admit to ignorance of the Bible, and did not have pen or paper to write down the attribution. Those of you wiser in that area than I can look it up. What I got from it was that the apostle Paul was advising the elites of that area to quit being such intellectual snobs and listen to the little people.

As far as I am concerned, the jury is still very much out on what kind of a president President Trump will be. I will say he is keeping his campaign promises to introduce the ideas on which he campaigned, and of which the “little people” in a majority of states between New York and the left coast signified approval.

With his party in control of the senate and house, he can probably have his way, despite loud opposition from the other party.

As I mused on that, I remembered the philosophy expressed by one university prof, who, commenting on disagreements, said the most satisfactory method of resolution was: Introduce a thesis, which may or may not be proved. Entertain the antithesis, which attempts to discredit the thesis. Then, reach a synthesis, which combines both points of view into something which is at least acceptable, if not entirely satisfactory.

Sounds like a good plan for the federal government.