“No, I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it and some of the leaks, possibly come from that group, some of the leaks — which are really very serious leaks because they’re very bad in terms of national security — but I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. And it will probably continue.” – President Donald J. Trump
There was nothing to watch on television last night at nine o’clock so I decided to watch The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. By nine my wife is curled up on the sofa under an afghan with her cat trying to keep her eyes open and make it to 9:30 before she heads upstairs for bed. But when she saw that I was going to watch Rachel she got up and headed for bed.
I asked, “You don’t watch this?” and she said no. Then she said something I found very interesting, she was “tired of hearing about Trump” and she went to bed.
I thought about her statement as Rachel pounded Trump once again on his Russian connections. For my wife her “tired of hearing about Trump” has turned into a “same old shit just a different day” attitude. She is being lulled to sleep by all the “Trump shit” while his administration “slips” other “shit” in the backdoor like billionaire Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce. Ross is another cabinet pick with very strong Russian ties and he also helped bail Trump out several years ago with the sale of a Trump property to another billionaire who just happened to be, you guessed it, Russian. His profit on this property in just two years of owning it? The magical $40 million he owed Deutsche Bank before going into default.
At this point, my wife, a smart, caring and compassionate human being doesn’t know who or what to believe. Better still, she doesn’t know what is important and what is just noise and the one thing our new President and his minions are the masters of is making a lot of noise.
Real estate developers have two tried and true negotiating tactics, wear you down and when you get close to the end, change the deal. I speak from experience because for thirty years this has been my business. You wear someone down by giving them a 100 page contract when 30 pages would do. The other 70 pages are just noise. A page about who is responsible for a zombie invasion or what happens if a tidal wave strikes Billings, Montana (look it up). Each irrational point is negotiated, ad nauseam, as if the very survival of the world depended on it. And then, after months or years have passed, as the time draws near to close, when the Seller has already spent the money in their head for a new yacht, you change the deal which typically means, in the case of real estate, getting a lower price or better financing terms.
Yes we should continue to press our President to release his tax returns and explain his cozy relationship with the Russians and Putin. But while our eyes are on those balls we will miss so many others Trump and Bannon are juggling right in front of us. Tales like “Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!” sucks us in like a sparkling stone glistening in the sun. It’s a soap opera, a train wreck, the ultimate reality television program and it captivates our attention. The dumbing down of America began years ago, Trump is just capitalizing on it by giving both sides the noise they want to hear.
Stay attentive, read and support the “fake news” but don’t get sucked down the rabbit hole they have chosen to occupy our attention. We certainly don’t want to go to sleep, wake-up and discover four years have turned into eight.
“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.” – Lewis Carroll,