Do You Believe Me

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Your Lying Eyes

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You just cannot make this stuff up. The title of this edition of The Strategy Report really came into view during the administration of former President Bill Clinton. Clinton was a master of deflection and was very believable – especially to those who were supporters of his. Fast forward to today and the administration of Donald Trump. If you recall, on Sunday, January 22, 2016, Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway said to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press “these are just alternative facts”. She was referring to the size of the crowd at the Inauguration two days earlier. And she expected everyone to believe her. Imagine what the reaction would be in your home if your child came home, tried to explain a situation away where they were clearly in the wrong and your child said Mom, Dad, these are alternative facts. What would your reaction be? On the other end of the continuum the President’s outside counsel, Rudy Giuliani, told Chuck Todd on Sunday, August 19, 2018, the “Truth is not the truth”. President Trump is telling crowds at rally speeches not to believe what they see or hear from the news media because it is not true.  WTF? Have things in the political realm gotten so bizarre that we can no longer believe what we see with our own eyes? Are we living in a wonderland?

Bill Clinton denied any involvement with Monica Lewinsky. What happened? Most think that is when the press coverage of the private lives of politicians changed. We believe that change really occurred in 1987 when Colorado Senator Gary Hart confronted the media about allegations he was having an extramarital affair. He told the media that if they wanted to follow him have at it. He told them that they would be very bored. Big mistake on Hart’s part. The media did tail him and soon thereafter caught him, on camera, with Donna Rice on a boat named “Monkey Business”. Just can’t make this stuff up. Now former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, in a Clintonesque fashion, stated that he had not had sexual relations with Rebecka Mason. Right. Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford just went on a hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. (I did not realize that Trail was in Argentina.)

The time has come for America to stand up and get a new grip on reality. It is time to stop looking at the world around us through rose-colored glasses and see things for what they are. In Washington, as in Alabama, with one party control of all branches of government elected officials begin to become over-confidant and some feel as if they are above the law. There are those who feel that they are invisible or more possibly that they are invincible. Decisions start being made with the attitude that nobody is going to notice what is being done or everyone else is doing it so why can’t I?

It has been said that hindsight is always 20/20. Perhaps it is time that we all have a political eye exam and put on the corrective lens of reality. In November we have an opportunity to elect 435 Members of Congress, 1/3 of the U. S. Senate and numerous state and local offices. We have an opportunity to bring some sanity to this marvelous thing we call democracy. Perhaps the time has come to get away from fake news and alternative facts. It is up to us, the electorate, to make the changes we want and need. If we do not elect people that will deal with what is real in a straightforward manner we have no one to blame but ourselves. So, when you vote in November, what will it be – a new day or more of the same?

 

The views and opinions contained in this report do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the clients of Public Strategies, LLC.

 

The Alabama House will reconvene at Noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 for its Organizational Session

 

The Alabama Senate will reconvene at Noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 for its Organizational Session