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Reader Opinion: A twitter or a tweet

It is hard to give a twitter or a tweet about policy that is enunciated on a social media application which is made for short, quick responses to events as they occur. It hardly suggests depth of thought or statesmanlike contemplation about compl...

It is hard to give a twitter or a tweet about policy that is enunciated on a social media application which is made for short, quick responses to events as they occur. It hardly suggests depth of thought or statesmanlike contemplation about complex issues. Instead, it suggests a kind of shoot-from-the-hip emotional response to events which may need serious adjustment in retrospect.

To lead the most powerful and most important nation in the world with that level of ego and whim is embarrassing at best and dangerous at worst. For those of us who remember Watergate, it is like the late night phone calls of Martha Mitchell, (wife of Nixon's Attorney General, John Mitchell) after a few drinks, irresponsibly spilling the administrations secrets.

But here we are. What to do? Perhaps we could go back to listening to the songs of the real birds outside our windows and just stop listening to his tweets.

Many have always said that if we stop attending to his outrageous actions, his confrontational style and his provocations, the illusion would soon deflate and we would see him for what he is. We created him during the campaign with all of our attention and inflated his image to seem to be large enough to govern. Perhaps it is time to get back to reality.

We simply need to stop giving a twitter or a tweet about his antics, hopping from issue to issue deciding important issues by mere whim. We must remember that it is, after all, only for entertainment and distraction while he and his friends continue to consolidate their economic power at our expense.

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Bob Passi

Baxter

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