Headline Fire and Fury
Headline Fire and Fury consumed an entire weekend. I owed it to myself to not to be the only person failing to read this book by Michael Wolfe as I knew it would be the topic of discussion on every news outlet January 8th and beyond.
Some things just demand our attention. This is one of those things.
Headline Fire and Fury
Read the book. There are far too many things covered, many in quotations, than a mere Blogger like me dare to address. Remembering our English Composition 101, I hope Michael Wolff realizes we expect words in quotations to be bonafide quotes, backed up with recordings. Otherwise, we have no way of believing what we are reading. Right now, I defer to those quotes as being from recordings and will move on.
Headline Fire and Fury My Take
I am simply a Blogger wanting to add my two cents’ worth of opinion on a variety of subjects, mostly an attempt to help others who prefer reading Blogs to newspapers. I am, however, wishing to point out a couple of takeaways I have on this book.
- To date, there have been no (except a walk-back comment from Steve Bannon) retractions and/or outright denials of anything in the book.
- To date, there have been no outright comments from anyone in the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate denying or contradicting the book.
- To date, there have been no outright comments and/or denials from anyone in the family of President Donald Trump.
- Staff and insiders are ruffled, reacting and commenting, but there have been no clear denials of anythin so far.
- The lack of comment is the most disconcerting thing.
So, what are we talking about here? I am honestly amazed each and every day I check the latest news. I research and follow the three major networks as well as read The New York Times daily and USA Today most days. These, along with my constant research for this Blog, I believe, give me a well-rounded view of current events. I can find no rhyme or reason for our current political situation and feel my anxiety level increase each and every day that I realize we, as U.S. citizens allowed for the current resident of the White House to be elected with such a minority. Sadly, this happens whenever a majority of voters choose to not vote, feeling that neither candidate deserved their precious vote. However, I think I have found a way for us all to breathe a little sigh of relief.
The Divine Design of Threes
In design school, one the guiding principles we are always taught is the divine design of threes. To explain, I Google a definition for you, but am given a huge listing of designers who use some form of this in their business name, website and/or television show. However their spelling is d-e-v-i-n-e, actually flagged by Google as a misspelling of the term.
The definition I was taught meant to always place items in a grouping of three, be it pottery, sculptures, etc. in order to present the most artful arrangement.
The term has also been used by religious believers that the divine design of threes represents the three symbols of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Three dominant powers and/or symbols are at the center of many religions in one way or the other, the point being, this is where the divine comes into the definition of the divine design of threes. I also noticed most design businesses used the spelling of d-e-v-i-n-e, possibly to distinguish from the more religious definition, however misspelled. So, did our Founding Fathers have the Divine Design of Threes in mind when they created three divisions of our government: Judicial, Legislative, Executive?
Also important to remember, the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have to be an odd number in order to avoid a tied decision, hence the rush to appointments whenever we lose a member. And, of course, we have an equal number of senators (two from each state). If all are present and accounted for, the vice president has to step in to break any tie votes.
Headline Fire and Fury My Conclusion
The book, Fire and Fury, primarily discusses one third of our governing body, the executive branch, and President Donald J. Trump. Thirty-three percent of our governing body is a minority percentage. Two thirds of our governing body is regulated by the judicial and the legislative branches. Both bodies of our government are maintained by educated, sane and responsible individuals who have our country’s best interest at all times. No one individual can change that fact. No one individual can take us to war, destroy our economy, take away our homes, remove our right to due process, and more. The bottom line is, even with the high profile of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, he cannot alter anything individually, on his own, with his executive orders and/or tweets.
Our founding fathers established a checks and balances system for a reason.
Headline Fire and Fury 2020
Now do we need to re-evaluate exactly what the United States requires of a president? We require someone who
- represents the highest level of integrity and honesty
- possesses a manner of calm and the decisiveness expected of a strong leader
- understands the difference between leading versus bullying
- can be depended upon to make the right decisions for our country together with those of the legislative and judicial branches of our government
- maintains a level of transparency and decorum now expected of our elected government officers.
Headline Fire and Fury Our Thanks
Regardless our opinions of the book, the author and its contents, let us acknowledge how we, as citizens of The United States, have the collective power to determine
- who we vote into two branches of our federal government
- who we vote into our state government
- who we vote into our local government.
The power to determine how our government is run and by whom is within the power of every registered voter.
If we allow anyone to determine our lives, the lives of our children and grandchildren other than the most capable, up-standing, qualified leaders, then shame on us. Failing to exercise this American right allows for anyone with the ability to self-promote and maintain high public visibility to be elected to office.
“We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.”