Don’t let you-know-who distract you


Some readers may remember a children’s book series a few years ago, about a young wizard growing up in England. It was known that one must never speak the name of the antagonist, Voldemort, because he would become stronger every time it was uttered.

How prescient those books were, for the current resident of the White House is just such a villain. Every time we speak his name, utter it in the media, share it on Facebook, Tweet about him, or mention him in the newspapers, he becomes stronger. He feeds off of our incredulous discussion of his antics.

Because the so-called Leader of the Free World is a master of publicity, manipulation, showmanship and distraction. While he outrages us with his lies and contradictions, his extravagent golf trips, or his racist rhetoric, it’s making us American citizens, and our press, turn away from what is happening in Congress, as our nation’s Republican leaders are stealing the country away from us. 

People like Paul Ryan, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, are the ones we should be paying attention to, whose names we should be saying.

Next time you feel like complaining about our Commander-in-Chief, think about what our Republican leaders are up to that he has distracted you from, and start talking about that instead.


Dan Wood

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