Liberal Mania pt. 1 - An ongoing examination
I'm going to try to keep tabs on things that were setting people off and try to see if the hysteria was warranted or if it was a case on jumping at every thing Trump says to find more reasons to be terrified.
Were Trump's tweets today THAT bad?
On one hand, the President-Elect tweeting as much as Trump does seems stupid and more likely to cause trouble than help anything. President Obama promised (and pretty much failed on) transparency, but nobody really wants THIS much transparency.
But let's look at what set people off.
Again, yes, the President-Elect tweeting about nukes seems like something he should stop doing in general, however I feel like there's more of a common sense reading of this besides IMMINENT NUCLEAR WAR! WE'RE DOOMED!
From Trump's point of view, as he noted throughout the campaign, the US has let our nuclear arsenal deteriorate. We're not updating and innovating. Yes, a world without nukes would be ideal but since that doesn't seem like it's happening anytime soon, then we should make sure we maintain the weapons we have.
Obviously, some people will rightly point out that expecting the rest of the world to "come to their senses" on nuclear weapons while we upgrade and expand our own arsenal seems hypocritical but that's Trump. He's not going to give up his nukes before everyone else does. But, ultimately, I don't really see this tweet as a huge concern, especially since Trump said pretty much the same thing during debates and on the campaign trail.
The initial responses to this one swayed me towards this being just stupid. Twitter experts were saying that the two planes were completely different and one was stealth while the other one wasn't but one google search on a comparison of the two planes brought up this site, which makes them seem like the actual Navy might kind of agree with Trump.
The U.S. Navy is continuing to buy the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at reduced rates while increasing its buy of Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighters. However, the sea service has always been somewhat lukewarm toward the stealthy single-engine fighter. Instead, the service has shown a strong preference for more Super Hornets, while either developing a stealthy long-range unmanned strike aircraft or skipping ahead to a next-generation F/A-XX. But the Office of the Secretary had other ideas.
So while, yes, the "price out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!" might show that Trump's lack of handle on the make up of the two planes is undermining his (questionable*) public negotiations, again, I don't know if it's the kind of thing that people should be losing their minds over.
*The public negotiations do seem like a problem but, I have to say, we live in a world in which corporations control the government or are too big to fail so part of me feels like maybe it's not the worst thing in the world if there's a little public saber-rattling when it comes to negotiating with companies that are getting billions of our tax dollars.
OK, this one is just sour grapes. SAD! Nobody wants to perform at the Inauguration so in true Trump form, he's saying that people are actually begging to come to the show but he's turning them down because he's a man of the PEOPLE!
The President-Elect should be above this but the President-Elect is Donald Trump so we're going to have to expect lies from a thin-skinned man to be the new normal.
OVERALL: I think today's tweets rated mostly a NOTHING TO SEE HERE.