John Ransom

This is how stupid we've become: Does Obama do one stupid thing to cover for the other stupid thing? Does he do the stupid prisoner exchange to make up for the stupid carbon plan? Or is all the stupidity organic?

Getting past the fact that none of this makes anybody in United States look very good, I think these are legitimate questions.

Because it seems to me that Obama has waved the red meat, and the conservative lions have attacked.

The red meat in this case being the exchange of prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists.

CNN wasted 1800 words on the story today—in one article.

Everything above the fold at is Bergdhal, gossip, Tea Party and trivia.

Not one story about Obama’s plan to kill the coal industry, the power industry and manufacturing with his pen and his phone.

Not one story on the whole front page.

Harry Carry’s drinking diary? Yep.

Two mentions of Flight 370.

The typical gay power article, the tragedy of 4,300 cars having hail damage, and a Kardashian sighting.

But carbon emmissions? Nope.

Fox News is barely better. Two mentions of carbon, below the fold, in font sizes too small to be seen by men and women aged 50-85.

As conservatives attack Obama for playing checkers, while Putin plays chess in foreign policy, Obama makes the right look foolish again at home.

Because whether Bergdahl was a deserter or not, the Department of Defense has a way of dealing with this.

Personally, I’m glad he’s coming home.

Was the deal good? I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I negotiated a prisoner exchange with the Taliban. You’re probably similarly situated.

I’ll let the amateurs of the press Commentariat huff and puff about that.

What I do know, is that long after Bergdahl has been discharged by the military, more people will be affected by Obama’s illegal plan to kill coal than any other story that has come out in the last month.

And I don’t blame the press for writing about what sells.

I blame the rest of us for being too stupid to read what really matters.

As much as we on the right like to bash the press, the truth is that the press writes stories that resonate with their audience.

And until we find a porn video of Kim Kardashian doing unspeakable things in a coal mine-- which is highly probable-- the American public won’t care about coal mines or coal miners at all.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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