On the Principles of "Decency" in American Politics. Might the burgeoning vulgarity of Leftist commentators & comedians be undermining their long-term credibility? Do the American People still harbor subconscious expectations for "good manners" in their media personages? Do we retain a sixth sense for cheap shots? Meanwhile, President Trump contemplates major revisions to the raucous "White House Press Briefing" format, and tells Time Magazine that he is presently "consumed by news." In response, we evaluate Abraham Lincoln's "cultivated indifference" to the hostile news media of his day, and we listen to Newt Gingrich advise Trump to "ignore the press corps" and focus on the broader "substance" of his agenda. Sound advice? Also, we consider former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' surprising praise for President Trump's "disruptive approach" to foreign policy. Plus, we review J.D. Vance's new book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis which describes the collapse of the White Working Class in America. But we are left to wonder whether the articulate Mr. Vance is truly helping his own people. With Listener Calls & Music via Glen Campbell, The Sweet, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney and Dwight Yoakam.
May 11, 2017