Fish, Meet Barrel

Mr Chapman of the Chicago Tribune in Sunday’s paper just exposed his liberal bias in a big way. He writes a column blasting Mr Trump’s recent push against apparent rise in opiate addiction which has been blamed on big pharma (and the Chinese?) among other factors. He claims Mr Trump’s policy are a whitewash and will be ineffective. What he fails to note is that this problem is 10 years old and Mr Trump has been in office for less than 1. Odd then that he never manages to mention that Mr Obama failed to enact any policies or even note that there was a problem. Seems that Mr Chapman instead of excoriating Mr Trump should be praising him and then pointing out the policies that might be effective and how to insert them into the conversation.

You might find it strange a that a professional columnist doesn’t know the first thing about persuasion and how to sway others to your way of thinking. Education these days, … eh?

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  1. Boonton@gmail.com says:

    What he fails to note is that this problem is 10 years old and Mr Trump has been in office for less than 1.

    I’m not getting why this is a valid criticism of a criticism. I could see this is valid if his criticism was that Trump had not accomplished any serious opiate addiction reductions. Even the most aggressive of ramp up campaigns (say the US military right after Pearl Harbor) took months to really get going. But it is pretty fair to say has he presented an aggressive plan and if he hasn’t why do we have to wait 10 years to criticize it?

    It’s also not a good sign that his appointed drug czar, which one would imagine is a key figure in this effort, had to withdraw after it was revealed he was a key figure in enabling opiate abuse and frustrating law enforcement’s effort to crack down. Also not a good sign that his son-in-law is in ‘charge’ of ‘solving’ this problem along with making peace in the Middle East, restoring US manufacturing, negotiating trade with Mexico, revamping the entire way the gov’t does business, fixing the entire criminal justice system and solving the eventual death of earth’s sun. These criticisms also don’t seem to really be all that liberal. I could easily see a conservative making them if, say, President Obama did exactly this same thing during the last year in his office.

    “You might find it strange a that a professional columnist doesn’t know the first thing about persuasion and how to sway others to your way of thinking. ”

    I’m not sure what this criticism is. Are you saying his points are valid but by phrasing them in a confrontational way Trump is unlikely to read them, internalize them and change course in a more positive direction? Since Trump does not read crafting a criticism as if he was a humble subject trying to convince his king to change a policy seems unlikely to be a sensible style. You said you would like to move away from supporting Trump, first step is to resist that inclination to bend your knee.