Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
Caring is overrated.
There are just too many things to care about. If you spread your caring too thin, the result is not helping any cause enough to make a difference.
Worse yet, it seems that people are stressing over the demands of caring. From the moment we wake up till our head hits the pillow, someone, some cause or some issue is demanding that we care about it.
The Politics of Caring is what the Progressives feed on. Caring about our dystopian future, the overheating planet, refugees of war, immigrants seeking asylum, discrimination against women, people of color and animals. We are told we must care about secondhand cigarette smoke, how much gluten we eat, how we use words, so as to avoid hurting anyones feelings.
No matter what the issue is, Progressives always claim to 'care' more than conservatives. It is Argumentation 101: Assume the upper hand of the emotional side of the discussion.
Leftists use their definition of 'caring' as a tool to disrupt our culture. They have hijacked the emotion because caring is a universal motivator. It transcends many levels of political persuasion. Who doesn't care about the environment, or what happens to abandoned children? We all worry about what kind of world our children will inherit. Anyone who dissents, for any reason, is an extremist.
The question is, how do we focus our caring and to what extent are we willing to forgo other important goals to achieve a particular end? And is 'caring' in and of itself a solution?
Some people have become so overwhelmed by the tsunami of media hatred and anger towards President Donald Trump, that they have decided to just tune out the endless cacophony of talking heads on radio and TV, in movies and in newspapers and current event magazines. In a world of enormous diversity and endless news events, our media has been obsessed with Trump for nearly two years!
And who would feel more sensitive to the destructive nature of the media's assault than the First Lady, whose husband has been the target of relentless character assassination, fake news stories designed to undermine his administration, and threats of violence from high profile celebrities?
So Melania incorporates her sensibilities in a fashion statement. Something she knows a lot about. She wouldn't wear a silk screened tee shirt, nor would she don a cotton gym hoodie. No, she puts her message on the back of a fashionable Zara military-style overcoat, painted to look like pop art graffiti.
The FrankenMedia had a field day, linking the phrase "I don't care, do u?" to the illegal immigrant issue, since she was simultaneously visiting the Mexican border. But, as usual, they fell right into the Trump Trap. While they focus on the politics, and whining about 'divisiveness', 'bigotry' and her 'lack of sensitivity', she is focusing on the demonstrable dishonesty of the media. And the jacket is the perfect metaphor.
She is playing to the Trump Base.
Like everything else about the past 18 months, there are two ways to look at the controversy: The media wants to paint her as uncaring, rich and anti-immigrant. She, on the other hand, says the message was to suggest she was no longer going to give any attention or energy to the 'Fake News'. Like so many folks, she is burned out on 'Trumped Up' BS.
There have been a number of articles and sound bites about how so many people are turning off the news and tuning into lightweight entertainment. I read a story by Claire Suddith at Bloomberg News, where she recorded some comments by a systems designer from Massachusetts who says she gave up watching the news and watches travel shows instead.
“Basically, a drone just flies over and tells you cool things about pretty landscapes,” she says. “It’s way more relaxing than reading about Melania’s terrible jacket choice.”
Where did she see the story about Melania? Why did she react to "Melania's choices" so negatively? Was it her opinion that wearing the jacket was a 'terrible' choice, or was she just parroting the media's analysis?
Isn't hating Melania a little presumptuous? After all, Melania speaks five foreign languages, is herself an immigrant, and has personally been extremely successful in business. Isn't she the ultimate poster child for women's empowerment?
If the woman from Massachusetts was seriously disengaged from the news cycle, how would she know about the incident and why would she care? You can't really have it both ways, can you? And if she doesn't really care anymore, isn't she in agreement with Melania's provocative silk screen?
Oh well, who cares?