The Oklahoman editorial board is setting itself up for a big endorsements of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, the racist xenophobe trying to get his opponent assassinated and playing to every low-denominator in the American psyche.
Trump, as all reasonable people know throughout the world, suffers from mental illness and possesses all the hallmarks of a nationalistic dictator waiting to happen.
The newspaper’s editorial board for a long time during the bizarre Republican primary warned conservatives against supporting Trump because his lack of electability, but that’s all changed now. For weeks, editorials have slowly and surely put in the fix for the newspaper’s support of Trump. It’s really despicable, and, no, it’s not just partisan politics. This is a dangerous moment in our country’s history.
The Tulsa World, for example, has declined to support either Trump or Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton for president. That’s a big deal in a freaky, red state like Oklahoma, where the stupidity grows and festers like summer bag worms in the trees here.
A majority of people in Oklahoma vote against their own financial interests because of, choose one or all of the following, people: (1) They hate themselves. (2) They are single-issue voters who base their actions on what they hear from the Southern Baptist Church or other right-wing Christian pulpits. (3) They are as racist and xenophobic as Trump. (4) They are prone to paranoia and conspiratorial suggestions because of a lack of education and awareness. (5) They are extremely rich, like Trump, and manipulate the rubes with trinkets of ideology and promises that will never happen to make even more money. I could go on, but the analysis has been done over and over again.
Two recent editorials in The Oklahoman just in the past week or so set up their support for Trump. Here’s one: “Time to stop excessive flow of regulations”—this one made a reference to how a “Clinton administration would doubtless out-regulate the current regulator-in-chief.” Here’s another: “First debate figures to play a large role for Trump, Clinton”—this editorial cited U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s nauseating support for the maniac Trump and hints the radical nominee might just win that first debate and become like the late President Ronald Reagan.
The newspaper published an editorial today about a recent speech Clinton gave at Adams City High School in Commerce City, CO, and concludes she’s “ignoring reality.” Here’s the conclusion to the commentary:
It’s beyond sad that Clinton’s desire to give the children attending Adams a brighter future ends the minute that goal requires her to buck the status quo education forces bankrolling and staffing her campaign.
Trump’s Second Amendment “joke” is nothing to laugh about https://t.co/JPDi0hiM6V
— Salon (@Salon) August 12, 2016
I’ll tell you what’s “beyond sad.” It’s the idea that someone like Trump even has a modicum of a chance to become the nation’s first real dictator. Trump recently hinted about how “Second Amendment” people could prevent Clinton from appointing judges. Many people saw it as an assassination threat. Even if it was a joke, it still has the potential to generate violence through implication and distortion.
I get that all this about The Oklahoman isn’t really news. The Gaylord family crammed their radical ideology down our throats when they owned the newspaper and now absentee owner Philip Anschutz, a Colorado billionaire who made his money in the drilling business, is trying to do the same thing.
The problem here is that The Oklahoman completely negates any sense of intellectualism and, using its monopoly as a right-wing cudgel, while nourishing its unfairness and dogmatism on the flimsiest of contexts. The newspaper negates “newspaper,” an entity that should encourage debate and a diversity of views. Metropolitan newspapers like The Oklahoman, which are slowly dying in a dying industry, are probably obsolete at this point, but they take up too much space and energy, anyway.
The newspaper’s support for Trump is another suffocating moment for any open-minded or intellectual person in Oklahoma.