More importantly, the "Make America Great Again" crowd can't seem to appreciate the fact that the broken government they think Trump will "correct" is actually controlled by the Republicans - their own people! Who controls taxes? Congress! Who allows the Administration to fill in gaps in legislation with regulations? Congress! Who creates the budget and controls and oversees all spending under it? Congress! Who runs Congress? The GOP has controlled the House of Representatives since 2011 and the Senate since 2014. So what gives?
Upon returning from my voyage, I saw a posting on Facebook I thought would be neat to share. The posting showed Donald Trump stating that NAFTA was a disaster and it was all because Bill Clinton signed it into law. Trump emphasized 6 times that Clinton was behind "that disaster!" I shared it because it included the fact that President George H.W. Bush signed the NAFTA treaty, not Clinton. Not long after doing so, I received a private IM from an individual pointing out that Bill Clinton had indeed signed the treaty into law. I felt awful! As soon as I returned home I checked this issue out. I always will admit when I am wrong. Hypocrisy is something I always try to avoid! What did I find? Bill Clinton did sign NAFTA into law and I was wrong. Except under closer scrutiny I found that Clinton signed it into law after it was ratified by the Senate from President Bush - whom had signed it in treaty form with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. All treaties must be ratified by the US Senate. The entire NAFTA Treaty was in place and signed by Bush. Once ratified, new President Bill Clinton signed it into law. The main point though is this. Although technically correct that Clinton signed NAFTA into law, it is misleading to claim all of the problems from the Treaty rest at his feet. None of the Treaty's terms were negotiable when Clinton came to office. All of the terms were negotiated and signed off on by Bush. So blaming Clinton for the perceived problems with NAFTA is misleading. And what do we find then? We find social media being used to miscommunicate facts in an effort to persuade - and in many instances - to mislead.
So now that we have become so reliant on social media for our "facts" - perhaps it is best to have all such outlets post a banner of "Caveat Emptor" - BUYER BEWARE! As President Thomas Jefferson once wrote; "He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors." Have a great week!