Tune Out Reality Show Presidency

Americans appetite for reality show television seems to be insatiable.

The epitome of an attempt to satisfy that hunger happened on November 8, 2016, when Americans voted to put a former reality show host and business tycoon, Donald J. Trump, into the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America.

For well over a year, viewers were treated with  what seemed a non-stop trailer of what was to come with the Reality Show Campaign. Viewers licked their lips and chomped down on the feast being offered up with gusto. Even the national media was drawn into the frenzy.

The Russians not content to stand in the wings crashed the show with a barrage of fake news, conspiracy theories and stolen emails.

Wkileaks relished in the role of provocateur of the salacious by providing the dirt from those emails online and to the media. Since Election Day, Americans appetite seems to have only been whetted.

Afraid of being given the hook of obscurity, progressives have staged marches and protests to try and capture the spotlight away from the star of the show – the President.

A contested run for the chairmanship of the weakened and wounded Democratic National Committee and Party was not enough to steal any thunder.

Each time it looks as if the focus will be drawn to the scene of another, the President tweets out something outlandish to make sure he remains on the center stage.

The press has been biting its lip, gnashing its teeth and crying to no avail. The more the media whelps, the more the viewing public yells in derision and glee.

For more than a week now, the national press corps has been reporting and not whimpering as it did the first nearly two months of the Trump term. The media is starting to look and sound like the 4th Estate again.

Then again, the Prez has laid off his criticism of the White House Press Corps. Instead his ire has been on his own staff and falsely accusing his predecessor of tapping his phone in Trump Tower.

Our attention has been distracted from the more dire situations around the globe.

While the rest of the world is concerned about the saber rattling by the madman in North Korea and the Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, Americans are screaming at their monitors and screens about what’s happening with the President.

While thousands are starving to death in Somalia, we are talking about KellyAnne Conway sitting on the couch in the Oval Office with her feet tucked under her.

While more US troops may be headed to Syria and more troops are active in combat in Iraq taking Mosul, Americans are asking who is dishing and dissing who from the West Wing to Mar-A-Lago to the halls of Congress.

Hollywood not be upstaged by the upstart in the White House are focused on fund raising and calling names than concerned with the killing of hundreds by a bloodthirsty President in the Philippines, who is even targeting children as young as nine-years-old.

From the Cornfield, it is time to tune out the Reality Show Presidency and focus on the real issues and concerns in the US of A and the world.

It is time to figure out why people are being radicalized – not overseas – but after being in the US for years.

It is time to root out the cause of why homegrown terrorists are the most dangerous in the nation.

It is time to demand the media, the Congress, the President to focus on the racial, ethnic, religious and ideological divides in the country and find common ground.

There are more pressing and important issues and concerns than the display the media is writing as the headlines, the Congress is talking about and the President is tweeting about.

Again – it is time to tune-out the Reality Presidency and demand real life – real news – real issues – real concerns.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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