Saturday, February 11, 2017

On Boycotting the Trump White House

It's come to my attention that many professional athletes and White House press corps members (why do they call themselves a corps? Is there a Press Lt. General that they answer to?) are debating or have outright stated that they will not attend events at the White House so long as Trump occupies the Oval Office.

My sincere wish is that they do so.

The practice of athletes visiting the President is semi-monarchical; its unfitting for a republic such as ours to have visits to the Executive Mansion to kiss the ring of a Dear Leader.  The same for the White House Correspondents Dinner. It has devolved into a poor comedy show, and that is something that Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, James Corden, and Jimmy Fallon have given us enough of on a regular basis. Kill it, and do it quickly.

While we're at it, let's rid ourselves of the State of the Union as an address to Congress. It reeks, as Kevin Williamson has noted for years, of the Queen's Address from the Throne.  It's outlived its usefulness; the President does not need 90 minutes of prime time to get his message out, not with near as many twitter followers as the combined audience of the 3 legacy network's newscasts.

It's a modest proposal.

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