Phrase for 2017: Alternative Facts

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Since I don’t have to get up early and rush to work, one of the things I enjoy first thing in the morning is having my coffee in bed while reading the news online. I case you’re wondering, I didn’t make the cappuccino shown in the photo above!

This past week, I have been gobsmacked by the string of chilling executive orders emanating from the White House and I actually feel my blood pressure rising as I read. Last year, the Oxford English dictionary picked the word post-truth as the word of the year for 2016. It is an adjective defined as ‘ relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. It seems that objective facts have completely gone out the window as far as Trump is concerned. Nationwide protests are dismissed as as over-reaction by the media, climate change as a hoax and the immigration ban as not having a religious bias!!! As for putting America first and bringing manufacturing and jobs back to the US, DTs behaviour does not appear to match what comes out of his mouth. According to an article in the Washington Post, the newly opened Trump hotel in Washington contains very little actually made in America despite bearing the Trump logo. So much for Àmerica First. How many Pinocchios does he deserve for that? Anyhow, between fake news websites, post-truth politics and a leader who makes up what he wants to believe by calling them alternative facts, my pick for the phrase for 2017 is ‘alternative facts’.

Meanwhile, perhaps I can cheer up those of you in less sunny climes with this photo of mimosa already blooming in my neighbourhood in Rome.  The cold spell we had has left us and we have blue skies and sunshine again. At least after distressing myself reading the news, I can go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature even in the city.

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2 Responses to Phrase for 2017: Alternative Facts

  1. Sandra Blackford says:

    Hi Joyce, Hope you are keeping well in sunny Rome. Cant understand why you are ‘gobsmacked’ by the orders emanating from DT. He is simply honouring the commitments he made prior to his election. Those commitments were the reason he was democratically elected by the American people. Far more chilling is the total lack of policy/direction shown by Merkel and her EU cronies on migration and similar issues.


    • joydaz says:

      Hi Sandra
      Don’t forget that Trump did not win the popular vote so he does not represent the desires of the majority who voted. It is true that he is wasting no time putting many of his crazy election promises into effect but with unseemly haste and a lack of due process and consideration creating chaos and extreme hardshio for many people. Further, his immigration ban was possibly unconstitutional according to the Attorney General now fired for that viewpoint. To me this is dictatorship rather than democracy.
      As for Merkel and the EU, I am not sure what you mean by lack of policy and direction. They are fulfilling the UN mandate on asylum for those fleeing persecution and conflict which is an obligation of the signatories and which the US has now breached by the executive order. I am glad that there are countries that offer protection to people fleeing for their lives and to children who have known nothing but war.

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