Pundit Bill Bennett – my bête noire for February

I’ve liked Bill Bennett as a pundit since about 2005 when his program Morning in America , was being broadcast in Chicago over WIND 560 AM radio.

However, Bennett has abandoned the compassionate conservative agenda for the cruel features of President Trump’s agenda.

I regard Bennett as my bête noire in the sense of annoying me as a bugbear. In truth, I am bringing this annoyance upon myself. No one has told me that I must listen to his podcasts.

Let’s say that I listen to him so that you don’t have to. *

Bennett describes his podcasts with the catch phrase, “[Are you l]ooking for help translating [President] Trump? A podcast with an honest take on the current administration.” His podcasts present anything but an honest take.  He fails to point out how Mr. Trump is a bully. Bennett fails to point out how some of Mr. Trump’s policies are cruel.

One feature of Mr. Trump’s cruelty is to blame the victim. In one case of blame, the children of immigrants without papers have been in limbo ever since Congress created this human catastrophe.

We’ve heard the arguments for and against deporting these (mostly) young people. We’ve heard about deporting people to a country whose general culture and whose language specifically are foreign. These young folks are not being deported to Canada or Britain, for instance.

People with legal blemish get deported, not ordinary people. Such a policy of sending young people to a foreign country is cruel.

This brings up another feature of Bennett’s take on young immigrants.

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* I listen to him so that you don’t have to – An expression coined by Chicago Sun-TImes columnist Neil Steinberg.

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Professor Lorenzo Kamel: my bête noire for January

I regard Professor Kamel as my bête noire this month in the sense of annoying me as a bugbear. In truth, I am bringing this annoyance upon myself. No one has told me that I must read what he writes.