By Tom Milligan
If you’ve seen my twitter feed, my Facebook page, the Trump video on my YouTube channel, or read or almost any of my posts here on EatPrayVote.org, you know that – with few exceptions – I have zero respect for Donald Trump or for anyone that supported his run for President of the United States of America.
Tommy Petton is one of those rare exceptions – even if he’s a Cowboys fan.
Since we “met” on Twitter, Tommy and I have held opposing viewpoints which have led to some pretty heated disagreements. But, unlike most who share his views on Trump, Tommy has always been articulate, open to discussion, and above all, respectful of my views and opinions.
I hope he would say the same about me.
In a recent discussion about some of the content on EatPrayVote.org, Tommy referred to the site as “a Never Trump echo chamber.”
The fact that I respect his opinion (even though I disagree with him most of the time) really got me thinking about the content on the site, and more specifically about my own articles, Twitter & Facebook feeds, etc.
I had to ask myself, “am I really part of ‘a Never Trump echo chamber’?”
Merriam-Webster defines Echo Chamber as “a room with sound-reflecting walls used for producing hollow or echoing sound effects.” Now I know Tommy doesn’t think I’m in a literal echo chamber so I have to assume the Urban Dictionary definition is more in line with what he’s thinking:
Echo Chamber: A person who totally, obsequiously agrees with everything another person says.
So do we, as writers here at EatPrayVote.org, always agree?
Let’s take a look at the tagline for the site: “Moderate Meets America.”
Fact: NO ONE has EVER accused ME of being a moderate.
I think it’s safe to say the majority of my fellow writers are what most would consider “moderate”.
But given my lack of moderation and the largely moderate group of liberal and conservative writers Jason Taylor has assembled, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the writers at EatPrayVote.org disagree on many issues.
Sometimes, our disagreements are on public display in the form of posts with opposing viewpoints.
For example, I believe I’m the only writer on the site who’s come out in support of a full repeal of Obamacare. Just hours before I posted that piece, several of my EatPrayVote colleagues wrote articles opposing the repeal.
They made excellent points.
But we still disagree.
Other times, the disagreements are kept private. But believe me, they are there.
I recently published a piece on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s performing at Trump’s inauguration. I thought then, and I think now that it shows a complete lack of principled judgment on the part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (AKA “LDS Church” or “Mormons”) and said as much in my post.
The fact that they’ve since chosen to send two of the Apostles to the inaugural as representatives of the Church adds to my confusion and disappointment.
My feelings on this subject didn’t sit well with some of the other writers.
These disagreements – both public and private – mean we’re not an echo chamber as defined above.
But Tommy did put the “Never Trump” qualifier, which changes the definition to something like, “A person who totally, obsequiously agrees with everything negative about Donald Trump.”
I could be wrong on this, but as far as I know, there’s not a single writer on EatPrayVote.org that supported, voted for, or that believes the Trump presidency will be a success.
And from what I’ve read on the site, and what I’ve observed from the personal interactions I’ve had with each of the writers, we ALL love America.
We ALL hope Trump is successful.
And we ALL hope we’re wrong.
But does the fact that none of supported him mean we’re an echo chamber as Tommy suggests?
Let’s do the numbers…
As of this writing, 62 posts have been published on this site in January:
- 40 (65%) are largely critical of Trump
- 22 (35%) are either Trump-neutral or apolitical in nature
Numbers never lie. But they are always subject to interpretation.
One could easily conclude that we are an echo chamber since we spend 65% of our time being critical of Trump.
But one could just as easily determine, since 55% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump, that this site’s 65% ratio is more in line with the American voter than any pro-Trump publication or outlet.
The piece you’re now reading will be the 7th piece I’ve written this month – and the 4th that is NOT critical of Trump.
I other words, the majority of my posts so far this year are either Trump-neutral or Trump-agnostic.
Make no mistake, the other three are unfiltered, negative, and – at least in my opinion – accurate assessments of Trump’s past, current and future failures.
But I’m pleased to see that my attention has shifted from being pure #NeverTrump to being more focused on upholding the Constitution, defending our freedoms, and holding ALL of our elected leaders accountable.
So is EatPrayVote.org “a Never Trump echo chamber?”
I don’t think so.
But Tommy probably still does.
And we’re still friends.