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Old December 26th, 2017, 06:20 AM   #1
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Trump's First Year Was Even Worst Than Feared

... a far more concise and more articulate summary of the past 11 months than I could have written in such a short space

Trump's First Year Was Even Worse Than Feared

President Trump acknowledges the crowd after taking the oath of office. (Jim Bourg/Getty Images)


Grit your teeth. Persevere. Just a few more days and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over. Here’s hoping that we all — particularly special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — have a better 2018.

Many of us began 2017 with the consoling thought that the Donald Trump presidency couldn’t possibly be as bad as we feared. It turned out to be worse.

Did you ever think you would hear a president use the words “very fine people” to describe participants in a torch-lit rally organized by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan? Did you ever think you would hear a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations thuggishly threaten that she would be “taking names” of countries that did not vote on a General Assembly resolution the way she wanted? Did you ever think the government of the world’s biggest military and economic power would reject not just science but also empiricism itself, preferring to use made-up “alternative facts” as the basis for major decisions?

We knew that Trump was narcissistic and shallow, but on Inauguration Day it was possible to at least hope he was self-aware enough to understand the weight that now rested on his shoulders, and perhaps grow into the job. He did not. If anything, he has gotten worse.

By all accounts, the president spends hours each day watching cable news, buoyed by the shows that blindly support him — “Fox & Friends,” “Hannity,” a few others on Fox News — and enraged by those that seek to hold him accountable. His aides have had to shorten and dumb down his daily briefings on national security in an attempt to get him to pay attention. Members of his Cabinet try to outdo one another in lavishing him with flowery, obsequious praise that would embarrass the Sun King.

Trump and his enablers have waged a relentless war against truth in an attempt to delegitimize any and all critical voices. He wields the epithet “fake news” as a cudgel against inconvenient facts and those who report them. Can a democracy function without a commonly accepted chronicle of events and encyclopedia of knowledge? We are conducting a dangerous experiment to find out.

To understand how deviant the Trump administration is, consider this: Since its founding, the nation has treasured civilian control of the military as a restraint on adventurism. Now we must rely on three generals — Trump’s chief of staff, his national security adviser and his secretary of defense — to keep this rash and erratic president from careering off the rails.

The president’s Republican allies in Congress, who have the power to restrain an out-of-control executive, have rolled over in passive submission. Many see clearly Trump’s unfitness but continue to support him because they fear the wrath of his hardcore base and see the chance to enact a conservative agenda. History will remember this craven opportunism and judge it harshly.

I haven’t even mentioned Trump’s nepotism — installing his daughter and son-in-law as high-ranking advisers, with portfolios they are in no way qualified to handle — or his inability to staff the executive branch with the best-and-brightest types who customarily serve. The Trump administration is not only transgressive, it is also mediocre.

The year has been terribly depressing — but not paralyzing. Let’s end on a more positive note.

The day after Trump’s inauguration, a much larger crowd descended on Washington for the Women’s March, an immense show of resistance. That passion might eventually have faded away, but all evidence suggests it has not. If anything, it seems to have intensified.

In November, Democrat Ralph Northam won the governor’s race in Virginia, a purple state, by a surprisingly big nine-point margin. His coattails were long enough to elect so many Democrats to the state House of Delegates that control of the chamber is still undecided pending recounts. And then on Dec. 12, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat — in Alabama, of all places, one of the most Republican states in the nation.

These races were not about D’s vs. R’s. They were about sanity vs. insanity, reason vs. chaos. They were about Trump, and he lost.

So Godspeed to the Mueller investigation, but let him worry about that. The rest of us — Democrats, independents, patriotic Republicans — should work toward the November election. Our duty is to elect a Congress that will bring this runaway train under control.

By Eugene Robinson / December 25 at 6:46 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...pinions&wpmm=1
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Good read. Made me smile and giggle.

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Old December 26th, 2017, 07:00 AM   #3
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I always enjoy Eugene Robinson's articles. AND everything he states is true for those of us WHO really hoped Trump meant what he said when he stated "I will be so presidential, you'll be bored." Even Trump's transition team stated "you will see a real different guy".

But we haven't seen a different guy and we haven't seen presidential OR statesmen OR a gentleman OR respect OR caution OR prudence OR intelligence OR any quality befitting a leader. I've stated the obvious too many times so I won't list Trump's character flaws again.

I have adapted a fatalist outlook and it's depressing because it's NOT just political differences. I've had political differences with several presidents through the years and certainly didn't agree with their policies or platforms, BUT there were qualities I admired. They were WORTHY of the office--decent, basically honorable, moral men--men who
showed restraint--men who chose experienced advisors wisely and listened to them.
There are qualities that our leaders MUST have (IMHO). Our leaders MUST CARE about people--must be somewhat inspiring, not only by what they say, but what they do--how they've lived. Our leaders need to show compassion, vision, intelligence, focus and emotional fitness/maturity.
AND here's something else which very few commentators mention and maybe MEN don't notice this, but women certainly do and we place a GREAT deal of importance to this ONE quality: HOW do our leaders treat their wives? It's pretty obvious to me what Trump thinks of his wife/wives....and what she thinks of him.
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I always enjoy Eugene Robinson's articles. AND everything he states is true for those of us WHO really hoped Trump meant what he said when he stated "I will be so presidential, you'll be bored." Even Trump's transition team stated "you will see a real different guy".

But we haven't seen a different guy and we haven't seen presidential OR statesmen OR a gentleman OR respect OR caution OR prudence OR intelligence OR any quality befitting a leader. I've stated the obvious too many times so I won't list Trump's character flaws again.

I have adapted a fatalist outlook and it's depressing because it's NOT just political differences. I've had political differences with several presidents through the years and certainly didn't agree with their policies or platforms, BUT there were qualities I admired. They were WORTHY of the office--decent, basically honorable, moral men--men who
showed restraint--men who chose experienced advisors wisely and listened to them.
There are qualities that our leaders MUST have (IMHO). Our leaders MUST CARE about people--must be somewhat inspiring, not only by what they say, but what they do--how they've lived. Our leaders need to show compassion, vision, intelligence, focus and emotional fitness/maturity.
AND here's something else which very few commentators mention and maybe MEN don't notice this, but women certainly do and we place a GREAT deal of importance to this ONE quality: HOW do our leaders treat their wives? It's pretty obvious to me what Trump thinks of his wife/wives....and what she thinks of him.
How did Bill treat Hillary? Better yet, how did Hillary treat Bill?
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Just according to keikaku
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Old December 26th, 2017, 08:03 AM   #6
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How did Bill treat Hillary? Better yet, how did Hillary treat Bill?


Why is that always the "default" position for the Right?? YES. Bill Clinton is/was a cheater. So was JFK, LBJ, FDR, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Buchanon, Harding, Cleveland....and who knows how many others....but for some reason NO ONE on the Right ever mentions all the other cheaters.

As far as Hillary is concerned, she remained married to Bill despite his indiscretions and so did the other first wives. AND once again, Hillary Clinton is not the president and DID NOT CHEAT on her husband.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault AND adultery. He was also accused of rape. He is disrespectful to his beautiful wife IN PUBLIC--in front of huge audiences--for all the world to see on TV. We have seen Melania slap his hand away, walk at a distance and watched as he completely ignored her. He never helps her out of the car. They are obviously very unhappy in their marriage. It's just sad.
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I always enjoy Eugene Robinson's articles. AND everything he states is true for those of us WHO really hoped Trump meant what he said when he stated "I will be so presidential, you'll be bored." Even Trump's transition team stated "you will see a real different guy".

But we haven't seen a different guy and we haven't seen presidential OR statesmen OR a gentleman OR respect OR caution OR prudence OR intelligence OR any quality befitting a leader. I've stated the obvious too many times so I won't list Trump's character flaws again.

I have adapted a fatalist outlook and it's depressing because it's NOT just political differences. I've had political differences with several presidents through the years and certainly didn't agree with their policies or platforms, BUT there were qualities I admired. They were WORTHY of the office--decent, basically honorable, moral men--men who
showed restraint--men who chose experienced advisors wisely and listened to them.
There are qualities that our leaders MUST have (IMHO). Our leaders MUST CARE about people--must be somewhat inspiring, not only by what they say, but what they do--how they've lived. Our leaders need to show compassion, vision, intelligence, focus and emotional fitness/maturity.
AND here's something else which very few commentators mention and maybe MEN don't notice this, but women certainly do and we place a GREAT deal of importance to this ONE quality: HOW do our leaders treat their wives? It's pretty obvious to me what Trump thinks of his wife/wives....and what she thinks of him.
Melania's Xmas selfie:

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Nice that she has kept her clothes on at least around photographers since becoming first lady.
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.. He is disrespectful to his beautiful wife IN PUBLIC--in front of huge audiences--for all the world to see on TV. We have seen Melania slap his hand away, walk at a distance and watched as he completely ignored her. He never helps her out of the car. They are obviously very unhappy in their marriage. It's just sad.

Pathetic to the nth degree. TDS run rampant.

Yeah, JFK bonking a 19 year old (among others) in the White Houses was a sign of respect for Jackie.

Bill carrying on with an intern, in loco parentis, was a sure sign of respect. And Hillary was Bill's facilitator for all their married life, and you voted for Hillary.

The depths of TDS are self-evident in just one page of leftists insanity.
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Why is that always the "default" position for the Right?? YES. Bill Clinton is/was a cheater. So was JFK, LBJ, FDR, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Buchanon, Harding, Cleveland....and who knows how many others....but for some reason NO ONE on the Right ever mentions all the other cheaters.

As far as Hillary is concerned, she remained married to Bill despite his indiscretions and so did the other first wives. AND once again, Hillary Clinton is not the president and DID NOT CHEAT on her husband.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault AND adultery. He was also accused of rape. He is disrespectful to his beautiful wife IN PUBLIC--in front of huge audiences--for all the world to see on TV. We have seen Melania slap his hand away, walk at a distance and watched as he completely ignored her. He never helps her out of the car. They are obviously very unhappy in their marriage. It's just sad.
You kids just don't like your hypocrisy pointed out, I enjoy how much it bothers you. You have no idea whether she cheated or not, lots of talk about Vince Foster and Huma, much more swirling under ground about her shall we say.....likes and dislikes.

We also have it from their Secret Service Detail (Ex) that she gave willy a black eye, that she treated them like slaves and was generally a vile human being. You are willing to completely give them a pass all the while judging the folks you don't like. That's called hypocrisy.

Me? My position on them all is that they work for the money people, not us. They are all despicable and are ALL being used to fulfill the Globalist plans. There goes your stereo type, sorry.
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