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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

There’s a lot the president is willing to give up, and it’s more than just one or two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice. He’s given up on the poor and middle class. He’s given up our standing in the world. He’s given up trying to find fresh adjectives for “good” and “bad.” He’s long ago given up on nuance, civility, common sense and humility.

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Trying to finish this comment in verthe–uh, verse:)

When diplomacy matters, you know that he’ll show up, and act like a child who refuses to grow up. He’ll lambaste The Times, and while he’s berating it, he’ll diss the fake news even as he’s creating it.

His big mouth is something I wish we could sew up. It might cost us plenty, but I’d put the dough up, ‘though his tax plan might make the economy blow up.

Obama’s fine legacy he’s sworn to dismantle, although to that man he can’t hold a candle. And if he runs out of people to pillory, he’s likely to turn his attention to Hillary.

As much as he dishes out hate and malaise, he can’t get enough of the vacuous praise. He hires exclusively people who suck up, and then fires them when they—what’s the word–screw up.

And so the strange man in the orange pompadour will dish out embarrassment, and then dish out more. Yet if we impeached him, a year or two hence–we might have to do it again with Mike Pence.

Totally hilarious!

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

With this president, every week is Ironic Failure Week. I’m sure that if he announced an upcoming energy conference the lights would go out in the middle of his rambling, self-aggrandizing screed. Then he’d claim that Thomas Edison called him afterwards to apologize for spoiling the greatest speech of all time.

The president deserves an award for every abject failure, because he’s pretty much a defective human being at the molecular level. But what about the ordinary folks who serve as apologists for fraud and deceit?

To recognize their contributions, I propose we have an Unscrupulous Liars Week. The first one would go to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I thought Sean Spicer took the cake, but he always looked troubled when he lied to make the president’s insane, fraudulent or illegal activities look normal. Sanders apparently watched Spicer from the wings as he sputtered and withered in the glare, and said, “Send me in coach!”

It probably doesn’t hurt that her dad made a living lying to the clueless for money. It’s one of those acorn-tree sorts of things.

The Top Quark is said to be the shortest-lived elementary particle in the universe, but it takes second place to Anthony Scaramucci. He gets the Potty Mouth Award for his meteoric rise to fame, which is a tiny scale model of the president’s private commode. There’s a little figure of Reince Priebus at the bottom of the bowl, caught in mid-swirl.

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Here’s a NYT comment that really says what I believe. This belief of mine has been percolating over the past couple years and represents, I suppose, a turn away from the left but it’s still on the left side of the political spectrum. Anyway, here it is:

gumnaam nowhere 14 hours ago

Senator Sanders, much respect to you, but what about the election in France? A center-right candidate walloped the far right candidate. The main difference: the inability of the Russians to interfere.

The Democratic party is a big-tent party, and cannot function well with ideological purity tests. Policies also have to be achievable, which means listening to all stakeholders. The Democratic sweep in 2006-2008 did not come about because of following a rigid ideological prescription. The Democrats will win by being the party of good governance with new talented candidates across the ideological spectrum. It is well past time to stop beating on people on your own side, and start focusing your ire on the real problem: the Republicans.

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It’s the second paragraph above that really resonates with me. And especially the very last sentence which states the real problem: the Republicans.

The comment comes from an op-ed by Bernie Sanders in the NYT today: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/bernie-sanders-how-democrats-can-stop-losing-elections.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

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David Underwood is a trusted commenter Citrus Heights

For a primer on Trump and his takeover of the GOP, read the series of editorials in the LA Times.
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-our-dishonest-president/
There are six of them, they are as revealing as anything you have read here.

As many of us feared, he was able to appoint a very conservative judge to the Supreme Court. This has damaged our republic for at least another 40 years. But it is not really Trump who has caused this damage, it is the GOP controlled Senate, trump is just a catalyst, he has given the congress the means to carry on the GOP agenda that is a detriment to the citizenry of the U.S.

The GOP has been working to overturn progressive programs since the 1932 election of FDR. Despite their claims, the GOP is opposed to improving the lives and welfare of the citizens, with the convenient argument that it costs too much.This resonates with those who do not have much to start with, and the majority of the wealthy who are just plain greedy.

Read “The People VS Greed: Stealing America” by J.W. Cotchett.

It is why we don’t have universal health care, High Speed Rail, a decline in retirement plans, affordable education. The list goes on, Trump is just a symptom of niggardly policies of the GOP. They do not say so openly, but he is just what they have wanted for the last 85 years.

We have to start by cleaning up congress, Trump has not power without them.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston 2 hours ago

Forget the Limbo. The bar is set so low for this president that he has to dig his way under it. That he was merely able to read a speech someone else wrote for him suddenly qualified as “presidential.” People seemed to love the fact that he could read, which is a quality you definitely want to see in a president.

Personally, I couldn’t focus on what he was saying because he was standing there with no clothes, although the Republican side of the hall kept jumping up and applauding the fineness of his raiment. I was also distracted by Torquemada and Tweedledum, who were getting the rear view of their puppet. They kept exchanging barely contained grins of relief as he danced without his strings getting tangled.

The So-Called Ruler of the United States (SCROTUS?) should be held to a higher standard, but maybe that’s just me. I’d gotten used to the idea that the president was supposed to be an honorable man who spoke with eloquence, had strength and compassion, inspired confidence and had more than three working neurons.

But the new president has a dream. He talked about a country with financial strength, low unemployment and fair treatment for all, no matter their race, color or creed. It was a country that commanded respect from other nations and negotiated in good faith with them.

Interestingly, that was more or less the country the previous president had left him. If he’d just sit quietly in the Oval Office and do nothing he could do worse. And he probably will.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

It’s not as though we had no warning. He was a lying train wreck before the election, and now he’s a lying train wreck after the election There was clearly something wrong with him during the debates with normal human Hillary Clinton, as he stalked, sniffed, spewed random epithets and promised to lock her up while she was in the middle of a sentence.

But there were a lot of resentful people out there in fly-over land who were fed up with having to endure a decent, intelligent and compassionate human in the Oval Office. They wanted someone they could relate to. And now they have him.

A minority of Americans somehow managed to elect a guy who would run the country like they would. How hard could it be? Any moron could do it. But now that any moron is in the position, it’s a different story. You could say they’re having second thoughts, but that would imply that they had a first one, and there’s no evidence of that.

So the deplorables got what they asked for. They mixed cluelessness with a toxic democracy and got kleptocracy. It was in the cards.

There’s no easy way out when a government of the people is rendered dysfunctional by the people.

The only positive thing about this is that if Betsy DeVos wants to dumb down America she won’t have to break a sweat.

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Published in Carlisle Mosquito, February 12, 1988

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Mike Pence is adorably naïve if he thinks we’re all going to pack a suitcase and obediently move back to the 1950s. The suavity of his pick—sorry, the president’s pick—for the Supreme Court is irrelevant. We’re not going back just because Judge Gorsuch is smart and wears a nice suit.

Some spineless members of the media have suggested that Gorsuch’s amiable, non-confrontational nature will make it easier for him to achieve consensus among his colleagues on the court. They think if he asks nicely and says please and thank you that the justices will consent to a return to back-alley abortions, ignore climate change and consult the bible to see if evolution should be stricken from school curricula.

It seems to me that “originalism” is a red herring. It’s just a way for Gorsuch and his ilk to ignore inconvenient truths that we’ve learned about the world in the last couple of centuries. So when they want to know how to treat women and gay people, they turn to the wisdom of the Bible.

DJT is a ventriloquist’s dummy with so many hands moving his mouth that you’ve got to wonder how it’s anatomically possible. But the president’s profound ignorance on so many subjects is perfect for the puppeteers who want to shove their racist, misogynistic and homophobic agendas down the country’s throat.

So let’s all be originalists about the Gorsuch issue. We’ll treat him the way Mitch McConnell originally treated Merrick Garland. That should make them happy.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

I look forward to the news each day with a mixture of eager anticipation and dread. Ironically, the good days start with the president doing something incredibly stupid. As long as he keeps digging a hole, the hope is that eventually he’ll fall in.

The thing that troubles me is that he might accidentally say something that is mildly not crazy. This will make people start to wonder if he’s becoming normal, because people tend to grade on a curve. And what a curve! Black holes bend space less than the president’s brain. The curve is so pronounced that if he said one plus one equaled two, people would say, ah, he’s moderating.

Some say that the way to deal with a loony leader is to stick to the facts. Let him rant, but calmly strike back with reality. Discredit what he says. Take the high road while he slogs through the mud. But that’s no fun. When he says ridiculous things, he should be ridiculed in return.

The Times should run a daily column titled, “More on the President.” He wouldn’t get the joke, and it would be a great place to list his dubious deeds. It would read like an old David Letterman Top Ten List.

Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” segments had him asking simple questions to the general public, with hilarious results. Our president seems to be one of those people on the street, with as much knowledge of politics as a farm animal. It would be a shame to take him seriously when everything he says is a joke.

It’s just too bad that the joke’s on us.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Is there any decent, wholesome American institution the president is not at war with? It certainly feels like war when he recommends that a carnivorous billionaire with no experience be placed in charge of children’s education. Ms DeVos doesn’t appear qualified to be a secretary, much less secretary of education. Like all of the Orange Baboon’s cabinet choices, she’s not so much a candidate for an important position as she is a slap in the face of everything decent this country stands for.

Public education should not be privatized. Education is about a lot of things, but it’s not about siphoning money meant for the public good into private pockets. It’s especially not a cash cow to be milked by unqualified billionaires with nothing better to do than drain it dry, and then move on to the next offense against humanity.

But we’ve got a president with the vocabulary and the rhetorical flair of a second-grader making important decisions about how our children will be educated. The word “irony” doesn’t seem to be familiar to him. Maybe that’s a third-grade word.

You know, it’s exhausting having to attack every choice, every proposal, every policy and every utterance made by this president. We should simply agree in advance that everything he has done, is doing now and will do in the future is unacceptable. The time it would save.

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