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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.

(Well, that sort of rhymes, so maybe it’s worth
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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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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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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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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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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Carly Fiorina, whose very presence makes large, thriving companies wither and die, and whose ignorance of politics is her greatest strength, is running for president of the United States. She may not know much, such as whether a video of a fetus has anything to do with Planned Parenthood, but she knows that she is passionate about the right to life. True, she also thinks vaccination is optional, but she is complex. But as long as the fetus is a burden for the woman, she will defend its right to life as an unwanted child, to be raised by a woman who is unready, unwilling or unable to be a mother.

Women who take advantage of Planned Parenthood’s medical services are often poor, so naturally they are in the Republican’s crosshairs. But Republicans are fair. In trying to destroy Obamacare, they’re making it clear that they’re not singling out single mothers. They want all desperate, poor and sick people to suffer.

Republican candidates are competing for the coveted position of being the hardest on women. They want them invaded, probed, and psychologically tormented for daring to exercise their right to an abortion. They are having none of it, not abortion, not contraception, not gay marriage, nothing that involves s-e-x. Their religion tells them that everything below the belt is the devil’s playground. They’re so preoccupied by that region that we need a name for this combination of fundamentalist fervor and fear of the naughty bits. I’m suggesting Evangenitals.

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I came across this great comment in the NYT this morning, in response to Gail Collins Op-Ed, “Bill, Barack and Us”:


William O. Beeman, Minneapolis

Isn’t it clear that the Republicans believe that everything can be achieved through privatization and individual effort, whereas the Democrats espouse communitarian effort, especially for those projects that are beyond the scope of the individual? The Republicans have got the facts backward. A rising tide definitely raises all boats. They somehow believe that rising boats raise all tides.

Today I am writing from Europe–a place the right wing despises. Every public facility is planned with care, anticipating the needs of the public. Whatever it is–public parks, transportation, medical care, education–the public gets far more than it puts into the system.

In the U.S., the raw market-driven economy tries to give people as little as it possibly can for their money in order to maximize private profit. If you got rich by shorting the public, that’s fine for you, but for the rest of the country the end of the stick is very short.

The Europeans have lots of wealthy people among them–they are just not quite as wealthy as the American gazzilionaires and the result is no overt poverty, housing for everyone, care for the unemployed, no need for private transportation for most people and longer life-spans. Isn’t that worth the sacrifice of a second or third yacht? Apparently not for the Romney/Ryan crowd, for whom sickness, homelessness, and unemployment are seen as character flaws rather than artifacts of a broken social contract and badly skewed economic system rewarding greed
Sept. 6, 2012 at 2:49 a.m.

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This comment appeared among those commenting on Perry’s Bad Night by Gail Collins. I thought it describes pretty accurately what could happen to America. Thank you Dave from North Strabane, PA.

Herman Cain (and most all Republicans) want to get rid of the EPA. All the Candidates seem to want to get rid of the evil government. The Norquist and Ron Paul cheerleaders who want to destroy government or “drown it in the bathtub” are the real anti-American traitors. Read the Constitution. It begins, “We, the People” In a nation of we the people, with a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, if you hate government then you hate the people. You hate Americans, and, by extension, you hate America. Without a government to defend our legitimate role in this society, we become merely subjects to the unchecked power of wealthy individuals and corporations. Without government there is no way to block their power and they can act with impunity; they can exploit us, pollute our air and water, cheat us, steal whatever they want,and we’d be powerless to stop them. To destroy government is the ultimate act of democratic suicide.
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The ignorant, led by the nefarious, shepherded by the violence-prone, supported by the media are holding democracy hostage in America.

Think I’m crazy? Exaggerating? Scan some of the Op-Eds in the NYT online today for support of my sentence above, based as it is on a reader’s comment on Gail Collins’ Op-Ed.

James Carville many years ago said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Well, now he should say, “It’s the stupid, stupid!” because America has gone stupid, if it wasn’t stupid already which it was.

UPDATE: For a thorough, heart-felt and rational discussion of where we are now with this, see Terry McKenna’s post, Chaos Theory – It COULD Happen Here!, in the Daily Renewal blog.

Here’s the most popular comment on Gail Collins’ Op-Ed at the moment:

What is going on in America today is in no tradition I can remember, and I am pretty old! I listened to Bill Maher tonight, and his New Rules were positively depressing–although funny in a “gallows humor” sort of way. For instance: 34% of Americans STILL believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11! 47% of Republicans TRULY believe that Barack Obama was not born in the US (maybe that’s a good thing?), Sarah Palin says Obama’s healthcare plan is “downright evil,” and would force her to take her Down Syndrom child before a “death panel” every five years!!! Eeeeek! Get me out of here!

Is it any wonder that our ill-informed, highly anxious citizens are massing at town hall meetings yelling at their congressmen to “Tell the Government to Keep Its Hands Off of My Medicare?” Who think that a Living Will is a “Death Panel?” OMG–is our citizenry really this stupid and uninformed? Will we ever get over ourselves–and the Civil War????

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Sarah Palin is being ripped to shreds by two NYT Op-Ed columnists, first, Gail Collins in Sarah’s Straight Talk yesterday, and today in Now, Sarah’s Folly by Maureen Dowd.

Reader’s comments are closed on Sarah’s Straight Talk, but the one with the most votes is #13 and reads as follows:

Palin’s incoherence and lack of concentration are her political strengths. The segment of the electorate to which she appeals does not value intellect or eloquence. In fact, these qualities are feared because they imply a lack of faith. A person who is well educated, thoughtful, and can answer questions directly, in complete sentences, is exactly what Palin’s supporters do not want.

Comments on Now, Sarah’s Folly are not closed yet, but the most popular one so far is #14 which reads as follows:

I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote, “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag carrying a cross…we will have fascism with a happy face.”

I can’t think of anyone who embodies that prophecy better than Good ‘Ol Sarah.

Finally, Debi has come up with some great quotes in her admittedly off-topic comment #3 to my previous post on the Bouncing Boltzmann Brain. Check her out!

What more could I add? 😀 ❓

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