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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 3 hours ago

Libertarians are starting to get on my nerves. Rand Paul and his earnest plea to let people have the freedom to die when they can’t afford medical care is just the most immediate example. Paul is essentially saying, “Give me liberty, AND give me death!” What a rallying cry.

Given the bizarre performance of their presidential spoilers during the last “election,” I’d think they’d want to include a mental health option in any healthcare plan. But I digress.

Paul is merely doing what the Republicans always do, which is to come up with plausible-sounding excuses for why we should put the old and the sick on an ice floe and let them drift out to sea. Conveniently, we’ve got one as big as Delaware in the antarctic.

Lying is the essential arrow in the Republican quiver. It’s the very foundation of their economic arguments, which always suggest that by letting a few people become obscenely rich the rest of us will flourish.

The president doesn’t have a clue about–well, anything, including health care, and the Vice President lies with the pseudo-sincerity that religious hypocrites are known for. The Senate is controlled by the drawling destroyer Mitch “sit down and shut up” McConnell, while the House is overseen by a self-described policy wonk and Ayn Rand acolyte who’s a complete fraud.

I don’t know what’s happened to our government, but I do know that letting it decide how to provide health care for the country is going to kill us all.

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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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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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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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The real perpetrators of this scam are the people who voted for this transparent lying billionaire buffoon. Anyone who could have listened to this man and thought he was on the side of the downtrodden deserves to be trodden upon, and heavily. The only pleasure I feel these days is in knowing that they’ll feel the pain, first and longest.

That may seem like a pointless exercise, but so is flailing your arms when you fall off of a cliff. It doesn’t help, but it’s something you do when there’s nothing that can be done. Lemmings marched into voting booths all across America, and stepped over the edge. They handed the government to people who despise them. No matter how trenchant the post-apocalyptic analysis of people like Krugman turns out to be, the lemmings won’t get it. They’ll just blame the ground for rushing toward them.

While it may be useful to criticize a president or an individual cabinet appointment for this or that questionable decision, what purpose does it serve when every decision and every appointment is questionable, or even treasonous? Whom do we call when Gotham falls? Batman?

The country hasn’t merely made a bad decision. It’s gone down a bad road, and there’s no exit in sight. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

For maximum enjoyment, be sure to look down. The only satisfaction to be had will be watching the lemmings below you hit the ground first.

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To all who are poo-pooing the election of Trump, saying give him a chance or it’s not as bad as it seems, I suggest they start following the news. The fear is real. I read of Kellyanne Conway threatening Senator Harry Reid and others who go against The Great And Powerful OZ with libel suits. Will jailing public dissenters be far behind? Will reporters be “disappeared” like in other thug-run nations? The right wing nihilists just elected an admirer of Putin and his tactics to lead the USA! Have we ever had such a dangerous president in the recent history of our country? Such a thin-skinned man-child who can’t control his itchy little twitter finger? MA GOP Gov Charlie Bake is on public record stating his concerns of retribution by the trump administration because Baker and our state refused to back trump in the election. Pundits say don’t worry, he’s constrained by the constitution but who protects us if the constitution is ignored? Who do we turn to? Our conservative courts? Our conservative elected officials? Our neutered Democratic leaders who will have a severely marginalized voice in trumpland? Who will speak for us? How will they hold his feet to the fire when they fear retribution? Would he attempt to silence critics like Sanders? Warren? The free press? Will he go beyond juvenile twitter and exact revenge in more profound ways? Will our voices be silenced under threat of lawsuits or jail? Our right to protest? America is quickly becoming unrecognizable. God help us.

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