Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Los Angeles Times: Our Dishonest President

Mod: On April 2nd the Los Angeles Times launched a 6 part editorial series that discusses the dangerous unsuitability of Donald Trump. Here is the first. 

Our Dishonest President (Los Angeles Times link): It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.”

Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.

Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.

In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all.

His attempt to de-insure millions of people who had finally received healthcare coverage and, along the way, enact a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich has been put on hold for the moment. But he is proceeding with his efforts to defang the government’s regulatory agencies and bloat the Pentagon’s budget even as he supposedly retreats from the global stage.

These are immensely dangerous developments which threaten to weaken this country’s moral standing in the world, imperil the planet and reverse years of slow but steady gains by marginalized or impoverished Americans. But, chilling as they are, these radically wrongheaded policy choices are not, in fact, the most frightening aspect of the Trump presidency.

What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.

Although his policies are, for the most part, variations on classic Republican positions (many of which would have been undertaken by a President Ted Cruz or a President Marco Rubio), they become far more dangerous in the hands of this imprudent and erratic man. Many Republicans, for instance, support tighter border security and a tougher response to illegal immigration, but Trump’s cockamamie border wall, his impracticable campaign promise to deport all 11 million people living in the country illegally and his blithe disregard for the effect of such proposals on the U.S. relationship with Mexico turn a very bad policy into an appalling one.

In the days ahead, The Times editorial board will look more closely at the new president, with a special attention to three troubling traits:

1. Trump’s shocking lack of respect for those fundamental rules and institutions on which our government is based. Since Jan. 20, he has repeatedly disparaged and challenged those entities that have threatened his agenda, stoking public distrust of essential institutions in a way that undermines faith in American democracy. He has questioned the qualifications of judges and the integrity of their decisions, rather than acknowledging that even the president must submit to the rule of law. He has clashed with his own intelligence agencies, demeaned government workers and questioned the credibility of the electoral system and the Federal Reserve. He has lashed out at journalists, declaring them “enemies of the people,” rather than defending the importance of a critical, independent free press. His contempt for the rule of law and the norms of government are palpable.

2. His utter lack of regard for truth. Whether it is the easily disprovable boasts about the size of his inauguration crowd or his unsubstantiated assertion that Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower, the new president regularly muddies the waters of fact and fiction. It’s difficult to know whether he actually can’t distinguish the real from the unreal — or whether he intentionally conflates the two to befuddle voters, deflect criticism and undermine the very idea of objective truth. Whatever the explanation, he is encouraging Americans to reject facts, to disrespect science, documents, nonpartisanship and the mainstream media — and instead to simply take positions on the basis of ideology and preconceived notions. This is a recipe for a divided country in which differences grow deeper and rational compromise becomes impossible.

3. His scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories, racist memes and crackpot, out-of-the-mainstream ideas. Again, it is not clear whether he believes them or merely uses them. But to cling to disproven “alternative” facts; to retweet racists; to make unverifiable or false statements about rigged elections and fraudulent voters; to buy into discredited conspiracy theories first floated on fringe websites and in supermarket tabloids — these are all of a piece with the Barack Obama birther claptrap that Trump was peddling years ago and which brought him to political prominence. It is deeply alarming that a president would lend the credibility of his office to ideas that have been rightly rejected by politicians from both major political parties.

Where will this end? Will Trump moderate his crazier campaign positions as time passes? Or will he provoke confrontation with Iran, North Korea or China, or disobey a judge’s order or order a soldier to violate the Constitution? Or, alternately, will the system itself — the Constitution, the courts, the permanent bureaucracy, the Congress, the Democrats, the marchers in the streets — protect us from him as he alienates more and more allies at home and abroad, steps on his own message and creates chaos at the expense of his ability to accomplish his goals? Already, Trump’s job approval rating has been hovering in the mid-30s, according to Gallup, a shockingly low level of support for a new president. And that was before his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, offered to cooperate last week with congressional investigators looking into the connection between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

On Inauguration Day, we wrote on this page that it was not yet time to declare a state of “wholesale panic” or to call for blanket “non-cooperation” with the Trump administration. Despite plenty of dispiriting signals, that is still our view. The role of the rational opposition is to stand up for the rule of law, the electoral process, the peaceful transfer of power and the role of institutions; we should not underestimate the resiliency of a system in which laws are greater than individuals and voters are as powerful as presidents. This nation survived Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon. It survived slavery. It survived devastating wars. Most likely, it will survive again.

But if it is to do so, those who oppose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must make their voices heard. Protesters must raise their banners. Voters must turn out for elections. Members of Congress — including and especially Republicans — must find the political courage to stand up to Trump. Courts must safeguard the Constitution. State legislators must pass laws to protect their citizens and their policies from federal meddling. All of us who are in the business of holding leaders accountable must redouble our efforts to defend the truth from his cynical assaults.

The United States is not a perfect country, and it has a great distance to go before it fully achieves its goals of liberty and equality. But preserving what works and defending the rules and values on which democracy depends are a shared responsibility. Everybody has a role to play in this drama.

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58 comments:

  1. Join RESIST...... learn about the democracy, demogogues and alt right ruining the USA

    Save our country from all this hate and ignorance.

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  2. Fox Losing More Advertisers After Sexual Harassment Claims Against O’Reilly
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/business/media/sexual-harassment-bill-oreilly-fox.html

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    1. Sexual harassment charges are like parking tickets for these guys.

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    2. 21 companies pull ads from 'The O'Reilly Factor' in growing backlash
      http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/03/media/mercedes-ads-bill-oreilly/

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    3. Al franken wrote a great book on o'reilly and fox and all their smoke and mirrors. They sued him and his book sales soared

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    4. Why are so many "conservatives" perverts?

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  3. Gorsuch Apparently Plagiarized Passages in Book
    https://politicalwire.com/2017/04/05/gorsuch-apparently-plagiarized-passages-book/

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    1. Everyone trump hires is a plagiarist. Even his wife- she used to be everywhere now in hiding since plagiarizing Obama

      Lock them all up

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    2. Do you mean the speech M. Obama stole from Saul Alinsky 2008? If you're going to point fingers you need to point both ways!

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    3. Ahh shut up. Lying fool.

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    4. Where is the lie? Typical left response to the truth. Call it a lie and throw in a childish insult.

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    5. Do you have a cite proving the Alinsky charge?

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    6. Just google "Michelle Obama 2008 speech." You can choose from several different sites to get the details.

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  4. But wait, he owns big hotels and wrote a book, he must be great, no? Amazing how that's all that matters to the uneducated that support this fool.

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  5. The Trump bumper stickers have magically disappeared! As a social experiment, I decided to drive through a very busy super market parking lot, aisle by aisle.

    In October, there were quite a few T stickers to be found. Today - NONE. Not a one. I even swung over to the next shopping center parking lot where the theater, shops and restaurants are located. Same story there. Not one.

    Hope lives!

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  6. He's an example of how the vulgar rich create new generations of vulgar rich.

    Trump never worked a real day in his life where what he did or didn't do meant whether he had a job the next day or not. How easy when daddy is protecting you.

    Now we have a new generation with Udey and Qusey. Never worked a real day, with real risk. Well dressed and vulgar. Bet they wouldn't be so vulgar if they had to work real jobs and get along with people to put good on the table.

    Only one in 70,000 people are subject to the inheritance tax and then only a small percentage. These people show it should be much higher.

    Let's have a true meritocracy.

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    1. No swamp is likely to drain itself.

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    2. Just like a zit - ultimately bound to explode Under pressure and make a real mess

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  7. GOP strategist Rick Wilson shreds Trump's "daily chaotic sh**show"
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/gop-strategist-rick-wilson-shreds-trumps-daily-chaotic-shtshow-hes-bad-at-being-president/amp/

    ...."The daily chaotic sh**show can't disguise the fact that he's just not good at the work of being the leader of our nation
    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
    4/ He mistakenly thinks his skill as a game show host and in snookering enough rubes to vote for him was leadership.
    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
    5/ In reality, he's a weak man, a weak leader, and a weak thinker. He's crafty, not smart. He was more lucky than good and doesn't get that.
    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
    6/ Now — as SOMEONE — warned you, he's becoming the boat anchor around the neck of the GOP and conservatives
    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
    9/ No matter how much this deranged arsonist sets alight, "But…the MSM…but Obummer…but Killary" is a nice mantra while it all burns.

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  8. Steve Bannon was just removed from the Nat'l Security Council. Contrary to rumors, he wasn't replaced by Milo.

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    1. Sad day for Neo-Nazis.

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    2. Does this make him "No Cannon Bannon?"

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    3. Bottle Rocket Bannon

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    4. The anti-Trump echo chamber is getting old.

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    5. Judging by the polls you must be having a problem with the entire country.

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  9. Drama, drama, drama. The last word used on the "The United States is not perfect...we all have a role to play".
    That's a good statement. Now stop the DRAMA.
    The LA Times is owned by the Editor in Chief, he does not mind loosing readership.
    When I read through the "drama tantrums" , it comes across as blah, blah, blah.
    The Libs are all about themselves; my feelings have been hurt and I will continue to tantrum loud.
    May I suggest for all of you "drama babies", just hold your breath when you tantrum; for the next eight years.
    "You" lost the election, that was a very good thing, now give "yourselves " major time out.

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    1. The LA Times is owned by the Editor In Chief? Does that mesn something special in dog whistle land? Trump Guy is off to a roaring start today.

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    2. This is troll number 1, who ironically peddles the lame nickname 'no drama obama'

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    3. Heh. A former Sierra Madre City Councilmember used to use that one, believe it or not.

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  10. No drama Obama; where were you on the first chemicals used on the Syrian people, by their own President? Can't recall you speaking out.

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    1. Here are some questions for you, Comrade Milo.
      1) Didn't this happen on Trumpty Dumpty's watch?
      2) Isn't Assad an ally of Vladimir Putin?
      3) Isn't Donald Trump a special friend of Vladimir Putin?

      Take your time.

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    2. Yes comrade you are correct president Obama said nothing when trumps allies Putin and Assad used chemical weapons in 2013. Absolutely nothing in fact thank you for letting us know/s

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    3. Sorry Milo, but I am not sure how Trump going over to the side of the butcher who did the gas attacks is going to fix anything.

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    4. In more than a dozen messages on Twitter in 2013 and 2014, Mr. Trump repeated his advice, emphatically stating that “Syria is NOT our problem,” appealing directly to Mr. Obama to “not attack Syria” as “there is no upside and tremendous downside” and telling him to “stay out of Syria.”

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    5. The Donald practices "mood swing management."

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  11. 10:14am. Still waiting......

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  12. The Rose Garden. Encouraging solution from President Trump and King Abdullah to end the conflict in Syria. A message of Hope.

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    1. The odds of Trump fixing this are about as good as the lottery. He is selling the people of Syria out to his Russian masters and Butcher Assad.

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    2. He is taking orders from Putin. He is going to throw America's support to a genocidal dictator named Assad.

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    3. I wouldn't expect too much from meeting between a king who treats women like dirt and the Saudi king.

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  13. 9:10. You use many words but say so little. Never anything of substance; never anything new.

    Didn't those English classes you took in your Moscow high school require any substance in your writing?

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  14. House Intelligence Committe member Castro tells Blitzer he expects some Trumpoviches to go to jail.

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    1. Time to open up some gulags.

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    2. Back in the 1950s traitors who sold America out to the Russians were executed. You damn liberals think these traitors should get off with just a prison sentence?

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    3. And you damn conservatives have put a pathetic human in the White House.

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  15. Which traitors are you referring to? Seems that it is the GOP, not 'damn liberals,' is where the colusion with the Russians lies!

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  16. What Russians? Show me the proff.
    Wire Tapping been happening for years.
    Surveillance on a private citizen, disguised as necessary to "unmask" operatives.
    That spells jail time for some from the past administration.

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    1. The Trumpies were talking to Russian spies. That is how they got caught up in the surveillance. Stop being an idiot.

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    2. Breitbart readers are rarely bright.

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  17. 3:23pm. I understand that you have difficulty with facts, your continuous blogging of nonsensical "stuff" is somewhat amusing at best.

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    1. Anything you say. Russia loves its useful idiots.

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    2. The only reason troll #1 exists is because his BS comments generate responses and thus web traffic for the Tattler. Troll 2, the gun-oiling racist, has no reason to be here.

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    3. Not "blogging" 3:23pm is making an anonymous comment just as you and I are. Where did you learn my language,Moscow?

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  18. It all comes back to me now. My daddy told me not lie because it is a lot harder to remember what lie you told but easier to tell the truth because you don't have to make it up.

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