February 2017

Donald Trump has proved to be the ‘snowflake in chief’. Tired of being subjected to fact-based spankings he first criticized the media as ‘fake’, then allowed (instructed?) Sean Spicer to ban selected media outlets from the ‘gaggle’ – and, in a final tantrum, tweeted he wouldn’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Explaining this cut and run with an odd analogy, an assistant White House propagandist suggested that Trump was the metaphorical victim of a child’s prank. On ABC’s ‘This Week Today”, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (daughter of Christian intellectual, Mike Huckabee) asked“If a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her?”. It seems that in Trump’s paranoid dystopia, even the forces of moral elevation have been perverted to liberal activism.

Trump is not alone in his cowardice. Multiple Republican office holders have decided they have better things to do than listen to their constituents. They will not admit their positions suck. In their reckoning, anyone who protests their policies must have been paid to do so. At least that’s what they bleat to the remaining true believers.

Let Marco Rubio explain. He refuses to have town halls because people, “heckle and scream at me” – poor baby. Louie Gohmert – a perennial contender for Congress’s dumbest representative – went further. He won’t hold public meetings because “Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, ” and besides he says they are unnecessary because his constituents know where he stands on the issues.

There’s so much wrong with that. First, Gohmert peddles his politics in Texas – and as Texans are all armed, isn’t he protected? Second, town halls are a place for constituents to express their opinions, not just listen to the incumbent. Third, and I’ll let Gabby Giffords speak here: “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”

Bernie Sanders concurred: “If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress.”

Some Republican politicos are aware that their team looks cowardly – Chris Christie for instance. His dismal presidential campaign and subsequent promotion to Trump’s ‘boy Friday’ may have emasculated him on the national stage. But he hasn’t forgotten his roots in spit-flecked, in your face, local retail politics. As he pithily puts it, “You asked for the job. Go do it”.

Enough of republican cowardice, let’s return to Trump and his weird war with the New York Times. He has tweeted 53 times (somebody does count these things) that his nemesis is failing. Ironically, every time he tweets that, the NYT picks up subscribers. In fact, the paper is turning a profit as even its hard copy sales are increasing.

If Trump really cared about America he should change his slogan to “Make America Fail Again”, not just because his pedictions of failure are so dismally wrong – but because the usual result of his backing a venture is that it goes out of business – often via bankruptcy.

 

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Trump Hammers the Media, Distracting His Fans from what Ails Them

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Donald Trump wowed the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – a lollapalooza, conservative love-in. The crowd was so eager to show their devotion to the great man they waved Russian flags with “TRUMP” emblazoned across them. In fairness, the poor devoted didn’t know they were Russian flags – they were simply taken in by tricksters. […]

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February 23, 2017

Teachers at Westminster High School displayed posters that celebrated diversity. Featuring women of color they expressed sentiments such as – We the People: “Are greater than fear”, “Protect each other”, and “Defend dignity”. Noble stuff, you would imagine. However, the school bans political posters in classrooms unless they are part of the curriculum and present ‘both sides’. School administrators declared the […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos Discovers the Conservative Swamp Does Have a Bottom.

February 21, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos is a smug, self-satisfied bomb-thrower. His anti-social antics got him banned from Twitter. He enjoys smearing feminists and – despite being gay himself – the gay lifestyle. His stick-in-the-eye nihilism appeals to Trump voters and others entertained by lowest common denominator diatribes couched as “anti-PC” rants. There is no evidence he supports a particular philosophy […]

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Republicans: The Pygmy Party in Putin’s Thrall.

February 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s early days as President have not been good. His one major initiative – the Muslim ban – was iced by the judiciary – and now he has withdrawn it. His National Security Adviser caressed the Russians, lied to the FBI, and resigned. His putative replacement looked at the job and said ‘not with a […]

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Trump’s Epic Whine and Lie Fest. A Press Conference from the Madhouse.

February 16, 2017

Donald Trump held a press conference today. It was bizarre – the ramblings of a man struggling with paranoia, megalomania, and delusion. He denied the obvious while adding a gratuitous slam, “I’m not ranting and raving, I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.” He boasted of unprecedented accomplishments  – and yet he has done nothing. He […]

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Really? – 2.15.17 – Trump’s 107th Victory Lap; Evangelical Paranoia; and Some Other Stuff

February 15, 2017

People are worried that Donald Trump is mentally unstable. He certainly has an obsessional disorder. During a joint press conference with Bibi Netanyahu, an Israeli journalist asked Trump about the sharp rise in anti-Semitism in America. He answered “Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had. […]

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‘The Flynn Thing – What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?

February 14, 2017

Is Flynn’s resignation a sign of a widening debacle or a limited event with no significance beyond its own? House Republicans would like to think the latter. Certainly, they are doing their best to limit the damage – by doing what they do best, i.e. nothing. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced that […]

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Really? 2.9.17 – Kellyanne’s Unethical Ivanka Ad; A Disheartened Gorsuch; A Clueless Trump

February 9, 2017

Ivanka Trump‘s fashion line was dropped by Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom’s and several websites. It has been relegated to the general racks at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. Dad said that’s ‘unfair’. And today Kellyanne Conway demanded of Fox News viewers that they buy Ivanka’s stuff. The Trump administration’s message is clearly “Don’t buy American”. Update: Sean Spicer reveals that […]

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