Trump presidency

Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something.

And that’s if the accusers are telling the truth anyway. Which they probably aren’t, as it has been forty years – and isn’t it an interesting coincidence that they should be making these assertions just as Roy Moore is running for national office.

Even though Moore has been known for years to be a fan of teen girlfriends. Although he did wait until his wife was 24 before marrying her at 38.

And even if he did do it, the local Christians have the ‘biblical’ argument. Mary was a kid when she and the much older Joseph, a carpenter (somehow that makes a difference) had Jesus. Which ignores that Mary and Joseph were married. And God and angels were involved.

And then there is Moore’s own defense of his high school trolling habits: “I always got the girl’s mother’s permission.” That is the standard of decency in Alabama? Really? All the mothers were good with it? No wonder he’s not dropping out of the race – the rules are apparently different in The Heart of Dixie.

“Ma’am may I touch your teenage daughter’s private parts”. “Yes, you may Roy, as long as she and you keep your undergarments on”.

Unfortunately for Moore, Alabama’s dating standards are not nationally recognized, so there is a revulsion factor. To the extent that Republicans realize there is electoral jeopardy. And moral degeneracy becomes a problem when jobs and power are on the line.

Some Republicans get it. John McCain said Moore should quit. Mitt Romney agreed, tweeting that ‘innocent until proven guilty” was for criminal trials. But the rest of the Republicans equivocated. Most said that Moore should go, “if the accusations were true” – which is the same as saying Moore should stay, as long as he denies it.

Sen. Pat Tomey (R-PA) signs on to the homegrown ‘why now after 40 years’ defense? Suggesting there may be substance to Moore’s whinge about a Washington Post/Democrat plot – but let’s flesh that out. Has anyone alleged these women have been paid? That they are left-wing moles? That they decided that public shaming was missing from their lives. No. As always the evil-doers are not rationally explained. It’s enough to mention their names.

Whatever happens in the election there will be a significant number of Alabamans who will not support the evil toad. But there will be enough that you have to ask yourself – what gives? I can only imagine that clanism takes precedence over decency. That your greatest – and apparently only – loyalty is your own, no matter what he’s done.

And that isn’t Christian.


Trump Hires 70 Foreigners to Work at Mar-a-Lago.

November 4, 2017

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has been given 70 H-B2 visas to hire temporary foreign hospitality staff for the 2017/18 winter season. They will be paid from $10.33 (for cleaners) to $13.34 (for cooks). Trump says he loves the American worker — but it’s just another lie. When questioned during the 2016 campaign about his hiring of foreign workers, Trump claimed that there […]

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The GOP Tax Cuts Are Just More Voodoo, Trickle-down, ‘Hurt the Worker’ Cynicism.

November 2, 2017

Republicans are shameless liars — especially when it comes to selling corporate care as populism. Take their tax cut bill. The cherry on the cupcake is the cut of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. This cash-back to business is sold as a ‘job creator’ and ‘wage booster’ — but the real beneficiaries […]

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Fighting a ‘War on Drugs’ Is Pointless. We Have to Fight a ‘War on Addiction’

October 30, 2017

At 3 AM on Sunday morning, Carlos Andrade 22, stepped outside of the family’s Brooklyn home to smoke a cigarette with his father Joseph Andrade, 44. An hour later both he and dad were dead from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. They are mourned by their family and friends, but to everyone else, they are just two more names in the list of […]

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Whites Believe Whites are Discriminated Against.

October 25, 2017

By any standard, whites have it best in America. It’s tough for displaced workers of any stripe — or for any employee whose wages have stagnated — but if you are white, you are more likely to have a job. And your wages will be higher. But in a new poll, the majority of whites (55%) believe that whites […]

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Most Americans Think Trump Is a Soulless Jerk, Is He?

October 18, 2017

Imagine spending the 1960s, hobbled by bone spurs, dancing through the pain and dodging incoming STDs. That was Trump’s service to his country. It was ignoble, dishonorable, but somebody had to do it. And why not someone burdened by family money and a freedom from conscience. It was this dedication to duty that has given the […]

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Trump Promises Success, Delivers Failure.

October 16, 2017

Like every politician, Trump made extravagant promises. And like every politician he failed to deliver on all he promised. But Trump’s promises were more extravagant, and his failures more thorough, than the standard huckster’s pattern. So egregious, in fact, that his duplicity is in Bernie Madoff’s neighborhood. But the man, whose greatest achievement is whining, has a different story. […]

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“The Wheels Are Coming off”, Carl Bernstein Reviews the Trump Administration

October 6, 2017

No one knows more about presidencies in failure than Carl Bernstein. He was the diarist as Nixon drank, swore and covered-up, on his way down in ignominy. Now he has called out the Trump administration as being in the same kind of free fall. Appearing on CNN’s New Day, “What there is a sense of, people I talk […]

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SNL Needs to Retire Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump.

October 1, 2017

Alec Baldwin’s parody of Donald Trump is a masterpiece of thick-lipped buffoonery — but it needs to be retired. Playing the man-child President as a dimwitted ass misses his fundamental evil — his thin-skinned, brooding, paranoid sociopathy. The worst of Trump is not his lecture on the definition of an island — it his ad hominem attacks on […]

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