Braggadocio is not courage. Bluster is not strength. Promises are not achievement. But that is all Donald Trump has. He preens, but just for show. He can’t fire an employee in person. He can’t criticize a subordinate man to man. He tweets his jibes. And whines at rallies. He lacks the balls to face his adversaries one on one.

He is mentally weak and physically flabby. He lacks the energy to advance his agenda. He can’t cajole, back slap and arm twist his way to legislative success. He loads his obesity onto golf carts. He lumbers onto stages and out of rooms. There is no bounding down steps. At his age, Reagan was still riding horses.

Trump is full of promises – great trade deals, environmental treaties, health plans – but there are no results. Remember when we were going to be so tired of winning? It was a whitewash, a hoax, a casual lie tossed at uncritical zealots. The boredom comes from the cheaply made, soon dishonored commitments.

Lincoln had his team of rivals. Trump has his coterie of ass kissers. And if their ass kissing misses the mark they are scorned – Sessions. Marginalized – Tillerson. Or fired – Priebus. The exceptions are the generals. From them, he hopes for a patina of strength to mask his crevasse-deep weakness. He is the epitome of stolen valor.

And while these military men seem determined to serve their country and honor the Constitution, even among them he has found some whose mindset is catnip to his dystopian views.

His new Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, is an accomplished soldier and a well-qualified manager. However, he has a hard-on for the border wall – and a passionate fear of terrorism. Saying, “It’s everywhere. It’s constant. It’s nonstop. The good news for us in America is we have amazing people protecting us every day. But it can happen here almost any time”. Adding, if you weren’t paranoid enough, that the threat of terrorism is so severe that some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth.

His bleak and dire prognoses mesh with Trump’s view of America as a dismal swamp of ravening illegals. With sanctuary cities where execrable gangs perpetrate pornographic horrors: “They don’t want to use guns because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others, and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.”

Trump’s small boy admiration of toughness commands he suck up to strongmen and dictators. For decades America has been dedicated to spreading democracy and fighting tyranny. Now the President celebrates Putin, Erdogan, Duterte, Modi, Duda and the absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia. But while he celebrates their like-mindedness, he lacks the effectiveness of his objets d’amour.

When Trump looks in the mirror, he sees a tough minded, master negotiator. Who perhaps even believes he’s truly going to make America ‘great again’. But the man looking in the mirror is a fake. An incompetent braggart, incapable of achievement. A failure whose ineptitude has diminished America.



The Republicans Update the ‘Lord of the Flies’.

July 25, 2017

At this point, you have to believe that Republicans are like the frog in hot water – indifferent to the fact that it is heating up. In the last 24 hours, Trump has insulted one of their own, Jeff Sessions, for doing his job. Used the Boy Scouts as a backdrop to whine, attack enemies, threaten […]

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Really? 7.19.17. Healthcare on Life Support; Trump whines; Asset Forfeiture; Trump’s Magic Math.

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace. Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Reveals the Downside to Monarchy.

July 14, 2017

You can give a man an education, put him in a good suit, and give him a decent haircut – but you can’t make him smart. Take Donald Trump Jr. A product of the Ivy League – and dressed like a “Wall Street” extra – he was given the tools to be a success – except […]

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Donald Trump Thinks He Came Out Ahead in the Comey Thing.

June 11, 2017

Donald Trump thinks he had a good week. He crows that, one, the Comey testimony has absolved him of any wrong-doing in the Russian brouhaha. Two, that he hasn’t been under investigation. And three, that there is no evidence pointing to his complicity in an electoral fix. But as he smirks his victory grimace he should consider the arc of […]

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Trump Returns Home. Expect Tweets.

May 27, 2017

In summing up his trip abroad, Donald Trump told a captive audience of American military personnel in Sicily, “I think we hit a home run no matter where we are”. In short, he was Queen Victoria playing fantasy sports, while losing track of his tenses. Seriously, it is hard to think what his successes were. He […]

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What Republicans Can Learn From Derek Jeter.

May 19, 2017

The Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s number a week ago. The New York baseball great was an accomplished player and a man beloved by both the hometown faithful and his rivals. Even the hated Red Sox Nation saluted him. Which raises the question: Why? Simply put, he instinctively knew how to react and what to say. […]

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Trump Zealots Just Can’t Quit Their Man.

May 14, 2017

The most notable feature of the Trump presidency is the slavish loyalty of his acolytes. Even as a majority of Americans see his term as an unremitting failure, Trump’s true believers see it as a blemish-free saga of extreme success. His approval ratings are dismal. But over 90% of those who voted for him say […]

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Trump Strikes Syria – What’s Next?

April 7, 2017

So Trump bombed Syria. No doubt his crew will be ecstatic that the great man flexed some military muscle and sent a few well-guided missiles down the enemy’s chimney. But is there more? Or is Trump now satisfied because he has been seen to be doing something? Questions were raised – and not just by Democrats […]

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