Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump, a man Who Knows No Humility...


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Our nation's new President is lacking in many qualities generally found in a President of the United States, and glaringly so. President Trump has been identified by many professionals as having traits unbecoming of a leader of the free world. He is seen as a narcissist, a misogynist, a xenophobe, a bigot, a con artist, and one without a clear vison for our country or a real plan as to how to guide over the next four years.

To a greater or lesser degree all of the above may be or may not be true. Our nation and its people are going to have to wait to see how President Trump performs in office before we as a nation can know for certain. All indications are it won't go well, but, we can always hope for the best. Really, that's all we can do for now.

Yesterday I ran across the following article in The New York Times that really hit home. It defines one of President Trump's weakest character traits. He lacks the capacity to be humble because he doesn't understand why it is important. Greater men and women do.


WASHINGTON — The word popped up in the opening sentence of Barack Obama’s first Inaugural Address and in the opening paragraphs of George W. Bush’s.

“Humbled,” each man said of himself, and while it was pure cliché, it was also what we wanted and needed: a sign, no matter how rote, that even someone self-assured enough to pursue the presidency was taking the measure of that responsibility and asking if he was worthy of it.
Does that question cross Donald Trump’s mind?

I don’t think so.

I certainly didn’t get that sense from his inaugural remarks, and not just because “humbled” went missing. As he stood just feet from four of the last six presidents, he trashed them, talking about a Washington establishment blind and deaf to the struggles of less fortunate Americans.

He characterized his election as part of “a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen.” Forget about his loss of the popular vote. Or his 40 percent favorability rating. Or the puny crowd at his inauguration in comparison with the throngs at Obama’s eight years ago. Trump remained a singular man on a singular mission — a legend in his own mind.

We’ve already become so accustomed to his egomania that we sometimes forget how remarkable it is. He’s a braggart beyond his predecessors in the Oval Office, and that says something sad and scary about the country that elected him and the kind of leader he’s likely to be. With Trump we enter a new age of arrogance. He’s the cock crowing at its dawn.

SKIP

It was a dark speech, bemoaning “this American carnage” of gangs and drugs. It was a mean speech, insulting every one of his new colleagues by describing politicians as “all talk and no action — constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.”

But mostly it was a flat speech, bereft of the poetry that this tense juncture called for. He used pared-down language, simple sentences and a sluggish delivery, as if he were reading to children. Call it the “Goodnight Moon” of Inaugural Addresses.

He does as he pleases, expectations be damned, and indeed the most striking aspect of Trump’s transition was an absence of humility. Although he owed his Electoral College win to just 77,000 votes in three states, and it was clouded by questions about James Comey and the Russians, he didn’t bother much with outreach to adversaries or appeals for unity.

He put together that high-I.Q. team of his with few of the usual courtesies and considerations. None of his cabinet nominees are Democrats. None is Latino. Only one, Ben Carson, his choice for housing secretary, is black.
Many are billionaires or bigmouths whose outsize vanity mirrors Trump’s.

SKIP

His campaign was an unprecedented orgy of self-congratulation. At the start of almost every rally, he trumpeted his poll numbers, and I don’t mean a few quick bleats — I mean a vulgar music that could go on for minutes. At the conclusion of almost every debate, he announced how brilliantly he’d done.

When he stepped up to a microphone to introduce Mike Pence as his running mate, he seemed to forget all about him, and instead paid tribute to himself in a rambling soliloquy more than 20 minutes long. He didn’t stick around onstage for Pence’s remarks.

At the Republican National Convention, warning of national decline, he thundered, “I alone can fix it.” And in the months before and after, he complimented himself out loud and lavishly on everything from the magnitude of his wealth to the majesty of his phallus. That might have disqualified him in another era, but Americans stomached it. More than that, they rewarded it, proving that ours is a different moment, with different mores.

SKIP

It’s staggering, and it’s endless. During his only real news conference as president-elect, he mused that he could master the management of the country and of his business simultaneously, noting that while the law bars other government officials from such double duty, there’s no such formal restriction on the president.

“I would be the only one that would be able to do that,” he said. “I could run the Trump Organization — great, great company — and I could run the country. I’d do a very good job.” It was like a Russian nesting doll of self-infatuation: boast within boast within boast.

SKIP

What does that bode for the coming months? We’ve seen hints in the past ones. Under fire, Trump rages, rails and frequently doubles down on his convictions and even his fictions. He rearranges reality to suit his self-regard, flinging accusations of “rigged” surveys and “fake news.”

A humbler man would doubt himself, extend an olive branch to his enemies, contemplate a middle ground. But then a humbler man wouldn’t have come down that escalator at Trump Tower and proceed to say what Trump said and do what he did. As I watched him flourish, I watched humility die. On Friday, our 45th president said its last rites.

There is much more in the article which cane be found HERE in full.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

May PEOTUS Trump Reap That Which He Has Sowed...

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This weblog shares the sentiments of the author of the following open letter to PEOTUS Donald J. Trump. Bob Weidman expresses what nearly 63% of the American people are thinking tonight to one degree or another. Mr. Weidman’s open letter was published in The Huffington Post earlier this evening.

Dear Mr. Trump:

On the eve of your inauguration, and with all due respect to the office of the Presidency you are soon to hold, the deference you have earned, and the essential decency of the American people:

Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

I wish there were other words, but these are trying times, and trying times call for honesty, a concept with which you are clearly unacquainted. And I have to say what’s in my heart. So fuck you, you fucking fuck.

I am not going to pretend there is anything normal about your presidency. I am not going to pretend that you are entitled to respect. You are entitled to nothing. Not a chance to prove yourself, not an ounce of trust. Your actions since the election have destroyed whatever good will I may have been inclined to extend.

You are trying to divide the American people, and I will not have it. We are all Americans, regardless of whether we support you, or hate you, or belittle you, or are working to destroy you. You have a responsibility to build bridges and find common ground and act in the interest of the American people. All of the American people. And everything you have done since your election has betrayed this foundational American principle. You are an embarrassment and a disgrace to our country and everything it stands for. You are a clown, a laughingstock to the world, a pathetic
little man. And I will fight you.

I’m sick of seeing you on TV. I’m sick of looking at you and your tiny sausage fingers. I’m sick of reading about your golden showers. I’m sick of the bullshit and the lies and the corruption and the hate and the stupidity.


Through your actions over the course of the campaign and since the election, you have demonstrated clearly who you are:

You are fake news.
You are not legitimate.
You have sacrificed nothing.
You are a false celebrity.
You are a sufferer of micropenis.
You are all talk and no action.
You are a tiny fraction of the man John Lewis is.
You are the puppet.
You are crooked.
You are corrupt as the day is long.And tomorrow you will be President - start fucking acting like it.

By the time you read this, as President of the United States, you will be a public servant (a term I’m sure you despise). And that means you work for us. All of us: Muslim Americans and Hispanic Americans and Jewish Americans and African Americans and LGBTQ Americans and female Americans and Americans with disabilities and Native Americans and urban Americans and immigrant Americans and sick Americans and poor Americans. Whether we voted for you or not. And we will not be divided. Every day that you are working to divide us, I will be working to ensure that your agenda to destroy the America I love fails. I will be working to make America great again - like it was under President Obama. And I will be looking forward to the day when I can open the pages of the mainstream media you hate and read the headline in the largest possible type “YOU’RE FIRED.” I doubt it will take four years.

In the meantime, fuck you. Fuck Mike Pence. Fuck Steve Bannon. Fuck Rex Tillerson and Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt and the rest of the deplorables in your cabinet. Fuck your Supreme Court nominee preemptively. Fuck Donald Jr. and fuck Eric (especially Eric). And fuck everyone else who is helping you to eviscerate everything that makes this country great. All of you can go fuck yourselves, and then go fuck yourselves again, and fuck yourselves one last time for good measure.

Resistance is not a right. It is not a privilege. It is an obligation. It is a patriotic duty and a sacred oath we all share as Americans. And it has never been more needed than right now.

I will not fight for the crumbs you throw while you enrich yourself and the 1% at the expense of everyone else. I will not passively observe as you erode rights and freedoms that make us Americans. I will not be silent as you victimize the most vulnerable among us. I will not stand back while you destroy America.

Until you can demonstrate that you are working for everyone in this country, that you respect the American people, that you respect the constitution and our laws and shared history and decency and the truth, I will hold you in the contempt you so richly deserve. And I will say it loud for the world to hear:

Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

Now on to the business at hand. Tomorrow we march.

Regards,

Bob Weidman
Minneapolis


Indeed, until such time as Donald J. Trump puts the long term rational and best interests of the American people, and I mean ALL of the American people, ahead of his narcissism and his own special interests let the resistance begin.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

13th - Trailer and Addendum

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If you have not seen the Netflix documentary Thirteenth you should.

Maybe President Elect Trump will find time to correct the injustice.?










Wait. I guess not.






Until such time as America faces the complete truth of its past and truly corrects the systemic injustices we can expect more, rather than less division.

A Farewell From The Right...

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Skipping around the internet this day I happened to find this farewell poem to the First Family. I found it amusing and a bit perplexing. Maybe it's just me. Anyway here it is for your enjoyment.

  
For all the quips and jibes and taunts
And brutal castigation
This First Family's image haunts,
And begs new valuation.

Both elegant and wholesome 
This group radiates great charm
We should feel proud 
they reached a goal some 
Tell us did no harm.

Their image, lean and lissome, 
Does great credit to their race.
To know them might be bliss. Some
Might wish to kiss each face.

The father’s been a failure
Many say with unchecked bile.
Rated as the Holy Grail your 
Welfare class adored his style.

Conservatives despised him
And insisted he must fail,
While the the Left who idolized him,
Thinks the Right belongs in jail. 

And so we’re now divided
Many saying we’re at war
With those we have derided
Thus forgetting what Life’s for.

Although his leftist stance
Has been essentially perverse
We should not want to dance
Upon his grave. That make things worse 

By deepening the chasm 
That now between us yawns
We kill enthusiasm
Thus darkening all our dawns.

So please try to remember
Barrack with charity;
His legacy’s an ember
Now. Let’s pray Trump sets us free.

FreeThinke


Feel free to critique this literary work of art as you wish.

President Obama is, I believe, going to come to be missed in the VERY near future. By many. Including his detractors.

And now, we prepare for a new era...


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