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May 5 17 12:08 PM
The United States is rightly worried that a strange and callow leader controls North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea should reciprocate this worry. Yes, a 70-year-old can be callow if he speaks as sophomorically as Trump did when explaining his solution to Middle Eastern terrorism: “I would bomb the s--- out of them. ... I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”
Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind, a presidential discretion that is largely immune to restraint by the Madisonian system of institutional checks and balances. So, it is up to the public to quarantine this presidency by insistently communicating to its elected representatives a steady, rational fear of this man whose combination of impulsivity and credulity render him uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict.
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May 12 17 3:57 AM
Donald Trump has always acted in the moment, with little regard for the past and proud contempt for the way things are usually done.
For half a century, he has believed that by refusing to be weighed down by precedent or procedure, he is liberated to come across as the brash truth-teller that the public craves. He has long said that he doesn’t care whether people believe he is dumb, ill-informed or a nasty rule-breaker; if his actions built up his bottom line, they were justified, he’d say.
Trump appears to have expected that his sudden and dramatic sacking of FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday might be greeted the way audiences relished his ritual firings of job applicants on his hit TV show, “The Apprentice” — as a sign of power serving truth, and in this case as a politically incorrect roundhouse punch that Republicans and Democrats alike would welcome.
If the president didn’t see that his precipitous firing of the man in charge of investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with the Russian regime might instead alienate some of his allies and outrage much of the public, that’s no anomaly. Rather, it’s an illustration of several of the president’s core character traits — a belief that the past doesn’t matter, a penchant to act swiftly and unilaterally, and a conviction that even the most unpopular actions can help build his brand.
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May 22, 2017 11:12
Prometheus74 wrote:Trump is so corrupt that Nixon is grinning in his grave, knowing he will no longer be remembered as America's worst president of all-time. Does anyone still think "Crooked" Hillary's emails were such a big deal? Wouldn't it be better to have her leading the free world than an incompetent, unhinged narcissist, whose delusions of grandor and dreams of absolute power are now threatening America's democracy, and the whole planet's safety?
May 22, 2017 3:23
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