Spicer: ‘Stop’ undermining or mocking Trump

26723760Sean Spicer in a recent interview had this to say:

…instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.

Respect, Mr. Spicer, is earned not given.

This is, in fact, the first tenant of respect.

The second and equally important tenant is that you must give respect to have it reciprocated.

Your boss has done neither of these.

In fact, he led the birther movement, constantly trying to undermine President Obama.

He has mocked a disabled man. never_understand

He has belittled women.

He has made a practice of vilifying the “other.”

He is relying on positional authority and brute force as a bully to COMMAND respect.

Good luck with that.

You are going to be a very busy man spinning for the next four years, if Trump makes it that long without impeachment as the Chief Executive Officer of America.

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Conway: Left is wrong to delegitimize Trump OR unmitigated gall and gaslighting

15181193_10154770200792188_5052661469593726009_nI simply have no words to describe my disgust at the level of gall this person has, in suggesting the Democrats owe any form of allegiance or even recognition of his election to Donald John Trump.

Her boss worked for years to undermine the legitimacy of President Obama.

The gall of this person to stand there and suggest her boss is owed any form of respect is simply…absurd.

Absurd.

Absurd.

Absurd.

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The gates are down, where do we go from here?

america-1151134_640On December 19th, 2016, the last Constitutional line of defense surrendered – voluntarily and indeed it appears openly and happily – to the Emperor at our gates.

The 306 votes he will receive today (305 if the warrior in Texas is able to stand his ground) represent an abandoning of the gates the alliance of Greek city-states and Spartans defended at Thermopylae over 2,500 years ago.

Much has been and will be said about this year and this time.

The election of Donald John Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America is not a victory for representative democracy, civil rights, human rights or the environment.

This man trampled everything in his path with little or no regard to social and political norms. He exploited the worst angels of our collective nature to assume power. Indeed, he revels in this knowledge.

Give him a chance, the call comes.

The means do not justify the end.

He has done nothing to earn that chance. Even should his Presidency be a decent one, his ascension was not. And he’s given no indication at all he understands or is concerned with the scale or scope of the position.

Since he won the GOP primary and doubly so since the election, we have searched – begged – for a framework that justifies, explains or positions him in some form we can understand. That surely, this must be a good man. He must be because that has been our norm in living history. He must be because American exceptionalism means this cannot happen here. Surely, America cannot elect a man like this. Surely, there is some inherent quality the majority of American voters simply overlooked.

Occam’s Razor suggests otherwise.

If we are struggling so mightily and for so long to find a framework that applies, that explains why American exceptionalism applies here and truly Trump is a good man with the best intentions of our nation first and foremost in his mind…well then there is none.

He is what he is: a naricissist, a strongman, who swept to power using the rhetoric of past Emperors.

No nation has gone through this passing of the torch from the people to the tyrant that has emerged after anything more than a shadow of itself.

And so goes this reluctant Empire into the twighlight.

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538 Americans hold the fate of the American experiment in their hands

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Tomorrow, 538 Americans meet to decide the fate of the American experiment.

Are we going to fold to a strongman, to take massive leap backwards?

Are we going to bow to the will of someone who cares not for our Republic and the institutions we’ve built?

Or, will we stand up to the strongman and to the nationalism he represents?

Will we say, “We are better than this!”

Will we say, “We are an exception to the rule, the way of past empires (reluctant empire that we are)?”

Will we say, “No! We reject authoritarianism!”

Or, we will affirm these things.

If the Electoral College affirms this election, I believe this represents the end of American exceptionalism and the unraveling of the order we have served and built.

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Trump: pushing passed the limits of democracy and civility

15181193_10154770200792188_5052661469593726009_nDonald John Trump is an asshole.

Before you close this tab, consider the definition coined by Aaron James.

An asshole is someone who:

allows himself to enjoy special advantages in social relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people

Such people know and recognize there are social boundaries that exist for the common good. However, they believe themselves entitled to be above such boundaries. They push passed the boundaries of civility knowing most of us will not act. They stop short of the line at which we will act.

Donald John Trump is the epitome of James’ philosophy of assholes.

He’s also set to test the limits of our democratic instituitons. It is the horrifying to watch the system bend to his will. It’s horrifying to watch the GOP in the form of Ryan and McConnell smile and nod.

Are we strong enough to stand up to this strongman?

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Why Trump cannot be dismissed as ‘just words’

file-dec-03-11-10-17One of the consistent defenses of Trump is that ‘he’s just words’.

Bullshit.

Words have consequences.

Words inspire action.

Words inspire fear.

There is legitimate fear that a Trump administration will be hostile to free speech, to civil rights, to climate change.

People are legitimately fearful. This scientist is archiving data against a hostile administration.

In America, in 2016, people are legitimately fearful of an administration that has projected willful ignorance.

That has prided itself on ignorance.

That has embraced ignorance.

Let that sink in for a moment please.

Donald John Trump, you own that.

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What is a liberal?

file-dec-03-11-10-17A liberal is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

broad-minded; especiallynot bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms 

and

of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism

where liberalism is defined as:

a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity

a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard

a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class)

When did this become a bad thing?

It is time to fight. But, to quote Jon Stewart, we need to fight with precision and integrity, not demonization.

(edit: not all potential definitions of the word liberalism are included here, as there are a range that could be used. What is listed above are simply the ones that the dictionary referenced uses. Further, the inclusion of these definitions is not meant to imply one must meet all of these criteria to be a liberal. A dictionary will often list multiple definitions for several reasons, including but not limited to nuance or context.)

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Removal of the President: what is the 25th Amendment?

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The 25th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the transfer of power to the Vice President when the President is disabled or unable to execute the office.

The text is as follows:

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

It has a precedent for use though not one for the reasons this Amendment came to mind in contemplating a Trump presidency.

My hope is that the Vice President and the principal officers of the executive departments or Congress have the moral and political courage to implement this if needed.

I cannot believe this is happening in the United States of America in the year 2016.

 

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NY Mag: Of Clinton and the Glass Ceiling that Didn’t Shatter

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This is a heartbreaking read.

The America I thought I knew, the America in which I thought I existed…one of progress, one of equality.

This election, this result, tells me that America doesn’t yet exist.

And reading this article, I am furious anew.

Furious for everyone insulted by Trump.

Furious for my daughters.

Furious on behalf of our country.

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