Trump and the broken rule of law in America

We have in the Oval Office a man who flaunts every democratic norm America has built.

The same man openly flouts the rule of law, mocking judges, Congressmen, Senators and individual citizens.

The same man has made a life of being an asshole, a (paraphrased) self entitled bombastic ego who believes he is above the little person (that would be all of us).

America exists on the basis of the rule of law, of equal treatment under the same.

If he is not held to account – soon – America will be substantially worse for it.

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Is Trump accelerating the decline of American power?

Trump’s election may represent the last gasp of a dying power structure. Ironically, his election may also accelerate the speed with which said power shifts to other parts of the globe.

Trump seems to believe that the world will kneel to the supremacy of American military might. There are a number of flaws in this thinking, the least of which is the idea that we can bully nations through military might in the 21st century.

Trump and his supporters seem to believe he and they can forestall the path of globalization through brute force. They think that they can leverage American might to force nations to allow us to maintain global dominance.

That will not happen. Unlike reality TV, when parties to a contract reach a point at which the pain exceeds the profit, they will walk away.

America can either acknowledge the shifting global world and be a value added participant, or choose isolation and ethnocentrism.

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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.




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

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credit: pixabay

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’.


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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Sophie Theallet won’t work with Melania Trump

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credit: pixabay, endorsement not implied

Opponents of this move are painting it as hypocrisy, using the left’s offense at the cake maker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple as proof.

This is a false equivalency.

The first case was one of discrimination against a protected category of people.

Outrage against discrimination is not the same as discriminating against hatred.

We need not support those who support hate speech. They are entitled to their speech as well as the repercussions of the same.

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