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.

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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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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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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A vote for President Donald J. Trump is…

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credit: pixabay, endorsement not implied

I haven’t had the words to respond to the election this week until today.

I’m not sure I do yet, either. But I am compelled to try.

To those who voted for Donald J. Trump:

You voted FOR an open misogynist.

You voted FOR an open fear mongerer.

You voted FOR a man who mocked the disabled.

You voted FOR a xenophobe.

You voted FOR a party that supports removing the rights of LGBT citizens, of removing the equality of marriage.

You voted FOR these things.

You voted FOR this man, who represents these things.

You may have voted FOR him in spite of these things but you voted FOR him.

You may have voted FOR him as an anti-establishment protest but you voted FOR him and endorsed these things nonetheless.

I’ve heard the rhetoric this week, from the right and from within the left that the Democrats own what happened.

Bullshit.

Those who voted FOR Donald J. Trump and his party own that result. You own what happens next.

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Gov Pence: No, Virginia, let’s not talk about Santa Claus

Gov. Pence’s response to this question speaks volumes. The question:

There was a Girl Scout troop, came to our station the other day for a tour, and afterward, there was an 11-year-old girl who told our staff, and she said this completely unsolicited. She was talking about Donald Trump’s words in campaign commercials. She said this: “When I hear those words and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.” Again, she said that totally unsolicited. What would you say to that 11-year-old girl?

His answer:

“Well, I would say to any one of my kids and any children in this country that Donald Trump and I are committed to a safer and more prosperous future for their family. The weak and feckless foreign policy that Hillary Clinton promises to continue has literally caused wider areas of the world to spin apart, the rise of terrorist threats that have inspired violence here at home, and we’ve seen an erosion of law and order in our streets. And we’ve seen opportunities and jobs evaporate and even leave Ohio and leave this country. I would say to any of our kids that if Donald Trump and I have the chance to serve in the White House, that we’re going to work every day for a stronger, safer and more prosperous America.”

He cannot answer the question, because Mr. Trump’s words are indefensible. His conduct toward others on the campaign trail is indefensible.

It has left his surrogates to make a choice: integrity or politics.

It’s clear the choice that Gov. Pence has made, with responses like this.

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