Jun 14 2016
Because we cannot talk about politics at work, ever. Here is what happens when a co-worker tries to talk about politics with me .
Rule #1: I am always right in a political argument.
Rule #2: When in doubt, see rule # 1.
Jun 14 2016
Because we cannot talk about politics at work, ever. Here is what happens when a co-worker tries to talk about politics with me .
Rule #1: I am always right in a political argument.
Rule #2: When in doubt, see rule # 1.
Jun 13 2016
Is my new favorite put down for those members of the GOP who can't seem to find where they left their moral compass………
Drowned out in the cacophony of tragedy this weekend, was a very well delivered and well written speech by filmmaker Ken Burns (who has done great documentary series on The Civil War among many others) who let us know, in no uncertain terms, why, He, Trump, is a dangerous threat to the American Republic-every bit as dangerous as our fetish about firearms. It is worth reading, and for the record I agree with him. If you don't, well, may God have mercy on you, but don't expect any sympathy here.
Take it away Mr. Burns:
For 216 years, our elections, though bitterly contested, have featured the philosophies and character of candidates who were clearly qualified. That is not the case this year. One is glaringly not qualified. So before you do anything with your well-earned degree, you must do everything you can to defeat the retrograde forces that have invaded our democratic process, divided our house, to fight against, no matter your political persuasion, the dictatorial tendencies of the candidate with zero experience in the much maligned but subtle art of governance; who is against lots of things, but doesn’t seem to be for anything, offering only bombastic and contradictory promises, and terrifying Orwellian statements; a person who easily lies, creating an environment where the truth doesn’t seem to matter; who has never demonstrated any interest in anyone or anything but himself and his own enrichment; who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants, and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties, and longstanding relationships. I feel genuine sorrow for the understandably scared and — they feel — powerless people who have flocked to his campaign in the mistaken belief that — as often happens on TV — a wand can be waved and every complicated problem can be solved with the simplest of solutions. They can’t. It is a political Ponzi scheme. And asking this man to assume the highest office in the land would be like asking a newly minted car driver to fly a 747.
As a student of history, I recognize this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras. We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient proto-fascism, a nativist anti-immigrant Know Nothing-ism, a disrespect for the judiciary, the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African-Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted, jingoistic saber-rattling, a total lack of historical awareness, a political paranoia that, predictably, points fingers, always making the other wrong. These are all virulent strains that have at times infected us in the past. But they now loom in front of us again — all happening at once. We know from our history books that these are the diseases of ancient and now fallen empires. The sense of commonwealth, of shared sacrifice, of trust, so much a part of American life, is eroding fast, spurred along and amplified by an amoral internet that permits a lie to circle the globe three times before the truth can get started.
We no longer have the luxury of neutrality or “balance,” or even of bemused disdain. Many of our media institutions have largely failed to expose this charlatan, torn between a nagging responsibility to good journalism and the big ratings a media circus always delivers. In fact, they have given him the abundant airtime he so desperately craves, so much so that it has actually worn down our natural human revulsion to this kind of behavior. Hey, he’s rich; he must be doing something right. He is not. Edward R. Murrow would have exposed this naked emperor months ago. He is an insult to our history. Do not be deceived by his momentary “good behavior.” It is only a spoiled, misbehaving child hoping somehow to still have dessert.
And do not think that the tragedy in Orlando underscores his points. It does not. We must “disenthrall ourselves,” as Abraham Lincoln said, from the culture of violence and guns. And then “we shall save our country.”
This is not a liberal or conservative issue, a red state–blue state divide. This is an American issue. Many honorable people, including the last two Republican presidents, members of the party of Abraham Lincoln, have declined to support him. And I implore those “Vichy Republicans” who have endorsed him to please, please reconsider. We must remain committed to the kindness and community that are the hallmarks of civilization and reject the troubling, unfiltered Tourette’s of his tribalism.
The next few months of your “commencement,” that is to say, your future, will be critical to the survival of our republic. “The occasion is piled high with difficulty.” Let us pledge here today that we will not let this happen to the exquisite, yet deeply flawed, land we all love and cherish — and hope to leave intact to our posterity. Let us “nobly save,” not “meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”
Jun 12 2016
Jeffrey Goldberg ( the good Goldberg in contrast to the evil Jonah) makes a point that needs to be remembered:
This needs to be reiterated: Orlando massacre can be about Islamism, access to guns, homophobia and mental illness, all at the same time.
— (((Goldberg))) (@JeffreyGoldberg) June 12, 2016
Just because the guy was of Afghan descent and may have been radicalized, does not give a segment of the population a "get out of jail free card" on other issues.
Issues like this:
The need to fix America's incredibly bad gun laws and the need to protect against violent extremists is not ( and never will be) mutually exclusive.
Radical Islamic ideology can drive a shooter. And access to weapons can make it easier for him to kill. Not mutually exclusive.
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) June 12, 2016
COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON THIS POST. I am not in the mood for a discussion here.
Jun 09 2016
Which is in Montenegro if you did not know.
It's a beautiful place and the drive down the Coast Road in Croatia is beautiful too!
Jun 07 2016
Who as we noted here at Far East Cynic HQ , last year, would be Sen Tom Cotton (douche bag-AR)-a worthless man, the freshman Senator from Arkansas, who seems not to have a very good understanding of his place in the United States government.
However when we wrote about him then, we were just decrying his stupidity when it came to foreign policy and demonstrating that he really had not done very much except show that he needs to take some remedial lessons on geography and history. Little did we realize at the time, that he was truly a fucking asshole and had no soul whatsoever. As it turns out, he had bigger ambitions on his mind, ambitions that included joining a list of folks who had sold their souls to Satan.
This is what hitting rock bottom looks like:
In early 2014, after decades of government and nonprofit work that reflected a passion for public service, Cassandra Butts got a reward — or so she thought. She was nominated by President Obama to be the next United States ambassador to the Bahamas.
It wasn’t an especially high-profile gig at the crossroads of the day’s most urgent issues, but it was a longstanding diplomatic post that needed to be filled, and she had concrete ideas about how best to do the job.
“She was very excited,” her sister, Deidra Abbott, told me.
The Senate held a hearing about her nomination in May 2014, and then … nothing. Summer came and went. So did fall. A new year arrived. Then another new year after that.
When I met her last month, she’d been waiting more than 820 days to be confirmed. She died suddenly two weeks later, still waiting. She was 50 years old.
The delay had nothing to do with her qualifications, which were impeccable. It had everything to do with Washington. She was a pawn in its power games and partisanship.
At one point Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, had a “hold” on all political nominees for State Department positions, partly as a way of punishing President Obama for the Iran nuclear deal.
At another point Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, put a hold specifically on Butts and on nominees for the ambassadorships to Sweden and Norway. He had a legitimate gripe with the Obama administration over a Secret Service leak of private information about a fellow member of Congress, and he was trying to pressure Obama to take punitive action. But that issue was unrelated to Butts and the Bahamas.
Cotton eventually released the two other holds, but not the one on Butts. She told me that she once went to see him about it, and he explained that he knew that she was a close friend of Obama’s — the two first encountered each other on a line for financial-aid forms at Harvard Law School, where they were classmates — and that blocking her was a way to inflict special pain on the president.
Got that? Not about any significant legislative issue with an obviously qualified nominee for what is not necessarily a critical diplomatic post. All because he wanted to play out the role of spoiled child.
Some people are ideologues. Some people are charlatans. Some people are opportunists. And some people are simply raging, flaming holes of pure ass. As Bruni's column makes clear, at least in the case of Tom Cotton, these categories are far from mutually exclusive.
Oh and by the way, Cotton's office does not dispute any part of this story. But Dudley Douchebag tried to paper over his evil by saying he,"had enormous respect for her and her career."
Sure you did, shit for brains.
Since Tom Cotton believes he is saved by grace, he seems to think that gives a pass on behaving like a decent human being. News Flash! –It doesn't.
Tom Cotton weaponized a dying woman's final days in order to "inflict special pain" on the president. Tom Cotton is a petty, sadistic swine who has the basic conscience of a cholera outbreak. He should be shamed from office, and he should be shunned by decent people.
Charlie is being way too nice here.
Jun 06 2016
Not every dictatorship in Northern Asia is run by a chubby little Korean guy with a bad haircut. It would appear some dictatorships exist in lands that are supposed to be nice and democratic. Just today, I found out that in my beloved Japan, in a district just south of Tokyo, there is a totalitarian dictatorship run amok:
U.S. sailors deployed to Japan are now under a temporary ban on alcohol and off-base liberty, with top commanders citing a string of "alcohol-related incidents detrimental to the U.S.-Japan Alliance."
The ban, which covers drinking both on- and off-base, will remain in place until commanders believe "all personnel understand the impact of responsible behavior," according to an announcement by the commanders of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet and the Navy's forces in Japan.
With all off-base liberty canceled, sailors will only be allowed to enter civilian areas for either official business or essential reasons, such as childcare, gas and groceries. Liberty privileges will be reinstated only after "face-to-face training has been conducted by unit commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs with all personnel," the Navy says.
The ban is the latest shift in the U.S. Navy's centuries-long relationship with alcohol. More than 100 years ago, the Navy declared a ban on booze aboard all its ships, ushering in a dry era that contrasted with the service's early days of doling out a half-pint of liquor to sailors daily, as the U.S. Naval Institute has noted.
It's also a new phase in the discussions over the large U.S. military presence in Japan, particularly in Okinawa, which has long been a controversial subject. That's due in no small part because over the years, American personnel have committed high-profile crimes — such as the infamous kidnapping, rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. service members back in 1995.
Way to go Joe! That will sure fix the problem.
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
Yea, keep treating your Sailors like children-and then be shocked, SHOCKED, when they don't respond as advertised.
"These measures are not taken lightly," Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan, says in the Navy announcement. "For decades, we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan. It is imperative that each Sailor understand how our actions affect that relationship, and the U.S.-Japan Alliance as a whole."
Discussing the new restrictions, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the 7th Fleet, says, "The overwhelming majority of our Sailors are doing an outstanding job every single day. But that same majority — at every paygrade — is also responsible for providing leadership on all levels. We will not condone misconduct that impacts our ability to conduct our mission or which jeopardizes our critical alliance with Japan."
Oh really? Let me tell you what is really going to happen. The 95% of the Sailors who don't do anything wrong except try to enjoy their lives will sit on their hands for only a few days and then the letters to Congressmen hopefully will start flying. In the meantime the more enterprising Sailors will find a way to get "home delivery". ( Maybe one or two will use the old MLC "trunk resupply method" to restock our declining beer stocks when everyone was clamped down after 9-11. Yes, they got a nice 5000 yen "finders fee"-but desperate times called for desperate measures.). What the hell do you guys think this is, the Air Force?
Today’s Air Force is addicted to this kind of control scheming, even if it inflicts more damage than could ever be justified by the potential good. This addiction is facilitated and fueled by a cultural pathology that has taken root over the last 15 years: taking airmen for granted. Gen. Mark Welsh has made it explicit during his endless string of mandatory hangar calls: if you leave, someone else will step in.
It takes a special leader to see past the commodity marketing and flesh-peddling of his manpower “experts” and hold in clear view the key truth that even if a down economy allows you to get away with it from an algebraic perspective, the moral injury of treating people like serfs will be toxic and lasting. The damage multiplies exponentially when it stands uncorrected.
Substitute the word, "Navy" here and the effect is still the same. John Q. Public reminds us where these "reinforcement" tactics eventually lead:
What today’s senior Air Force folk don’t understand is that they need the trust of their juniors much more than the other way around. If your people don’t trust you, you can’t lead them, and therefore you’re not a leader. You’re just some schmoe exercising positional authority, and not qualitatively different from a cashier, DMV clerk, carrot gardener, or gas station attendant. It just so happens your positional authority lets you harass people to a greater degree than those others. But that doesn’t mean you should do it. In fact, by doing it, you will alienate the very people you need to actually do your job, since teamwork — yes, teamwork, is required for you to succeed. Even if you can get promoted without it, and might even get promoted quicker by eschewing it.
You brought this on yourselves, boys and girls. When you created an atmosphere where Senior enlisted won't dare to go on liberty with their juniors because it is just a lose / lose proposition.
Look, I get it. These are serious incidents. But here is a news flash folks, the Japanese understand that too, and most what posturing you see is for domestic consumption, not to advocate these types of Draconian measures. And here is another news flash for you-you have the means to deal with the small percentage of troublemakers already.
This type of knee jerk reaction is not just limited to booze. You see it everywhere in Navy life these days , (and the other services too) this completely flawed idea that the services can tell you everything to do with your personal life, regardless of the legality of it. Today's leadership thinks they have the right legislate one's private life: telling you what you and cannot say on the internet, what you can and cannot do in our private time, even in some cases who can and cannot sleep with. ( Cue the obligatory TIP BS discussion here).
And if you think about objecting to it, by pointing out quite correctly that there is a dividing line between what's professional and personal? Be prepared to be marked with the Scarlett "W". ( for whining):
Any policy push-back is therefore marginalized as “whining” and everyone is reminded that no one forced them to join or to stay……..
Here’s a bigger issue: as people figure out they’ve been had, the ability to recruit and retain enough of them to win wars gets compromised.
This is the unfolding reality of the Air Force [Navy], and it gestures toward a related pathology. …………
I’m guessing for those at Osan, [Yokosuka] morale is anything but pretty darn good. It’s hard to be proud of your unit and inspired by the role you play in the mission when your chain of command is obsessed with monitoring and controlling your private life … and when you’re not even trusted to live privately without supervision. This during the scant few hours you’re not sleeping, preparing for duty, or doing your own job plus the job of the person who should be next to you but was either fired in the last drawdown, deployed on the last AEF on 6-9 days notice, or obliged to miss work for volunteer or educational “opportunities.”
You have done this to yourselves over and over again. Even worse, you would not try that in San Diego or Norfolk because-spoiler alert–it's illegal. You would not try that in a homeport in CONUS. Well, Yokosuka is a homeport too. Not a liberty port. Same is true in Okinawa. That is why you can only ask your civilians to "voluntary comply" ( good luck with that!).
Kudos to John Q. Public for spelling this out better than I ever could!
Jun 04 2016
Paul Ryan unconditionally surrendered to the forces of evil on Thursday:
Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.
But the House policy agenda has been the main focus of our dialogue. We’ve talked about the common ground this agenda can represent. We’ve discussed how the House can be a driver of policy ideas. We’ve talked about how important these reforms are to saving our country. And we’ve talked about how, by focusing on issues that unite Republicans, we can work together to heal the fissures developed through the primary.
Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.
It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.
For me, it’s a question of how to move ahead on the ideas that I—and my House colleagues—have invested so much in through the years. It’s not just a choice of two people, but of two visions for America. And House Republicans are helping shape that Republican vision by offering a bold policy agenda, by offering a better way ahead.
Donald Trump can help us make it a reality.
Yes, I am sure Trump will help you build your Hegelian hell that so strive to build, Mr. Ryan-you self serving little prick.
Brave talk from a man who used government assistance to put himself through college, and then could not be bothered to do a few years of service to his country.
Trump will do what Trump does best: serve his own interests. But that’s really what Ryan is doing, too: if he doesn’t back Trump, his chances of losing his Speakership increase. Hell, he might even find himself in a more difficult primary. So he sold himself cheap.
Here, Mr. Ryan, here is a towel to wash the jizz off your mouth.
Jun 02 2016
My apologies for the absence this week. Was down in Croatia taking some well deserved time off. We went to Split and then drove from there down to Montenegro and the town and bay of Kotor. Its a beautiful place and worth the time to visit. That said-driving there is a pain in the ass. From Croatia one has to go through Bosnia Herzegovina, where according to Google Maps, the E-65 continues on through. ( An expressway that is beautiful in Croatia). But it was closed 10km inside the BIH border. From then on , well lets just say the roads were less than optimum until you get to Montenegro. Especially in the Republic of Srpska . It is one of two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is not a great place. In my opinion and in the opinion of the cow that tried to run over our rental car. ( True story).
But Montenegro was ok, with improved roads that twisted through the mountains on the way to Kotor. While on the way I had to give the S.O. a mini-history lesson of sorts, since it was apparent she must have slept through most of the 90's, or as I suspect, she spent too much time watching boring shows on NHK and not enough time watching the news.
Also for me, it was a bit of stroll down memory lane since I had flown over much of Croatia and Bosnia during Operation Deny Flight in 1994 and 1995. We just never landed there.
While exploring the old city of Kotor though, twice we stumbled upon wedding parades. Suffice it to say the girl watching was pretty nice:
MILF or Millennial, the red dress always works!
This picture was taken on Sunday after we had finished hiking up to the fortress on the mountain above the town. However the previous night, there was a wedding procession through the old town to the church. One again, the red dress proved its worth:
The bow tie has to be a clip on!
These folks stopped in at a cafe on the wall for a pregame warm-up.
And we have to pay homage to these:
Blue dresses look pretty nice too! Wonder how you say, "Nice Rack!" in Serbo-Croatian?
More trip pix tomorrow.
May 24 2016
Do sometimes get together.
If you have been coming here for a decent interval you know that I hold both the National Review and the Weekly Standard in utter contempt. I read them to find out how the ill informed voter thinks and to find satire worthy materials. But every so often they produce something praise-worthy and they deserve credit where it is due.
So lets all take a gander at William "The Bloody" Kristol's gem of Shakespere quotes about He, Trump. Enjoy the acorn.
But as to the competition: I asked, "What lines of Shakespeare best characterize Donald Trump?" I stipulated that you'd get no credit for comparing Trump's campaign to "a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing." (Macbeth Act V Scene v) That one was just too obvious.
What did you all come up with? Lots of apt Shakespearean descriptions for Trump's campaign or the man himself. I feel I've done a good deed in enticing many of you back to Shakespeare (if you'd ever been away). In any case, here are a few apt and brief contributions (after all, "brevity is the soul of wit").
Regarding the outcome of New York's primary (and probably tomorrow's contests as well):
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" (A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 3 Scene ii)
Regarding Trump's disparagement of John McCain and other POW's:
"He jests at scars that never felt a wound." (Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene ii)
Regarding Trump himself:
"An infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality." (All's Well That Ends Well Act III Scene vi)
"The empty vessel makes the greatest sound." (Henry V, Act IV Scene iv)
"Masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass." (Much Ado About Nothing Act V Scene i)
And regarding the appropriate response to Trump:
"Never, never, never, never, never!" (King Lear V iii)
May 23 2016
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -Albert Einstein
One of the narratives that seems to be making the rounds these days is the idea that in this election, "both sides do it." "Trump may be bad, but so is Hillary". " Obama was evil too-you did not call him the threat he was". These narratives completely miss the point.
The idea that politicians are exactly the same is belied by the facts and the stated position. Never, either in 2008 or in 2012 had Obama or Clinton ever stated the kind of really reprehensible positions that Donald Trump has made the mainstay of his campaign. Neither, this year, has Sanders. ( That Sander's positions have been grossly misperceived is an argument for another time). When he has even bothered to state a position, that is, which is not very often. Trump, in the middle of a sea of bombast-has declined to take a meaningful position on any issue of importance. He just keeps repeating the lines that every thing will be great. It won't be, if by some great tragedy this vile and evil man gets elected. It will be road to the destruction of the United States as a liberal democracy, built upon the rule of law.
This is what the "ABC" morons do not get. You don't have to like Hillary or Bernie to understand their positions. You do, however, have to take the time to understand them. I do and so do a lot of other people. Still does not make me an ardent fan of Hillary, but she has a demonstrated track record and positions that are within the bounds of normalcy, whether you agree with them or not. So I will have no problem voting for her or anyone else who will stop the biggest threat to American Democracy since, perhaps the beginning of the Civil War.
There is an argument to be made that the Democrats need a bigger and deeper bench. I'll be the first to state that here on this blog. But that is not a problem we cannot solve this year, and if Trump is elected we will never solve it, because the freedom to do so will slowly drift away-doubtful to return in my life time. "Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. "
For that reason, this blog and its author are declaring all out war on Donald Trump and the sick twisted souls who are his supporters. Fuck you all and the horse you rode in on. I will fight you with every inch of my strength and resources. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "If Trump was in an election in hell, I would at least make a favorable mention of the devil in the House of Commons.".
All politicians are not the same. Some are truly dangerous and must be stopped.
From this day forth, I will wage war on Donald Trump!
A year ago if you had told me that Trump would be the Republican nominee, I would have told you that you were crazy. As I noted earlier, I had more faith in the GOP primary voters to see through his bullshit. But as the past year has proven, a certain percentage of the electorate is even more stupid than I thought.
And so here we are.
People who should know better, are someone setting aside their "principled conservatism" to accept him. Many who I thought had more sense have apparently found it easy to sell their souls to evil.
I turn my back on them.
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, / As, to be hated, needs but to be seen,” the poet Alexander Pope wrote, in lines that were once, as they said back in the day, imprinted on the mind of every schoolboy. Pope continued, “Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, / we first endure, then pity, then embrace.” The three-part process by which the gross becomes the taken for granted has been on matchlessly grim view this past week in the ascent of Donald Trump. First merely endured by those in the Republican Party, with pained grimaces and faint bleats of reluctance, bare toleration passed quickly over into blind, partisan allegiance—he’s going to be the nominee, after all, and so is our boy. Then a weird kind of pity arose, directed not so much at him (he supplies his own self-pity) as at his supporters, on the premise that their existence somehow makes him a champion for the dispossessed, although the evidence indicates that his followers are mostly stirred by familiar racial and cultural resentments, of which Trump has been a single-minded spokesperson.
Let me say it again, Trump is dangerous-really dangerous. To support him is to say you don't care about the future of the United States, and is to display a shocking ignorance of your county's political history.
Here is why:
One by one, people who had not merely resisted him before but called him by his proper name—who, until a month ago, were determined to oppose a man they rightly described as a con artist and a pathological liar—are suddenly getting on board. Columnists and magazines that a month ago were saying #NeverTrump are now vibrating with the frisson of his audacity, fawning over him or at least thrilling to his rising poll numbers and telling one another, “We can control him.’
No, you can’t. One can argue about whether to call him a fascist or an authoritarian populist or a grotesque joke made in a nightmare shared between Philip K. Dick and Tom Wolfe, but under any label Trump is a declared enemy of the liberal constitutional order of the United States—the order that has made it, in fact, the great and plural country that it already is. He announces his enmity to America by word and action every day. It is articulated in his insistence on the rightness of torture and the acceptable murder of noncombatants. It is self-evident in the threats he makes daily to destroy his political enemies, made only worse by the frivolity and transience of the tone of those threats. He makes his enmity to American values clear when he suggests that the Presidency holds absolute power, through which he will be able to end opposition—whether by questioning the ownership of newspapers or talking about changing libel laws or threatening to take away F.C.C. licenses. To say “Well, he would not really have the power to accomplish that” is to misunderstand the nature of thin-skinned authoritarians in power. They do not arrive in office and discover, as constitutionalists do, that their capabilities are more limited than they imagined. They arrive, and then make their power as large as they can.
This is the equivalent of saying "Nixon's the One!" on August 7, 1974. And if you need that reference explained to you-you are a part of the problem, not the solution. Trump has promised to make America great again. But a closer look his policy proposals, such as they are, suggests that within his first few years as president, he would more likely make America economically depressed again.
I'm too close to retirement to survive that. Even more, I care too much about the United States to simply ignore the threat this man is.
The American Republic stands threatened by the first overtly anti-democratic leader of a large party in its modern history—an authoritarian with no grasp of history, no impulse control, and no apparent barriers on his will to power. The right thing to do, for everyone who believes in liberal democracy, is to gather around and work to defeat him on Election Day. Instead, we seem to be either engaged in parochial feuding or caught by habits of tribal hatred so ingrained that they have become impossible to escape even at moments of maximum danger. Bernie Sanders wouldn’t mind bringing down the Democratic Party to prevent it from surrendering to corporate forces—and yet he may be increasing the possibility of rule-by-billionaire.?
We shall draw the line here! The monster we created must be destroyed!
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”