June 4, 2020 at 11:15 pm #46690Chris_TaylorParticipant
The first paragraph of this op-ed from George Will pretty much sums up the Trump presidency.June 4, 2020 at 11:38 pm #46692paulwalkerParticipant
Chris, can’t access without subscription.June 4, 2020 at 11:45 pm #46693Andy BrownParticipant
It comes up OK for me on my desktop (where I can control the cookies). First paragraph as per Chris:
“This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person’s idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.”June 5, 2020 at 1:39 am #46699semoochieParticipant
If this man can commit these atrocities against law abiding citizens, exercising their constitutional right and do it during an election year, just imagine what he’d do if he didn’t have to worry about being re-elected! Can mass execution be that far behind?June 5, 2020 at 9:24 am #46703nosignalallnoiseParticipant
Chris, can’t access without subscription.
Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers.
George F. Will
Columnist covering politics and domestic and foreign affairs
June 1, 2020 at 3:18 PM EDT
This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person’s idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.
Presidents, exploiting modern communications technologies and abetted today by journalists preening as the “resistance” — like members of the French Resistance 1940-1944, minus the bravery — can set the tone of American society, which is regrettably soft wax on which presidents leave their marks. The president’s provocations — his coarsening of public discourse that lowers the threshold for acting out by people as mentally crippled as he — do not excuse the violent few. They must be punished. He must be removed.
Social causation is difficult to demonstrate, particularly between one person’s words and other persons’ deeds. However: The person voters hired in 2016 to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” stood on July 28, 2017, in front of uniformed police and urged them “please don’t be too nice” when handling suspected offenders. His hope was fulfilled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Minneapolis pavement.
What Daniel Patrick Moynihan termed “defining deviancy down” now defines American politics. In 2016, voters were presented an unprecedentedly unpalatable choice: Never had both major parties offered nominees with higher disapproval than approval numbers. Voters chose what they wagered would be the lesser blight. Now, however, they have watched him govern for 40 months and more than 40 percent — slightly less than the percentage that voted for him — approve of his sordid conduct.
Presidents seeking reelection bask in chants of “Four more years!” This year, however, most Americans — perhaps because they are, as the president predicted, weary from all the winning — might flinch: Four more years of this? The taste of ashes, metaphorical and now literal, dampens enthusiasm.
The nation’s downward spiral into acrimony and sporadic anarchy has had many causes much larger than the small man who is the great exacerbator of them. Most of the causes predate his presidency, and most will survive its January terminus. The measures necessary for restoration of national equilibrium are many and will be protracted far beyond his removal. One such measure must be the removal of those in Congress who, unlike the sycophantic mediocrities who cosset him in the White House, will not disappear “magically,” as Eric Trump said the coronavirus would. Voters must dispatch his congressional enablers, especially the senators who still gambol around his ankles with a canine hunger for petting.
In life’s unforgiving arithmetic, we are the sum of our choices. Congressional Republicans have made theirs for more than 1,200 days. We cannot know all the measures necessary to restore the nation’s domestic health and international standing, but we know the first step: Senate Republicans must be routed, as condign punishment for their Vichyite collaboration, leaving the Republican remnant to wonder: Was it sensible to sacrifice dignity, such as it ever was, and to shed principles, if convictions so easily jettisoned could be dignified as principles, for . . . what? Praying people should pray, and all others should hope: May I never crave anything as much as these people crave membership in the world’s most risible deliberative body.
A political party’s primary function is to bestow its imprimatur on candidates, thereby proclaiming: This is who we are. In 2016, the Republican Party gave its principal nomination to a vulgarian and then toiled to elect him. And to stock Congress with invertebrates whose unswerving abjectness has enabled his institutional vandalism, who have voiced no serious objections to his Niagara of lies, and whom T.S. Eliot anticipated:
We are the hollow men . . .
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
or rats’ feet over broken glass . . .
Those who think our unhinged president’s recent mania about a murder two decades ago that never happened represents his moral nadir have missed the lesson of his life: There is no such thing as rock bottom. So, assume that the worst is yet to come. Which implicates national security: Abroad, anti-Americanism sleeps lightly when it sleeps at all, and it is wide-awake as decent people judge our nation’s health by the character of those to whom power is entrusted. Watching, too, are indecent people in Beijing and Moscow.
Or subscribing, like I do.June 5, 2020 at 10:50 am #46707lastdayParticipant
trump: “Today is a great day for George Floyd!”
Except for the being murdered part.June 5, 2020 at 11:48 am #46708semoochieParticipant
“Besides that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the rest of the play?”June 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm #46709Chris_TaylorParticipant
I think Will’s calling out the GOP is significant and probably even more important than calling out Trump’s actions.June 5, 2020 at 2:10 pm #46710lastdayParticipant
It’s significant to many, and every GOP official or representative knows Will is speaking truth.
Probably not so much for most hardcore supporters. It’s just fancy words from another media elitist. If it doesn’t come from Hannity, it carries little weight.June 5, 2020 at 2:33 pm #46711Andy BrownParticipant
What does carry weight, though, is the election. drumpf & the GOP will lose big in November. The GOP will rebuild from a more sane core that stays through re-election or is newly elected to office.. drumpf will not be at his successor’s inauguration because he will contest his loss creating a huge backlash against him. The legal system outside the jurisdiction of Toady Barr will start leaking all they have lined up and prepped to go after drumpf with. drumpf will flee the country between his loss and the inaugural while he still has immunity. I can’t prove this, obviously, it’s just conjecture based on observation and a gut feel driven by science (see Newton’s third law aka Action-Reaction). In fact, I’ve thought this since before COVID-19 came to stay and well before the recent racial injustice protests and riots began. Vladimir will welcome the Donald with open arms.
June 6, 2020 at 9:14 am #46728AndrewParticipant
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We have to keep reminding ourselves that the “power behind the throne” is Senate Republicans, who occasionally criticize Trump but never, ever lift a finger to stop him from doing anything. Talk is cheap; show us some real action. For Republicans, past conventions about ethics and country have gone out the window – the only thing that matters is power, what you can get away with.
Trump knows he has nothing to fear from Senate Republicans – he is never going to be removed in an impeachment, as they proved earlier this year. So the Congress is no constraint on him, as it should be under our Constitution. And that’s the real problem with Trump.June 6, 2020 at 9:38 pm #46730Master of DisasterParticipant
CBS News reports Trump wanted 10,000 active duty military troops deployed within the US. He was covertly talked out of it:
It’s obvious this would have been the start of the Second Civil War, if not World War 3; the world is watching and they don’t like what they see either.
…he is never going to be removed in an impeachment…
Agreed. That had its chance and he became the third President to be acquitted. But the “impeach” crowd had their day.
drumpf & the GOP will lose big in November.
We have to remember at this point in 2016, he was considered “unelectable”.
There is only one slim chance to hope he loses. Everyone who’s eligible needs to register to vote if they haven’t or if they need to update their registration. Everyone who’s eligible then needs to show up to vote. Everyone needs to be accountable to everyone else to make sure everyone shows up to vote.
If they live in a state without vote by mail and their employer says “but you’re scheduled to work all day today”, the voter needs to say “if I have to update my resume, then I will update my resume. But I’m going to go vote.” After all this is an election that comes down to ‘do you support a candidate that cares whether or not this country exists tomorrow’.
When they vote, they will find their ballots contain exactly one candidate that isn’t perfect but it’s the best available choice:
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