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Donald Trump Time's Person of the Year

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Time Person of the Year

    It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur—never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own—now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse.

    For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class; for those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism. To his believers, he delivers change—broad, deep, historic change, not modest measures doled out in Dixie cups; to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name.

    I suppose Time's selection of Trump is not very surprising. Note that in 1938 Time selected Adolph Hitler as its "Man of the Year". Vladimir Putin was selected in 2007 and Rudy Giuliani in 2001.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt, as I said many times; this country is now on an steep slope downwards; it will take an awful lot to bring this "sled" on course again, so that it not ends up in the ravine.

    Yes all three "hero's" you mentioned fit right in with this idiot; only Giuliani is the real clown without power.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Joseph Stalin was selected in 1939.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The common characteristic of those that I listed is the ability to manipulate public opinion for their own personal gain. The truth doesn't matter to these folks.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: The common characteristic of those that I listed is the ability to manipulate public opinion for their own personal gain. The truth doesn't matter to these folks.
    Absolutely correct; I don't think Trump will loose one penny; but hopefully will not last long on the job.
  • Center Left
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    This reflects the erosion in America. The masses have been reduced to losing all hope. Greatness used to be the standard but now the belittled persons just hope for a small hope and a chance to continue their trudge up the mountain. Sadly they see strength where there is none. They find hope in a man that doesn't care at all.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I wrote yesterday how he can be a very formidable force to deal with in 2020. None of this about Trump surprises me because I understand it and have been describing it for over a year. Attacking him builds him. But for 16 months there has been a succession of "he's gone to far this time, he's finished now". The Democratic higher ups better be coming up with a better package to offer.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "The masses have been reduced to losing all hope."

    That can be attributed to the general attitude that nothing can be done about the Wall Street steam roller. The popularity of the "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous" should have alerted the Democratic Higher ups that people were giving up hope. But most of them were involved in their own mesmerising of the Rich and Famous that could do no wrong.

  • Center Left
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    There's a guy named Trae Crowder who has built his presence as a liberal redneck. He's frequently on Facebook and YouTube talking about Trump. I would strongly suggest that others check him out. Today's segment was about how liberals should reach rednecks. His suggestion was: Lie. It worked for Trump ! Many won't take it seriously because of a comedic edge but there's much truth in the messages. I could not copy a link.

    Trae Crowder is political content that Millennials are hearing and paying attention to.

  • Independent
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    Lie???Thus we already sunk that low with Trump; may be we should invite the Pope, he lies every day!!!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: I suppose Time's selection of Trump is not very surprising. Note that in 1938 Time selected Adolph Hitler as its "Man of the Year". Vladimir Putin was selected in 2007 and Rudy Giuliani in 2001.

    I would have been surprised if he wasn't chosen as the person of the year.

    I'm not a big fan of person of the year because they always seem to resort to picking the American President every four years, especially since 2000. (Bush '00, '04; Obama '08, '12) and now Trump. Before that they weren't much better.

    It almost seems to be their fallback option every four years no matter what.

  • Center Left
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    Dutch Wrote: Lie???Thus we already sunk that low with Trump; may be we should invite the Pope, he lies every day!!!
    Question: How many promises will Sec. Clinton keep the next 48 months ? Answer: ZERO. If you don't win you don't lead. I hate lies also. Not as much as I hate hunger, sickness, lack of jobs and/or education, get my point ? Anyone with a brain can see Hillary had a much better plan. Maybe she can discuss that today. At the library. If you don't win, you don't matter.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The entire system of collective bargaining is based in part on lies. Each side exaggareates their position. I would suppose the same tactics appear in congress putting forth ideas subject to compromise. It seems logical albeit not ethical to exaggerate(lie) your position to end up near what you really want.