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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, April 2, 2017: Our Dishonest President

    This is Part I of a four part editorial series on the Donald Trump presidency. I will not summarize it. You need to read it in it's entirety. Much of it is not new news to members on this website. But when a respected newspaper like the Los Angeles Times comes out with such strong language castigating the President of the United States, people should take notice.

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Los Angeles Times Editorial, Part 2, April 3, 2017: Why Trump Lies
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    Los Angeles Times Editorial, Part 3, April 4, 2017: Trump’s Authoritarian Vision

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    Los Angeles Times Editorial, Part 4, April 5, 2017: Trump’s War on Journalism

    Los Angeles Times Editorial: Part 5, April 6, 2017: Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

  • Liberal Democrat
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    From Part 1, Los Angeles Times, Our Dishonest President

    "What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous."

    I agree.

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    From Part 2, Los Angeles Times, Why Trump Lies

    "But he is not merely amusing. He is dangerous. His choice of falsehoods and his method of spewing them — often in tweets, as if he spent his days and nights glued to his bedside radio and was periodically set off by some drivel uttered by a talk show host who repeated something he’d read on some fringe blog — are a clue to Trump’s thought processes and perhaps his lack of agency. He gives every indication that he is as much the gullible tool of liars as he is the liar in chief."

    I agree.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    From Part 3, Los Angeles Times, Trump's Authoritarian Vision

    "It’s one thing to complain about a judicial decision or to argue for less regulation, but to the extent that Trump weakens public trust in essential institutions like the courts and the media, he undermines faith in democracy and in the system and processes that make it work.

    "Trump betrays no sense for the president’s place among the myriad of institutions in the continuum of governance. He seems willing to violate long-established political norms without a second thought, and he cavalierly rejects the civility and deference that allow the system to run smoothly. He sees himself as not merely a force for change, but as a wrecking ball."

    I agree.

  • Independent
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    Yes, Schmidt, excellent pieces, I could have wrote those myself, if my English writing skills would have been better. Anyway guess who reads this? Not the "hardheaded" Trump supporters of about 40%. Furthermore, I don't want to be negative, but the GOP goes along with him and supports him. The Gorsuch thing will certainly be an "win" for him thanks to asshole McConnell. Also he's starting up the healthcare thing again and may get the Freedom caucus on his side; we'll wait and see. I'm afraid that the Gorsuch nomination, will help him to overturn the travel ban; Gorsuch owes him. Thus Trump can score "three" times in an row; which will certainly help his pride of "winning". I'm a doubtful if the "Russia" or the "wiretapping" thing will affect anything right now.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    There was one chance to avoid this and it was when Michelle said when he goes low we go high. That still applies. The way to deal with the next round of health care is to support Trump's insurance for everybody. Make it loud and make it public and declare that the DNC is fully behind Trump's promise of insurance for everybody and will do everything possible to help Trump get insurance for everybody. That will get support from moderate Republicans that don't want to see what will happen if Trump coalesces extreme right republicans.
  • Liberal
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    An excellent essay on Salon this morning on this very subject

    salon.com/2017/04/05/he-told-us-who-he-...

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    The articles make it so, so, so obvious the emperor has no clothes, yet there is no doubt in his mind he is wearing suits worth $100,000, and that everything he touches turns to gold. And if not, lays the blame at the feet of others.

    Serious question: How can a person be that delusional and still be mentally competent?

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    From Part 3, Los Angeles Times, Trump's Authoritarian Vision

    "It’s one thing to complain about a judicial decision or to argue for less regulation, but to the extent that Trump weakens public trust in essential institutions like the courts and the media, he undermines faith in democracy and in the system and processes that make it work.

    IMHO, Trump perceives dictatorships to be a more effective form of governing, thus it makes sense that he would attack institutions that are not 100% controlled by dictatorships. He will never ever be one, he just wants the same authority to rule as Puttin and other leaders that can shut down anyone\anything within their borders simply by issuing the orders. No checks\balances to his authority.

    He doesn't want to change to match the needs of our country, he wants the country to change to meet his need to be an authoritarian president.

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    pr Wrote:

    An excellent essay on Salon this morning on this very subject

    salon.com/2017/04/05/he-told-us-who-he-...

    Yrs P.R good article; but a bit late; the damage has been done and hard to reverse it.
  • Independent
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    wwjd Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    From Part 3, Los Angeles Times, Trump's Authoritarian Vision

    "It’s one thing to complain about a judicial decision or to argue for less regulation, but to the extent that Trump weakens public trust in essential institutions like the courts and the media, he undermines faith in democracy and in the system and processes that make it work.

    IMHO, Trump perceives dictatorships to be a more effective form governing, thus it makes sense that he would attack institutions that are not 100% controlled by dictatorships. He will never ever be one, he just wants the same authority to rule as Puttin and other leaders that can shut down anyone\anything within their borders simply by issuing the orders. No checks\balances to his authority.

    He doesn't want to change to match the needs of our country, he wants the country to change to meet his need to be an authoritarian president.

    wwjd, Yes your last line says it all; I warned for this a long time ago, Welcome "banana republic"!
  • Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd and pr -- Yes, Trump as an authoritarian, both genetically and trained as such by his father, cannot help but admire Putin. It's in his DNA. But Trump's worldview is also driven by admiration for the successful business tycoons who have ruthlessly cheated and conned people to make themselves billionaires. He admires the fraternity of billionaires and as such has loaded up his administration with think-a-likes.

    The Salon article is also excellent in that it calls to attention something that was so obvious to members on this website -- that the mainstream media contributed to Trump's election by giving him free press. I got sick and tired of the way the media covered every rally and every stupid tweet like they were covering a messiah. If some Trump supporters now think of Trump as a messiah, it is the media that helped create that messiah but sensationalizing as headlines and giving endless coverage to every thing Trump said or tweeted.