Presidential Etiquette

The NY Times Editorial Board has done a magnificent job of assembling all of the new “must have” skills for POTUS. It appears Cheeto-Satan has mastered all of them.

Mid-term elections are coming up. Let’s send all of them packing.

 

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Please drain the swamp!

The great and glorious reality TV-star, serial con-artist, business failure, and bully President Donald J Trump ran a campaign promising a new way of government, bring in the best and brightest, drain the swamp…

Hold on, I know you’ll be shocked, he lied. He’s not draining. He’s not got sufficient insight to know that he’s just changing nasty swamp water for different nasty swamp water. Let’s take a look at the most recent public display of governmental hubris.

Tom Price. This millionaire, doctor-turned-politician, is a poster-child for all of the critters in the swamp that need to be removed. Simultaneously, he’s a poster child for much of what’s wrong with modern medicine (but that a different column). Price began treating the military as his personal charter fleet and also began using private charter aircraft to get himself and his wife around. Fortunately he resigned before he heard POTUS say “you’re fired.” Trump seemed less concerned over the actual abuses (and ongoing swamp-like behavior) than the appearance.

See here, here, here, here, and here.

If you can’t drain, dissemble.

It’s almost cliche now to note that POTUS is minimally competent, that he lacks direction, that he’s generally a fool and buffoon. But this week has been spectacularly bed. At a time when there’s massive devastation to US territories from monumental storms he’s more concerned with:

  1. excoriating professional athletes (not sure why this should be governmental let alone a presidential concern)
  2. engaging in an ongoing Tweet war with with a 3rd-world despot who is just another intellectual pigmy (ironically Kim and Trump seem to be emotionally and intellectually made for each other).
  3. and taking cheap shots are local government affected by storms.

I know we all keep hoping for some form of presidential behavior from POTUS. But I think we’re all just going to be disappointed.

Tom Price- frequent flyer

POTUS campaigned with a promise to “drain the swamp.” We all knew it was more hot air from a pathological liar with tiny little fingers and the only drainage would be from his genitals. It appears that POTUS has instead been replacing the swamp water.

Tom Price is above commercial air travel. Price thinks he’s still a doctor and it’s OK to jet around and make unnecessary appearances at worthless meetings. No doubt he’s also making the connections he’ll need when it all melts down and he’s forced to find a “real” job.

POTUS Explained

Sort of. A recent post titled:

The President of Blank Sucking Nullity

by David Roth over at the Baffler is a great read. It’s a very nice prelude to other reports that Trump has realized that people actually hate him. Thin-skinned, short-finger, self-centered bullies, like POTUS do value the adoration of others. But it’s rarely enough to cause meaningful change from his basic pathologic behavior.

Does she listen to her husband?

It’s almost unfair- picking on someone so overtly flawed. But she brings it on herself. The First Lady (Trump-ette?) addressed an audience at the UN this past week. She spoke on her favorite topic bullying.

Yes, it’s ironic, possibly outright moronic, that the bride of the world’s best known bully is speaking out against POTUS’ favorite pastime. Yes, POTUS’ favorite pastime is bullying. We need only look at his public humiliation of Sessions (and here) and Comey.  Or how about encouraging abuse of arrestees. Or just the hazing and torment of his staff.

Among the best lines:

No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorised, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn…

Perhaps, it’s just that Trump-ette feels that it’s OK to bully or threaten adults? But, children are off limits as the target of such overtly juvenile behavior. See goes on:

We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example…

By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.

We must remember that they are watching and listening so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way.

Is she clueless? Oblivious? Simply stupid? Or more likely is this her was of standing up to the man who probably makes her daily existence a pure living hell. I’m hoping for the latter.

They fucking hate him…

There’s a lot of things I have to worry about each day. I have not been able to come up with a single reason why someone else’s sexuality, or gender identification, or genetics or sexual practices between consenting adults should be  on my list of stuff to care about.

Don’t misunderstand, those are not concerns of mine. The systematic deprivation of rights because of those issues is a concern for me. The past 18 months, the Trump era of renewed bigoted hate, has made the rights of all Americans a concern for all Americans.

Despite the fact that Trumps claims no understanding of the current state of American bigotry. But he’s almost certainly emboldened these right-wing nut-job hate groups. Trump has systematically divided Americans (see also here). When “Donnie” had the opportunity to offer a path forward he chose instead to not that there’s some good Nazis.

Everyone know Trump is a thin-skinned bigoted, narrow-minded, egotistical, moron (he might be the only high school graduate I know who brags he’s never read a book). He’s also a bully and a coward. But it appears that everyone is beginning to hate  Trump now. Not contempt. Not just dislike, hate. As one site phrased it they “fucking hate him“. He deserves it and it’s about time.