Friday, May 12, 2017

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Although the above title is taken from both a song and a movie title, it seems as apt a way as any to describe the current state of the American republic under the insane leadership of Donald Trump. It is truly, madly and deeply a nation in almost unfathomable crisis.

Last night, NBC's Lester Holt conducted an interview with the Orange Ogre, one you only have to watch a few minutes of to realize that almost everything Trump says is either a lie or a manifestation of his deeply unstable mind. With no regard for keeping stories straight, he readily admitted his firing of FBI director Comey had nothing to do with a recommendation by his deputy attorney general:
And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said: ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.’”
Another bald lie was his assertion that he had been reassured by Comey three times that he was not under investigation, something that would seem extremely unlikely.

In any event, watch a few minutes and see what you think.

If you have the stomach, watch a few minutes of a racist in Florida abusing and threatening a Muslim family in the name of Trump.

Only the most ideological or insensate will be unable to understand that Trump and his ilk are a terrible, corrosive and cancerous blight on the American body politic. The only question that really seems to matter now is, "Will the republic succumb to its aggressive disease, or will it do what is necessary to return to some semblance of health and normalcy?"


  1. I may never have seen a man so desperately longing for the weekend, Lorne. Now he's threatening Comey over leaking what was said between them and musing about cancelling the White House press briefings. He cannot control the message and he is repeatedly tripping himself up with his own lies. His staff, as fine a cadre of professional liars as ever assembled, must be beside themselves as their lies are contradicted by their boss.

    Americans and especially their Congress need to realize that the U.S. has adversaries, some of them rivals and others actual enemies, who are watching this guy flail around, wounded and steadily weakening. So too are America's traditional friends and allies and we know that many of them are coming to doubt America's reliability and commitment.

    Article 25 looms ever larger.

    1. As fascinating and appalling all of this is to watch, Mound, one wonders if the American people and their system of checks and balances have any stomach to take on Trump. Clearly, the U.S. is a stunning example of how democracy can so easily slip away,

  2. The question is, Lorne, which will come first -- the end of Trump's presidency or the end of the American Republic?

    1. The odds are probably about even on both, Owen.