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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:03 PM

"A President not in command of himself..seethes with rage and resentment for all the world to view"





This president is not in command of himself. He’s obsessed with his own problems. He seethes with rage and resentment for all the world to view—and those emotions are visibly distorting his decision-making. The consolation we’re offered for this broken presidency is that the president is not in fact truly in charge of it. Decisions about war and peace are not really being made by Trump, but by more judicious and responsible people behind the scenes
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The Syria operation was mostly a stunt: It sends a message of disapproval without altering the administration’s inward acceptance of Assad’s victory in the Syrian Civil War. Trump even tweeted notice of the missile strike 60 hours in advance, extending the Russians and Syrians time to ready themselves. The risk that this strike could escalate into something more serious seems vanishingly small.

But other and larger military decisions loom ahead: Iran, Korea, Afghanistan, and conceivably even confrontations with China. The person nominally in charge is in no psychic state for his office. His condition is deteriorating—and with that personal deterioration, there also deteriorates America’s security and standing in the world.

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Reply "A President not in command of himself..seethes with rage and resentment for all the world to view" (Original post)
HipChick Apr 2018 OP
Demovictory9 Apr 2018 #1
Chickensoup Apr 2018 #2
smirkymonkey Apr 2018 #3
Cha Apr 2018 #4
smirkymonkey Apr 2018 #5
UpInArms Apr 2018 #6
KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #19
Cha Apr 2018 #7
Mr.Bill Apr 2018 #10
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #22
Scarsdale Apr 2018 #35
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #37
procon Apr 2018 #8
japple Apr 2018 #9
PatrickforO Apr 2018 #26
Scarsdale Apr 2018 #36
mercuryblues Apr 2018 #42
Scarsdale Apr 2018 #43
Takket Apr 2018 #11
orangecrush Apr 2018 #12
BigmanPigman Apr 2018 #13
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #16
BigmanPigman Apr 2018 #18
BlueJac Apr 2018 #14
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #15
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2018 #17
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #20
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2018 #23
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #25
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2018 #27
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #28
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2018 #29
KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #34
KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #21
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2018 #24
KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #30
BlueWI Apr 2018 #32
KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2018 #33
Amaryllis Apr 2018 #31
Ferrets are Cool Apr 2018 #38
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2018 #44
Ferrets are Cool Apr 2018 #45
Leith Apr 2018 #39
poboy2 Apr 2018 #40
Firestorm49 Apr 2018 #41

Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:10 PM

1. Exactly..scary times

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:11 PM

2. Such behavior is known as nut case syndrome .

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:13 PM

3. He is a disaster of epic proportions.

I just hope this nightmare ends soon.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:20 PM

4. Oh, but "trump is the dove"..




Stupid Dowd.

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:25 PM

5. Oh yeah, that's right and "Benghazi"!

And "E-mails". Sorry, I forgot just exactly how fiendish she was.


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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:33 PM

6. and ...

“not stable” with “no stamina”

👀

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:37 PM

19. It's a wonder they didn't accuse her of....

having bone spurs!

GOP hypocrisy never ceases to amaze.

........

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:35 PM

7. Yeah all the ugly LIES

about Hillary got us this unholy mess known as trump.

smirky

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 05:14 PM

10. The lies didn't bring us Trump.

The people stupid enough to believe those lies did. And after Trump is gone, those people will still be here.

They will vote for Ted Nugent in the next election if given a chance to do so. That is the real problem.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:42 PM

22. Well no, not Nugent but certainly Steve Bannon or Paul Ryan

... if either of them decide to run. I'd believe it for sure.
What about Rush Limbaugh? He'd win by acclamation.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:54 AM

35. Sarah Palin

is willing to sacrifice herself again!! Of course, as long as the money is right, she will be ready, willing and still unable.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #35)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:59 AM

37. I can't believe the GOP would make that mistake

... but if they did, Palin would be the easiest opponent in a century.
Even with Russia "fixing" it, we'd still beat her by a landslide!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 04:44 PM

8. If Trump is like this now, when Mueller has scarcely revealed more than a few

obvious tidbits, and the investigating journalists have just began publishing some juicy findings, imagine what he will be like on the day of the Great Reveal when all the veils get ripped away.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 05:14 PM

9. and his over-sized jacket gets tighter every day.

n/t

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Response to japple (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 07:00 PM

26. I was just going to say - that jacket looks uncomfortably tight.

LOL...I think Mueller's investigation is getting uncomfortably tight, too!

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #26)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:55 AM

36. He is

"porking up" What happened to the diet he claimed to be on?

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #36)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:26 AM

42. A seafood diet

he sees food and eats it. You had better hope he doesn't switch over to the Scarsdale diet. You would be toast.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #42)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:18 PM

43. I would see that orange

ass waddling my way, and retreat, BIGLY!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 05:16 PM

11. And the American people are his punching bag

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:03 PM

12. K&R

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:03 PM

13. Meanwhile the cabinet will not use the 25 amend

and the GOP won't pass legislation to protect the investigation or the country. We are screwed due to the GOP!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #13)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:32 PM

16. tRump has been systematically firing all those who might 25 him. Why Sessions & Pruitt remain. . .nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #16)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:35 PM

18. And Carson.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:18 PM

14. Top Turd in America!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:31 PM

15. Decision making? He reverses himself all the time, most recently after Macron & he talked re Syria.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:33 PM

17. I wish I could write half as well as David Frum.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #17)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:40 PM

20. I wish the OP had the courtesy of crediting the writer & source. Thank you for doing so.


I hadn't realized he wrote it because I hadn't chased down the tweet. I shouldn't have to.

Frum is very good. He wrote this very perceptive quote in a tweet (emphasis added):

"Regular reminder that Donald Trump’s core competency is not dealmaking with powerful counter-parties. It is duping gullible victims."

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:44 PM

23. Here's the entire article

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/unfit-to-command/558074/

A snippet:

But other and larger military decisions loom ahead: Iran, Korea, Afghanistan, and conceivably even confrontations with China. The person nominally in charge is in no psychic state for his office. His condition is deteriorating—and with that personal deterioration, there also deteriorates America’s security and standing in the world

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #23)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:56 PM

25. Thanks. Good cogent read indeed. Short too.


Note to readers of good writing: It takes longer to write something short.

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/28/shorter-letter/

Blaise Pascal was probably the first to write it down. But in 1857 Henry David Thoreau offered commentary about story length:

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.


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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #25)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 07:00 PM

27. How does this saga end ?

I know Trump has a devoted base but I don't believe the rest of us can live with the lies, the criminality, the contempt for democratic norms and the rule of law. Something has to give. This level of chaos is unsustainable. It's as if this is a Batman sequel and a supervillain has taken control of Gotham. Trump almost has all the makeup.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #27)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 07:07 PM

28. It ends like a Shakespearean tragedy for the tRumps; but ultimately a win for the USA system


The USA system needs improvement, however. The RepubliCons are failing to provide the Checks and Balances they must. It is in the hands of the "deep state": career professionals in many parts of the US government. Mueller is the flag bearer at this time.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #28)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 07:09 PM

29. "Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad"

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #29)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:48 AM

34. You're giving me visions....

of overnight, dozens of right-wing billionaires waking up one day and giving all their riches to the poor.....and paying a fair share of taxes.

..... .......

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #17)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:41 PM

21. He said (via Twitter)...

"The lives of Americans and the peace of the world are in hands you wouldn't trust with your beer money."

....... ........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #21)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:47 PM

24. "Even if hes offering to take you to church, you dont get into a car with a drunken driver.."

Even if he’s offering to take you to church, you don’t get into a car with a drunken driver. That same caution should operate with Trump, even if you might otherwise approve any particular decision that emerges from his administration.


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/unfit-to-command/558074/

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #24)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 07:52 PM

30. I like Frum's straightforward dialog and wit.

Certainly not a fan of his neo-conservative past, but he has since garnered a bit of moderation and common sense. The GOP certainly can use any voice of reason to counter the bat-shit crazy of recent years!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #30)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:32 PM

32. True to a point.

Frum still supports most of the Trump tax cuts, deregulation, and free trade. Although as he put it recently in a speech, he wouldn't be in favor of kidnapping the opposition's children and holding them in ransom to get these results. In that limited sense, he's praiseworthy.

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Response to BlueWI (Reply #32)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:42 AM

33. Yes, I have very limited admiration for anyone that...

has in any way been affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute and Shrub Bush. Although I share his disdain for Trump, we can bet he's quietly applauding the destruction of our government structures and regulations.


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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 08:23 PM

31. Tell us something we don't already know, Atlantic.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:49 AM

38. Not fit to serve. Nuff said.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #38)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 07:52 PM

44. Not even fit to serve someone that is.

I find it hard to name a world leader that is less qualified...less a punchline to a sick joke.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #44)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 07:59 PM

45. It's crazy, but you have to bring up someone as evil as

Idi Amin or Pol Pot to conjure up a more despicable human.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:54 AM

39. I Don't Care How Nice and Reasonable Frum Sounds

He did more than his fair share for decades to get us where we are today. Don't forget that he's still a rethug. Once IQ45 is gone, Frum will go back to his old "cut taxes, screw the poor, throw money at military" and all the other BS that the reichwing spouts ad nauseum.

He is not with us. He is with them.


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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:55 AM

40. r'd

 

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:59 AM

41. The man is a buffoon.

What a pathetic chapter in the history of this country.

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