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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:14 AM

Eastern flight 401 and the true damage of the Trump Administration

In 1972, a nearly brand new Eastern Airlines L-1011 crashed in the everglades killing 101 of the 176 people on board. Analysis of the flight data showed that the aircraft, upon approach to Miami, failed to show that the nose gear was "down and locked". The crew aborted the landing, set up an orbit over the everglades, put the plane on autopilot and started to troubleshoot the problem. Unfortunately, the autopilot was set with a 200 fpm descent and it literally flew into the ground. The flight data recorder revealed that all three crew members were working on the problem, troubleshooting, suggesting possible solutions, arguing, etc. No one was flying the plane. As a result of this accident flight crews today are taught that regardless of the situation, one person needs to be solely focused on flying the plane. Flying the plane is job one, especially in emergencies.

The true damage being caused by Trump to our country is that no one is flying the plane. Everyone is fixated on the drama queen and the drama queen relishes the attention. All the threats that exist to our long-term well being are now ignored. No one is worrying about cyberwar, about biowar, about fiscal policy or basic science. Our fiscal policy is essentially pouring all our gas on the economic fire to see how high it will grow. Not only is Trump incapable of the hard work associated with the diligence of protecting us against pernicious threats, his cabinet picks are basically idiots. Trump's governance is essentially vandalism. It is a mix of his personal shortcomings mixed with the far right wet dream of "burning it all down" because the government is bad.

Even if we are able to elect an "adult" president, the damage might be too great to repair, but it is our only hope.

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Reply Eastern flight 401 and the true damage of the Trump Administration (Original post)
playaseeker Apr 2019 OP
malaise Apr 2019 #1
northoftheborder Apr 2019 #2
Arkansas Granny Apr 2019 #3
unblock Apr 2019 #4
Merlot Apr 2019 #5
AwakeAtLast Apr 2019 #7
ffr Apr 2019 #6
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2019 #8

Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:16 AM

1. But no one is trouble shooting either

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:22 AM

2. Excellent analogy!

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:22 AM

3. Great analogy.

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:25 AM

4. it's generous to suggest he's merely being neglectful.

some of the ways he's hollowing out government agencies, gutting regulations, stacking courts, etc., is actively pernicious.


it's reasonable to assume he's a unwitting agent of putin, willing to do things for personal gain, rather than a truly knowing, conniving, agent actively seeking to destroy america.

however, it's hard to imagine what he would do differently. he really couldn't get away with being much more destructive than he already is.

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:06 AM

5. The republicans are flying the plane

Trump's governance is essentially vandalism. It is a mix of his personal shortcomings mixed with the far right wet dream of "burning it all down" because the government is bad.


trumpft is giving them cover to do everything they've ever wanted.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:09 AM

7. And their lobbyists. n/t

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:03 AM

6. Correction: GOP wet dream, government that works 'for everyone' is bad.

To them, government that works for their greed and lust for power, is good.

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Response to playaseeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:36 AM

8. Trump does not lead. . . . nt

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