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Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:45 AM

Enough is Enough By THE LAT EDITORIAL BOARD -These are not normal times.

Enough is Enough
By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD

AUG. 20, 2017

These are not normal times.

The man in the White House is reckless and unmanageable, a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions.

Last week some of his worst qualities were on display: his moral vacuity and his disregard for the truth, as well as his stubborn resistance to sensible advice. As ever, he lashed out at imaginary enemies and scapegoated others for his own failings. Most important, his reluctance to offer a simple and decisive condemnation of racism and Nazism astounded and appalled observers around the world.


With such a glaring failure of moral leadership at the top, it is desperately important that others stand up and speak out to defend American principles and values. This is no time for neutrality, equivocation or silence. Leaders across America — and especially those in the president’s own party — must summon their reserves of political courage to challenge President Trump publicly, loudly and unambiguously.

Enough is enough.

Some people clearly understand this. On Monday, after Trump suggested that “alt-left” counter-protesters were as much to blame as Nazis and white supremacists for the fiasco in Charlottesville, a courageous CEO — Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck & Co. — resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council in protest. His departure, which the ever-gracious president greeted with derision, led to an exodus of other commission members.


This is no time for neutrality, equivocation or silence.

Also last week, five members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a tacit rebuke to the president by condemning racism and hatred in Charlottesville. Denouncing Nazis and Klansmen is not exactly controversial or cutting-edge in 2017, but for the generals to take on the commander in chief is, to say the least, highly unusual.

Many Republicans and conservatives have broken ranks as well in recent months, dismayed by the daily chaos, belligerence and mismanagement. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have been outspoken critics. Max Boot, David Frum and other conservative public intellectuals have written articulately about the failures of the Trump presidency; the venerable conservative magazine National Review has as well. On Friday, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Trump’s response to Charlottesville had “caused racists to rejoice,” and that if he didn’t apologize it could lead to “an unraveling of our national fabric.” These votes of no-confidence from fellow conservatives and Republicans are powerful indictments.

But where are the rest?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) are the two most-powerful men in Congress. Both have fired off the occasional potshot but for the most part have stood firmly behind this wildly flawed president, despite the taunts and insults Trump hurled at them from his Twitter redoubt.

What holds them back? Craven, self-serving political calculations designed to protect their careers, and dwindling hope that the president, despite everything, will help them move their long-delayed legislative agenda.

Their silence is shameful.

How about the more rational members of Trump’s Cabinet? They should be fleeing the administration, refusing to stand mutely against the wall at his press conferences while he steps on their messages and undermines their best efforts.


Men and women of conscience can no longer withhold judgment."

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More:
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-trump-enough/

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Reply Enough is Enough By THE LAT EDITORIAL BOARD -These are not normal times. (Original post)
kpete Aug 2017 OP
dalton99a Aug 2017 #1
gordianot Aug 2017 #2
CentralMass Aug 2017 #3
greatauntoftriplets Aug 2017 #4
bitterross Aug 2017 #11
greatauntoftriplets Aug 2017 #12
Hekate Aug 2017 #18
greatauntoftriplets Aug 2017 #20
american_ideals Aug 2017 #5
Golden Raisin Aug 2017 #9
madaboutharry Aug 2017 #6
volstork Aug 2017 #8
SergeStorms Aug 2017 #25
L. Coyote Aug 2017 #7
Beartracks Aug 2017 #24
maddiemom Aug 2017 #32
Honeycombe8 Aug 2017 #10
PatrickforO Aug 2017 #13
H2O Man Aug 2017 #14
smirkymonkey Aug 2017 #15
onetexan Aug 2017 #16
Fluke a Snooker Aug 2017 #17
Hekate Aug 2017 #19
Ligyron Aug 2017 #21
diva77 Aug 2017 #22
lordsummerisle Aug 2017 #23
Rob H. Aug 2017 #26
oasis Aug 2017 #27
bronxiteforever Aug 2017 #28
nolabels Aug 2017 #29
spanone Aug 2017 #30
lindysalsagal Aug 2017 #31

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:46 AM

1. Great editorial

Their entire series is excellent

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:47 AM

2. As it was before he took office.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:50 AM

3. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:54 AM

4. Nice that the Times' editorial board has caught up.

I was saying that about Trump a year ago.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:59 AM

11. The LA Times DID endorse Clinton. They've been right all along.

Here is their headline for the endorsement:

Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-hillary-endorsement-20160923-snap-story.html

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Response to bitterross (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:33 AM

12. Good for them!

I hadn't known that. The Chicago Tribune, which owns the Times, endorsed Gary Johnson of all people.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:18 PM

18. Months ago LAT ran a series of harsh editorials on Trump's Lies & made a book of it

LA Times is still one of the country's great newspapers, I'm relieved to say.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:36 PM

20. That's great.

I'm happy to hear that the Tribune isn't micro-managing its editorial policy. Now that Tribune Media is likely selling WGN to Sinclair, I don't trust that company.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:10 AM

5. Men and women of conscience can no longer withhold judgment

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Response to american_ideals (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:38 AM

9. That lets out Republican Congresspeople and Republican "leaders".

No goddamn consciences while the country goes down in flames.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:29 AM

6. Those who remain silent are cowards.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:36 AM

8. And complicit

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 03:06 AM

25. Those that remain silent.....

are only concerned about being re-elected. Trump is still popular with the typical Republican voter (for some reason unknown to anyone) and they're worried about the mid-terms in 2018.

That's a typical Republican for you.
It's always party over;
principal
country
constitution
good taste
honesty
integrity........you name it, Republicans stick with their party over anything. Now THAT'S sad!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:36 AM

7. "This is no time for neutrality, equivocation or silence." It is time to 25 45 or impeach.




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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 01:21 AM

24. Shouldn't that be "86 45"?



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #24)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 09:36 AM

32. More apropo to the picture.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:39 AM

10. Good article. "Shameful." I like that word. It's not used enough. "Shameful" fits this President.nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:43 AM

13. Kicked and recommended.

This is a very good editorial.

We have not been silent, nor have we withheld judgement, so for us it is a merely a reminder to keep up the resistance. For the silent, it is a call to action.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:44 AM

14. Outstanding!

Recommended.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:44 AM

15. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 11:52 AM

16. excellent editorial

the moral decay of the complicit GOP party is astounding. What happened to the party of Lincoln?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:12 PM

17. This is why progressives should support Antifa

 

Antifa is the cure for providing real-world consequences to hate speech.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 12:26 PM

19. Excellent stand

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 04:24 PM

21. What keeps the others from condeming Trump's behavior?

Fear.

They are afraid of the 25% (or less) of the Republican base who think Trump is all that and a bag of chips.

Steve Schmidt really let him have it tho'. One has to admire principled people even if the are Republican.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 05:29 PM

22. They forgot to include PENCE !!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 20, 2017, 10:54 PM

23. k&r

I can't believe this thread hasn't had more recs than this...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 03:41 AM

26. I hate to be that guy, but

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The whole thing is well-worth a read. Rec'd.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 05:29 AM

27. K and R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 08:25 AM

28. K & R McConnell & Ryan demonstrated a lack of basic American values

Again.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 08:46 AM

29. Enough was enough from back in the Nixon Days

Many newspapers have been the lapdogs for money and republicans for decades. So when the digital web came along it was no wonder so many jumped ship. L.A Times is just pandering now. One of the last dinosaurs headed to oblivion

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 08:54 AM

30. K&R...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Aug 21, 2017, 09:23 AM

31. "Craven, self-serving political calculations designed to protect their careers, and dwindling hope "

"Craven, self-serving political calculations designed to protect their careers, and dwindling hope that the president, despite everything, will help them move their long-delayed legislative agenda. "

Craven. That's the word.

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