HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Charles Pierce...

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:34 PM

Charles Pierce... [View all]

Found on FB.


"In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing "Amazing Grace" in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless.

And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.

The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. Watch him again, behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now."

Charles Pierce / Esquire

30 replies, 7101 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 30 replies Author Time Post
Reply Charles Pierce... [View all]
babylonsister Jan 2019 OP
malaise Jan 2019 #1
flotsam Jan 2019 #8
malaise Jan 2019 #10
flotsam Jan 2019 #14
Dave in VA Jan 2019 #19
riversedge Jan 2019 #2
onit2day Jan 2019 #23
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2019 #24
spanone Jan 2019 #3
Scarsdale Jan 2019 #4
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2019 #5
leftieNanner Jan 2019 #7
leftieNanner Jan 2019 #6
lunatica Jan 2019 #9
leftieNanner Jan 2019 #15
keithbvadu2 Jan 2019 #11
calimary Jan 2019 #21
Honeycombe8 Jan 2019 #12
Lonestarblue Jan 2019 #13
leftieNanner Jan 2019 #16
mcar Jan 2019 #17
bronxiteforever Jan 2019 #18
ALBliberal Jan 2019 #20
Cheviteau Jan 2019 #29
ffr Jan 2019 #22
Javaman Jan 2019 #25
Zoonart Jan 2019 #26
Ginger Snapped Jan 2019 #27
Hekate Jan 2019 #28
UTUSN Jan 2019 #30