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This is another example of his dysfunctional leadership style

Trump's leadership style comes from running a private operation where he could rule in anyway he liked.

No one has ever told him 'no' to his face (I'm sure people found ways to thwart him indirectly).

He has never developed the skill set to do this job. As Hillary (and many others) said he is completely unsuitable for the job in temperament, backgiround, and life experience.

He thinks he's a god king and everyone is working for him and can't understand that the loyalty is to the nation and the Constitution.

Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 11:37 AM (0 replies)

I hope he does fire Sessions

I think it is inevitable that Trump fire Mueller. Firing Sessions is the step before that.

I don't know if the Republicans are capable of waking up and realizing that Trump is their disaster.

If they continue to follow him they are signing their own death warrants. If they pull up and start using the power of their branch of government they have some hope of survival.

I want Trump fully paralyzed and unable to get his judicial appointments done.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 27, 2017, 03:17 PM (0 replies)

This is why some are not calling for Trump's impeachment

If Trump goes then we have Pence. If
Pence goes then Ryan. If Ryan goes then Hatch.

Having someone as President that thinks like this is truly horrifying to contemplate.

Using this reasoning if are not able to afford water, food, Healthcare...then you are free to die. The blessings of liberty I suppose. Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose (Me and Bobby McGee).

There are so many in the Republican Party that think this way... Is it a virus? A worm from outer space that has infected their brains?

They call themselves Christian, but in their hearts they would be at home with the worshippers of Baal.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 27, 2017, 01:57 PM (2 replies)

Wish it was that simple

An edifice the size of the U.S. government doesn't just collapse and pieces of it reform into separate independent provinces.

There's a lot of people with a lot of guns, but aside from a few militias there's no organization out there to fill the vacuum.

We'll stay together but I'm afraid that it will be as a totalitarian autocracy with the families like the Trumps, the Kochs, the Gates, the Buffets, the Waltons becoming our aristocracy.

The Constitution will continue to be given lip service, but not really obeyed in any real sense.

I see a more extreme version of today emerging. It can all be traced back to a collapse of civic virtue in the rich and the death of shame.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Jul 26, 2017, 05:57 PM (0 replies)

They are trapped by the reconciliation process

This didn't look doable at the outset due to what the Senate Republicans cannot do via the reconciliation process limitations (if they deal with anything in the bill that is not revenue/tax impacting such as getting rid of pre-existing condition protections then the bill becomes vulnerable to the filibuster.)

So, that leaves only one thing. Going with the nuclear option and eliminating the filibuster for anything.

Is McConnell that desperate?

I'm thinking no, but Trump is going to make life really uncomfortable for his own McConnell and his own party.

Trump just wants a bill to sign. He doesn't seem to care what this does to his putative party and what impact this could have on the 2018 mid-terms. He may be thinking he'll have the game so rigged by that time that it won't matter what happens in 2018 and beyond.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Jul 26, 2017, 03:41 PM (0 replies)

John Bolton continues to confirm that he is an idiot

Wow. You gotta hand it to him. He is nothing if not consistent.

Bolton is the one that in the immediate post-Clinton days when Bush had come up with the "Axis of Evil" decided that rather than continue to maintain the Clinton sanctions/reward method where the North Koreans were actually allowing the AEC to install and monitor cameras inside the North Korean nuclear facilities that we would cut off all contact with them and impose even harsher sanctions.

So, the North Koreans turned off all the cameras and now 17 years later North Korea is a bonafide nuclear power that is now testing ICBMs. Most experts don't think it will be that long before they have the capability to hit mainland US.

While you can't definitively lay the blame at Bolton's feet (there was Cheney, Bush, and others that actively supported Bolton--indeed this is why he was made US Amabassador to the UN) this general approach was hands down the least effective of all the methods that had been tried in attempting to find some rapprochement with the North Koreans. While they were extremely difficult to negotiate with they did respond to a basic carrot/stick approach. Whether that, long term, would have kept them from developing nuclear weapons is unknowable. They always cheated on every agreement. This was why the Bush administration decided to punish them by shunning them. Kind of a national time out. They used that time out to work ever harder at developing a nuclear capability.

Once Kim Jong Un took over, not having the temperance that comes with age, he set the weapons/missile efforts into overdrive.

It can be safely concluded that at the minimum John Bolton helped the make a bad situation even worse.

This latest suggestion is simply insane. How exactly would China go about "elminating" North Korea? The methods available to China are available to us (invasion or a nuclear decapitation strike). I can only suppose that he is suggesting a nuclear decapitation strike which the US, South Korea, Japan, Russia might well take exception to...and would be far more complicated and problematic than he seems to think.

It is comforting to know that John Bolton continues to be the idiot that he has always been. Of course, we have someone in the Presidency that makes Bolton look measured, calm, and judicious so the comfort is small at best.

Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Jul 26, 2017, 03:32 PM (2 replies)

What a turd

Still on the campaign after all this time.

The man is utterly mad.

To make these kinds of comments to a crowd of boys and parents and turn it into some sort of fascist youth rally.

Every day he shows us that he has zero sense of propriety, of good and evil...

How he disgusts me.
Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Jul 25, 2017, 07:08 AM (0 replies)

Trump now unable to deliver for Putin

It will be interesting to see what the Russians and Putin do from this point forward.

Someone earlier posted that Trump had not delivered for the Russians. I argued that he has done a lot so far, but eliminating or substantially relaxing the sanctions is what Putin wants most.

There's a lot of nasty stuff the Russians have available to leak on Trump.

Wonder if we could see the emergence of a smoking gun. There's no reason now to not let things out that could utterly destroy Trump.

The US will remain effectively paralyzed whether they make Mueller dig it out or they make it easy by leaking it to mainstream journalists.
Posted by Moral Compass | Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:16 PM (4 replies)


Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:20 PM (0 replies)

How'ya figure?

Trump so far has destabilized the NATO alliance, handed Syria over to Putin, has telegraphed that he's going to give back their seized Maryland compounds, has hamstrung any serious investigation of Russian election tampering, has leaked in public extraordinarily sensitive human asset information to the Russians, and just had two extensive off the record conversations with Putin during the G20 summit. Oh, and we just announced that we are ending a program of providing American arms to the Syrian rebel faction we found to sufficiently non-radical. The Russians found this program irritating as these rebels were shooting at soldiers of Russia's client Assad.

Granted, he hasn't dropped the sanctions but he was unable to persuade Congress. He"ll keep trying.

I think he is paying off better than Putin can even believe.

This is, at best, a partial list. Trump has paid off better than a broken slot machine spewing jackpots.

He's clearly scared of Putin and the hits will just keep on coming.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Jul 20, 2017, 05:57 PM (2 replies)
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