47169. winstonsmith - 4/27/2018 9:01:50 PM
One of the things that sucks the most about Trump is that he has no compunction about actively seeking to degrade the citizenry's trust in news reporting that is based upon sound journalistic method. He does this to achieve his short term self serving goals and to hell with the consequences.
47170. Ms. No - 4/27/2018 9:41:15 PM
It's been said -- and confirmed by Trump, himself -- that he thrives in a chaotic environment. He actively promotes chaos and friction in those around him.
What isn't said after that is that this is how he runs his cons. He whips everyone into a frenzy so they don't really pay attention to how he's picking all their pockets. IN the end, when it all crumbles to shit, everybody else is left holding the bag and Trump walks away fat and happy on the spoils.
It was disgusting when he did this as a private businessman. To do it as the President of the United States is criminal.
47171. winstonsmith - 4/27/2018 9:56:35 PM
"It was disgusting when he did this as a private businessman. To do it as the President of the United States is criminal."
Yes, that about sums it up.
47172. Ms. No - 4/27/2018 10:01:44 PM
He'll leave office one way or another and regardless of the consequences to the nation, Trump will count it as a victory for himself --- and it will be. He made money on his campaign by ensuring that his own hotels and businesses were used whenever possible. He's making money hand over fist while he's in office based on his cache as leader of the free world.
Trump is treating the Office of the President as just a stepping stone to more money and notoriety for Trump.
He's like the dude who pursues the ugly chick in the bar --- ooh, yeah, baby, you're the hottest, the best, I wanna be your man forever --- then he gets her to blow him in the parking lot and leaves her with a stain on her shirt and a venereal disease wondering wtf just happened. I mean, you have to feel sorry for her, but you also have to wonder what she was expecting.
47173. winstonsmith - 4/27/2018 11:30:56 PM
It seems like Trump was really able to capitalize on/further precipitate a backlash against rapid cultural and economic change. He essentially said: " You are right to fear/dislike those uncomfortable changes and you have been fooled into thinking you are in the minority. Immigrants and globalists are stealing your jobs and destroying your most cherished beliefs and anyone who says otherwise is lying to you. The government and the media are the biggest liars and are your actual enemy"
47174. Ms. No - 4/29/2018 9:41:36 PM
Yeah - I wouldn't give a shit if he was just getting rich off his position, but the damage that he has done and continues to do to our faith in the democratic process and foundational federal institutions may never be undone. Certainly, he's shit all over the dignity of the Executive Office.
Maybe when he leaves office this administration will just be treated as some fever-dream anomaly, but I'm not holding my breath.
47175. arkymalarky - 6/6/2018 3:16:50 AM
I don't think the storm is going to hold off until November, but if you get a chance get back in here Msno, I'd love to see how the primaries look from your angle in California fixin to check dailykos again to see if they have any read on anything
47176. Ms. No - 6/6/2018 5:02:55 PM
I just hope it comes.
47177. arkymalarky - 6/6/2018 10:02:59 PM
Since the Cohen Raid I have no doubt. And this is obviously so much bigger and deeper and darker than anybody realized. Following the money in this Scandal is going to lead to no telling where no telling who and no telling what. But I Bet Mueller already knows a lot of it.
47178. Ms. No - 6/11/2018 4:08:20 PM
I just have to hope and vote.
47179. winstonsmith - 6/16/2018 1:13:22 AM
"Hope and vote"
Pretty much where I'm at.
In some ways, a damaged Trump contained by a Democrat majority until 2020 may be the best outcome possible.
47180. Ms. No - 6/27/2018 7:48:00 PM
And now it won't really matter what we vote in November since Kennedy has taken this opportunity to not just leave the door open but put out the welcome mat for Trump's next SC appointee.
Kennedy must've felt proud of himself for saying that Trump is not above the law, but he's just given Trump the means by which to put himself above the law for good.
Why couldn't Kennedy have waited for November? Clearly, the left and the center grew too used to Kennedy being the swing vote when issues of personal freedom and civil rights came up. He never did it because he valued any of us, but because of the way he interpreted the law. So now we are reminded that he has always been a conservative and we are brutally informed that he really doesn't care all that much about a government that represents all of the people and holds each branch in check.
I am perhaps even more sickened by this news than I was by Trump's election. Trump could only have served for 8 years. Supreme Court positions are for a lifetime.
How could Kennedy have done this? Does he LIKE Gorsuch? Does he think it's a good idea to ensure that no moderate voice will be heard on the court for the foreseeable future?
Ginsberg will retire soon --- why would she stay when she can't be heard?
Kagan will retire similarly.
Why have a Supreme Court at all if it's just going to be a rubber stamp for the ugliest version of Conservativism?
I hope that Kennedy revises his timeline.
Barring that, I hope his conscience never gives him another peaceful night for as long as he lives.
47181. Ms. No - 6/27/2018 8:39:26 PM
I just made my very first ever meme:
but it's in a stupid FB post so I can figure out how to link it.
47182. arkymalarky - 6/27/2018 9:29:47 PM
oooh, I'd love to see it!
I'm still boiling, but gotta disagree. Nov is more important than ever. Gorsuch was Kennedy's clerk, and Kennedy is an old white man conservative, so he wants the GOP to replace him and thinks they won't have the votes aft. elections. That's why he did it now. Like the Federalists, the GOP will pack the courts, but that won't make them survive. Planning to march Sat then after our CO vaca my fulltime job will be gotv until Nov 6. When things like this happen. the only thing to do is fight harder, even when all I wanted to do at first was plop down in the road and cry.
McConnell is the most disgusting pol of my lifetime. JS.
47183. arkymalarky - 6/27/2018 9:34:50 PM
I totally agree about Trump vs SCOTUS. That is the main thing causing evangelicals to support him and vote. But their numbers are shrinking, tho not fast enough.
47184. arkymalarky - 6/27/2018 9:35:52 PM
For the first time, I'm glad I retired.
47185. Ms. No - 6/28/2018 8:35:32 PM
Nah, you're right, Arx. I was being hyperbolic about votes not counting in Nov. Of course they do, and of course, it's more important than ever. I'm just disgusted and disheartened and mad as hell that we have yet another serious battle to retain our Democracy.
Went to an Indigo Girls concert last night and it soothed my soul. Their opening act was Lucy Wainwright Roche (of Louden and Roche sister descent). Great music, great messages, good vibe and so, so restorative to spend the evening in an auditorium full of loving, accepting, progressive folks.
It was great walking to the venue --- it was like middle-aged lesbians on parade.
And of course, there were protest songs. :-) LWR closed her set with a cover of Petty's "Won't Back Down" and it brought tears to a lot of eyes.
I'll be going to the march on Saturday for as long as I can. A friend of mine is leaving town for the summer and I promised her the day before this rally was organized. I don't know if she will be up for it or not.
47186. Ms. No - 6/28/2018 8:51:54 PM
In other news, another friend recently published a book:
Punching Nazis: And Other Good Ideas
Went to his reading a few days ago and was both entertained and inspired. His first announcement when he got up to read was that he was not responsible for the recommendation on the cover of his book and he'd be happy to cross out not only the typo but also Rosanne Barr's name and write in another comedian of your choice.
I'm weighing whether to go to his standup gig tomorrow night or my writing group. I'm thinking I may need the laugh more than I need to write.
47187. arkymalarky - 6/29/2018 2:11:54 AM
I've been talking myself up and down ever since the announcement, and my latest thing i, especially after finding out that his son was Trump's Deutsch Bank Banker that we're really not changing much but replacing him with another trump sycophant. Honestly I've never had issues with depression except for a brief time after my hysterectomy when my hormones went crazy, but I've struggled with being down ever since November 9th. The day before I became a grandmother, ironically, which was a wonderful thing and still is. But it's hard to shake that stuff off. Just doing what you're doing and keeping Positive Vibes around seems like the best way to deal with it. That and fight. I truly think McConnell didn't dare risk waiting until after November, and I'm sure somebody exprsesed that to Kennedy.
47188. Ms. No - 6/29/2018 6:14:18 AM
I do wish I were sitting on the porch with you and the gang, though. :-)