Friedman Op-Ed: Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

❝ Our democracy is in serious danger.

President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy…

❝ In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system — a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any U.S. president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all…

❝ Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut Mueller down? And if you are really the president — not still head of the Trump Organization, who moonlights as president, which is how you so often behave — why don’t you actually lead — lead not only a proper cyberdefense of our elections, but also an offense against Putin.

RTFA, Tom Friedman fills his role as gadfly, once again – in an important way. Once in a while, the sum of the bits and pieces I disagree with in a Friedman piece lead me to set it aside afterwards. Not often. But, he speaks well and often to the point of American democracy – the disappointment of crap politicians abusing such needs.

Trump doesn’t come up to the standard of “crap politician”.

The Kids Are All Right!

❝ …when a fire alarm went off inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and teachers began screaming “Code red!” as confused students ran in and out of classrooms, Delaney Tarr, 17, knew what to do. Run to the safest place in the classroom — in this case, a closet packed with 19 students and their teacher.

❝ “I’ve been told these protocols for years,” she said. “My sister is in middle school — she’s 12 — and in elementary school, she had to do code red drills.”

This is life for the children of the mass shooting generation. They were born into a world reshaped by the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, and grew up practicing active shooter drills and huddling through lockdowns. They talked about threats and safety steps with their parents and teachers. With friends, they wondered darkly whether it could happen at their own school, and who might do it.

❝ Now, this generation is almost grown up. And when a gunman killed 17 people this week at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., the first response of many of their classmates was not to grieve in silence, but to speak out. Their urgent voices — in television interviews, on social media, even from inside a locked school office as they hid from the gunman — are now rising in the national debate over gun violence in the aftermath of yet another school shooting.

Most of our politicians – both sides of the mythical aisle – are taking their guidance from pimps for the gun industry. Not the people who specialize in sporting firearms; but, the greedy bastards who’ve grown fat over decades of taxpayer money poured into the military-industrial complex. They found a whole new market in fear-bound gun buyers. People so afraid of someone taking away their assault rifles they buy another half-dozen every time the NRA says “BOO!”

Let’s see if the kids can do it! Can they shake up the lame-ass political creeps who feel their shorts expand into safe re-election mode when that annual check rolls in the door from the NRA?

Enjoy Fake President’s Day

❝ We have entered an age of unreason; an American dark age. A major political party has fallen into decay, seized full on by extremists and overrun by racism, tribalism, greed, xenophobia and demographic panic. It is no longer a question of whether their president can ever be our president, and speak to the nation with moral authority. He can’t. His legitimacy is too much in doubt and his character too absent. The only question is whether the majority can hang onto its collective outrage long enough to drive the neo-Nazis, anti-modernists, haters and fear-mongers who have organized under the Trump banner back into the shadows.

RTFA. Read further. Americans of good will and well-educated in economics and politics recognize the criminal liaison between Trump, the Republican Party, and fascist-minded racists.

Trump takes Inauguration Cash Surplus – gives less than $5M to Charity – $26M to Melania’s Buddy


Melania’s buddy Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

President Trump’s inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to an event planning firm started by an adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, while donating $5 million — less than expected — to charity, according to tax filings released on Thursday.

The nonprofit group that oversaw Mr. Trump’s inauguration and surrounding events in January 2017, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, had been under pressure from liberal government watchdog groups to reveal how it spent the record $107 million it had raised largely from wealthy donors and corporations…

…the mandatory tax return it filed with the Internal Revenue Service revealed heavy spending on administrative and logistical expenses associated with planning and executing several days’ worth of events for donors and supporters around Mr. Trump’s inaugural ceremonies…

The company that received the biggest payment — $26 million — was WIS Media Partners of Marina del Rey, Calif. Records show that the firm was created in December 2016, about six weeks before the inauguration, and its founder, according to a person familiar with the firm, was Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a longtime friend of Mrs. Trump…

Trump chumps who continue to be impressed by their fake president truly astound me with their gullibility. If they continue to applaud phony expense, gleefully watch taxpayer dollars hurled around like so much confetti – well, I can give them a lead to shares in a magical bridge in Brooklyn. Real cheap.

Trump tries to hide his “victory” providing guns for folks mentally ill!


gocomics.org

❝ Following a school shooting, the White House reportedly refused requests to release a photo of President Trump signing a bill overturning an Obama-era regulation restricting certain people from buying guns.

CBS News reported Thursday that it asked the White House to release a photo of Trump signing H. J. Res. 40, legislation that the Republican Congress passed just over a month after he took office.

White House…responded…“We don’t plan to release the picture at this time.”…

❝ The original regulation would have barred an estimated 75,000 Americans who receive disability benefits from buying a gun and required the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system.

The Republican alternative to bald-faced lies is attributing the existence of news to life in a time warp. Inter-dimensional honesty is required to produce records of events already proven to exist. A new wave of Republican dishonesty provided by Trump’s “leadership”.