The World has lost confidence in American Leadership Since Trump was made president

❝ Ever since President Donald Trump was voted into office, global confidence in U.S. leadership has plummeted. That’s according to this year’s Global Peace Index.

❝ The 2019 Global Peace Index…showed that while global approval of leadership in Germany, China and Russia has been steadily on the rise since 2016, approval of U.S. leadership has seen a dramatic decline.

In 2016, confidence in U.S. leadership was at 45 percent, but fell below 35 percent by 2017. Since then, Steve Killelea (founder of the institute…which produces the Global Peace Index) said, approval has started to plateau, seeing a subtle uptick. However, confidence levels in U.S. leadership still sit below approval of leadership in both China and Germany.

RTFA for a bit more detail, chronology. There’s also a link to the report itself.

Time for Trump’s mental checkup


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❝ Two years after organizing a conference at Yale about how mental health professionals could warn the public ethically and effectively, our predictions have borne out to be true: Donald Trump in the office of the presidency has proven more dangerous than people suspected, has grown more dangerous by the day, and, without proper treatment, is becoming increasingly uncontainable.

People feel overwhelmed and helpless, and I wish now to say that there are things we can do. To know when to embark on a journey, we need meteorologists to tell us when a storm is coming and when it is safe to travel. To ensure that the captain is sharp and able, we need mental health professionals to examine signs that are in need of a check-up. What feels daunting to the general public is routine for the experts.

❝ So why would we not call upon mental health professionals now, especially when many of us are saying that avoiding an evaluation is itself a sign of mental impairment?

And it is only one of many signs.

I’ll second that emotion!

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”.

Our government shutdowns are the GOP’s ‘Car 54 Where Are You?’

❝ You’re almost certainly too young to remember (or more likely have never heard of) a madcap television sitcom from the very early 1960s called Car 54 Where Are You? This wasn’t high-brow humor. Think Abbott and Costello in a police car and you’ll get the picture.

The most memorable part of the show by far was its opening theme song which talked about all of the things happening at the same time that were causing chaos for the New York City police: a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn broken out in fights, a traffic jam in Harlem, a scout troop missing a child and USSR leader Khrushchev about to to arrive at the airport…

❝ For the House and Senate GOP majorities and the Trump White House, the federal government shutdown situation that will occur this week with the fourth continuing resolution of fiscal 2018 set to expire at midnight on Thursday is the equivalent of that Car 54 theme song.

After four CRs, it should be safe to assume that Congress and President Trump has narrowed what needs to be decided to just a very few items. Instead, think about this sitcom-like chaos of everything that’s happening at the same time.

Click the link and view not only the bad news, but, the even worse handling of everything by this clown show that used to be a sort-of substantial portion of government decorum and accomplishment. As bad as the politics often were.