Who Is This Donald Trump?

Donald Trump is the enigma of our times.  A man that has multiple times beat all the odds, all the naysayers, and all those that claim him to be a clueless, criminal buffoon.  Somehow he prevails, often to the chagrin and total amazement of his enemies.


Donald Trump may not be a deep thinker but never think he's dumb.  I laugh at the liberals that tout how important an "excellent education" is to molding the mind for great things.  The same liberals that claim Donald Trump to be an idiot and a totally loser.  Yet Donald Trump went to those same prestigious schools and was a very good student.  In fact a much better student than many of those questioning his intelligence.  So could it be that "education" isn't cracked up to be what the liberals claim and/OR maybe Donald Trump isn't so dumb.


Trump learned at an early age that success was for the taking if your adversaries underestimated you.  If your opponents discount you as an imbecile they're liable to walk away.  Ignore you, after all you couldn't possibly compete on their level.  Could you?  Second, Trump learned to have no true personal conviction. Go with whatever was blowing the wind.  Find a side and position that you can win with.  Latch onto what your followers deem sacred and paramount.  Become their savior and confidante.


Third, Trump learned to grow a very, very thick hide.  Criticism bounces off Trump like he's Teflon.  Caught doing or saying something immoral if not illegal just simply shrug your shoulders.  Or more importantly divert the attention elsewhere.  Suddenly you're all over media for talking about "grabbing pussy."  The Trump response?  Bring together the women that claimed they were raped by Bill Clinton, point and say "now that's the real crime."


For those mature and intelligent enough to detach feelings for Trump either way you find a fascinating individual.  One that despite short term failures is always wildly successful in the end.  His brand was in the toilet in the 1990s surrounded by charges of criminal behavior.  Yet the brand eventually went on to the rule the upper end hospitality and real estate industry.  He built one of the most successful television franchises.  Even those that never watched his showed knew the tag line "your fired."


Then the man does the utmost unthinkable and impossible.  He beats some of the best names in politics that have spent their entire lives working towards one goal-to become the President of the United States.  For Trump that goal was almost an afterthought.  Kinda of how one day a person picks up a golf club because watching those golfers that activity seemed interesting.  Despite every headwind imaginable the man picked them off one by one.  In the end he clearly knew where he needed to make his mark and he went after those states with frightening resolve and speed.  No candidate in our lifetime made that kind of commitment in time, money and energy to fight such an uphill battle.


The most integral part of a Trump administration is that no one knows where it's going from day to day.  He's totally unpredictable.  His motives seem fuzzy and he vacillates all over the place.  One day he seems to want to wage the neo con fight, the next day he's calling for a total withdrawal from the Middle East. He's totally unreadable.  He loves battles.  Its blood sport for him.  When Trump wins he's in his total element.  When he loses he just moves on without any need for reflection and insight.


Trump runs on true emotion, instinct, grit, determination and adulation.  He believes anything consideration of protocol, deep analysis, coordination, and consultation as a total waste of time.  Act now and quickly bury the failures for there will always be another battle.  He's like the warrior that just won't die no matter how brutal and bloody the conflict.


Ultimately whether this is a testament of an effective President has yet to be determined.  FDR had many Trump like qualities and many of the same charges were leveled at him.  Yet FDR remains one of the greats in US history.  A man for all his faults got this country through a very rough 12 year period in one piece.


Of course now we have all kinds of talk that Trump is done.  He will be impeached or be forced to resign. Or worse arrested and sentenced for his crimes.  While I nor anyone cannot guarantee what might transpire over the next six to twelve months counting Trump down and out is a fool's errand.  This man is the true comeback kid.  He's been underestimated, put down and laughed at for most of his life yet he almost always gets the last laugh.  Not bad for a guy with strange hair, skin that seems non human like and often speaks in rambling pose.  You people on WB that call him the Orange Buffoon have not clue one of who you speak of.  Trump takes detractors like you and turns them out with an agility rarely seen. 


Again, I don't say this means Trump is an effective President.  But he's not the loser his enemies think him to be.


Dino Manalis Added Dec 26, 2018 - 12:47pm
 Trump trampled the competition and trumpeted into the White House!
FacePalm Added Dec 26, 2018 - 1:08pm
He certainly seems to have an amazing political sense, at least insofar as where the winds are blowing, and adjusts his sails accordingly.
i personally think he's done some amazing things - has more positive accomplishments in less time than any previous president in history - and his policies are WORKING, which is what pisses the intellectual snobs off the MOST.
With his keeping of his promise to minimize "foreign entanglements"  by withdrawing from Syria and drawing down Afghani troop strength, he's even winning converts on the democratic side of the aisle - at least, among those who remember when democrats were strongly anti-war; MSM would have you believe NOW that staying in those wars is what keeps Americans healthy!
i've seen where Trump picks positions - i think, quite deliberately - knowing that due to the extreme (and foolish) anti-Trump bias they'll pick the opposite side is a way to deftly maneuver democrats into not only untenable, but actually insane positions.
What he did with Schumer and Pelosi was a classic example; he's now publicly exposed them as being for open borders, increased drug trafficking, the sheltering of illegal alien criminals in sanctuary cities, and favoring illegals over Americans - which are politically insane positions to take, aren't they?
Trump's popularity among LEGAL immigrants has soared, especially over the border wall; even now, that triple-amputee war veteran is raising huge dough toward a populist movement to support the president and simultaneously shame the democratic leadership - and it's working, despite the best efforts of propagandists like Jimmy Kibble attempting to mock, smear, and deride both him and the movement.
i recently got a citation which seems apropos to this issue:
"If the people will lead, eventually the leaders will follow."
-- Florence Robinson
i am quite curious as to how soon - and in what form - the democrats will be capitulating...or if they'll triple-down on stupid.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Dec 26, 2018 - 1:14pm
You are on point. He beats the intellectuals, the pollsters, the media, and the elites. When he stated he will not take away the Second, he solidified a group that will defend him to hell. That makes a summary impeachment and arrest most unlikely. Perhaps a deal will result in his self-admitted declination to run a second time. As his presidency was made by Obama, he is here to make the way for the first woman president. Another factor that made his presidency is the long-established tenet that Americans love their president to be trustworthy.  Clinton has been twice rejected (health care, and beaten by a Blackman) by the American for her untrustworthiness. Yet, the powers, scared to death of her, sent her as the Democratic candidate. They insulted the people by having her as a candidate and they paid. Sure trump was flawed.
But his was not a trustworthy issue. He dammed the truth, defied the establishment and allowed good Christians to tell the man "fuck you and your political correctness". Additionally, Americans did not see him as a politician and they loved his Clint Eastwood (bravado) style. Still, he was lucky Comey announced the new investigation of Hillary. Overall, he has been good for our politics. Many have long neglected this precious right; now they know each vote counts.
(His understanding of the little man--the electoral college--was another testament of his street smarts.)
Another tenet, the fire in the belly, is informative of the next presidential election. Biden is being touted as a candidate. It is DOA. When the powers saw Hillary was a dud and called upon Biden to take the mantle, she gave him the look and he shit in his nappy/pampers. In no way will he win the next election. It is for a woman.
Ken Added Dec 26, 2018 - 1:16pm
If you like Trumpets and Trump, Dino, you should love this
Ken Added Dec 26, 2018 - 1:22pm
i personally think he's done some amazing things - has more positive accomplishments in less time than any previous president in history - and his policies are WORKING, which is what pisses the intellectual snobs off the MOST.
This is mostly true and I agree, although I do still have some concerns with the non-China tariffs (the China teriffs are based on national security, not economic reasons)
With his keeping of his promise to minimize "foreign entanglements"  by withdrawing from Syria and drawing down Afghani troop strengt
I have great concerns over this, and this also cost him SOD Mattis who was one of the best in his cabinet.  We had 2000 troops in Syria in a mostly support capacity.  A very small presence.  We are now ceding that area to Russia/China/Iran and worse - we are abandoning one of our staunchest allies in the region - the Kurds (the good ones, not the terrorist Kurds - there are 2 factions).  We did all of this to try and be friendly to Turkey - who has quickly become one of the biggest Islamofascist regimes in the region  under Erdogan.  It has quickly reverted to fundamental  Islamic theocracy and if they didn't have Nukes, would quickly be kicked out of NATO - I am not sure they shouldn't anyway as oppressive as they are.
Isis is not defeated if we pull an Obama and leave another power vacuum in the region to allow it to rise again by leaving too early and too precipitously.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 26, 2018 - 2:10pm
Isis is not defeated if we pull an Obama and leave another power vacuum in the region to allow it to rise again by leaving too early and too precipitously.
So what ? These guys are 10'000 miles from the US. If someone has to deal with them, it's the concerned countries, not the US or Europe. If they allow them, it might be the wish of the majority of the people there, if not, THEY will fight them.
FacePalm Added Dec 26, 2018 - 2:32pm
i daresay that Trump has access to a bit more info than either you or i, but i've heard that both Kelly and Mattis were deliberately disobeying his orders, and continuing to supply ISIS behind his back, using CIA conduits - that part of the CIA that's still defiantly anti-Trump.
The Owl Added Dec 26, 2018 - 3:27pm
Two other successful actions mark Trump's first term...
1.  He has eviscerated some of Obama's most costly and absurd regulation and is well on his way of neutering a host of others.
2.  He has succeeded in exposing "deep state" for what it is...a bunch of unelected bureaucrats who have problems with following the policies of legitimately elected officials who are their superiors.  It's time to fire or send into retirement any civil servant that tries to subvert the legal directives of the Chief Executive.
Defense Secretary Mattis?  His "retirement" in two years was not that unexpected.  Cabinet positions, particularly Defense, have a pretty regular turnover rate.  He did a fine job, and he is entitled to enjoy the years left to him.
As for Trump and his making policy on the fly...Well, it seems that in matters of trade and Korea, he has at least made progress on that which he feels in the nation's interest.  But in making changes in course for the USS Deep State, it often takes a lot longer to effect because of the first order of business for a bureaucrat is never to make any waves.
Thomas Sutrina Added Dec 26, 2018 - 3:34pm
George, I disagree with this, "Trump learned to have no true personal conviction."  His convictions maybe not what you expect or what you or I think are important but I can assure you that he does have them.  And we do see the effect of them.  The fact that he ran for president is in it self related to his convictions.  You even know his conviction, "In the end he clearly knew where he needed to make his mark and he went after those states with frightening resolve and speed.  No candidate in our lifetime made that kind of commitment in time, money and energy to fight such an uphill battle.'
Impeachment is just a powerless political statement usually by the opposition.  It is just a footnote in history.  Actions easily are far more important.  Impeachment as a political statement is just as much a statement defining, the opposition and the public outside the control of both parties determines who and how it effects the future.
So far he has showed that the GOP does not keep its promises and that they lie to the public and serve the interest of the swamp.  Why did they lose the house is clearly because the house voted over a dozen times to repeal Obama Care and when they actually had the power showed their voters that they were willing to lie to them to get their vote.  Well they didn't get their votes in 2016.
Trump has show two things on his promises.  He test the public on many promises that he doesn't care which way it goes.  These were promises to get votes.  But at least he is aware that lying to voters doesn't work.  He will not break promises that he believe the voters took as an actual promise and not campaign talk to show a difference.  The problem is that the public doesn't know if the promise was campaign talk or a promise he actually believes in.  Only those promises that are based on positions statement he made long before running are taken as a promise.   Syria, and Afghanistan withdrawal, China trade practices, and a few others fall into this area. 
ISIS is Syria was an opponent to America in Iraq so the Syrian government didn't much care if they became the base of operations.  However; when ISIS threatened the Syrian government they became a enemy which they still are.  I do not see ISIS gain gaining strength so long as Syria and the present Iraq government treating them as an enemy.  Turkey also considers them an enemy.  The Kurds were broke up by the allies after WWI into Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.  They do not want them to form a nation and Bush supported the WWI conclusion.  We shall see if Trump chooses to protect the Syria and Iraq Kurds by arming them against the wishes of the governments.   And do not oppose like Bush or Obama an independent nation for them. 
Afghanistan being at the cross road doesn't want outsiders choosing for them and it is about time to recognize that we can not choose.   Bush feeble nation building effort failed because socialism is f failure to begin with.  He just replace one master mind leadership group Taliban with another.   That one has failed to unit the nation so it is time to let them find their own way.  
George N Romey Added Dec 26, 2018 - 3:45pm
No Thomas I don't think Trump has ever had true convictions.  He is one that sees himself as a unique problem solver.  He likes challenges and thrives in the under dog environment.  He likely sees bureaucracy as unneeded bulls%%t and the people in the bureaucracy as total morons.
I don't see that as convictions.  Yes as something pragmatic and resourceful.  I don't know if any of us will ever know the true Donald Trump because even Trump might not know the true Trump, or for that matter really care.
He's by no means not the first person to come along with a determination that supersedes all.  FDR would constantly ignore those around him and try whatever idea that hit him in the middle of the night.  He often ignored his biggest confidante, his wife Eleanor.  He made moves that seemingly made no sense like putting Kennedy in charge of the SEC.  Kennedy a known criminal and racketeer.  He had no hesitation of making enemies out of long life friends.  Lest we forget that the Trumps and Clintons at one time were friends.  The two daughters became close friends.  But when it came to the 2016 Election the friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton was definitely done.  Not everyone has the ability to turn on others in this manner.  A person with little convictions can because he (or maybe she) is targeting a bigger picture.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:09pm
Lest we forget that the Trumps and Clintons at one time were friends.
People have a short memory. And these people know that the majority of them are simply stupid idiots which are only interested in their front yard. That's why they have such an easy game.
ChetDude Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:12pm
Lot's of "liberals" and "left radicals" decided to vote for Trump to short-circuit the last 74 years of Forever War and the last 40 years of bi-partisan neoliberal vulture capitalism by tossing a truly insane, unreliable, infinitely selfish Plutocrat into the office to monkey wrench the system. 
And of course in USAmerica's increasingly undemocratic Reality-TV "elections", Trump was the perfect candidate...
Ironically, it appears that those most cynical of USAmerican voters were correct. 
President Camacho has short-circuited the global capitalist consensus with his mindless "America(sic) First!" bull in the china shop "economics", devalued the myth that USAmerica really cares about "spreading democracy" or "human rights", has exposed himself and his fellows in the Plutocracy for the disgusting specimens they are, has completely blown the minds of the "leadership" of both-right-wings of the One Big Plutocrat Owned Party and is now -- HORROR OF HORRORS! -- withdrawing a trickle of the Gangsters for Capitalism occupying our Planet for the benefit of the USAmerican Empire...
Not only that but his opposition to effective responses to the damage caused by 200+ years of burning fossil-fuels has caused many in the real world to suck it up and do something substantive for a change.
I suspect that as fellow Plutocrats the Clintons and Trump are still "friends" -- they certainly have more in common with each other than any of them have with those of us in the bottom 90%.
Bottom line: It's all KABUKI - and Trump is just another actor...

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing."
The existential truth is that unless we change course significantly in the next dozen years, Game Over!
Bill Kamps Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:23pm
Once during the campaign the interviewer asked who Trump thought he resembled, and named a few politicians.  Trump's answer was PT Barnum, which seems more appropriate.
As for Trump's political sense.  I think the big picture he has a good sense for the politics, but for the more subtle things he appears very clumsy. Again, like the great showman, he knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy, but that is not the same thing as the behind the scenes political maneuvering necessary to succeed as President.
He does things impulsively without getting his political allies on board.  He thinks he is still a CEO, where he can just say what needs to be done, and it is so.  As President he needs Congress, and even the people to back his agenda, or it gets nowhere.  He doesnt have this skill, at least at the moment.
He give the impression that he is immune from criticism and attack, which of course he was as CEO of a private company.  He is not immune as President and he is about to find that out, now that the Democrats control the House.  It will be interesting to see if there are legitimate GOP challengers to him in 2020.
Even A Broken Clock Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:30pm
Chet, what are you doing, bringing Shakespeare to a knife fight!
Seriously, George brings up some very good points here. The only thing I really fault in his piece is saying that DJT has a thick hide. I think he is the epitome of the thinnest skinned snowflake of them all. His reactions and emotions flare up in real time, in response to perceived and real slights and insults. The problem is that he has the tools to cause real damage with his mindless striking out in response to the arrows tickling him.
But real convictions, a real sense of what he wants to accomplish other than gaining adulation? Not much you can shake a stick (ore a speare) at.
Ken Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:45pm
So what ? These guys are 10'000 miles from the US. If someone has to deal with them, it's the concerned countries, not the US or Europe.
As I explained, it is called supporting some of our staunchest allies.  Kurd's have had our back for decades and fought and won tough battles in northern Iraq.  The deserve more than for us to abandon them.
Bill Kamps Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:46pm
The only thing I really fault in his piece is saying that DJT has a thick hide. I think he is the epitome of the thinnest skinned snowflake of them all.
I agree.  He reacts instantly to insults, or perceived slights often in an over the top manner.  This is not a thick skinned person.
Ken Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:47pm
i've heard that both Kelly and Mattis were deliberately disobeying his orders, and continuing to supply ISIS behind his back, using CIA conduits
Have you been reading Doug's conspiracy theories lately? (joking).  I haven't heard anything along those lines at all, and to a person that I have heard Mattis was one of the best in the cabinet and a solid SOD.  I can't believe that any American )except maybe the muslim convert and communist Brennan) would support and supply ISIS
Ken Added Dec 26, 2018 - 4:51pm
Impeachment is just a powerless political statement usually by the opposition.  It is just a footnote in history.  Actions easily are far more important.  Impeachment as a political statement is just as much a statement defining, the opposition and the public outside the control of both parties determines who and how it effects the future
The fact that you see impeachment in this fashion shows just how far we have strayed from the constitution.  What kind of a banana republic do we become if every president is impeached if the opposing party gets in control of the house?  It makes a complete joke of our entire political system and constitution.
George N Romey Added Dec 26, 2018 - 5:12pm
I think the supposedly thin skin is part of the act. No matter the criticism Trump just soldiers on. The tweets are the distraction and part of the myth Trump likes to play. He really doesn’t care he just wants his enemies to think he does.
Bill H. Added Dec 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
With Trump, it has always been about ego. If you watch closely, virtually every move he makes and everything he says is centered around him. And yes, he is very thin skinned based on his reactions to criticism and challenges.
George, I think the only thing Trump is good at is deception. He learned it from his father, and it was certainly a useful tool during his days in real estate and development. Deception has been a way of life for him since he was young, but will prove to be his downfall.
He may think he is fooling Americans, but it is his base that wants to truly believe what he says. I think more and more Americans are finally figuring out that he is by far the biggest liar that has ever held the office of President.
I think that his wife and his staff have known this all along.
opher goodwin Added Dec 26, 2018 - 7:28pm
George - Trump runs on true emotion, instinct, grit, determination and adulation. 
I agree with you. The problem is that he is a narcissist with sociopathic tendencies. He loves the adulation and doesn't really care about people. He is a businessman who is out of his depth at diplomacy and strategy but listens to nobody. A very poor thing to do.
You need cover for the things you are not good at. He works on hunches and vacillates.
FacePalm Added Dec 26, 2018 - 9:47pm
The bottom line for me is that Trump loves this country and it's people.  Those who say he's only in it for himself are deliberately blinding themselves; Trump has lost nxs of 1.5 billion of his personal fortune as a direct consequence of his presidency, AND he's done something no other president has ever done: donated the entirety of his salary to charity for the entirety of his presidency...and putting in 16-18 hours per day handling the business of the office.
Lowest unemployment numbers in history for Hispanics and blacks.
Wages rising.  More jobs than there are people to fill the positions.
More Americans off of welfare rolls - millions of them, 4.2 million, last i heard -  than in any comparable time in history.
OUT of the TPP, NAFTA, and the Paris Accords, all of which were or would have been very damaging to Americans and the US economy, essentially a wealth-transfer from Americans to virtually everyone else, esp. in the 3rd world.
Ongoing negotiations to de-nuke the entire Korean peninsula.
Ongoing negotiations to lower the trade deficit with China, and to curtail their theft of American intellectual property.
Great improvements in how the VA treats our veterans.
Over 11 billion received in tariffs, with more expected.
NATO members finally ponying up their share of defense costs, no longer coming out of the pockets of US taxpayers.
EU members negotiating an end to all tariffs, both ways.
Prison reform, quite recently.
As to Syria, did anyone know that the US controlled an area of it roughly equivalent to the sq. mileage of Louisiana, and built 12 military bases there, four of them airfields?  Do we know the cost of these?  No, but i daresay the price far exceeds the 5 billion Trump is insisting upon to build the Wall.
IAW Article 4 section 4 of the Constitution, i believe that "protecting the States from Invasion" would constitute all the authority needed to build the wall WITHOUT Congressional approval.  The 5 billion requested, based on the size of the current budget, would be a tiny percentage; if the entire budget were 1 dollar, the equivalent would be 1/8'th of one cent.
Jim Stoner Added Dec 26, 2018 - 11:28pm
To answer your question:  Donald Trump is a habitual liar.  He is a person who as no regard for the truth nor understanding of it.  He is a poor manager of people and is actually a poor negotiator. He is a disgraceful human being. And as for a legal mind or legislator, forget about it.
He is the worst President of our lifetimes, and that is saying something, given that we have had one resign in disgrace and another duped into a costly war by a conniving, usurping Vice President.  
As for accomplishments:  he has accelerated our national debt, increased the disturbing concentration of wealth, and undermined our civic institutions, our discourse, and ruined the performance of several of our most important Cabinet departments.  There is some damage he has done that cannot be undone, but most of it will be reversed soon. 
Jim Stoner Added Dec 26, 2018 - 11:34pm
"We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you'll do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"you haven't done nothin'"

It's not too cool to be ridiculed
But you brought this upon yourself
The world is tired of pacifiers
We want the truth and nothing else, yeah


Jackson 5, join along with me, say
Doo doo wop - hey hey hey
Doo doo wop - oh whoa whoa
Doo doo wop - mmm now now
Doo doo wop - oh oh oh
Doo doo wop - dum dum dum
Doo doo wop

We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
That's becoming real life
But when misled who knows a person's mind
Can turn as cold as ice, mmm-hmm


"You Haven't Done Nothing" -- Stevie Wonder
Flying Junior Added Dec 27, 2018 - 4:14am
I don't give a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut who the hell is the demon Trump.  I want him defeated, permanently out of office and back with his misogynistic pal, Howard Stern, ogling and leering at whores whilst making disgusting comments for the radio.  This is the natural order of things.
Jeff Jackson Added Dec 27, 2018 - 6:24am
Very nice work George. Too bad there are lots of folks that resent his success, not the least of which are the Republican country-clubbers, along with the socialist Democrats. Some of the responses to your article are entertaining. Entertaining, but not reflective of reality.
George N Romey Added Dec 27, 2018 - 8:24am
Most of you claim that Donald Trump is the worst.......  have never read a book other than the propaganda written in your primary school textbooks.  Clearly that is one of Trump's advantages.  He plays on the stupidity of people and their ill informed ideas.
In fact Trump's behavior isn't all that much different from many other Presidents.  The differences are is that he wears it on his sleeve.  Other Presidents also controlled the press by fear.  What do you think Life magazine's article about JFK the family man was?  Nothing more than a pack of lies to deceive the public about the "pureness" of their President?  FDR put the fear of god into the press.  
In reality Trump could never get away with what FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, Nixon, RR, Bush and Obama got away with.  The press would be on him like a cheap suit.  If Trump pardoned a bunch of criminal bankers and allowed the Treasury to print up and then hand over trillions of dollars to said bankers to make them whole, and pay their billions in management bonuses what do you think the press would do?  Or send drones to kill innocent women and children in the Middle East?
FacePalm Added Dec 27, 2018 - 8:44am
Based on multiple "laws" passed in the past, Trump can declare a "national emergency" and rule as a dictator until he deems the emergency has passed.
"Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency.... Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens. ...
A majority of the people of the United States have lived all of their lives under emergency rule. For 40 years, freedoms and governmental procedures guaranteed by the Constitution have, in varying degrees, been abridged by laws brought into force by states of national emergency....from, at least, the Civil War in important ways shaped the present phenomenon of a permanent state of national emergency."
-- Senate Report, 93rd Congress
Source: from the Senate Report 93-549, 93rd Congress, November 19, 1973
i don't expect him to do any of the above, not without just cause(like open rebellion/subversion in, say, the CIA or the NSA or other agencies), and, given the above, admire the restraint he's exercised in the face of the strenuous, even hysterical opposition he's encountered so far - but those powers are certainly in his arsenal to use at his discretion.
Stephen Hunter Added Dec 27, 2018 - 10:04am
You gotta 'call em as you seem um' George and you have done a great job of that in this article. 
So true that being formally educated is not the be all and end all. It is one way to learn, however playing the game of life, of which bullying and intimidation is a factor, is another way, that the so called educated, do not understand. 
And in addition, Trump came along at a time that had no political stars, so there was no real opposition to his ascension. 
Steel Breeze Added Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08am
so far,to my surprise, i'd give him a C+......based on results and not on emotion or political ideology.....and thats a better grade than i've seen since JFK...all presidents,being human,are flawed.....but its kinda refreshing to have one who wears his flaws openly instead of covering them feelgood politico speech.....as to the future,we shall see....
Thomas Sutrina Added Dec 27, 2018 - 11:28am
Ken, impeachment is Karaoke theater when there is no chance the Senate will convict and remove the person.  So what effect has impeachment made in the presidency of Clinton or the public's opinion of him?
Bill H, I disagree with your belief, " I think the only thing Trump is good at is deception."  Compared to Obama, Reed, McConnell, Ryan, that all lied to the voters Trump is not very deceptive. Obama campaigned in 2008 that you can keep your doctor and I will not sign a bill that doesn't save money.   McConnell would lead the fight to repeal Obama Care.  Ryan will place this bill to repeal Obama Care on a GOP president's desk.  These lies were major part of Obama and McConnell campaigns.  Trump does not own the failure of repealing Obama Care. The wall is still in play.   And in comparison Trump at the mid term is doing better then Obama since Obama Care passed in his first half term.  So Bill H., so far this is not true, "I think more and more Americans are finally figuring out that he is by far the biggest liar that has ever held the office of President."
George R. well said Dec 27, 2018 - 8:24am
Dave Volek Added Dec 27, 2018 - 11:58am
I have to disagree with this article. When one is born with a lot of money, one has a lot more options in life---and one can use that money to force one's way into other interesting situations. It's hard to see Mr. Trump as someone who started a pizza shop in Manhattan and turning it into a national chain. All the "building" of the Trump Empire was done by the grandfather and father. 
The foray into politics was mostly to feed some ego: come into third place in the GOP primaries and say "I tried to save the country." But his style resonated with more than a few votes, and the other side did not proffer an acceptable candidate. 
Sorry, there's no intellect or vision. 
Steel Breeze Added Dec 27, 2018 - 12:01pm
spoken like a true Canadian..........living under the eagles wing...
George N Romey Added Dec 27, 2018 - 12:58pm
Dave, Trump built the Trump name not hotels.  As a builder like his father he was a disaster.  But what he built from the ashes of failed casinos in Atlantic City was the Trump name.  His business makes money buy selling the Trump name on high end hospitality.  Whether someone thinks the Trump brand of quality is in the eyes of the beholder.  From my understanding Trump has some say in the design but does not actually own (most) of the properties.
Trump is the 1950s and 1960s Mad Man.  When marketing was "creative" hype versus the technology and spreadsheet business its become today.  
One side came up with a winnable candidate, Bernie Sanders.  But both sides do not want to follow populism rule.  The 1% has never done better and the 1% funds political campaigns, for both parties.  Trump for whatever motivation you deem appropriate smashed the facade that politicians actually were interested in the needs and wants of their votes.  Again, whether Trump is self serving, or more plainly just another liar doing anything for votes will be judged by history.  
If someone has the emotional maturity of not seeing Trump as a demon or a saint what he's done in a 21st century world is nothing short of remarkable.  At no time in this country's memorable history has such as candidate for President come out of left field and won.  A ignorant man could not accomplish that feat.  And again that's Trump's secret weapon.  The seemingly bumbling buffoon that never gets anything right.
FacePalm Added Dec 27, 2018 - 1:04pm
The ignorant neither bumble nor buffoon their way into billions.
i should have such ignorance, for even if i had a rich daddy, i wouldn't have the skillset or knowledge to turn millions into billions.
FacePalm Added Dec 27, 2018 - 3:51pm
Well, Mogg, not that i'm expecting it - but should even several hundred thou fall into my lap, the first thing i'd do with it after tithing would be to go learn from those who DO have the skillset, and have proven it several times, to inquire after their ideas/methodologies.
i would also implement the strategies laid out in "Think and Grow Rich," except for the "burning desire" part; i'm doing my best to avoid, not embrace hell...and i would do whatever part Christ asked me to in order to advance the cause of His Kingdom...not by force, but by persuasion.
A salesman had just lost a big client; called into his bosses' office to explain, he went over the details, then said, "Well, i guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
"That's where you made your mistake, son!," the boss exclaimed, "It ain't your JOB to make him drink.  It's YOUR job to make him THIRSTY."
This lesson applies to many fields and many situations, even with women, too.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 27, 2018 - 4:41pm
Thank you. Say hello to Calgary from me. There should be more Canucks on this site.
George N Romey Added Dec 27, 2018 - 7:07pm
Trump plays to emotions. It’s the heart of marketing. By its definition it lack some sense of intelligence. 
If you look at most marketing it rarely gives a logical to why a product or service is desirable. Trump fed people the line that he was the fixer.
Dave Volek Added Dec 27, 2018 - 7:17pm
Thomas Sutrina, a frequent WB contributor, often says that inter-generational wealth takes about three or four generations to squander away. I happen to agree. Seldom do we hear of stories of inheritors of founders becoming destitute. 
By inheriting his father's and grandfather's wealth, Mr. Trump is not like the working poor stiff who wins the big lottery, then blows it all within a year. You can't compare the two. 
Dave Volek Added Dec 27, 2018 - 7:18pm
It would be interesting to see how many people sleep in a Trump hotel after he is no longer president.
FacePalm Added Dec 27, 2018 - 11:25pm
i expect that - especially if a democrat globalist tool gets elected in 2024 - quite a few, especially those that got jobs and set some dough aside.  They'll go in remembrance of the better days they once had.
Now that i think about it, especially after having seen several hours of footage from the various rallies at which he speaks - i'd say you're right about Trumps salesmanship via appealing to emotions.  However, he also tallies his "promises made - promises kept," and the latter is getting more fulfilled every day that passes.  This would be one reason why the democrat establishment so fears funding the wall; if he gets THAT done, they know he'll be a juggernaut no one can stop in 2020, though personally, having had a look at the D candidates, that's not gonna be a problem anyhow...especially if the pressure on NoKo continues to the point where they finally negotiate in good faith and PROVE it.  If the Korean peninsula is de-nuked, the Nobel will be his, and he will have EARNED it, unlike his predecessor, who was about any and everything BUT "peace."  D'OhBama was 'bout dem Benjamins and spying on any and everyone he wanted.   Misfeasance and malfeasance in office, that's our "D'oh!"
Jim Stoner Added Dec 28, 2018 - 8:19am
I was not answering your question, I was giving my answer to George's original question:  Who is Donald Trump?   As for his career prior to entering politics, I would say it is a mixed bag  he started with a huge headstart, he had more than his share of failures, mixed in with some great success.  The success was mostly about marketing his brand, but it is a brand that was already contaminated with plenty of fraud and exploitation before this turn toward electoral politics. 
Trump has indeed done something remarkable in 2016--winning a Presidential election when his original intention does not appear at all to have been to do that (as George suggests above).  The nature of his victory was also accidental:  he was not chosen by the American people, a clear plurality of whom preferred someone else.   
George seems obsessed with the formal education of the elite.  I don't care about it--his education was an adequate one (Lincoln had much, much less formal education).  It's his inability to learn and truly to educate himself that is the relevant issue. It's the reason so many in his Administration have had to finally throw up their hands and give up on him. 
The only question for most of us, given the circumstances, is what to be done about this colossal egotist.   My suggestion is, and remains, to negotiate his withdrawal from the 2020 election, on terms that will allow him to exit the White House without admitting disgrace. 
My grade for him, through two years, is a D- (D is for Donald, for Drumpf, for Dumbass, and for D---head, which is my chosen name for him.)  It is not an F because he has not gotten us into a stupid war (to save his re-election chances, perhaps) or tried to declare martial law or something based on some imaginary threat.  Not yet. 
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 8:43am
Jim I not the want obsessed with the formal education of the elites.  I think education is very overrated and used improperly in the workplace.  Its the corporate, financial, political and social elite that think having an Ivy League education and 4.0 student is the be all and end all of being successful in life and given high leadership roles.
My contentions is that these same elites call Trump a buffoon yet he went to the same schools and was a very good student.  Unlike many children of the rich he wasn't constantly into drugs living off the money daddy gave him. 
I'm not a Trump supporter.  I don't think he has the deep analytical and thinking skills for the job.  He's very ignorant of how government was set up to run.  However, he is savvy and sly.  What he knows is that both parties have failed this country and he uses that to further himself.  Until a candidate comes along that addresses our failed neoliberal policy Trump will prevail.  Ultimately his dirt is no worse than many around him.  Its been two years and there's still no "there, there."  And probably will never be anything other than innuendos and accusations.
Really Joe Biden for the Democratic choice.  Give me a break.
Jim Stoner Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:14am
FP,  I don't know where you got this "16-18 hour a day" bit, unless you count the hours he spends watching Fox and Friends, cursing the TV during Don Lemon's show, playing golf, and staring at himself in the mirror.   From those who have worked with him and told on him, he doesn't read his briefings, doesn't listen to his advisers unless they agree and suck up to him, and doesn't properly prepare for his meetings. 
Dave Volek Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:24am
I read your article and its comments again. There are a lot of good thoughts in there. Just a couple of points.
My experience in party politics is that sooner than later, one has to make compromises to integrity and principle to get or keep the elected job. So it's no wonder that any president of the USA, as you have so alluded, is/was in a compromised position. The better politicians are able to assess the risks of each compromise made. Some compromises should not be made; some can be managed if discovered; some are not likely to be discovered. A skillful politician knows the difference. Mr. Trump, I don't think, has such skills. And his base does not care. 
On another note, this brought me back to a certain political person who aspired to be an elected representative. She really didn't have the skills or talents for this job. But she worked the system as best she could for many years and when she made her charge, she had a reasonably good chance of winning (but she didn't). She used to be a chemist, but for some strange reason went into road construction, not knowing a damn thing about this business. But she had a little money behind her and she learned from her mistakes (at least enough not to go broke). She then changed careers, going from road construction to owner of many apartment buildings, all the while working on her political career. I worked with her enough to realize that she was not very competent. She could not stay focused in a meeting and was often off track. She had poor vision of how the world really worked. Her sense of administration was poor; always losing important papers. From what I could see in her political world, she could not have been very good in business either----unless she hired some competent people and left them alone. And maybe that was her skill. But perhaps more importantly, she was very PERSISTENT. That is the one quality successful people seem to have in common. They are very driven for some reason.
When I hear the story of Mr. Trump charging his way to build the Taj Mahal in an industry that was already not very profitable, that is a sign of a very persistent person. He refused to see the signs that said stop. And even though he lost, his persistence kept him going in other venues, like selling the Trump name. 
But I doubt it very much that going broke with the Taj to build his brand name was ever part of his business plan. 
Jim Stoner Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:28am
George:  I think it's time for me to admit it--I am a graduate of one of those elite colleges you rail against.  I come from a strictly middle-class background  (neither upper- nor lower- ) but was a very earnest learner, student, and reader and earned my way into the college of my choice (and yes, worked all through high school).   Higher education is what you make of it; some I knew coasted through--I challenged myself both to learn and to balance that with some of the best social experiences, in the presence of some wonderful, accomplished and creative individuals. 
I won't deny that the credentials I have gained helped me obtain entry into a good professional career (it was not my network of elite acquaintances), but it was much more important what I did when I was given the opportunity.  I don't claim to have made world-changing accomplishments in my career, though I will say that I observed what happened to some famous, controversial people in my younger days (JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon) and wanted no part of it.  (It only takes one psycho nutjob with a gun.) Instead, I have focused on performing the roles for which I have been paid appropriately, raising a family properly, and being a good citizen and one who is generous with those in need.  
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:52am
I also have an MBA albeit from a state school.  Sure I'm proud of it but I've met many smarter and more able people than me that had an undergrad or even high school diploma.  The problem is that students of these institutions are told they are the brightest and the best.  Some are.  Some I've met are total morons with the morality of a common street thug.  Wall Street being the perfect example.  Some got where they got solely on being rich, think George W Bush.  
Unlike you and some others I don't see Trump is this total idiot. He's pulled off some amazing things in his life.  Even a dummy might get lucky from time to time but not multiple times.  Sure his father gave him a few millions but his father was no more than some guy with a bunch of tenant apartments in the outer boroughs of New York.  His father didn't hand him scores of upscale buildings that were paying big bucks to have the Trump name plastered across the front in big letters.  As I said Trump has learned to play the village idiot as a means of diversion and he does it masterfully.  None of us will ever know the real Trump.  I'm not sure even Trump knows the real Trump given he's spent the past 50 years running a carnival side show.
Being a successful President that really tries to his best for the people that put him in office takes a blend of very rare skills.  Trump has some but lacks other critical skills.  FDR was the probably the master of politics although it was a very different time and place.  I doubt an FDR could exist today.  The closest we've come over the past 50 years was Clinton and to a lesser extent RR.  While RR was nothing the conservatives claim him to be (small government, restrained spending) the man had outstanding communication skills (particularly for a B actor).  But again 30-35 years ago was a different time and place.
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:57am
No Dave I'm sure that wasn't his business plan. And by all means Trump got into the casino business clueless to what was required. A trait of Trump as I said to charge ahead without critical thinking and advise of council.
However, he took a very bad situation and turned it into his advantage.  No doubt he may have did some very unethical things to come out so well.  However, history has shown strong Presidents and for that matter very successful people often make a deal with the devil to prosper.  It's reality.  Too many people still think the world can be run by angels.  Life doesn't work that way.  Even Bernie Sanders it turned out had a few skeletons in his closet despite railing against the sins of the rich.
wsucram15 Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:53am
drinking the kool-aid George?  Trump got away with things not due to any strategy but due to power.  Not his power by the by.   Also by taking advantage of those of lesser means and by far extending himself at great risk.  He has lost more money than most people can imagine.
All business is risk, he was not really good at it. However he is an outstanding marketing person. Which is what he has done in the Presidency as well.  This is where Trump makes his money.
As far as money..keep in mind he still gets campaign contributions, even from Americans for Prosperity.  (look it up if you dont know who that is)
As far as his education, he has a good education, although in his league of people, not so much. Even his son-in-law attended Harvard for a minute. In fact, the poop on Kushner is that he married below his station in choosing Ivanka. Trump was happy- Kushner's family not so much, up to and including the toast at the wedding. Just something I read.
Ill be shocked if they move to impeach Trump, its a bad political move even now. They do however want him out of office badly to prosecute him, so lets see how it goes.  Who knows?
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 11:04am
Hi Jeanne. By no means am I drinking the Trump coolaid. As I said he is a rehash from the 1950s and 60s Mad Men.  He's not a deep thinker and doesn't take the advise of counsel well, not to mention a sure showman.  However, he has a moxie and determination seen by few. People underestimate his sheer tenacity thinking he is the Court Jester to be laughed at.  Trump often get the last laugh and the election of 2016 was the pinnacle of that.
I have to wonder about the Kushner thing.  Kushner's father landed in jail something Trump has found a way to avoid.  In reality it sounds like two families made for each other.
This is a 1980s rich and famous television show played out before the American people.  Trump is nothing new but people age 35 in particular seem to think he is.  If they spend time reading about previous Presidents they'd know Trump is a 21st century, Internet crazed version of what has come down the pike before.  
Katharine Otto Added Dec 28, 2018 - 12:32pm
Trump's genius lies in making himself the center of attention, and the whole world falls for it.
Meanwhile, we have two other branches of government that are not doing their jobs, especially the legislative branch, because they are so pre-occupied with personality and party politics.  Wouldn't it be nice if the world stopped obsessing with Trump long enough to consider where the country as a whole is heading?  What about the national debt and deficit, which Trump is increasing?  What about all these wars?  Maybe we're leaving Syria and drawing down troops in Afghanistan, but we're still selling warplanes and giving military assistance to Saudi Arabia for their war on Yemen, and Trump is busy hawking weapons to all our future enemies.
It would be nice to shift focus from the president to the country, even if it hurts his feelings.
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 12:43pm
Well Katharine you took the worlds out of my mouth.  The real problems aren't really about Trump, despite the narrative from the media they are.  Those problems were festering prior to Trump and Trump won by poking the political machine.  So the war machine keeps growing, the printing press runs overtime, the bifurcation of society continues while generational poverty has come to the point of being unsolvable and personal responsibility means less and less.  Trump is nothing more than the latest carnival barker, although the loudest at that.
The only difference is that instead of Trump we would get cheer leader type speeches not particularly interested in any of it.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 1:19pm
I will say that I observed what happened to some famous, controversial people in my younger days (JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon) and wanted no part of it.  (It only takes one psycho nutjob with a gun.) Instead, I have focused on performing the roles for which I have been paid appropriately, raising a family properly, and being a good citizen and one who is generous with those in need.  
I wish I could have been like that. I was always a rebel, never made a higher school degree and have no diplomas. But I managed to raise two families and another one I support far from where I live, and the love I get from the kids is the compensation for that. My possessions fit into three suitcases, I'm 60 and have no money in the bank.
But when I see people on the so-called top like Donnie or others: They wasted their life for a golf course or a luxury place wherever.
But are they loved by someone when you give such an example ? Your kids will see your ruthlessness as normal and do the same.....but are they happy ? I think not. The happiest people I know are in poor families in Africa. They don't have much, but they have - each other. Without conditions.
A social network where you can talk about EVERYTHING is worth more than a million dollars.
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 1:26pm
SEF I've been somewhat comfortable (but by no means rich) and I've been homeless.  Let me tell you something I'd take option 1 in a heartbeat.  There is no stress like financial stress.  No surprise its a leading cause of suicide and substance abuse.  There is nothing more harrowing than seeing someone living in the streets and realize that's where you will soon be.  Don't ever think money can't buy peace of mind.  
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 1:27pm
Trump has been prez for 2 years now. Why still lamenting about him ? ALL our media in Europe have found a new enemy: Trump. Before it was Putin. 
I don't like his behavior. But he only wants business, not war. He has shown that. So what the fuck is wrong ? Do you prefer a newborn Christ on top ? Or an ignorant like Pence ?
Trump did NOT START A NEW WAR YET.  And people here appreciate that....not the MSM, but I read it in the comments to MSM newspapers which are diametral to the articles....
Think about it LOL
George N Romey Added Dec 28, 2018 - 1:34pm
SEF I find Trump to be a fascinating character.  We've not seen anything like him in decades, if ever.  Moreover, few really understand him which I think is to his liking.  He is the ultimate man behind the curtain.  He is a walking book of contradictions. 
No President has probably had the scrutiny he has.  I doubt he'd ever get the ability to start a war (although continuing all these low level wars seems doable.)  Really the man can't get a nooky from a porn star without being busted.  Hell JFK was bringing in prostitutes by the dozen into the WH, having gang bangs by the WH pool (with Secret Service men forced to watch) and the country was clueless.  No wonder Nixon had the damn thing filled in with cement.  I would to thinking of all the dried semen on the walls of that pool.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00pm
If he's not a loser, then he is effective. Great post.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10pm
I get it, you don’t like our President
I see you understand nada. I clearly said I'm in favor of his schedule of leaving countries where the US has nothing to do and strengthen the US economy - create jobs.
Thing is he tweets one thing in the morning and another in the eve. A prez has to be consistent in his agenda. The rest of the world has to be able to CALCULATE his moves and react accordingly.
BTW: I'm Stone, not Stoner, English teacher. But then...not my fault that your age is beginning to show, right ?
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 2:15pm
I would hope he can fuck that whole establishment, but there's about two possibilities:
1. He actually is a puppet of said and nothing changes
2. He gets a bullet.
We'll see.
John Minehan Added Dec 28, 2018 - 4:49pm
Interesting and balanced, good job.
Couple of thoughts: The Battle of Waterloo was "won n the playing fields of Eaton" per the Duke of Wellington. 
The career of Donald Trump was probably forged while betting over golf at high-priced country clubs.
Trump is the arch-typical "Gamesman."
Doug Plumb Added Dec 29, 2018 - 5:34am
  I do not see, in practical terms, how the USA could have a threat of invasion from foreign enemies. Its "enemies" are the ones that stand in opposition to foreign invasions and occupations by the Federal Reserve.
John Minehan Added Dec 29, 2018 - 6:19am
"He is the ultimate man behind the curtain."
. . . or he is an ideal front man for those behind the curtain . . . .
Dave Volek Added Dec 29, 2018 - 10:48am
I am now recalling a documentary about Trump, and you may know more of the details than I. And maybe the documentary is wrong. 
When Taj Mahal and a few other Trump businesses were failing, some say Trump did not really understand the magnitude of what was happening. He could not grasp the process of his future liquidation sale. His knowledge of finance and accounting were very poor, so he could not follow the flow of many meetings of those days.
However, the financiers wanted to recover their losses. What they saw was another financier (poorly trained) who had attained a recognizable name and was a consummate self promoter. They used those assets to recover their losses. Trump retained his wealthy status and enhanced his image.
So it was they who invented the TRUMP brand (or should I say enhanced it to the state of extreme profitability), not Trump. 
Jim Stoner Added Dec 30, 2018 - 12:26am
I am generally reluctant to give Trump any credit at all, as I hate all he says, does and stands for so much.  I will go this far:  he is a brilliant huckster and self-promoter.  And in spite of how fat and lazy, apparently a pretty good golfer.  He probably does care for his children, too, although I think he has messed with Ivanka's mind somewhat.  As I said before, he hasn't gotten us in a new stupid war yet, or permanently destroyed our republic yet. That's about it.   
Jim Stoner Added Dec 30, 2018 - 12:34am
As for the Presidency, it is an incredibly difficult job. So much so that one person cannot do it properly; he/she needs a whole lot of wise, experienced individuals to help. 
Regardless of what some may think of President Obama (and I will be clear: I thought he was an exceptionally good President, and is as good a person as we will ever have in that role), he knew enough to bring in talented people from various walks of life (and from both parties). 
No, he did not accomplish all he wanted, but that does not make him a liar.  Which this one, even if he completes all his disgusting and false promises, has proven he is, over and over. 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Dec 30, 2018 - 6:21am
Donald Trump is one who demonstrates that on a road trip where a potty is not available, there is no problem. He stops the car and goes make a stand at a tree and relieve his Johnson. Those who are frightened by such reminder of manliness are the potty sitting girlie boys newscasters who are placed on TV as models for American boys in the current effort to orchestrate the pussification of American men.
Cullen Writes Added Jan 1, 2019 - 2:02am
Also interesting that Trump won by completely disregarding the 2 coasts of elites. He didn't even care, didn't pretend to care, just went for the middle country and won. And now they're calling for abandoning the electoral college, ha, good luck there. You'd need a constitutional amendment for which 2/3's of states would have to vote in favor. 
George N Romey Added Jan 1, 2019 - 12:26pm
Well you have to give Trump his due.  He understood those middle states were what he needed to get.  He went after them with a vengeance holding rally after rally.  He exploited the fears and gave them words of hope (albeit maybe empty words.)  HRC on the other hand treated these areas as a bunch of uneducated yahoos that deserved to lose their jobs since they didn't apply themselves and go "to a good school."  Moreover, she considered Trump such an unworthy competitor even at that no one would vote for the man in significant numbers.  Wrong.
Another perfect example of how grit and determination can win against intellect any day.  
This is the problem liberals will never admit.  Most of them look down on those they see as less educated, skilled and monetarily compensated.  And it doesn't matter who or what they are.  A gay person with limited education (high school degree or less) is seen as just as undesirable as a white heterosexual male with limited education and money earning potential.  At the end of the day most divisions have always been and always will be about money.  As the character of George Jefferson said to the character of Archie Bunker if I have enough green that white man's favorite color becomes black.
FacePalm Added Jan 1, 2019 - 2:10pm
Hillary didn't campaign in certain midwestern states because she considered them "in the bag," insofar as she presumed her operatives would steal the election for her.
Did you ever wonder why the Green candidate, Stein, challenged ONLY the vote-counts in the 5 states that The Liar lost?  And that she shut things down quick when it turned out that there were MORE votes for Trump?
What i have heard is that the Liar DID manage to steal 5 states before "white hats" in Homeland prevented any further depredations on the part of her minions.
This eventuality accounts in part for her post-election-results meltdown and rage-a-holic behavior...followed by her endless "excuse" book tour which never acknowledged a truth she was unwilling to accept for herself...the intel community said "hell, no" to a presidency of The Liar.
ChetDude Added Jan 1, 2019 - 2:42pm
Cullen: The Constitutional path toward eliminating the undemocratic influence of the EC is just a few states away (no Amendment needed):
"This is the problem liberals will never admit.  Most of them look down on those they see as less educated, skilled and monetarily compensated. "
This is a major problem in polarized forums such as this one. 
"Liberal" and "conservative" are thrown around as generalized labels for one half of the population or the other and then without definitions or analysis of actual attributes or opinions required, then hard-wired characteristics and biases are assumed to be true of ALL members of that self-identified group or strawman - depending on who's writing about whom.
Since Trump got more votes from slightly more highly educated, "skilled" and more affluent voters than Hillary did (but generally just as heavily brainwashed by partisan propaganda), how is the statement above really true?
Which "liberals" are we talking about?  Moderate-Republican-lite like Obama, Hillary, Schumer. and Pelosi?  Democratic Socialists like AOC or Sanders?  Pro-capitalist humanitarians like Elizabeth Warren?  Barry Goldwater or Richard Nixon who were both well to the "left" of Obama/Hillary on many important issues?  The 40,000 folks who I marched with in the streets of San Francisco many times in 2002/2003 to stop a dirty war before it could start?
As for "conservative", that poor word has been perverted to include everything from the new-KKK and neo-Nazis, to banksters and corporate CEOs, to fossil-fueled planet destroyers and all the way through to neoliberal pro-capitalist sociopaths and narcissists like Trump and McConnell...and even a few who call themselves libertarians (like Ryan the embezzler) -- republicans who never want to EVER pay taxes but want to be able to smoke dope and screw whoever (or whatever) they want.
Now it is true that the dominant paradigm, the deadly, perverted socioeconomic system that drives the global capitalist world and USAmerica above almost all other countries promotes the chase after the 'almighty dollar'. Money is used as a counter, a gauge on personal "success" and "worth". While that chase destroys our only Home Planet.
That's why we're seeing a new Gilded Age that makes the 1890s look tame with massive inequality, all "wealth" stolen from the Commons going into the pockets of the few, global wars to steal those resources and finally the existential danger of fossil-fueled AGW/Climate Change.  The mindless "elections" of creatures like Trump, Orban, Duterte, Poroshenko and Super-Trump Bolsonaro are the most obvious symptoms of that underlying pathology.
The good news is that if we could engage in a discussion that eliminates the partisan bullsh*t designed to divide and conquer to the benefit of the few against the many and get to talking about basic human needs and how to satisfy them for everyone, we can overcome that dying paradigm and replace it with one that can satisfy those needs without destroying our home.
People need clean water, decent nourishing food, housing, clothing/warmth/cooling and then Health Care would be nice, work to do that is considered meaningful and personally satisfying and relative safety for oneself and one's extended family and Community.  And some fun.
That boil on the a** of society Trump will be gone soon but curing the systemic disease that popped him out is not even being addressed so it's likely to persist.
I'd rather limit and expand the discussion to the best ways to provide the above than engage in silly debates over 'democrat v republican' or 'liberal v conservative' or 'Trump v Clinton' or silliest of all 'Christian v Islam'.
PS: the (mythical) capitalist "free market" has had over 200 years to fulfill those needs and obviously can't do anything but make things significantly worse.  So let's talk about stuff that has a chance to work, 'K?
PPS: Happy 2019 you'all...
George N Romey Added Jan 1, 2019 - 6:35pm
Chet I speak to the whinny, privileged, rich, social justice warriors.  The narrative that women are poor because they are purposely paid so less.  Transgendered bathrooms.  Often they set up what they see as a predator/victim paradigm and one by their classification is one or the other.  White heterosexual male.   Your a predator.  Black African American woman.  Your a victim of that predator.
The real world doesn't work that way and most people understand this.  The growing income divide doesn't impact only certain groups.
On other hand are the conservatives that think the free market cures all.  By any common sense a system of medicine based upon profit will not be successful in keeping people well (although it will make a relative few outrageously rich).  Or the sense that one just needs to work harder and social mobility is there for the taking.
As long as people camp out to the MSNBC or Fox News views nothing gets done.  Their beliefs are not factual.  
ChetDude Added Jan 2, 2019 - 5:47pm
What you describe in your first paragraph are the faux-issues that either effect the thinking of a very tiny minority of (mythical?) "social justice warriors" and that's pretended by the right-wing and some corporate media bloviators as the thinking and motivation of all 'democrats'.
Women should be paid the same for the same work as men.  But they aren't.  People of Color should have equal opportunities in employment, education, etc.  But they don't.  LGBTQ folk should have the same rights as everyone else.  But they don't.  There are historical and political and sociological and "religious" reasons why divide and conquer strategies have resulted in those realities.
You are absolutely correct that those who camp out on MSNBC or Fox are likely to know less about everything (and nearly ALL of that entirely wrong) than folks who watch no cable media at all.
Alas, so far it's been pretty much crickets at my article (Non-Partisan, Sustainable Future!) where after my little rant, I basically requested pro-active, positive potential plans to advance toward a socioeconomic system that can fulfill basic human needs. 
Pretty sad.
FacePalm Added Jan 3, 2019 - 5:58am
for which 2/3's of states would have to vote in favor.   
Article 5 requires 2/3'rds of both Houses of Congress to propose, and 3/4's of states to ratify, any Constitutional Amendment.  Also, in a Convention of States, 2/3'rds in favor gets the proposed Amendment(s) sent out to all States in hope of getting that same 3/4's vote, and if they get it, the Amendment(s) are made part of the Supreme Law of the Land, and Congress has no power to alter the Will of the People as expressed through their State reps..  This would likely be the only way to impose term limits on Congresscretins who have ZERO plans to limit their job security, for example.
George N Romey Added Jan 3, 2019 - 8:27am
Chet I responded on your article. Here's the brutal truth as I see it.  The ruling class will never allow wide spread systemic change as for them times have never been better.  The New Deal came about being as conditions in the US were wretched in the 1930s.  Many of the rich suddenly became the new poor.  Today that period isn't well understood others than a bunch of Fox News dimwits that think FDR was this big socialist (which for anyone that actually would read a book he wasn't by any stretch of the imagination.)
The change that began in the late 1970s should have been no surprise.  By then a new generation was taking over that had no memory of the 1930s.  Similar to the way in which 20 somethings today can't imagine a pre Internet, pre smart phone world.  The New Deal began to be dismantled in the 1970s and put in its place a globalism neoliberal paradigm.  If you were alive back in the early 1980s like I was you remember the masses being told that this new paradigm would take Americans to a financial footing never seen or comprehended in the history of man.
Didn't work out that way did it?  Now the only way back is through another economic meltdown that can't be papered over and that will turn millionaires into paupers.  No, it sounds truly horrible but the barn door has long been shut on what you (and others on WB) propose.  The ship has sailed on the ability to install political, economic and social change to recreate a 21st century version of the 1950s and 1960s, which would be far more inclusive.
Jim Stoner Added Jan 3, 2019 - 1:42pm
I support the legislative approach ChetDude advocates.  I would not call it Constitutional--it is consistent with all provisions of the Constitution, but would certainly be challenged if it meant the Presidency.   And it would not guarantee against "faithless electors" (see Election of 2016). 
I see it as a stopgap measure to prevent further harm from the randomizing EC, one which would show the resolve of the American voters (!) to determine the electoral outcome, rather than some bizarre and archaic concoction of 200 years ago that didn't work properly from the day it was invented (see Election of 1800).  A constitutional amendment would need to pass to end this monstrosity definitively; that should be undertaken subsequently. 
As George has correctly argued, the status quo (EC) is perceived by both parties as being in their interest.  So, any of you who are discontented with both parties as they currently operate should support change to this fundamental problem with our electoral system (along with others to make voting more effective--in producing results which align with the intentions of the public--in general). 
George N Romey Added Jan 3, 2019 - 1:58pm
Again, how do you get government to act?  As the bailouts of 2008 cleared showed when the big campaign contributors want something from government both parties will bend over backwards to give it to them.  They will be very dishonest with the American people to get it done.  No one ever explained that Quantitative Easing was the US government printing trillions of dollars to buy off toxic bank assets, bad insurance policies written and to save the investor class.  Why do you think they called it something few would understand?
The ordinary person?  There's always a reason it can't be done.  Too expensive.  Too hard.  Too interdependent.  Doesn't keep within the confines of the Constitution.
Only systemic changes comes from revolution but revolution doesn't always bring the change about.  Trump is no more another person that has promised a rose garden.
And you think what?  Your elect a Democrat and the world is going to change?

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