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Harry Truman

The following is reported to be from a radio broadcast by Harry Truman on October 13, 1948 from St. Paul, MN. Seems like republicans haven’t changed much in the intervening 70 years. Compliments of SmokeSpotter on the WaPo comments.

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke.
They stand four-square for the American home—but not for housing.
They are strong for labor—but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.
They favor minimum wage—the smaller the minimum wage the better.
They endorse educational opportunity for all—but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.
They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine—for people who can afford them …
They think American standard of living is a fine thing—so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.
And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

Maryanne

Originally posted on August 23, 2020

Maryanne Trump Barry is Donald’s older sister – the now-retired judge. Publicly she’s been quiet about her younger brother. Her niece, Mary (the one who wrote the recently-published book about him) secretly recorded some of Maryanne’s private thoughts as part of the Trump family feud over the size of Mary’s inheritance.

If anyone is in a position to make comments about Donald’s character it would be Maryanne, aside perhaps from Donald’s several wives, who so far aren’t speaking. Probably a non-disclosure somewhere.

Several comments of hers stand out, and were published by the Washington Post. The first referred to Donald’s orders to put children at the border into cages. “All he wants to do is appeal to his base. He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this.”

And then there’s this: “His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she said. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.”

And finally, something we already knew: “What has he read?” Mary Trump asked her aunt. “No. He doesn’t read,” Barry responded.

Dangerously Unfit

Originally posted on August 20, 2020

Earlier today 70 Republican former security officials released a statement:We are profoundly concerned about our nation’s security and standing in the world under the leadership of Donald Trump. The President has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.

They went on to list 10 areas where he has failed:

  • Donald Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader.
  • Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to lead during a national crisis.
  • Donald Trump has solicited foreign influence and undermined confidence in our presidential elections.
  • Donald Trump has aligned himself with dictators and failed to stand up for American values.
  • Donald Trump has disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats.
  • Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law.
  • Donald Trump has dishonored the office of the presidency.
  • Donald Trump has divided our nation and preached a dark and pessimistic view of America.
  • Donald Trump has attacked and vilified immigrants to our country.
  • Donald Trump has imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team.

Pretty strong stuff, especially coming from former REPUBLICAN administrations. Roughly the same group put out a warning in 2016 that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history.” It seems that they were right way back then. Let’s hope more Americans pay attention to their warnings in 2020.

A Collection

Originally posted on July 7, 2020

  • “An idiot, unhinged.” – John Kelly
  • “An idiot and a dope.” – H. R. McMaster
  • “An idiot surrounded by clowns.” – Gary Cohn
  • “A racist, misogynist and bigot.” – Omarosa Newman
  • “He’s like an 11 year-old child.” – Steve Bannon
  • “Has the understanding of a 5th or 6th grader.” – Jim Mattis
  • “An empty vessel when it comes to the constitution and the rule of law.” – Scott Pruitt
  • “An idiot.” – Reince Priebus
  • “He’s a f…..g Moron”. – Rex Tillerson
  • “A complete idiot.” – Steven Mnuchin
  • “A f…..g liar.” – John Dowd
  • “Do I like Donald Trump? No.” – Mick Mulvaney
  • “The dumbest godd@mn student I ever had.” – William Kelley (Wharton professor)
  • “This man is a pathological liar.” – Ted Cruz
  • “Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence” – Reverend Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
  • “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” – Lindsey Graham
  • “He’s one of us.” – David Duke

Phone Calls

Originally posted on July 5, 2020

CNN had an interesting article written by Carl Bernstein. Of course, coming from CNN (dubbed the Communist Network News by Trump fans) it will no doubt dismissed as fake news. For the rest of us it offers yet one more window into Trump’s dysfunction – to the point where it “posed a danger to the national security of the United States.”

Bernstein claims to have interviewed a number of top Trump deputies, both “retired” and current. Some of them he identifies, others he doesn’t, for obvious reasons. We can only hope that some of those wishing to remain anonymous get the courage to come out publicly at some point before the election.

The focus of the article is the hundreds of phone calls Trump has had with foreign leaders, and how unprepared and self-centered he continues to be even after 3 years. Of course the transcriptions and even the summaries of these calls generally remain top secret. Again, we can only hope that at some point they’ll be made public. I’d love to see first-hand evidence of just how bad they are.

Bernstein’s first paragraph: “In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations”.

Right Next Door

Originally posted on June 24, 2020

Right Next Door is the screen name of a commenter at the Washington Post web site. He/she posted a nice summary of Trump, pretty far down in the comments. Here it is.

Donald J. Trump:
The “billionaire” who hides his tax returns.
The “genius” who hides his college grades.
The “businessman” who bankrupted 3 casinos and lost over $1B in 10 years.
The “playboy” who pays for sex.
The “Christian” who doesn’t go to church.
The “philanthropist” who defrauds charity.
The “patriot” who dodged the draft.
The “innocent man” who refuses to testify.
The “president*” who takes no responsibility.
The “tough, strong” man who wears make-up and hair spray.
The ‘deal maker” who has yet to close a deal.

Trump Talk Translated:
“Many People have told me” = Voices inside my head
“A lot of people don’t know” = I just learned
“Believe me” = I just lied
“In Fact” = I’m about to lie
“He’s a great guy” = I will deny ever knowing this person after they begin to tell the truth about me
“MAGA” = Making my pockets fatter off the American tax payers
“Nobody knew” = Everyone knew except me
“Huge” = moderate to below average in size
“Loser” = someone who makes me feel inferior due to their talent or accomplishments
“Policy Briefing” = Watching Fox News
“Liar” = Someone who tells the truth about me
“Fake News” = Real news
”That’s a nasty question!” = I can’t think of a new lie fast enough to respond

Mature Leadership

Originally posted on June 5, 2020

In Jim Mattis’s letter there was a reference to a lack of mature leadership. Well, it only took Trump a couple of hours to prove the point. He took to Twitter, as is his habit, to slam Mattis.

Trump makes three statements of fact in this tweet and all three of them are untrue. Mattis clearly resigned, Obama didn’t fire him and he had the “mad dog” moniker well before serving Trump. AP’s fact check has some details.

Never to admit an error, Trump doubled down, twice.

In Union There Is Strength

Originally posted on June 4, 2020

James Mattis was Trump’s secretary of defense until he retired shortly after Trump made the sudden unilateral decision to order our troops to leave Syria. In the 17 months since then he has been rather restrained in any criticism of Trump. No longer. Here is his complete statement.

I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.

Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

I Cannot Remain Silent

Originally posted on June 3, 2020

This was the title of a recent article in the Atlantic magazine by the retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. The entire article is worth reading, but to me the most important paragraph follows.

I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.

When a lifelong military officer isn’t certain Trump will be issuing “sound” orders, and puts currently-serving officers on notice that they should be examining any orders Trump gives, this really drives home just how bad Trump is.

Update – the fallout from Monday’s events continues. More senior military leaders are speaking out about Trump’s use of soldiers on America’s streets.