Category: America Descending

Trump’s Best Tweet Ever

Here is President Donald Trump — the pseudo-alpha male, the media-obsessed mean girl, the historical ignoramus, and the shameless pitchman — perfectly encapsulated in his own words, and in his own preferred setting, namely social media: I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often...

Weekend Reflections: Shutdown, Breakdown, Meltdown

It’s a wall! It’s a barrier! It’s — Super-Optics! Meanwhile, a small fraction of the United States Federal Government is officially “shut down” — which would be fantabulous, if it actually meant that the billions of tax dollars confiscated from the American people and their great-great-grandchildren to pay the salaries of huge numbers of non-essential and essentially ineffective government workers were being saved...

Trump in Prime Time! What to Expect (Updated after the event!)

Donald Trump will address the United States population (i.e., the minority who watch network television and care at all about politics) in prime time Tuesday night in America. This is Trump in his natural habitat: in front of a camera, properly coiffed and made-up, looking like a strong executive, and using the trappings of power to exert popular influence on the weak-minded. Will...

Understanding the North Korean Dynamic

North Korea has just issued a “surprisingly blunt” warning to the world that they will not denuclearize until the U.S. has fully removed its “nuclear threat.” Here’s the key concept from the North’s statement: “The United States must now recognize the accurate meaning of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and especially, must study geography,” the statement said. “When we talk about the...

Weak in Review (not a typo)

Within the past week, Donald Trump has promised to shut down the government if he does not get funding for his meaningless Wall, and then conceded that of course he is not going to shut down the government, and will support a temporary solution that provides no funding for a wall. He has proudly vowed to proceed with phase two of his massive...

The Two Sides of “NeverTrump”

Two of the standard smears Donald Trump’s apologists apply to denigrate Trump’s conservative critics are the term “NeverTrump” used as a pejorative (as in, “Why should I listen to you NeverTrumpers?”), and the related accusation that those who oppose Trump are driven by “hate.” The first of these, the “NeverTrump” label, is typically used with the intention of associating Trump’s critics with the...

Language and Public Decorum

From Right Scoop, I learn that something called “Mika Brzezinski,” ranting progressively about whatever on MSNBC, has offended one or another of her ideological kin by allegedly committing an act of something called “homophobia,” one of the progressive left’s ever-expanding lexicon of labels for nonexistent evils, or more specifically in this case, thought crimes. It was while speaking diatribifically about, I suppose, the...

Psychology of the Bootlicker

Leaving Donald Trump aside, since in the end none of this is ultimately about him, I would like to return for a moment to Trump’s tweet lambasting his own former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a...

Trump vs. Obama: A Study in Narcissistic Contrasts

In response to my post about President Trump’s “Tariff Man” boast about China, a great friend notes that Trump’s public statements (primarily tweets) almost invariably emphasize the first person singular, a mannerism he shares with his predecessor, and one very much in keeping with both men’s entrenched narcissism. I would only qualify that reasonable comparison with the observation that if there is one...

Chinese Puppy Owner Tugs Leash, Little “Tariff Man” Yips

Just yesterday, an idiot of world-historical proportions boasted about his “strong and personal relationship” with a bloodless tyrant, and how they were in the midst of working out a mutually advantageous trade deal. Today, however, the idiot is out there tweeting warnings about how he might have to impose new tariffs if the tyrant doesn’t play fair. Donald Trump, labelling himself “a Tariff...