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DavidLindSat Oct-14-17 08:19 AM
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"Politics makes for strange bedfellows. Sinister Figures-George Will. "
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Edited on Sat Oct-14-17 09:51 AM by DavidLind


With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump's adolescent bidding with last Sunday's preplanned virtue pageant of scripted indignation - his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game. No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory. Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing.

A man who interviewed for the position Pence captured, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is making amends for saying supportive things about Trump. In 2016, for example, he said he was "repulsed" by people trying to transform the Republican National Convention from a merely ratifying body into a deliberative body for the purpose of preventing what has come to pass. Until recently, Corker, an admirable man and talented legislator, has been, like many other people, prevented by his normality from fathoming Trump's abnormality. Now Corker says what could have been said two years ago about Trump's unfitness.

The axiom that "Hell is truth seen too late" is mistaken; damnation deservedly comes to those who tardily speak truth that has long been patent. Perhaps there shall be a bedraggled parade of repentant Republicans resembling those supine American communists who, after Stalin imposed totalitarianism, spawned the gulag, engineered the Ukraine famine, launched the Great Terror and orchestrated the show trials, were theatrically disillusioned by his collaboration with Hitler: You, sir, have gone too far.

Trump's energy, unleavened by intellect and untethered to principle, serves only his sovereign instinct to pander to those who adore him as much as he does. Unshakably smitten, they are impervious to the Everest of evidence that he disdains them as a basket of gullibles. He understands that his unremitting coarseness satisfies their unpolitical agenda of smashing crockery, even though his self-indulgent floundering precludes fulfillment of the promises he flippantly made to assuage their sense of being disdained. He gives his gullibles not governance by tantrum, but tantrum as governance.

With Trump turning and turning in a widening gyre, his crusade to make America great again is increasingly dominated by people who explicitly repudiate America's premises. The faux nationalists of the "alt-right" and their fellow travelers such as Stephen K. Bannon, although fixated on protecting the United States from imported goods, have imported the blood-and-soil ethno-tribalism that stains the continental European right. In "Answering the Alt-Right" in National Affairs quarterly, Ramon Lopez, a University of Chicago PhD candidate in political philosophy, demonstrates how Trump's election has brought back to the public stage ideas that a post-Lincoln America had slowly but determinedly expunged. They were rejected because they are incompatible with an open society.


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Good news [View all] , Grayfox2, Wed Oct-11-17 12:07 PM
He's a do nothing president. That is good news. , DavidLind, Oct-11-17 05:32 PM, #1
      He WAS a do nothing president. What happened? , DavidLind, Oct-13-17 12:12 AM, #2
           RE: He WAS a do nothing president. What happened? , Grayfox2, Oct-13-17 05:40 AM, #3
                I want him to DO NOTHING!, Grannyc, Oct-13-17 11:44 AM, #4
                I think the republican Congress was afraid of killing the ACA. , DavidLind, Oct-13-17 06:53 PM, #5
                They should be afraid, Grannyc, Oct-13-17 07:49 PM, #6
                Politics makes for strange bedfellows. Sinister Figures-George Will. , DavidLind, Oct-14-17 08:19 AM #7
                     RE: Politics makes for strange bedfellows. Sinister Figures-George Wi..., Grayfox2, Oct-14-17 09:40 AM, #8
                          "Abandon hope all ye who enter. ", DavidLind, Oct-14-17 09:54 AM, #9
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