Nearly a year has passed since the perplexing and nigh-inexplicable ascendance of Donald of Orange to the throne of this fair land. Most thoughtful and informed citizens hunger for an explanation for his election. Most attempts to explain include a stew-pot of ingredients ranging from Hillary's emails to Comey's pronouncements to – well, insert your own excuse.

The truth is likely far simpler – this tragedy is largely the result of voter apathy and ignorance, quite likely exacerbated by Russian interference, and quite possibly collusion from Camp Tramp. That is a bitter gruel to swallow, and it does not bode well for the future of our democracy. Meanwhile, we are left to deal with the rain (spelling intended) of Donald of Orange. Anyone clinging to the audacious hope that this will somehow end well needs to keep a couple of things in mind:

(1)Tramp was neither a successful businessman nor a practiced politician; he was, is and always will be a second-rate (at best) entertainer, whose appeal, like that of his buddy Howard Stern, has been largely to slow-witted, arrested-development males (whatever their age) and the equally slow-witted women who put up with the infantile behavior of such men. Locker room talk, my posterior; such talk is all too often accompanied by actions, as Tramp, Weinstein, O'Reilly, Ailes, et al, provide more than ample proof.

(2)Tramp ran for President expecting to lose, but hoping the attendant publicity (and in his tortured psyche there is no such thing as bad publicity) might be parlayed into another TV show, or at least a stint on Fox News (seems that last proved true).

To the amazement of everyone but Michael Moore and Vladimir Putin, Tramp won, largely because, (1) deplorables who deem Howard Stern and The Apprentice entertainment voted for one of their own, (2) imbeciles and political ignoramuses insisted on change for its own sake, (3) evangelicals threw decency and honesty overboard to save the unborn (meanwhile crucifying the born), and (4) partisan hacks voted for Satan because he had an “R” next to his name.

All that review is to point out that the lack of experience either in big business or politics, combined with no expectation of victory, left Tramp utterly unprepared to govern, a condition exacerbated by a lack of a competent organization behind him. Just look at the principals – Kushner, Ivanka, Don Jr, Levandowski, Stone, Bannon, Steven Miller, Gorka, Kassewitz, Cohen, Flynn, Manafort, Clovis, et al. Sessions was the only experienced elected pol on Tramp's team, which qualifies as damning with no praise.

None among that rogue's gallery was fit to advise Tramp; but advise, they did. Their advice? Hire Papadopalous, Page, Price, Pruitt, and Perry; and having exhausted the "Ps", puked-up Carson, DeVos, McMahon, et al.

And they didn't just offer bad advice on hiring. Some or all advised firing Comey, Sally Yates, Preet Baraha and the rest of the US attorneys and replacing them with political hacks. Indeed, Tramp is now personally interviewing replacements in hopes of finding some that will place loyalty to him over loyalty to the country.

The same goes for experienced hands at the State Department and other government departments who hadn't already resigned in disgust, despair and disbelief. Bannon's goal of the Destruction of the Administrative State is well on its way to becoming fait accompli – or in this case fiat accompli.

Of course, advisers like Bannon are only partly to blame; even the best advisers can only advise a President. Ultimately, the buck stops with Trump, though he certainly won't take responsibility for anything, let alone admit to error.

Throw all those ingredients into a pot already seasoned with racism, cynicism, terrorism, nationalism, vulture capitalism, and military adventurism and bring to a boil with heated and ignorant rhetoric from an ego-maniacal man-boy with the emotional maturity of a seven-year-old. That is, in sum, a recipe for disaster.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on November 3, 2017 at 11:00am

Tramp ran for President expecting to lose, but hoping the attendant publicity (and in his tortured psyche there is no such thing as bad publicity) might be parlayed into another TV show, or at least a stint on Fox News (seems that last proved true). To the amazement of everyone but Michael Moore and Vladimir Putin, Tramp won, precisely because, (1) deplorables who deem Howard Stern and The Apprentice entertainment voted for one of their own, (2) imbeciles and political ignoramuses insisted on change for its own sake, (3) evangelicals threw decency and honesty overboard to save the unborn (meanwhile crucifying the born), and (4) partisan hacks voted for Satan because he had an “R” next to his name.

Bullshit.  

Trump won because he not only had the support of the Republican base, but because he had the support of both the Clinton Machine (that was so narcissistic that they believed their own "destined to win" PR) and the DNC who were so "Owned" by the establishment elitists who Clinton represented that they gladly did her demented bidding.

You can call us "imbeciles and political ignoramuses" all you want but that doesn't change that the disemboweled Democratic Party is every bit as much a bunch of self serving, greedy, lying megalomaniacs as the Republican party.

BTW, screw a whole bunch of that DNC approved "lesser evilism" shtick too.  Pennsylvania Ave. and Park Place might be different properties, but they are both part of the same game.  Park Place Republicans are just the same as Pennsylvania Ave. Democrats.  Same "lesser evilism" game.  

Refusing to play their game any longer isn't a sign of insisting on "change for its own sake", but is really all about insisting on "change for its everyone's sake"!

Comment by Robert Young on November 3, 2017 at 11:03am

-- Tramp utterly unprepared to govern

on this I disagree.  Trump is doing exactly what he intended:  install himself as dictator.  witness the destruction of the agencies; in particular his assault on DoJ.  it's no accident that the agencies have been hollowed out.  the "tax reform" is all that the right wingnut Congress wants.  once it's done (passed or defeated), they'll 25th him and use Pence to install a Christian dictatorship.  with the godless Putin's help, of course.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 11:53am

The comments suggest Democrats, or at least those with a progressive outlook, remain intensely, and perhaps fatally, divided. Clinton Derangement Syndrome remains rampant. Oh, Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood – personally, I would have preferred Bernie to Hillary, by a wide margin. But practically, that was never going to happen.

Let's get real – Bernie, by his own admission, is not a Democrat, and therefore, the Democratic Party would have been working against its own interest to choose someone who was not a Democrat. And despite Donna Brazile's "tell-all", it should come as no surprise to anyone that politics ain't tiddly-winks or Sunday-school; it's a dirty business. We might all wish it were otherwise; but as Momma used to say, if wishes were horses, all men would ride.

Those who don't understand or refuse to accept these realities have the option of joining another (hopefully pure) party, staying home and leaving their future to those who at least take the small trouble to vote, or voting outside their own party – as just enough of them did in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to give us the rain of Donald of Orange. That begs the question, how's that workin' out for ya?

Comment by Ron Powell on November 3, 2017 at 12:13pm

@Amy;


"(2) imbeciles and political ignoramuses insisted on change for its own sake."

"Refusing to play their game any longer isn't a sign of insisting on"change for its own sake", but is really all about insisting on"change for its everyone's sake!"

Unless you can recognize and acknowledge the chasm of difference between cordle's assertion and your own, you are declaring commonality with the people who actually voted for Trump for the same reason...

BTW;  If your political heart throb Tulsi Gabbards tries to Green Thumb her way into the White House,  she'll get her butt handed to her in  the basket that’s full of the deplorables who will continue to vote for Trump.

What needs to happen is the Green Party complete a coup and completely displace the DNC as it is currently constituted.

Then and only then will the fortune's of Green Party Progressives begin to change sufficiently enough to make them competitive on the national stage....

Good luck with that. ..

Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2017 at 12:22pm

Pretty much

 

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 12:58pm

Mr. Powell, I have never expressed the slightest hint  offavoring Gabbard race, so I don't know where you're getting your information about her being my "political heartthrob". If my heart throbs for anyone at the moment, it would be Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris, but I doubt either has a chance of being nominated, though I assure you I would work and vote for either.

I'm also fond of Al Franken, but I'll be long gone from this earth before Exceptional America elects a Jew. I was going to say comedian, but Tramp has already filled that notch, in spite of his comedic skills being even worse than Dennis Miller's. Ironic how thin the line between comedy and tragedy.

As for a Green Party coup, that's about as likely as me winning the lottery – and I don't even buy a ticket.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 1:00pm

Oops, sorry Mr Powell, I misread your comment

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 1:09pm

Robert Young, I certainly don't mean to diminish Trump's guilt in the Deconstruction of the Administrative State; after all, it was he, not his advisers, who actually appointed this gang of swamp things to his cabinet. Nor does the world's greatest deliberative body escape blame, after all, they consented to this travesty, this incorporation of the which lies beyond the Peter Principle, that is the Palin Principle, into the highest offices in the land.

And I certainly share your concern about Pence, the Oliver Cromwell in  waiting for the New Puritans. Should he come to power, The Handmaid's Tale will no longer be work of fiction.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 3, 2017 at 1:32pm

Tom Cordle!

My comment was addressed to Amy, not you...

Warren/ Franken  or Franken/Warren has potential as does Franken / Gabbards or Warren / Gabbards.....

 

Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2017 at 1:55pm

The public didn't balk at Joe Lieberman in 2000. Bernie's biggest electoral mistake was steering clear of his Jewish connection. It may have cost him New York. 

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