This past week has been an eye-opener for many Americans.  Setting aside Trump’s bellicose statements toward North Korea’s dictator Kim Jung Un, events at Charlottesville, VA and Trump’s subsequent remarks, have revealed to anyone who had any lingering doubt that POTUS 45 is too unstable and incompetent to govern.

In fact those are essentially the words that Sen. Bob Corker (R) from Tennessee, and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, used to describe the president.

Sen. Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, and the Senates only black member, stated,

"Racism is real. It is alive. It is here. But the response from the vast majority of this country is diametrically opposite of the response in the '60s. We've had the United States military, generals, leaders, standing up and rejecting, completely, racism. We've had corporate America, which was fairly silent back in the '60s, standing up very strong, very loud and very proud."

He stated, as well, that he could no longer, “defend the indefensible”.

Scott’s reference to corporate America referred in part to the fact that the president’s manufacturing council was disbanded following the resignation of a number of the CEO members.

The manufacturing council was in a way emblematic of the Trump presidency; it was simply window dressing, a prop for photo-ops.  The CEOs who might have thought otherwise initially, basically came to understand that reality and knew that they had much more to lose by having their company’s brand associated with white supremacists than they had to gain by remaining on the council.

James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, the CEO of 20th Century Fox, and a Trump ally, wrote a scathing email in which he said, “"I can't even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis, or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so."

Previously, Senators John McCain, (R) Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina and Sen. Jeff Flake (R), also of Arizona have been outspoken in their criticism of Trump.  Trump hates Flake with a venom that is typical of his hatred for critics.  Flake wrote a book equating Trump’s election to “the spasms of a dying party”.  Trump has actively campaigned against Flake, despite the fact that Flake has voted to support Trump proposals over 93% of the time.

Trump is increasingly being left only with his base for support of his agenda.  There seems to be a “disconnect” between the Republican voter and these recent events.  The latest (Aug. 7-13) Gallup poll says that 79% of Republican voters still support Trump. This contrasts to 36% among all voters, 7% of Democrats, and 29% of Independents.  The overall approval rating has eroded slightly over the months of Trump’s presidency, but has never been above 40%.  This contrasts with previous presidents whose approval at the same time in office ranged from 44% for Bill Clinton, to 76% for John Kennedy.  Most were in the 50s or 60s at this point.

Conservatives, as a rule, tend to be very loyal, even when there seems to be nothing to deserve their approval other than their desire to be part of the “tribe”.  Conservatives, also, have great respect for authority, and it will be interesting to see whether this beginning defection among party leaders will affect their opinion.

One noticeably lacking criticism is from social conservatives.  A great many social conservatives see their source of authority as coming from higher than the country’s leaders and get their instruction on that authority from religious leaders.  Despite everything, religious leaders supporting Trump have described him as “man of God”. 

The absolute ignorance of some Americans about what used to be called civics is a factor to be considered.  In the run-up to the 2014 election one third of likely voters did not know which party controlled the house or senate, and about 20% had never heard of Mitch McConnell.

Americans are more likely to approve of the president according to what the crowd at the barber shop says, or that their preacher touts than they are to form an opinion on the basis of their own evaluation.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on August 18, 2017 at 8:30am

Yo tambien, Terry.  So many things in the past have seemed to indicate an inevitable shift and it didn't happen.  I'm just crossing my fingers.

Right now we are trying to figure out how a county of 15,000 is going to deal with the influx of another 10,000 eclipse watchers.  This is a once in a lifetime event for many of us, and we've been told to treat it like an ice-storm.  I think one of the most obvious, yet funny, warnings was, "Don't drive with your eclipse sunglasses on."  

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 18, 2017 at 8:40am

And to the point of the article, a source for advice about what to do on an Atlanta station came from the local barber, Jerry Parrish; "It'll be a mess.  I'm afraid there will be some road rage with people wanting to go and they ain't no way o' going."

Comment by koshersalaami on August 18, 2017 at 9:03am

I hope so. There are some good signs. 

Comment by koshersalaami on August 18, 2017 at 9:26am

The NY Times reports that descendants of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis have spoken out about statues. Their opinions range from "If the statues are divisive, we should move them" to "Take them down." Not one interviewed supports just leaving them up. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 18, 2017 at 11:41am

I stopped watching MSNBC exclusively because it's nonstop trump bashing and I can't take it.  I want, no I need to hear discussion - something that might explain this relentless insanity because if there's no explanation, if there's nothing but 'the man is unhinged', then our country is in great peril.   So on recommendation of a friend (thanks Nana!) I watch CNN which is a great station.  What I'm seeing is republicans, conservatives in tears - as I am.  I believe the tide is turning.  I think no one can find anything in this presidency that is either normal or safe or rational or not terrifying.  

We have a terrorist in the white house.  The president is a monster - unreal, movie level horrific.  And the country is coming to terms with this and I believe his term will end with that ambulance, taking him off in the middle of the night.  THEN we deal with Pense, who's no better than he is.  Maybe worse.  He enables him to pave his own way into the oval office. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 18, 2017 at 12:06pm

I agree about Pence.  Much of the information above - especially the current events - came from CNN.  I watch Joe and Mika in the morning on MSNBC with my toast and that's it.

I agree completely about Pence.  I was hoping that the Russia investigation would find collusion on both Trump and Pence's part making the whole election invalid.  Of course, I think the white house would go to Ryan then who is a complete ideologue of the "The Marked Always Knows What's Best - let that shit trickle down" variety.  I can't see any silver lining.  However, the present POTUS is at least sympathetic with the likes of the Aryan Nation.  My hope is that we can turn the Senate and even the house in 2018.

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 18, 2017 at 12:09pm

I just heard that Steve Bannon is out.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 18, 2017 at 12:23pm

he's been out for a couple of weeks.  they gave him the opportunity to resign.  instead he did a series of interviews where he pretty much called the president a fool and a moron.

Comment by greenheron on August 18, 2017 at 12:32pm

Hey girl. Want to get a drink?

I think he knew he was out when he drunk-dialed Robert Kuttner and blabbity-blabbed. I'm betting there will be a good deal more blabbity-blabbing now that's it's official. Kinda looking forward to that myself. 

Comment by greenheron on August 18, 2017 at 12:41pm

Monkey I only have two news sources now, PBS News Hour and WaPo. News Hour is pretty balanced and reasoned, while WaPo is clearly anti-Tump, but they don't get hysterical about it like HuffPo does, the lurid headlines, bad puns, etc. I like that News Hour is anchored by an older woman, Judy Woodruff (used to be a team with Gwen Ifil until she passed away last year) and if I'm not around at 6 pm, they post the full episode online. WaPo I pay for so can look at whenever and have actually gotten into their food recipes and education section.

More than that is too overstimulating for me!  I need peace and quiet.   


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