Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston




"Trump has, thus far, made casual phone calls to the leaders of Taiwan and Pakistan, two significant countries on the world stage involved in fraught issues.

He has also casually suggested that flag burners be not merely tried as criminals, but deprived of their citizenship. He has done these things, and others, without the slightest introspection, consultation with others, knowledge of the issues, or even acknowledgment of institutional structure or constraint. And all this as president-elect, before he is even inaugurated.

These, my friends, are not the actions of a president, but those of a caudillo, asserting his power to actuate major policies on his whim, and his alone, without constraint or consideration. This is the man whose most famous line prior to his political campaign was, 'You're fired!' Or, worse than a caudillo. He is demonstrating, over and over again, that in his mind he conflates the state, and the country, with himself, and himself alone. He then hosts victory rallies and claims an overwhelming electoral victory in a country which voted by more than 2.5 million votes for his opponent over himself.

Do not trivialize this." -- Michael K.

Thursday, February 5, 2009



dmarks said...

All will go OK as long as he keeps Gary Oldman off the plane.

Gordon said...

It's a nice piece of hardware, it is. I can just see him sliding into that leather chair, slowly running his hands along the armrests. He's got to be thinking, "This is SO cool."

dmarks said...

I hope the chair is made of rich Corinthian leather.

Gordon said...

It is, DMarks. But because Corinthian leather is imported, it was scheduled to be removed (due to the Buy American provision in Obama's stimulus bill). Then the president decided to exempt his chair from the new rules, so it's all good now.

Anonymous said...

good lord.

poormom said...


So is a pig in shit if that's you thing!
This man is nothing but an arrogant poseur, enjoying the highlife in the White House. He loves all the trappings that come with the job and none of the hard lifting. He equates ''stimulus'' with ''spending'' when, if fact, a stimulus is just something that causes a reaction, such as tax cutting. Now, he's set us up for a budget limit that's going to backrupt this country.

Shaw Kenawe said...

to poormom,

Your concern is noted.

Thanks for coming by and sharing your mental acuity with us all.

Don't hurry back.