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Friday, May 26, 2017

"A Danger to the World"

I've never seen anything like this in my lifetime.

Europe's largest economy and American ally, Germany:

Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse. © DER SPIEGEL

A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer

Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States.

He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees. He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue telling things as they are:

Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world. 

Daily Kos:  They say Trump simply has to be removed and break down how the Americans can and should make it happen. Even they know Republicans are spineless and do not respect the rule of law:

Der Spiegel cont.:

The first is Trump's resignation, which won't happen.

The second is that Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would be justified by the president's proven obstruction of justice, but won't happen because of the Republicans' thirst for power, which they won't willingly give up.

The third possible solution is the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That isn't particularly likely either.

Fourth: The Democrats get ready to fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option two, impeachment.

Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth doesn't directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless necessary - and possible.


Infidel753 said...

Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S.

That means developing the ability to guarantee the security of the free world without US help. And that, in turn, means Germany and Japan with their own nuclear weapons. Only they can build nuclear forces powerful enough to deter Russia and China.

And so we transition from a two-superpower world to a four-superpower world, in the biggest and most dangerous upheaval in the global international order since 1945. All because our stupid Electoral College delivered the Presidency to the guy who lost the real election.

I am still having to adjust mentally to the likelihood that this is really going to happen. But if Trump is not removed until after the 2018 election, it's very plausible. The democracies of Europe and East Asia are not going to accept the present situation dragging on for another 18 months, especially since it's far from guaranteed that the Democrats will win back the House and Senate, nor that Trump will be removed even if they do (it would take 67 votes in the Senate).

If the most respected news magazine in Germany has published an editorial like this, you can bet there are some deadly serious discussions about the problem going on in Berlin (and Tokyo). For that matter, they may be starting to worry that they might need to defend themselves from the US. There's no telling how crazy Trump will get in two, or four, years.

The Angry Guy said...

Shaw re: the thug who body-slammed the journalist and won in Montana:

You have to remember that Montana is not the civilized Northeast. Most of the folks up there are feral gun suckers.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel753, I don't believe most Americans understand the tragic mistake this country made in electing this unprepared charlatan to the presidency. Most of the news sites and far right blogs I've been reading consider his election as a defiant middle finger to the Democrats and the rest of the world. They're too stupid to understand that that middle finger is being shoved in their faces as well.

Shaw Kenawe said...

TAG, the support the Goopers are showing for the guy who assaulted the journalist is just more evidence of how far into the gutter the GOP has fallen. They're clearly out of their minds.

Rational Nation USA said...

If you lived in Montana you would get why the like guns. Ever been there?

Rational Nation USA said...

Shaw, I actually believe most Americans do. It is less than 46% who are his support. Even his raw core support, somewhere around 35% give or take, seems to be softening a bit.

Anonymous said...

Trump pushed physical violence towards reporters during the primary, yet, he won the election. This candidate attacks a reporter, yet, he wins. The American people are speaking here, not just some nut job politicians. Scary!

Jersey McJones said...

I had this British friend from a company that was working with mine for a while up in NJ when GWB won the Presidency for the second time. He was across the pond during the election, and got back some days later, and I ran into him as I came into the office in the morning, and the first and only thing he said to me was, "What happened?"

And this guy was not Labour or some Lefty. He was a Tory. A pretty well-off yuppie. And he was stunned. It was so embarrassing. I just said, "I don't know." Neither of us could believe Americans could be so stupid as to elect this guy - twice.

When Bush was elected the first time, my father, who used to post on the old boards, put up a pic of a promo poster of "Bedtime for Bonzo," and captioned it, "I can't believe I lived long enough to see both of these guys elected President."

Trump? Could you imagine what the rest of the world must be thinking of us?

Shaw, you really hit it on the head with this: "Most of the news sites and far right blogs I've been reading consider his election as a defiant middle finger to the Democrats and the rest of the world." And that's what he is to his supporters on the street, too. They are frustrated, they can't get ahead, personal debt keeps rising, wages vs inflation flat for 40 years now, they see a lot of social change that freaks them out, we're getting older, they just don't have any other way to express their frustration - just a big ol' middle finger at everyone.

And here's something to think about - all this anti-immigration stuff, it's going to kill us. We need more immigration, we need to get the ones that are here in alien resident status, because we are aging, fast. 10,000 people are hitting 65 every day. The only way to achieve the kind of growth we need, and get the tax revenues to get through this Baby Boomer retirement wave, is with actual, real, literal national growth. And there's NO WAY you're going to get the scared old white guys to go in for that. It's a vicious Catch-22 that's going to wreck my generation and the next couple after. Just another middle-finger.


E. Rosewater said...

steal a loaf of bread and you go to jail. steal billions and an election, you become president. don king said it best, only in america.

Jerry Critter said...

TAG, The assault of the journalist in Montana is not a gun issue. Don't try to make it one.

Anonymous said...

Well have until 2020 to watch the show.....sit back and relax

BlueBull said...

Anonymous - that's fine so long as it prevents Trumputin from enacting his horrible ideas and it destroys the GOP in the process.

Rational Nation USA said...

So, in a nutshell what you're saying Jersey is the more things change the more they stay the same? Or put another way when it all collapses during my grandkids or great grandkids generation rebuilding might start then?

Really, I'm beginning to think human existence is really going to be very short. Relatively speaking.

Anonymous said...

This clown is a representation of the American people. You can blame the Electoral College (a system we have used to elect presidents since the start of our country) call him illegitimate, claim the Russians helped him steal the election, or whatever other excuse you want, but he IS our president.

And he's no fluke given the country also voted for a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House. The country has voted for Republicans as a majority of Governors, many State legislators are Republican, and so are many local offices.

So when the cry is this bigot Trump does not represent the thinking of most Americans, the voters of America have not proved that. I can hope they will by 2018, or at least by 2020, but that might be to late.

The Montana election gives no evidence of a change in voting and the fact that most ballots were cast before the assault to place gives me no satisfaction that there will be a change in the American vote.

The American people created this monster and only they can destroy him. It took years of voting patterns to set up Trump's election win, not just a bunch nut jobs voting in the last election. The Democrats cannot escape partial responsibility for Trump winning the presidency.

The Honorable, Esteemed And Distinguished Judge Dervish Sanders (A High IQ Individual) said...

As far as getting rid of Trump goes, there are two other ways he could exit the presidency. Assassination or death by natural causes. Luke/Steve (an individual known to this blog) suggested on WYD (in a deleted thread) that I should be the one to take out Trump. Because I am "a sad, useless person who could be sacrificed for the cause". I pointed out to him that threatening the President of the United States is a class E felony (although that didn't stop Ted Nugent, who recently visited the White House).

Anyway, Trump is old and not "healthiest president in history" as his doctor lied. A blog post from The Hill says "depending on what medical records are considered, the president is either overweight or obese. Weighing in at 236 pounds, he is the third heaviest president, behind William Howard Taft and Grover Cleveland. Trump is not a believer in exercise and his diet is considered less than healthy, by many experts".

A commenter on Quora says "if past is prologue, about 1 in 4 that he will be killed, injured or narrowly escape an assassination attempt. There is a 90% chance that at least one attempt will be made, since one attempt has been made on 9 of the last 10 Presidents".

Me, I'm OK with whatever it takes to get him out of office. I mean, if it's resignation, impeachment or the 25th amendment - and afterward he goes back to his lavish lifestyle (perhaps divorcing Melania and marrying a 4th trophy wife)... as opposed to prison (violation of the Logan act or some kind of fraud involving his finances, possibly)... I'm OK with that. I'm not wishing him death. Humiliation and ruination, yes. But not death. On the other hand, if death removes him from office, I'm OK with that as well. At least then his supporters won't blame Democrats. And we'll be rid of him.

Rational Nation USA said...

I guess it would be accurate to say you HATE Trump with a passion then. Right Dervish? It sounds like you might even hate Trump more than you do GWB.

Trump does need to go. My preference would be he resigns and save the country the cost and paralysis impeachment causes. Second of course is impeachment. If death by natural causes should occur is part of the cycle of life. I won't mourn should natural death remove him from office.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN, Anonymous 1 and 2, E Rosewater, Jerry, BlueBull, Dervish Sanders, I took 15 minutes to answer each one of you, and when I hit the publish button an error occurred. I can't start over because I have a house full of family for the holiday weekend, and it's also a birthday party for my granddaughter. Sorry. I'm off to the beach. The sun just came out after 3 long days of rain!

Enjoy the holiday weekend, it's a time of thanks and remembrance of those who sacrificed for our country.


Dave Miller said...

Have a great weekend Shaw and Mr Shaw también!

Peace and hugs...

Anonymous said...

Trump showed his age at the Sicily G7 meeting by having to take a golf cart instead of walking like the rest of the world leaders. Remember when he said Hillary didn't have the stamina to be president? And then in front of the world he showed us he didn't have the stamina to do what the other leaders did. Walk. He's a decrepit old fat phony. And he embarrassed America by looking and acting like a weak sick geezer.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Anonymous @7:17AM, Everyone saw that sad example of Trump's weakness. I hope Hillary saw it as well and laughed good and hard. I know I did.

Ray Cranston said...

Trump showed he's a true wuss. He didn't have the STAMINA! to walk with the other G7 leaders! What a disgrace! What a wuss!

The Honorable, Esteemed And Distinguished Judge Dervish Sanders (A High IQ Individual) said...

Yes, I hate Trump more. Even though gwb is a war criminal. I think I hate bush for what he did, while I hate Trump because of who he is (and worry about what he will do). The US doesn't hold presidents accountable for their crimes, so it's unlikely that he'll end up in prison, but I would REALLY like to see him impeached and leave the presidency in disgrace and humiliation. After it is found that he colluded with Russia. And after his taxes are subpoenaed by Congress and it is found that he is underwater (owes more than he is worth). Resulting in him losing everything. When I heard he was going overseas one of the first things I thought about was - what if Air Force One crashed?

Ducky's here said...

He's touting this trip as a great success.
I'm hard pressed to see that he's done anything but bring shame and ridicule on America. Putin, Duterte, Erdoğan; those are the leaders he admires but they probably see him as nothing more than a sucker. Give him a few building permits and he's yours.

Yet for all the disgraces of this trip it's the flipping golf cart that really gets me.
Why did he bother going to the photo-op at all? Surely he wasn't made to feel welcome.
Must have been ice cream (two scoops) and chocolate cake afterwards.
And he still has support. This is the president of a great nation?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dervish Sanders, some escapee from the Stench Trench tries to post here under the name "Dervish Truth." I'm guessing it's that unstable character from the Stench Trench, ofTOM-Luke.

You've got a troll following you around. But it will never be published here. LOL!

Ducky, the frantic and pathetic comments arriving here almost daily screaming that Trump was a YUUUUUGE success, indicates that his fans know he was a miserable failure and an international embarrassment to America.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ray, Compared with our past president, Barack Obama, who is young, vigorous, able to speak in complete sentences on subjects he knows, and who is admired and respected by our allies, Trump came off like the proverbial cranky old uncle who babbles on at a family dinner, and who everyone is too polite to tell him to take a nap.

Trump is wussifying America. Our country will be associated with the weak, know-nothing boor.

BlueBull said...

I love those pictures, Shaw. So perfect.

The Honorable, Esteemed And Distinguished Judge Dervish Sanders (A High IQ Individual) said...

"Dervish's Truths" is the title of a blog post from Luke's blog. "Dervish's Truths" did first show up on Lisa's blog (Luke denies the ID is his). Luke's blog is no longer "Words and Music", btw. Now the title is "Dervish Sander's Hate Blogs". Luke got mad because I was trolling him in retaliation for his years-long trolling of my blog as "Steve". Being Steve (even though, as you noted, the account numbers are the same) is something Luke denies and says is a lie of mine. Or a "delusion". Luke also deleted/removed all content from his blog except for the post "Dervish's Truths".

Although that content can still be found at jermac1954. The "hate blogs" Luke refers to are jermac1953 and jermac1957 (blogs I will neither confirm nor deny are authored by me). For the record, I submitted the word "homo" a number of times as a comment to his blog. I was not calling him a homo, but reminding Luke of the WYD comment in which he used the word to insult me (because he thinks it bothers me and therefore must be true). Something I mention in case anyone looks at Luke's blog.

Anthony said...

Excuse me Shaw but my sides are hurting from so much laughing. GOPers are all over the intertubz saying President Cheeto's trip was a "success" when the truth is that it was a disaster just like him. but those people keep telling each other lies just like President Cheeto! His trip was a failure and he showed the world that hes a tired old weak man.

Clearwater, Florida said...

So, to recap Trump's horrible failure of a foreign trip: The French think Trump's a dictator, the Germans think he's unreliable and the British think he can't be trusted with intel.The Israelis think he gave away their secrets, Saudis think he's a sap, and Putin thinks he's an asset who can be blackmailed.