It’s not the liar or even the lies…it’s the millions who eagerly believe the lies to be the truth

MILWAUKEE — If President Trump’s first tumultuous weeks have done nothing else, at least they have again made us a nation of readers. As Americans grapple with the unreality of the new administration, George Orwell’s “1984” has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, becoming a surprise best seller and an invaluable guide to our post-factual world. On his first full day in office Mr. Trump insisted that his inaugural crowd was the largest ever, a baseless boast that will likely set a pattern for his relationship both to the media and to the truth.

Once upon a time, a President caught spinning a lie was cause for alarm. Not that Presidents were necessarily models of integrity, but they at least understood the importance of being perceived as honest. Then along came Donald Trump, for whom the truth is a mere artifact dependent on his needs of the moment. Taking demagoguery to new heights (or depths, depending upon one’s perspective), his reign has become this nation’s first post-factual presidency.

Americans, especially the more than 60-million-plus who voted for Trump, have ceded the ability to think for themselves and accept whatever the Right-wing media feeds them as Gospel. Wir sind gefickt…. Continue reading

The GOP Health Care Plan: Step One: Don’t get sick. Step Two: If you do get sick, die quickly

Sometimes it’s better to commit one’s foolishness to the vicissitudes of history

A New Jersey high school is facing accusations of censorship after it was found that mentions of President Trump were digitally removed from the yearbook…. One Wall Township High School student had a “TRUMP: Make America Great Again” shirt on in his yearbook photo, and another had a Trump logo on his vest. Both photos showed up in the yearbook without the logos. “As of today, two parents have notified the school district of ways in which the attire of their children was altered in yearbook photos,” a statement from the school said. “Further, there are claims that comments or quotes offered for inclusion in the yearbook were not published. References to and support of President Trump were involved in each of these incidents.” A teacher who advised the yearbook staff has been suspended, the Wall Township Public Schools superintendent said Monday.

Interesting, isn’t it, how Conservatives only seems to have a problem with censoring voices when they express sentiments they can’t get behind. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not condoning censorship. The maroons who had their school pictures taken while wearing Trump shirts deserve to look back in 25 years and realized what utter fools they were. Still, for a teacher to take the initiative to Photoshop a photo and remove Trump references is a recipe for igniting the righteous outrage of Conservative snowflakes. Continue reading

Health care “reform”: Who’s the monster now?

Legislation and government policy isn’t something which happens in a vacuum. These are things which can and do have significant real world consequences. Even if you believe Obamacare to be the worst sort of big government overreach imaginable, there’s no denying the positive impact it has had on the health and well-being of millions. Continue reading

The American Health Care Act: The operation was a success, but the patient died

“Every day of his tenure…has been a disaster”

President Donald Trump asked a question during his announcement Thursday that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord…. Trump had painted a picture of a United States being mocked by the rest of the world for joining with them in the accord, agreed to by nearly 200 countries. “At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?” Trump asked…. Takei, once a contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” has become one of the president’s loudest critics. “I think every day of his tenure so far, and I think it’s going to be abbreviated, has been a disaster,” he said in April. “One chaos after another disaster.”

I believe most rational Americans are decent, rational sorts who understand being President isn’t like managing a Dairy Queen. We recognize it to be an incredibly difficult undertaking- which is why few lucid humanoids would want the job. For Donald Trump, being President is the ultimate ego massage; it’s about being the center of attention day in and day out. Each and every day he demonstrates his capabilities and qualifications to be at best underwhelming and at worst dangerous…because for him it’s not about qualifications. It’s about ego. Continue reading