#NeverRespect

Here’s just one reason why I will be spending much of my future writing time unpresidenting Trump and his new right-wing friends:

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  1. Anonymous

     /  December 29, 2016

    #NoTrumpChump

    The GOP has proven it’s incompetence here in Missouri’s legislature. Allowing any citizen over 18 years of age here to carry a concealed weapon without requiring gun safety classes, rights and responsibilities instruction, or any liability discussion whatsoever. You can’t buy a drink, but have a weapon and …

    The sexual assaulter in chief has said he favors state’s rights, so I expect no leadership or intervention on his part. North Carolina, Indiana, and other states with GOP heavy legislatures will now feel emboldened to enact discriminatory, or stupid laws as our state did.

    We can only hope that the mid-terms returns sanity to our country, providing we survive. FLOTUS was exactly right, we know now what it feels to live without hope. The adult in the room, will soon be leaving office and all we will be left with is a small-handed, orange cheeto.

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  2. middlechildwoman

     /  December 29, 2016

    OMG! It took all of my will to watch this horror! No wonder this country of faux-news watchers is so angry and misinformed. I must believe in karma in order to not allow hate to permeate my naïveté. Christianity looks really bad through their ugly comments. I choose hope and will continue to resist.

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    • I know what you mean, my friend. Thanks for the way you put it. I think resistance is our one and only “hope.” I will do my part, even though it is a small one. All of us need to do something, even if it is just speaking to a neighbor or a friend or a colleague or a family member. This is not a time to shy away from our responsibility as citizens, if citizenship is to mean anything to our kids and grand-kids.

      Thanks again.

      Duane

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  3. These clips help explain why so many Americans were misinformed and brainwashed enough to vote for an ignorant, vengeful, conspiracy-believing, pussy-grabbing narcissist for president. This is the crap they listen to. Who are all the jerks in these clips going to blame, criticize, and slander when Obama is no longer in the White House? I agree with middlechildwoman — choose hope and continue to resist. But, unfortunately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the hope part since the election. (Welcome back Duane — I’ve missed you!)

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    • Thanks, Dayan. With my annual visit to my daughter and granddaughter in Arizona behind me, I am ready to get engaged more actively in the fight against the travesty of Trump (on my tiny battlefield). In the weeks and months to come, you can count on one thing: I will be part of the Resistance. I will do as much as I can do to make sure the electoral dominance of Trumpism is an aberration, with a short shelf-life, in American history. My hope, to the extent I have all that much, is actually in the Resistance. Indeed, for me, a rhetorically fiery and fierce resistance is our only hope.

      By the way, in your excellent description of Trump, you left out “treasonous.” His allegiance, as presidential candidate, and as the illegitimate winner of the presidency, and as the soon-to-be occupant of the White’s House, is not to his country, but to himself. And although his behavior maybe does not rise to a strict constitutional definition of treason (because, I suppose, the Founders could not have envisioned a figure like Trump), he has embraced the spirit of the word, which is close enough for me.

      We have to win this fight.

      Duane

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      • Lawrence O’Donnell and his guest did a pretty good job last night explaining why P. Grabber in Chief’s actions related to Putin and foreign policy don’t constitute treason as defined in the Constitution but do violate the Logan Act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sWVO6X4ZhQ. P.G. seems to violate a law or ethical standard several times a week – and, unfortunately, like his deliberate lies and BS (the stuff he just makes up), it’s hard for the media and most (some? all?) of the public to keep up with his legal and ethical violations, not to feel completely overwhelmed by them, and not to just give up trying to sort them out. For me, resistance is requiring me to overcome the lethargy that’s caused by the sense of being overwhelmed — but, as Beckett said in one of my favorite quotes, “You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

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        • Dayan,

          You are right about the sense of being overwhelmed. The outrages are so numerous one hardly knows where to begin, especially in terms of writing about them. I have lately been trying to absorb and understand what is going on in more of a gestalt fashion, as opposed to thoroughly examining each singular offense. For me that seems the only way, at least right now, to stay mentally organized—and focused—in the midst of the chaos.

          As for the legal offenses, the Logan Act certainly comes into play. But so does treason, as John Shattuck writes:

          The federal crime of treason is committed by a person “owing allegiance to the United States who . . . adheres to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort,” and misprision of treason is committed by a person “having knowledge of the commission of any treason [who] conceals and does not disclose” the crime. By denigrating or seeking to prevent an investigation of the Russian cyberattack Trump is giving aid or comfort to an enemy of the United States, a crime that is enhanced if the fourth explanation applies — that he is in fact seeking to cover up his staff’s or his own involvement in or prior knowledge of the attack.

          Not being a lawyer, I don’t really know all that much about the technical aspects of any such charge. That’s for someone else to sort out. I’m more in tune with how Trump’s behavior appears to me and to a lot of Americans in a more colloquial sense of the word “treason.” First, Trump betrayed the trust placed in him as a nominee of one of our two major political parties and breached the faith of a majority of Americans when he openly solicited help from a foreign adversary in July of last year. Second, as Shattuck points out, Trump is “giving aid or comfort to an enemy of the United States” by providing cover to Putin and the Russians for their direct sabotage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and our electoral system. I simply can’t get over that. Never will. It’s politically unforgivable (especially since the perpetrator, Trump, refuses to acknowledge it as an offense).

          As for Beckett, I am reminded of his “Waiting for Godot.”These days I prefer to interpret it in political terms. I ain’t waiting for Godot or anyone else. Resistance is necessary now, even though I understand the paralyzing lethargy you mention. We all must do our parts, big or small, in de-normalizing what is fast becoming normal. And we must encourage each other to fight the good fight. So, thanks for your encouragement and let’s stay fired up and keep all anti-Trumpist resisters fired up with us.

          Duane

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  4. Orwell’s “1984” has never seemed more plausible. Armageddon comes down to this: free speech or demagoguery, which will triumph?

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    • Jim,

      So many times lately I have thought about Orwell, particularly about that book. Trump getting his hands on real power means that history can be rewritten in important ways (by that I mean in ways that confuse the masses; real historians will continue to publish, I hope), and, perhaps more important, contemporary news can be altered in ways that endanger us all. We can see how that worked before the election, when Trump could say up is down and down is up and his followers would attack the few journalists bold enough to point out the lies, while Republicans in the reactionary establishment (the only kind now) would ignore or excuse the lies because of the politics.

      The juxtaposition you propose is part of a bigger one, in my opinion. I genuinely fear that we are awaiting either the triumph of modern American democracy (a long and deliberate fine-tuning of what the Founders gave us, of which “free speech” is an essential part) or a brand of fascism that has come of age in the Internet and Social Media Age (of which demagoguery is an essential part).

      We can, and must, fight in every way we know how to make sure that the former prevails and the latter fails. In other words, we can only avoid the Armageddon you suggest if we get in the trenches and do battle with the quasi-fascists, no matter how small our particular battlefield happens to be, or how small our rhetorical guns are.

      By the way, as I write this, news is breaking that an independent ethics office in the House has been, or will be, abolished by Republicans. Lobbyists previously corrupted the system and that office was created in response in 2008, albeit created without much real power, to at least superficially address the problem of such corruption. Now, a right-wing rank-and-file majority in the House doesn’t even care about a superficial attempt to address institutional corruption. That, my friend, is a bad sign of things to come. I don’t want to sound too melodramatic, but the only option, for those of us who still care about the self-government experiment that is America, have to fight like hell to keep it from dying. Active resistance is our only recourse, as far as I can see.

      Duane

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      • Some good news for a change. Congress has reversed itself on abolishing the independent ethics office. Congress got a lot of negative responses from the media this morning and — I can barely stand saying this — Trump criticized it in a tweet (which supports the old saying — “even a broken clock is right twice a day”).

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        • Dayan,

          Journalists were very confused about who should get credit for the reversal you mention. Some awarded the victory to the people, most to Trump. It was clearly a people’s victory, though. Trump merely piggybacked on the predictable outrage generated the night the story leaked out. His only objection was to the timing of the attack on an independent ethics office, not on the substance.

          And how ironic is it that the most ethically impoverished human being in Washington got much credit for holding Republicans ethically accountable? The world is indeed upside down right now. We’ve got to set it right.

          Duane

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  5. The best way to ensure Free Speech endures is to engage in it. That is clearly what the conservative right extremists were doing in that clip. We should not cut Trump any slack, just as those rectal sphincters in the video did not cut President Obama any slack. Most Liberals do not like speaking in that fashion; we need to learn how. I think if we put our minds to it, we can be even more effective than the Fox “News” sphincters, but they do have much more experience and, clearly, many fewer inhibitions.

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    • Michael,

      Thank you for expressing that sentiment so well. I totally agree with the direction you outline. I’ve given this a lot of thought the last several weeks. I will be part of “the resistance.” I will not pretend that Donald Trump is a morally legitimate president of the United States. He is not. He never will be. And I refuse to participate in the farce. I will fight from my tiny soap box, and I hope others will also.

      Duane

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  6. ansonburlingame

     /  December 31, 2016

    I take no sides in this exchange. I do note however a “great” (funny, perhaps) editorial column in Sat Globe (today) predicting events for 2017. Wonder if………..

    Anson

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    • Anson,

      Since I stopped subscribing to the Globe, both for its ignorant endorsement of Mitt Romney in 2012 and its employment of a bigot like Geoff Caldwell, I don’t know the column you are referencing. But as far as predictions go, there is only one thing I believe can be predicted with relative certainty: Trump will embarrass the nation. We can only hope that is all he does to us.

      Duane

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  7. Randy, I applaud your brave and telling list. The scum of the racists came out, the repetition of the reporters came through, and not surprisingly, Anson still cannot tell right from wrong.Keep up the good.

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    • Gerry,

      Thanks. At this time, those of us on the “good” side must “keep up the good” and not nitpick our relatively small differences (when compared to the quasi-nazism we are seeing). We have a common enemy: Trumpism. Let’s focus on that and do what we can, wherever we are, to combat it.

      Duane

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