The issue is not so much the communication medium he uses, but the things he says via that medium and every time he opens his mouth. About one third of the American people approve of his performance, and continue to support statements that could easily get us into a major war, either because they do not understand the dangers of the thoughts he is articulating or because they share his conclusions and apparent goals. What that segment of our population does not understand, or are deliberately ignoring and distorting, is that the rest of the world is taking his statements seriously. Many among us don’t care what foreigners think. They should. We live in a dangerous world, with countries lead by zealots inclined to use lethal weapons, including nuclear weapons, that could inflict tremendous damage and pain on the USA. Yes, we have the capabilities to defeat them, but at what price? Are we willing to sacrifice the population of a major U.S. city to prove a point or satisfy the ego of an immature narcissist? Hopefully, some of the new Cabinet members will be able to convince Trump that making threats, insulting people, and bullying his way through is unbecoming of a President, and could easily degenerate into a major confrontation, not to mention total loss of credibility.
More of your exaggerations of the bogeyman Trump. Yes the world is dangerous made more dangerous by the failed policies of Obama.
Don’t you know that the President-elect is going to take health care away from everyone, he will push granny off a cliff, he will poison the world, he will eliminate all races of people except the white race. He will be starving the homeless. He will bring back debtors prison. He will be building a wall to keep good honest law abiding people out of America, Another terrible thing is he will draw red lines and back off of them. He will put the blacks he allows to live in chains. He will probably give nuclear weapons to countries. Terrible terrible terrible
No, I didn’t know that. I only go by what he has said and promised to do. If you know better, and you know that he was lying, please let us know.
No that’s what you want to believe.
TDS continues in you.
You and left wish him to fail.
It is sad you are blinded by your hate.
Talk about the kettle calling the pot black. You have written nothing but negative comments on President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Also most of your comments are your biased opinion not based on facts.
“Most” = “all”. Mike is barely literate, it’s not fair to treat him like a person with opinions based on reality.
Finally seeing the light. Congratulations!
Problem these lefties believe there own bullsh*t.
Sad but you are probably right and they do believe their own BS
Not nitwit you are the one who truly believes in the erroneous and inaccurate comments you post on this site
The world has been dangerous since the earliest beginnings of recorded history. As you forgetting two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the slaughters in Nicaragua and El Salvador, terrorist attacks as far back as the Munich Olympics, Darfur, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, and all the other horrors that humanity has endured in the past? One of the most obvious differences between our foreign policy in past decades, and President Obama’s foreign policy, is that instead of crusades and selling lethal weapons to dictators, he gave people a chance to chart a new course. The fact that some opted for violence does not demonstrate that our President’s policies were a failure, it shows that the hatred and intransigence that exists, not only abroad but in the USA as well, can easily degenerate into chaos, loss of life, and loss of freedom. I rather have a President who promotes peace and conveys a message of hope and harmony, than one focused on hatred, vindictiveness, and questions why we don’t use our nuclear arsenal and let others use theirs to fight each other.
So the world is safer now than when obama took office? really?
So all those weapons sent to Syria from Libya never existed. Right? ISIS doesn’t operate in 10 other countries. Right? Ignoring his own red-line he gave the Syrian people the ability to chart a new course to death and destruction. Right? How noble.
Trump “focused on hatred, vindictiveness.” Really? He isn’t even president but he is focused on hatred and vindictiveness. Ridiculous
I understand you don’t like Trump and that’s fine but the exaggeration of the truth is not.
The world is as dangerous as it was when Barack Obama was Inaugurated. The only difference is that instead of losing 4,700 American troops in the pursuit of dubious goals, and thousands being maimed, we only had a handful of casualties in the last few years. Instead of destroying a country, and purging people who had nothing to do with 9/11, we are letting the indigenous people deal with their own problems. You may not like that, but I do. We are not the policemen of the world, and we are not modern day crusaders. We are a country that prides itself of being a bastion of freedom and democracy, and a country that defends and supports – at least theoretically – the right of others to choose what is best for them.
And you are happy with the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Muslims and displacement of hundreds of thousands more. Is the same guy who wants open borders here! Let them come in for a better life here but is willing to watch the murder of 200K plus people after Obama made the red-line commitment.
Syrians, Christians had no choice.
Syria has been in the midst of a civil war, that is part of the ideological struggle between Sunnis and Shias, and sponsored by Saudi Arabia and Iran, for years. At one point it seemed as if the rebels were going to oust al Assad. That changed when the Russians, Trump’s pals, intervened and engaged in genocidal tactics to destroy the rebels. Are you suggesting that we should have engaged Russia militarily in Syria? A similar situation exists in Iraq, a country de-stabilized when the Sunni Baathists were purged from the government and military positions and replaced with Shias aligned spiritually to Iran. The latest government, with U.S. help, has retaken most of the territory lost to the Sunnis (ISIS) and took control of the University in Mosul today, as part of the ongoing battle to retake that city. Do you think we should have continued to take casualties in Iraq in support of the puppet government we put in place after ousting Saddam? If yes, you are in disagreement with Trump’s position on that issue. Trump has stated that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, and criticized Hillary for voting for it.
I spent 30 years overseas, and I can tell you, based on experience, that we cannot change the way other people think by force, or alter the values and expectations of other people by force. Diplomacy, positive deeds, mutual respect, and letting others choose what they believe is best for them is preferable, and usually produces better results, than imposing our will on others.
So you and Obama are content with the slaughter in the Middle East. They had no choice or given a choice. Pathetic!
Obama’s lead from behind is fine with you.
I can only speak for myself. l am not content with the slaughter that has been taking place in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf since at least the days of the crusades, to what has been happening in Syria. But I oppose American intervention in someone else’s civil war, and I definitely don’t think we should immerse ourselves in what could easily deteriorate into another World War.
And yet, Obama did pick a side gaving rebels weapons from Libya. Made a red line in the sand that if Assad crossed it he strike but then walked away when Assad used chemical weapons. His refusal to act showed just how weak Obama was which allowed Russia to establish a bases in Syria. The blood is on his hands.
No action is an action.
Did you like President Reagan’s decision to cut and run in Lebanon after 273 U.S. Marines were slaughtered near the Beirut airport? Did you like his justification for not taking action, “that’s not our war” better?
Some of the rebel groups in Syria, especially the Kurds, had nothing to do with ISIS or terrorism. President Obama helped them by providing them weapons, but was careful to not put U.S. troops on the ground, and seeing many of our troops come back home in body bags, fighting a war that your hero accurately called someone else’s war.
Dom, not surely got my response. Looks like its status is “pending.”
The few parts of your dumb screed that aren’t conspiracy theories or outright lies are directly attributable to the Bush administration.
I hope that helps!
Name one failed policy. Oh right, you don’t even know what “median” means.
But isn’t that the point of the article? Trump tweets almost at random. The rest of the world can’t or doesn’t accept the ramdomness or the essential meaninglessness.
So how seriously do we take Trump?
How long does he get to rail against the “failed Obama policies” without producing his own.
At this point, we have no choice but to take his seriously, and believe that he plans to do what he has promised to do.
Since Trump has promised different things at different times to different people; how do we decide which is serious?
I’m inclined just to sit back and watch. Trying to guess what Trump will do next is playing “whack a mole”.
I agree. Unfortunately, other than voice our concerns and express our frustrations, there is very little we can do. We simply don’t have the votes in Congress to stop him, and since the SCOTUS is likely to move to the far right in the not too distant future, to say that the future of our society looks bleak is an under statement.
There are a few things that we could do, such as cut spending to stall the economy, but that would affect us all, and would make us no better than the far right Republicans that rejected everything President Obama proposed, including investment in infrastructure, to ensure he was a one-term President.
Exactly. That’s why I have such trouble signing on with Ms. E and the oppose everything idea.
Since I believe that the right wing ideas are going to fail, I’d suggest that Democrats in Congress abstain in what can’t be prevented. The goal is to make the Republicans own the crisis they’re going to create.
President Obama never pushed as hard I’d hoped for to advance the Party in total.
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A President that actually tells the citizens how he feels about issues. Terrible thing, as you all know we are too stupid to understand how the world works or we are just so sensitive that we cannot take knowing the truth. The media can’t spin what the President-elect says, another terrible idea. The liberal press can’t make up lies about how the President feels about the issues. The media won’t be able to try and tell us what the President means when he tweets. Terrible terrible terrible.
Knowing the truth? You mean, like understanding what Trump said in the Access Hollywood video? Calling women pigs and demeaning them because of their looks? Stating that women that undergo an abortion should be punished? Promising to deport 11 million illegal immigrants? Banning Muslims from entering the USA? Questioning why we can’t use our nuclear arsenal? Suggesting that we should let some countries acquire nuclear weapons and slug it out? Lashing out against critics, including calling a marvelous actress over rated? Appointing people that oppose public education, deny global warming, and contributed to the Great Recession to head the Department of Education, the Treasury, and the EPA? Are those some of the truths you think we do not understand? I don’t have a problem with Republicans supporting Trump’s policies, even though I oppose them. I have a problem with those that ignore the horrible things he has said, the debauchery he has participated in, his vulgarity, his immature behavior, his misogyny, racism, and his arrogant narcissism.
I mean telling us how he feels about issues, not putting some BS spin on them. Calling Rosie a pig is a insult to pigs. What don’t you understand about the word illegal? What is wrong with banning potential terrorists? He wants better background checks, or actually any background checks. That will be more than Obama. Why shouldn’t someone question using or not using our weapons. Is the subject off the table? If you don’t believe North Korea will use them when they get them, you are in a fantasy world. Betsy DeVos prefers charter school choices for all parents, not just rich people that can go to expensive private schools. She has not said anything about destroying public education. Global warming is yet to be completely proven. How much has the average temp changed in the last 10 years? You have every right to oppose the polices of President-elect Trump. So far he has not spent one hour in office, so what are his policies? He is not racist and if you hate arrogant then you must hate Obama too.
“This boat isn’t sinking! It’s just letting us know what temperature the water is!”
There are those who think that there’s nothing we can do, now that an imperious and haughty person was chosen by a proxy called the Electoral College, with help from abroad in the person of Putin and associates.
But there is something we can do and it requires an concerted effort outside the narrow confines of politics with all the attendant restraints camouflaged under the pleasant euphemism of “ckecks and balance”. This is a noble concept(checks and balance), but in today’s gladiator-like forum called Partisan Politics, the often caustic adversarial aspect of governance negates most of the salubrious effects of a true democracy.
First of all, we need to better present ourselves by word and by deeds—both in parallel not serial. Second, we need to force ourselves to depart from a primary dependence on politics, and in parallel relearn to assert a more moral and spiritual aspect, with governance founded on a surer basis than partisanship to channel policies born from a spirit of consultation(not autocracy) into tangible equitable implementation.
To that end, reciting the first Hidden Word might start to inform us of the power of Baha’u’llah in transforming even the most hardened heart. That epigram is the following:
“O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly, and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty, ancient, imperishable, and everlasting.”
For a hardened heart to be transformed so that the “seed” of a kindly and radiant nature be planted, the person must be willing to orient herself/himself towards the “Orient” of the dawn of spiritual effulgence as represented each time a Messenger appeared on the horizon at any particular time during humanity’s appearance on the planet. To that end, there is another epigram that relates:
“O Son of Being! Love Me that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. No this, O servant! ”
Donald epitomizes a blight affecting the hearts, and the neurocircuitry of those too addicted to electronic media, racist rhetoric, sound bites, while eschewing reflection, reading books, and getting beyond earshot of TV and constant streaming and radio.
Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows talks about how our brains can be physically altered by overuse of electronic media and the habits the internet silently force us to adopt. The results are clearly manifested by the way right wing acolytes write and speak, as witnessed by Trump. You’llnotice they generally have a problem putting together cogent and complex thoughts together. They’re largely confined to tweets, repeating a slogan, one-liners of vitriol and rebukes, and simply reflex responses to what they disagree with. That’s because their brains have had the quality of “plasticity” severely altered, preventing the repair of damaged synaptic endings between neurons with healthy replacements.