Friday, November 30, 2018

"American Values"

Trump’s tweet early Tuesday morning criticized special Mueller and his investigation, calling Mueller "conflicted" and a "damage to our criminal justice system."

10 times, since the recent midterms. the president has used Twitter to complain about the investigation.

The "witch hunt" narrative has become so thread-bare that Trump is moving past that ploy by attacking Mueller’s character and career, a move based on Trump's personal prejudices.

Everyone familiar with Mueller's career knows he is a man of integrity and honor who has earned the public’s trust.

Tuesday's tweets were not the first time the president accused the special counsel of being conflicted, but Trump has yet to provide any evidence for this claim.

Trump does not understand this reflects on him rather than the Justice Department.

But the proof is in the pudding. Mueller's results make it clear that his investigation is anything but a partisan ploy. His investigation has indicted or yielded guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies, including two dozen Russians.

Most recently, former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort reneged on his agreement to cooperate with investigators by, Mueller alleges, feeding them false information.

Other Trump associates have pleaded guilty to lying including Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan. Who is the one who comes out looking untrustworthy?

According to a new poll from Law Works and Hart Research, 82 percent of voters, including 66 percent of Republicans, believe that "Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation, because everyone must abide by the rule of law, even the president."

Mueller embodies the core values of the American justice system: prudence, honor and integrity. Mueller is a decorated veteran who has dedicated his life to defending the country from all manner of threats, from foreign armies to terrorists to organized crime.

Trump? Hardly.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Various Impressions

Anne, in touch with middle America
“I looked for the competencies of the man.

What saddens me the most is that people don’t practice what they preach.

Thomas, Technician
My first impression was years before he became famous on the Apprentice. I picked up “The Art of the Deal” (his ghostwritten book) at the library on a whim. The first few chapters were OK but it got repetitive. I loved the Apprentice and I wish he had stayed there. He had some talent in that role.

Michael, First I listen, then I decide for myself.
I’ve never been impressed, even before his was president. And I blame the media for creating him. They gave him a lot of attention and never condemned him while encouraging his odd behaviors.
Still to be on point as long as I have been aware of him I was not impressed.

Marie, Author
Frankly, I never paid much attention to him. I understood he liked attention and thought rather highly of himself. He never struck me as particularly intelligent.

I knew he was behind the birther nonsense and figured him for a racist and an idiot, screaming for the spotlight. Why would anyone believe his bullcrap? Oh, yeah…

I’m hard-pressed to think of a wise or compassionate decision the old blowhard has made during his presidency. But one thing is certain: regardless of what he says or to whom, his presidency has served only to benefit Trump. I can only hope the next president is an adult and the next administration is capable one and will work to undo the harm this bastard is busy inflicting.

Gordon, Attorney
My first impression of him was in the ‘80’s. He was on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”. I concluded then that he was a show off, a braggart, and a bullshit artist. I called him”Don the Con” back then and he’s done nothing to rehabilitate himself in the intervening decades.

I, for one, am LESS impressed with the trumpster in the dumpster than any or all of the above.