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Trump as POTUS: the Consequences

Trump as POTUS: The Consequences

By Dennis Loo (10/29/17)

What difference does it make that Trump now occupies the most powerful position in the world? Some say (or perhaps hope) that it doesn’t matter because the office can tolerate an incompetent, as others around him will make up for his shortcomings. But this is dangerous, think what he said to nuclear weapons-possessing North Korean leader Kim alone. Think how much political inexperience surrounds him, with Jared Kushner the poster child for this, wearing his flak jacket while posing for pictures.

Trump’s inexperience is precisely why many voted for him. People expected he would learn something on the job, but no such luck, and still some remain faithful to him, so they find his inexperience refreshing: politically incorrect and saying what he really thinks. This his loyalists point to, but has anyone then asked them in response: "But he doesn’t just say something frank, he says things that are wrong."

This would be like having a really bad QB in the NFL surrounded by Hall of Famers, or a very bad pitcher in the World Series to start the game for you. You would be shellacked, no matter how good those around you might be, because none of them is allowed to outshine or make up for the main guy. His unquenchable ego is why a record number of people have been fired or quit under Trump.

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To Trump Supporters (and Those Who Aren't)

To Trump Supporters (and Those Who Aren’t)

By Dennis Loo (10/18/17)

I address this to Trump supporters but I am under no illusion that most of them will read this. It is too long for their taste anyway. Others, however, who no longer support Trump, or never supported him, will read me and when they get into discussions, or try to, with Trump loyalists, it is to them that I am mainly speaking. Because sooner or later, these questions come up and it is worth discussing them here and better understanding where we are and what future – if he doesn’t get us into a nuclear war first – is possible.

A further note – there is a lot of very important and novel arguments made here. Take your time and savor this.

In talking to those who still support Trump, one of the things that stands out is their view of media's role. "Why," they say, "do most of the media wish for the president to fail? Why are they so critical of him?"

When Trump declared war on the media and called them very early on “an enemy of the American people” and “fake news,” that was sort of a clue.

In other words, the mainstream media have been in Trump’s sites to be targeted and blamed in the first place, so they never had a chance in his book unless they swallowed at face value everything Trump and his people threw their way, contradictory though they be. That is what Fox does.

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Action and Counter-Action

Action and Counter-Action

By Dennis Loo (10/9/17)

New material added about 10 am 10/10/17 PT

Trump believes that simply saying certain things and doing certain things will result in what he wants being done – but it’s not so simple. This is irrespective of any mental imbalance he might, and probably does, have.

I am going to talk about this as if he is completely in charge of his senses. I know that there are lots of reasons to think he is suffering from early dementia and various personality disorders, but what is more to the point, Trump is not alone in confounding saying and doing, and over-simplifying the reaction to that. And I am not just talking about his followers.

He believes, for example, that by declaring that “disrespect” for the flag, opposition to white supremacy, and hostility towards (or just suspicion of) law enforcement can be ended by fiat: such as during a pep rally when he speaks to loyalists, when he tweets it out, or when he signs an Executive Order.

He declares it so, so it is. Trump said that as soon as he became President, "safety will be restored."

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Elaine Brower 2

Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12