The Patron Saint of Pussy Grabbing

Right off the top, I’m laying some ground rules. It is not my intent to put forward ANY political position on this blog. I have one sole purpose for this blog, and it is to expose just how stupid religion is. My feelings about gun control, abortion, taxation, the UN, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, the Green Party, gerrymandering, road funding, the military, special interests, PACs, foreign aid, war, immigration, campaign finance, universal healthcare, condoms, Israel, forest management, trade deals, states rights, and any other topic other than religion is 1) off limits, and 2) off limits. I won’t tell you my opinion on this blog, and I will delete your comments.

I actually enjoy a good political back-and-forth, and it is not my intent to prevent any free speech. However, I could be opening a Pandora’s box here, and nobody has time for that. Therefore, I will be VERY tight on allowing the conversation to stray. Stay on target, that’s all I’m saying.

Obviously from the title, I’m talking about Trump. And very, very specifically, I’m talking about how the “religious right” has abandoned absolutely everything they claim to care about for this guy, and follow him with cult-like fervor.

That’s it. Religious people are hypocrites and engage in magical thinking. That is the only topic of discussion. Thank you for understanding and complying with my request.

On to the actual topic.

I have been around long enough to remember the religious right losing their collective shit over a bunch of issues. The office of the President of the United States especially was of particular interest, because this person naturally has the ability to affect policies that affect the world.

Let’s list a bunch of things Christians used to say were vitally important in a President: Must be Christian. Must be truthful. Must be faithful. Must have a strong sense of personal responsibility.  Must be pro-life. Must pray to God. Must not cheat on his wife. Must be against “the gays”.  Did I miss anything, generally?

Remember how much Christians screamed during Bill Clinton’s presidency? He was immoral, and he just had to go. Anyone that would cheat on their wife was not fit to be president. They were CLAMORING for his impeachment.  But suddenly the tone has COMPLETELY changed.  Now the tag line is “we didn’t hire him because he is perfect, we hired him to get things done!”

First, it’s just an admission of the right that Trump is anything BUT a “good Christian”.  They know Trump cheats on his wife.  And they also know he never takes responsibility for failure.  He fails either because it was “someone else’s fault” and he then makes fun of them, or because he “used the system” in a weird, incomprehensible excuse.  They know Trump lies.  They know Trump trying to pray would sound like Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act.”  They know all of these things at least are possible, and given the absolute best interpretation of the things we know beyond a shadow of a doubt, Trump is a vile, reprehensible character.  But they still support him.

And it really isn’t about the issues.  If it was about issues, then what was wrong with Jeb Bush?  Or Ben Carson?  Or Christie, Cruz, Fiorina, Gilmore, Graham, Huckabee, Jindal, Kasich, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Santorum, or Walker?  Every one of them would most assuredly have appointed a conservative judge, passed conservative laws, and carried on conservatively in foreign affairs.  And for the most part, there would be no need to apologize for any of these candidates behavior.

No, I can’t believe that any particular political issues are the only reason Trump was elected, and both exit polls and the Trump campaign itself say otherwise.  Trump got elected, simply, because he was going to “Make America Great Again.”

But here’s the problem. What does that mean?  How was he going to make America great again?  What was his plan?  When and why was America great?  By what standard is he measuring greatness?  Nobody seems to know, but then again, this is the key to understanding Trump followers- they believe in him JUST like they believe in their religions.  Trump says something vague and stupid, and his followers impose their own meaning and depth as they believe he meant it.

The bible says vague and stupid things, and Christians just impose their “interpretation” to it.  The Koran is a book of hatred and horror, but Muslims (most) interpret it as a “religion of peace.”  The key here is 1) belief that something is right, 2) confirmation bias to find something- anything!- to validate the belief, and 3) mental gymnastics to maintain that belief.

This really struck me after Trump’s embarrassing (by any standard of public speaking until 2016) CPAC speech, where he mentioned to the audience that it was he that gave Secretary Mattis the nickname “Mad Dog.”  Now, this is obviously false.  Taken at face value, it is an obvious and demonstrable lie.  But one of my Trumpeteer friends laughed and said that Trump didn’t mean it, he was just TROLLING all of us “Trump haters.”  And I fell for it!

But then I used a little technique I employ when I discuss the bible with Christians.

In the instance of the bible, my technique is to ask the believer if they follow god’s commandments (they of course confirm they at least try to), and then I ask about the commandments to not eat shellfish or get tattoos or wear blended clothing.  Oh, THOSE commandments we don’t have to listen to, just the 10 commandments.  I ask about homosexuality, that isn’t one of the 10.  There is an excuse.  What about the 2nd commandment not to make any graven images of any god, animal, or fish?  Stumbling excuses.  This line of simple inquiry demonstrates just how little they have actually thought about the actual text, and how much they just impose what they think is right onto the text.  The text becomes secondary, their belief about what the text says (without having read it themselves, usually) is primary.  And my questioning exposes it.

In the case of Trump’s “Mad Dog Mattis” claim, I asked my friend if Trump was just trolling when he said he would build a concrete wall?  Of course not!  Then why did he later say it could be a fence, made of steel?  Was he trolling about concrete?  Was he trolling about Mexico paying for it?  How can we tell?  Was he trolling when he asked Russia to hack emails?  Was he trolling when he said the press was the enemy of the people?  Stumbling excuses and an abruptly ended conversation.

Notice in both cases, the cognitive dissonance is irreconcilable.  Trump’s actual words and what they want him to say are two different things, and their version becomes primary.  When confronted with the conflict, the believer must create lists of possible excuses, and when further questioning fails those excuses, the believer exists the conversation due to discomfort.  This happens because the BELIEF is the most important thing to them.  Belief is the go-to skill, and damned the evidence.  And the belief skill is so well honed in the religious that it’s easy to adopt that mentality to this schmuck.  It doesn’t matter what exists in reality, what he says, or what he does.  And he helped the domestic aluminum industry, so praise be Trump!

Once it was established that Trump was going to magically fix Washington, the believers lined up and tightened their binders.  I say magically because Trump NEVER TOLD THEM how he was going to go about fixing anything.  His answer to every problem was “I’m smart, I know more than them, believe me.”  And believe him they do.  And that’s it.  That was his job interview.  Meanwhile, nearly everything that Trump says belies these statements.  He clearly doesn’t posses a high level of intelligence, as is obvious by the fact that he speaks at a 4th grade level, is easily tripped up by subjects involving more than 2 factors, demonstrates a high level of ignorance about topics, and as we now know, he threatened his school not to release his grades or test scores.  He doesn’t know more than most people, as has been hilariously demonstrated a number of times as he fumbles through topics until one of his advisers or even a reporter steps in to help him out, and by many of his statements that make absolutely no sense with a basic understanding of a topic.  I don’t care what your position is on tariffs, the point is if you have a rudimentary understanding of what tariffs are (a tax on imported goods), you will be very confused by Trump’s statements (taking money from other countries or something?).    And he is very not believable.  He averages over 5 lies or misleading statements a day, and as the wall issue demonstrates, when Trump says numerous times that he will do something in a certain way….  he probably won’t.

The list of now well documented ways Trump is a con-man and a liar are not only available to the public, they are constantly being refreshed as the man performs his daily routine of making an ass of himself.  The list of businesses he bought or built, screwed his workers, and ran the business into bankruptcy is staggering.  His affairs make Clinton and Kennedy look like innocent, blushing saints.  All fact checking websites have had to hire extra staff just to keep up with the crap that spews from his mouth and twitter account.

It is only by a concerted effort of willful ignorance that anyone could continue to support Trump.  He doesn’t follow any of the political, religious, or moral standards that anyone espoused to prior to his election, but now they willingly let him steer the country off course from the direction EVEN THEY wanted a mere 4 years ago.  It is only with the skills of magical thinking and cognitive dissonance, honed by the teachings of religions, that have allowed the sheep to line up behind the wolf with vague promises and fake enthusiasm.  You know, like a cult.

Trump’s followers exhibit all the signs. Zealous commitment to the leader. Strongly discouraging dissent. The leader must approve all actions and is always right. The ends (an unknown, mythological state of the country) are justified by the means (a lying, cheating, bully). The ‘us’ vs ‘them’ mentality.  The leader is above the law.  Shaming and guilting those outside or those that question.  Cutting ties with non-believers (informally in this case). The leader’s goals are the only important goals. Fear. Emphasizing issues outside the norm.

To get rid of the most inept, insecure, ignorant, and probably dangerous president we’ve ever had, we need to treat the Trumpeteers like cult members.  We need to treat them like a friend that is dating an abusive person.  They aren’t stupid, they’ve just been sucked in to the stupidity.  They are in the black hole of stupidity, the Trump presidency.

Unfortunately, the skills required to blindly follow are strong in America.  Hug a flag, call yourself a patriot, and you can shred the constitution without mercy.  We can’t spread REASON fast enough.

The Spartan Atheist

68 thoughts on “The Patron Saint of Pussy Grabbing

  1. The first time I saw him raise his chubby little hand in what appeared to be a Nazi salute, I got scared. When I realized the almost nightly sessions preceded by music loud enough to daze anyone (and I suspect that was the idea) were rambling rhetoric about utterly nothing except himself, I backed way off.

    And we have seen the rise of the neo nazis, the racists, the bigots, the racial slurs and the Klan. He not only allows it, he encourages it. I no longer watch, I no longer listen. When my husband tunes into him on his computer I put on earphones. And I strongly object to that incredibly subtle Make America Great Again, the implication buried in it, that we were falling behind, below, and slipping into the gutter as far as standards go. And he was going to be the dude to haul us out.

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    1. He has very dictator-like impulses. First and foremost, delegitimizing the media and directly sending his message to the followers.

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      1. and anyone who dared to deny him, or diss him was guilty of fake news. He should never have been allowed near Twitter.

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    1. I said before I was trying not to get into politics on this page, but then again I really didn’t. This isn’t about one policy being better than another, this is about someone who leads by yelling and has no policies.

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      1. And after all mentioning Trump in any form opens the flood gates.
        He has no policies, except his own muddled agenda.
        He yells, he rants, he is still fighting Obama (who has gone on to lead his own classy life and to hell with Trump) and bringing up Hillary for snacks. She may not have turned out to be the best leader, but she was still a stripe or two ahead of Trump.

        His biggest flaw is his raging narcissism. He reminds me of my mother.

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      2. Oh, it’s pretty friggin’ political. Just show this to a Trump supporter or post it on a republican/conservative site and you’ll be attacked 6 ways to Sunday for your atheist, socialist, libtard, anti-American stance. I get it all the time. Trump being an idjit SHOULDN’T be political. It should just be common sense that he’s poison for America and a bad guy. ANYONE in any political party who behaves like this should be rode outta town on a rail. That’s how it should be. Sadly, the cult followers of Trump are here to stay. It’s no wonder that so many of them are evangelicals and devout, loving Christians. Irony and hypocrisy abound in these folks.

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      3. Kinda why I finally bit the bullet and wrote this. He’s a threat to our democracy in a bunch of ways.

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      4. He is, and those who are continuing to allow him to behave as he does unchecked are as well. Really, his behavior should be seen as repugnant regardless of what one’s political party is. It’s sad that that isn’t the case for far too many. Our democracy is being deeply wounded because of it.

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  2. I found this article on the trump cult interesting. And that is exactly what it is….a cult

    https://www.gq.com/story/the-cult-of-trump

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    1. It sure is. He could come out tomorrow and claim he’s become a Democrat and every single one of his followers would cheer him on. They worship him. No matter what he does.

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      1. The only thing scarier than Trump is Pence. He never blinks. He does an excellent impression of a snake waiting for the right meal to drop in.

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      2. He’s a theocrat and pure evil.

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      3. Yeah, Trump just pretends to be a Christian. Pence is the real deal, with all the hate and hypocricy that comes with it.

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  3. What blows my mind is seemingly intelligent people support him and drool over his every tweet. While there’s always been a line between Democrat and Republican, it’s now become like the Wall that tRumpsky wants to build.

    I totally agree that support for him has become more like a religious cult … with all the trappings of worship, adoration, and mind-emptying devotion.

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    1. Well you have many intelligent people in religion too, and they will continue to believe despite common sense…

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  4. What about religion and politics? The two were pretty much inseparable throughout much of history…
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/

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    1. They both require belief, and both require followers who need a path to follow.

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  5. Religion and politics go hand in hand it seems. A charismatic leader with followers chasing make-believe. In that sense, Donald Trump is a very good politician. He’s a pied piper leading his followers down a troublesome path. Just like in religion, there is no logic or reason that people would still support him, yet they do, and they will continue to justify their support and belief in DT where possible. It’s very worrying having a pied piper in charge of your country though.

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    1. He is an amazing self-promoter. I fully give him that. I don’t give him much else.

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      1. Yeah I definitely don’t give him anything else lol. But that’s the thing with politics, those who are charismatic and good self-promoters end up becoming leaders, not those who should necessarily lead.

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      2. The conventional wisdom among people that actually understand public policy (people with degrees) is that the smartest people in politics dont become politicians, they take the bureaucratic positions and do it for a living. The schmucks do the popularity contest thing.

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      3. Yes that is true. Unfortunately the schmucks who win the popularity contests are paid much more, but I’m resigned to the fact it is what it is lol.

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  6. Which is why Adlai Stevenson lost his bid for the White House, which is why most of the Thinkers have lost, except for those bright enough to not let it show…we tend, as a nation, to distrust intellectuals, possibly because we still see ourselves as descended from tough “pioneer” stock, in some strange way…

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  7. I’m seeing this as tribalism. The religious rights’ voters value loyalty to their tribe above any consideration of a candidate’s acceptability. If their preachers say god wants them to rally around a cause, or a party, or a candidate, then they fall in line. The voters may have to twist themselves in mental knots afterwards to justify to themselves why their choice to follow was the right one, but they are already used to doing that. They have to do that every day with the ridiculous beliefs their tribe insists they espouse.

    Herr Twitler has been working for years to suck up to the leaders of the religious right. I think he promised them that if they gave him their loyalty, he would make a show of deferring to them, and give them everything they wanted. The preachers ordered their sheep to follow, the sheep coughed up the votes, and the preachers are getting exactly what they were promised: Ultra-conservative judges, anti-science cabinet picks, weakening of the social safety net, and validation of their xenophobia and homophobia.

    But those right-wing leaders are going to have to deal with the long-term backlash, as more and more people see through the whole thing and leave evangelical religion. Their most stable voter base is older, and dying off, and the young people are leaving in larger numbers than ever before. The leaders are grabbing everything they can now, because they will probably never have this level of power and influence again.

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  8. what I fear the most is the undermining of things that we have spent the last 60 or more years building up, from race relations to women’s rights to keeping the lid on loonies like the Satanists and the Klan, and in four years he has turned MAGA into Make America White Again. This whole country’s strength was the immigrant base, right from the beginning. The whole country, if you remove the melting pot aspect, would be a very different place.

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  9. Sooo what about atheist Trump voters/supporters? What do you think about them (myself included so be careful lol)

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      1. Ahaha aw come on

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      2. Well, I can’t tell you why you voted for him. Maybe you like dumb orange guys. Who knows.

        But if you voted on him based on making America great, then I must ask you what values and perception you personally projected on to his meaningless slogan.

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      3. Did you come up with the orange thing yourself? I haven’t heard that one before… Haha I am curious though what specific policies/philosophies/views you disagree with the president on? Personally, I don’t agree with everything he thinks, like regarding the environment for example; however when it comes to the economy, jobs, immigration, and most other fiscal and some social matters I tend to lean conservative. I admire president Trump for his will to serve the people and do what’s best for Americans. I also find him hysterically funny, you gotta watch his speeches/rallies if you haven’t, the guy’s a joker. Doesn’t give a shit what people think or say about him and isn’t afraid to show it. He’s an alpha and people like that. I think it’s past time we have a guy like him in office cleaning up after the liberal shitstorm we’ve had for some time.

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      4. I said I wouldn’t discuss his specific policies nor mine, and I’m sticking to that. As fun as that could be, big can of worms there.

        Trump is anathema to every statement made by religious organizations and lobbying groups prior to his candidacy. On the face of this, you could presume I would therefore support him. But he’s also incredibly stupid. And I can’t support stupidity. He’s too much of a liability.

        I’ll use this example. Tariffs. Good or bad, doesn’t matter what you or I think. But a tariff is a tax on imported goods. This means if another country ships a product here, before the buyer can take the product they have to pay a percentage of the goods worth to the government. The US purchaser is paying the government. Trump has famously fucked this up, being so confused as to say that China is “filling US coffers.” Again, I am not here to debate whether more people will or will not decide to buy US goods as a result of the tax, or if the change in trade balance means anything significant. I have my views I will not discuss now. But it is quite OBVIOUS that Trump doesn’t understand what is happening. That’s the scary part. And if he doesn’t really understand what a tariff is, even if you support them, it is highly likely that he will screw up the details. And its not just Tariffs, I’ve listened to him fumble fuck his way through basic questions on numerous topics that demonstrate his total ignorance. The question we should be asking is, is there a topic he actually understands? Not if his opinion is similar to ours, but that he actually understands! I honestly can’t think of one. Thats the danger.

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      5. I think it’s easy for people to just dismiss him as being stupid because the way he speaks is so straightforward and to the point; however when you call him stupid for his non-liberal opinions you’re also calling half the American population stupid, which I really don’t think is the case.

        Are tariffs not a policy? You quite literally discussed his specific policy there but nonetheless, I think it is very important to note that being a voter of someone does not equal agreeing with them on EVERY policy or issue. He was not voted into office because he understands the inner-workings of foreign trade, he was voted in because of the main few pressing issues that the American people are facing (like jobs, taxes, economy, immigration, military). No candidate is ever going to be 100% prepared to have ALL the answers to all the problems, and as I’m sure you’ve heard it mentioned once or twice, he is a business man not a politician. Every president has made mistakes and has had a bad idea before, that is because every single one of them has been a human being; but the point is that when he doesn’t know the answer he does know who to ask and where to find it, and I think the least we can do is appreciate the effort he’s put into changing things up and trying different things instead of cucking out to the mainstream media who are all in lockstep against anything slightly conservative.
        It just seems like a crusade to hate and bash the guy, and I find that bizarre given all the things he HAS accomplished that the left likes to forget about. I can honestly say there are things I agree and disagree with him about, but I don’t think the average Trump-basher can be that honest; If the president announced that grass is green they’d all feel immediately compelled to concoct some reason as to why it isn’t, and I can’t stand behind such dishonest bias. I have no mission to defend Trump, I don’t care if he’s right or wrong about every single issue, no one is right about everything; I care about America and Americans, and to suggest he has not done some great services for America and Americans is a flat out lie.

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      6. Easy to forget that Mrs. Clintion won the popular vote by a huge margin. And yet Trump carried the electoral college, which has always seemed fishy to me. He did not win overwhelmingly. Check the records.

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      7. Amanda, I agree with you in the big picture — that no president is perfect and will or can please everyone. But THIS president has overturned so many good things just to satisfy his rich buddies and/or out of pure ignorance of what’s best for the country in the long run that it’s difficult to see him in a positive light. Moreover, he’s a bigot and he makes no bones about it.

        I’d be interested in knowing what you think he has accomplished that’s been good for the country as a whole.

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      8. Easy…. Lets not talk policies here. I’ll suggest that we ask if Trump has shown command of any issue.

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      9. Sorry … I got carried away. I respect that it’s your blog and will cease and desist any political discussion.

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      10. Amanda, I know more about policy than this guy, and it shows every time he opens his mouth. I didnt discuss tariffs as good or bad, I used it to explain how he literally does not understand tariffs. Not only does he not understand them, he keeps insisting he does, and refuses to learn.

        Its not that he doesnt know “everything about everything”, it’s that he knows very, very little about almost everything and is proud of it. He has no desire to learn more.

        It is a crusade to get rid of the most unqualified president ever. And most of his “accomplishments” are made up. He is ignorant, narcissistic, selfish, and dangerous. And trust me, this isn’t about right or left. I have never, ever considered myself left. I still don’t.

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  10. my husband is a non-believer/atheist, as am I; he thinks the sun rises and sets on Trump, and after 50 years of marriage, if that’s his chioce, so be it. It’s one of the few things we disagree on, and when he turns on the computer to Trump, I put earphones on. It’s not worth wrecking an otherwise good relationship to start squabbling over politics.

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  11. Now and then through all of this I keep thinking, what would Cronkite have done? What would Peter Jennings have done?

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    1. Oh, wow. Maybe instead of scrolling the dozens of names of servicemen killed in Vietnam, they would instead scroll the dozens of lies he told that day.

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  12. Trump is…Fuck, I don’t have the time to write it all.

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    1. The time, the patience, nor the stomach. As a friend of mine often says, this one hurts my heart.

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  13. and just as a drive-by, I have always had my antennae up for the KellyAnne/Trump relationship…she does everything but pick teeny bits of lint off of his coat…and now that they both are gunning for Mr. KellyAnne, it does make you wonder.

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  14. Mueller has just, inadvertantly, opened the floodgates of self-righteous exultation and it’s getting very old, very fast….

    Annnd now our beloved President is doing everything but cartwheels and Fox is cartwheeling behind him. It’s almost sickening.

    Correction: it IS sickening.

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    1. Mueller hasn’t. Barr has. We don’t know exactly what Mueller said. We know what Barr said of it. We need to see the full report. What does it mean that Mueller did not exonerate Trump on obstruction charges? What is the language like? We need to see it full, at least congress does.

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      1. I think that’s what I meant, by ‘inadvertently’–and we do need to see the entire document. Not sure we ever will, but when you allow someone else to cherry pick like that, you can get all KINDS of interpretations.

        I read an interesting comment yesterday, somewhere, that said they had been watching a video of Trump from maybe 20 years ago, and he was cogent, coherent, and actually spoke in full sentences. A far cry to what we hear now. Much of what he says now is almost the language of a very young boy–short sentences, rambling…

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      2. Indeed. He’s not fit to be president. We have 17 or 18 months before 2020. Let Trump and all he’s minions think it’s in the bag that he wins now. I’m sure it it’s gonna be that easy. As deeply disappointing as the Barr report on the Mueller report is, it does not pave the way for a massive number of people to now say, “Hell yes! Trump’s a GREAT guy! I’m voting for him!” He’s a friggin’ pig, and like a friggin’ pig, he’ll soon be covered in mud again by his own doing. Time will tell.

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  15. I think he made a huge mistake by dumping on McCain; you simply do not do that to the dead, the war hero, and while McCain wasn’t perfect, he was aces above what’s in there now. He’s also still fighting the last election, and I keep thinking, you damn fool, you WON. Give it up…he seems to feel he beat Obama in some kind of hotly contested race…

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    1. There’s simply no getting around it … he an Ignoramus in the First Degree.

      Not only that, he left his clothes at home. (Did you get that? Huh? Huh?)

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      1. lol, took me two tries but yeah, I got it.

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  16. at the moment der fuhrer is on der podium being endlessly cheered by his faithful followers.
    Two things occurred to me (not for the first time): one, he has been holding these rallies from the start of his campaign, and they have continued unabated, ever since. WHY
    Second, this man has single handedly changed the tenor of the Presidency: no one has ever, in my lifetime, at least, come down this hard on opponents, former presidents, or former presidential families. He is still competing with Obama, he is still running against Hillary, he is still beating up on John Mccain, as well as sniping former presidents from Clinton to Bush. Im amazed he didn’t take out after baby Bush. Maybe next week.
    Bad form, Mr. President, very tacky.

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    1. Yes! Very bad form. But does he give a shit? I think you know the answer.
      As for the rallies? They feed his ego! And as we’Ve seen in the past, he can say ANYTHING and his groupies will cheer him on.
      Totally agree with everything you wrote!

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  17. This morning (4/2), we were solicited (at home) by two ladies who asked me “to join them in celebrating the death of Jesus”. Of course, the Savannah Bird Girl fountain was making a lot of noise, and five of the six dogs were barking their fool heads off.
    “Who?” I asked.
    “JESUS!” the lady yelled, waving a picture at me.
    “Oh, THAT mythological person. I don’t subscribe to that superstition,” I yelled back and closed my office slider.
    The look on their faces was precious. And Neal reminded me afterwards that they were soliciting (for a church, a religion, a god) in a non-soliciting subdivision, but by then they’d gone to god-bother someone else.
    Five minutes later, the rain bucketed down and they were back in their car. I GUESS their god didn’t want them to be soliciting here!

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    1. Love it! I usually keep em longer, chat em up for a half hour or so. Gotta be a good neighbor, after all!

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      1. NOT when five dogs are barking, and legally, we’re only supposed to have three (we have six; one rescue has never barked), so I like to get rid of anyone at the door ASAP. I have signs all over telling people we are NOT buying anything, including their religion, but I guess if it isn’t in the bible, it isn’t true. Or god-botherers all think they’re above the rules, as it clearly states at the entrance to our subdivision; DEED-RESTRICTED; NO SOLICITING.

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    2. And did they really say “celebrate the death of Jesus”? I instantly got an image of people cheering frantically like the munchkins in the Wizard of Oz, “ding dong the witch is dead…”

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      1. YES, that’s what kind of got me confused and I asked, ‘WHO??’ and she waved this picture at me. Just weird; who CELEBRATES a death of a supposedly good person/mythological creature, like who celebrates the death of Santa Claus (well, other than OogieBoogie in ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, but it never came to pass anyway)?

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  18. The Republican party has become nothing but a political religion. I’m so tired of wanting to learn about, and debate new problems, only to be smacked by the truth that so many people voted for this guy because that didn’t accept any of the solutions to the old problems.

    Basic 20th century solutions that include, “We should try to get along. We should debate our opponents honestly on the basis of their ideas. Nationalism is dangerous. We shouldn’t incite racial hatred or praise racists or fascists. Our leaders should try to learn as much as they can before enacting policy. We should look for as much common ground as we can with our geopolitical rivals. Democracy and rule of law are indispensable. ”

    Trump also doesn’t understand the concept of win-win in mutually beneficial international relationships. He thinks there are only winners and losers which makes him very destructive to the ties this country has inherited from centuries of diplomacy.

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    1. Very true about Trump seeming to believe there must be a loser. If anyone is benefiting other than him, he assumes he is losing. This is obvious in the ways he describes why he takes certain policy actions.

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  19. Not to mention his utterly appalling disregard for anyone living or dead that he perceives as a threat to him. He is now taking on Barbara Bush and frankly he may have just gone one step too far. She strikes me as the sort of woman who doesn’t take being dead and insulted lying down.
    Im amazed he didnt go after Baby Bush, but maybe he feels safer insulting the dead. Most of them can’t fight back.

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