Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Not their president

I give Trump credit for one thing:  Every time he opens his mouth or exercises his tiny thumbs, Americans have to think about their core principles and formulate a response.  Last week he confused the Boy Scout Jamboree with a Hitler Youth rally and regaled the kids with his trademark blend of sleazy innuendo and Clinton/Obama abuse.  Michael Surbaugh, the Chief Scout Executive, responded, "I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting community...for the political rhetoric that was inserted into the Jamboree.  That was never our intent."  (According to Trump, Surbaugh called his performance "the greatest speech ever" made to them.  Doesn't sound like it to me.)

A few days later came the infamous rant inciting police violence, which drew this retort:  "The Suffolk County Police Department has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners.  Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously."  Other departments across the country concurred.  Urging people to break the law, now would that be a high crime or a misdemeanor?

Today the resistance was ramped up when Adm. Paul Zukunft told Lt. Taylor Miller, one of thirteen members of the Coast Guard who identify as transgender, "I will not turn my back on you."  The admiral is the highest ranking person so far to spurn the Commander in Chief.  This is getting interesting.

Whose campaign slogan was "Bring us together"?  Oh, yeah, Nixon.


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