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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Jon Pavlovitz: Apparently, I've been radicalized and I wasn't aware. Certain people call me the "radical Left" all the time. I never considered myself radical before. I just thought I was normal, ordinary, usual. I thought equity was important to everyone. I imagined America was filled with people who took that Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness stuff seriously - for all people. I thought the Golden Rule was actually mainstream. read more


Trump lacks certain qualities which Americans traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honor and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

After President Trump gave Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to invade northern Syria last weekend, thus unleashing chaos in the region, Trump wrote him a very strange letter. read more


Monday, October 14, 2019

WASHINGTON " A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Dan Wetzel: China, like any successful totalitarian nation, knows that the key to assuring silence and compliance rests in oversized disciplinary action against even the slightest of uprisings. Nothing gets everyone in line like an occasional annihilation. read more


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And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things: a bully.
That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff " the Queensberry rules of basic decency " and he breaks them all. He punches downwards " which a gentleman should, would, could never do " and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless " and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority " perhaps a third " of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy' is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to the American people, given that:
Americans are supposed to be nicer than that, and mostly are.
You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot more than a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays most American people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty hard to miss.
After all, it's impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of ----. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws " he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
My God ... what ... have ... I ... created?
If being a ---- was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

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Trump lacks certain qualities which Americans traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honor and no grace " all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump's limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing " not once, ever.
I don't say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the American sensibility " for us, to lack humor is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it's a fact. He doesn't even seem to understand what a joke is " his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn't just talk in crude, witless insults " he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It's all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, most of us don't. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He's not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He's more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

(pt1)

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