Trump Is Coming Unglued (and Somebody Needs to DO SOMETHING)

Trump Is Coming Unglued (and Somebody Needs to DO SOMETHING) September 7, 2019

At what point do we raise the alarms about the mental stability of the man currently sitting in the Oval Office?

At what point will officials in the position to do something stop thinking about politics and start demanding checks on the occupant of the highest seat of power in the nation?

My fear is that will come only after we’ve reached or even breached some critical red line of national import.

What we know about Donald Trump, after nearly 32 agonizing, embarrassing, cringe-worthy months of reality TV-slash-sitcom “leadership,” is that he can always go lower. He can always get worse than our most fevered imaginations of ineptitude.

And yes, while his supporters think he is always 3 steps ahead of everyone else, and the very definition of brilliant, that is mainly a by-product of the fact that they are not.

It is amazing that this man can so freely and publicly push against the boundaries of sanity, with few to none within the Republican party willing to sound the alarms.

I mean, to be fair, we expect Democrats to screech about his incompetence, his speech, his demeanor, and anything else that can be crammed into a meme or on a bumper sticker during an election season. That’s pretty much the nature of this voracious beast called politics. Before conservatives or Trump supporters begin clutching their pearls over it, they’d be better off grasping that part of the business, first. Republicans do the same thing when it’s a Democrat trying to ruin us from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It’s just that he makes it so easy for them.

So am I simply picking on Trump for the sake of my well-documented distaste for the man?

Not at all.

A recent story from Business Insider would suggest that behind the scenes, aides and those close to President Trump are frustrated, confounded, and at their limit with a man they see coming apart at the seams.

Maybe we should listen.

“No one knows what to expect from him anymore,” one former White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations about the president, told Insider.

They added: “His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he’s losing his s—.”

This isn’t new. We’ve heard similar reports throughout Trump’s presidency.

Most recently, he has fallen head-first into a pit of nuttiness, as he’s pushed false information about Hurricane Dorian’s path.

No. Hurricane Dorian was not on path to strike Alabama. Earlier models showed a glancing possibility, among many other potential paths, but once more information was in, and after observation, it became clear that Alabama was not in danger.

The president not only clung to that, but falsified a weather map with a black sharpie, in order to show that his first claim – not that of every reputable weather bureau – was correct.

He couldn’t let it go, and his behavior spawned 1,000 hilarious internet memes.

Behind the scenes, however, more serious people were face palming and mainlining Pepto Bismol.

“People are used to the president saying things that aren’t true, but this Alabama stuff is another story,” the former official said. “This was the president sending out patently false information about a national-emergency situation as it was unfolding.”

On Friday, the obsessor-in-chief obsessed:

Trump also complained that “this nonsense has never happened to another President. Four days of corrupt reporting, still without an apology.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s because no other president was so twisted and erratic.

Later Friday, the president posted a misleading video that included a CNN clip from Wednesday, August 28, in which a reporter said the hurricane was threatening several US states, including Alabama.

The video then played the reporter saying “Alabama” on loop, cut to a clip of Trump nodding, and then to a doctored clip of CNN’s logo superimposed onto a moving truck which careened off the road and caught fire.

Because he can’t help himself. He’s ridiculous that way.

He spent his Friday tweeting and ranting, rather than addressing the damages caused by the storm or focusing on other matters of a serious nature.

He went 15 tweets and 5 maps deep on that single topic.

“He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who’s in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday.

Asked why the president was obsessed with Alabama instead of the states that would actually be affected by the storm, the strategist said, “you should ask a psychiatrist about that; I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment.”

It’s a great idea, and over the past several years, there have been mental health professionals willing to offer medical opinions, based on simply the public behavior of Donald Trump. Most of them paint a vivid portrayal of a maniac sitting on simmer.

Unfortunately, a more thorough, face-to-face and professional analysis is required. Donald Trump needs a complete evaluation from an unbiased authority in the workings and disorders of the human mind.

This isn’t picking on Trump for the sake of picking on Trump. This isn’t unfair or cruel. I’m sure I’ll get the usual protests from those who think I’m an abortion-loving, Hillary/Obama-supporting vegan feminazi, who doesn’t shave under her arms and has a “coexist” bumper sticker on my environmentally friendly hybrid car, but nothing could be further from reality.

I’m a Christian. I’m a staunch conservative. I’m an American, and I have concerns.

If our president cannot conduct himself as rational, serious, or as a professional, we should all be paying attention. We should all care.

His inability to tell the truth, or to let things go is a red flag, and it isn’t just the honor of the Trump name at stake.

It’s the well-being of our republic.

 

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  • Stephen

    Just a note for conservatives. The Democrat coalition has a conservative element. We might not be the majority but we are enough to have veto power. We will not let the party go nut left. A Sander or Warren or any Democrat adminstration will be contain. It is safe for the sake of the country to help us vote Trump out of office.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Ttrump’s obsession with Hurricane Dorrian hitting Alabama is another one of The Donald’s Twitter rants that shows he is unstable and therefore unable to fulfill his duties as POTUS. The scary part is not that Trump is mentally unstable. It is that the Republican party is willing to accept anything The Donald does or says because he has an R next to his name rather than a D. This is tribal politics at it’s worst. Our nation’s safety is in peril and no one seems to care enough to do anything about it. God help all of us if he wins re-election in 2020. And no, I am not a Hillary supporter. I am a Christian, constitutional conservative with no political home, thanks to Trump destroying the former Republican party.

  • mersey

    Too right Susan. Donald Trump is a yuge problem in America, but an even bigger problem than the man himself are the lemmings who worship his every word and the Republican Party itself. Trump could have shown a map with the hurricane hitting Montana and his clueless cult inside his Sharpie path would be buying up all of the bread and toilet paper and boarding up their windows preparing for the great flood. But my biggest problem is with the Republican Party. Most of them know better, but they are so entrenched with the power, money and greed of their lifestyles, they are more than ready to harm our country than fight the evil from the top down. I will never forgive them for this. My days of calling myself a Republican are gone forever.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    “I’m a Christian. I’m a staunch conservative. I’m an American, and I have concerns.”

    Did you have those concerns before Election Day, 2016? Did you try to talk your fellow conservatives out of voting for this screwhead? Did you use your Patheos pulpit to sound a warning? If not, then you got just what all the “abortion-loving, Hillary/Obama-supporting vegan feminazis” told you all along you were going to get.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The answer to all your questions about Susan Wright is an emphatic “YES”.

    You don’t need to come on this blog and immediately start attacking the host. She has been consistent with her values since well before Trump hit the primaries.

    Most of us here know that. Most of us were here back in 2016 and before and remember the warnings.

    Where were you ? Were you sounding any warnings or were you trying to shame the NeverTrump contingent (that has since been proven right), telling us over and over that Trump would “become presidential” or that the 2016 was a “binary election” or that Trump was the “lesser of 2 evils” and “not Hillary” ?

    Were you one of those Trump cultists that was constantly trying to browbeat people into voting for Trump or trying to shame them into voicing support for Trump ?

    On what platform were YOU raising concerns about Trump ?

    Just because President Bonespurs has now proven NeverTrump to have been right all along does NOT give you a pass to suddenly come “out of the woodwork” and start attacking people that disagree with Trump or that stuck to their principles of leadership, decency and faith in Christ an in the majority of the people in this country to eventually get things right…..

    … Just because you’re desperate, Ambrose, does NOT grant you ANY believability now that the 2020 presidential campaign season is upon us and the GOP will be attempting to bully those they cannot persuade through lies and bribery to cast votes in their favor.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    My, how ga-LAHNT of you to ride to the rescue of your damsel in distress!

    At ease, self-styled Patriot. Far from being a “Trump Cultist”, I have despised that POS since I first heard about him as a kid growing up in New Jersey. I have also had a consistently low opinion of Republicans ever since Barry Goldwater thought blowing the earth off its axis was a viable alternative to Communism.

    While it pains me to confess that I have found myself indulging in a bit of schadenfreude during the course of this “presidency” (for want of a better word), contrary to St. Paul’s admonitions in 1 Corinthians, I have also hoped and prayed fervently that the Christians who signed up for this Faustian bargain will see and discern it for what it is and desert the GOP’s sinking ship in droves.

  • Ronald Langdon

    Really!!! I think Susan has come unglued. “someone must do something” what is meant by that statement? That is a serious thing to say and Susan needs to be monitored before she completely goes insane . She calls herself a
    christian while at the same time attacking every
    christian who supports the president of our country. Susan has a perverted understanding of the Scriptures. She has now proclaimed herself one of the self proclaimed psychiatrists who stated months back that Trump was mentally ill. Look at the references she uses to make her case, usually anonymous contacts from the deep state. Oh havent you all heard of the corruption of the deep state now being investigated by BARR. Oh thats right it was all a conspiracy. Lets wait until a few more gets dragged out of the dark and prosecuted for the corruption they have all been a part-of.It is a delight to see what President Trump is accomplishing on all fronts.Your hatred blinds your common sense!! Tell me what other President recently stood up for Christians in this country? Christians have been hammered down from the Clintons and Obama long enough dont join with those who continue to do the same now. One cannot profess to be a christian and be filled with such hatred. As for the former Republican Party they were merely puppets of Obama. You are all dreaming if you think President Trump will be voted out of office in 2020.This country has denied its own foundations and leaning towards socialists-communists ideologies. Thank God for President Trump and his fight against the deep state and globalist propaganda,Main stream fake news,DOJ,FBI,Hillary Clinton Russian Hoax, All will be brought down in God’s time.

  • mersey

    Not to be rude, but I have to laugh at some of your comments. Ms. Wright is far from a damsel in distress. I have no doubt that she could hold her on with you. I assume that you don’t know that Susan was driven out of the RedState site because she’s had these views on Donald Trump well before he won the GOP nomination for president. At one point, RedState let conservatives who knew the “evil” of letting Trump become the standard bearer of the Republican party, have a voice on their site. Now it’s just another echo chamber for the Trump cultists to all write the same comments of support to each other. I know, because I was there on the comment section fighting the fight with her.

    Maybe before asking “Did you have those concerns before Election Day, 2016?” you should Google “Susan Wright fired from RedState” and read some of the articles before you make any more uninformed comments. She is one of the original conservative NeverTrumpers!

  • Desperate Ambrose

    Eh, that was just a casual swipe at IllinoisPatriot, in view of his casual swipe at me. No autopsy, no foul.

    I really was asking questions to get answers, not to be snarky. I’m actually quite glad to hear that she did, in fact, express misgivings about The Orange One right from the get-go.

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    YES!!!

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    From the moment he rode down that gaudy gold elevator, I was sounding the alarm.

  • WW
  • Michael Weyer

    Yeah, too many (like Illinois Patriot) tend to think “the left” are some hive mind who are in ultra-socialist lockstep when there are plenty of divisions. Heck, some on the left come off more conservative than the GOP do lately. Trump and the GOP will use the line of “vote Dem and straight marriage and Christianty are banned forever” when that’s never going to happen.

  • Michael Weyer

    Clearly Ambrose has not been reading your work very long….

  • Michael Weyer

    I just…wow….

    I’m half-surprised he didn’t just wait a few days to post this on 9/11.

  • JASmius

    “No one knows what to expect [out of Trump] anymore”? I beg to differ. That sentence reflects what they want to expect and aren’t getting, because they’re wishfully expecting the wrong things. Meanwhile, back in reality, we all know what to expect out of Trump, because it’s more obvious than a hairlip: He’s unfit.

    He’s mentally irregular. He’s a toddler who was never corrected or disciplined by his parents, but instead was allowed to do whatever he wanted and given hundreds of millions of dollars. Nobody in his entire misbegotten has ever told him “no” or otherwise held him accountable. Now he’s at the other end of his life, no doubt back in a diaper, and he’s still that same toddler. Which would not be a problem for anybody else if he was lodged in the memory care unit of the nearest convalescent home where he could mumble and blither at his television set and berate his caregivers as the whim struck him, but is a major problem given that he’s president of the United States.

    But all of this was eminently expectable. All one had to do to vet this man was watch his antics over the past forty years to know that he had no business being near any lever of political power at any level, much less the highest office in the land. It was crystal-transparent that he was militantly ignorant, morally bankrupt, stupendously corrupt, manifestly untrustworthy. But none of that mattered to the Tea Party-cum-#Cult45, because the only thing they cared about was “fighting”, and they gullibly believed the con and lie that he would “fight” for them and what they claimed to believe in. And the more time that has passed without his ever “fighting” for anything but himself, the more they’ve cast off their formal “principles” and invested everything in his idolatrous glorification and political survival – which will last only another fourteen months in any event.

    As to why nobody else is willing to do anything about him, it’s a combination of self-interest on at least some Dems’ part (they can’t lose next year, so maybe impeachment is redundant?), sheer scandal overload for the rest of them (where does House Judiciary focus? Obstruction? Russian subversion? Stealing military funds for the border fence? Emoluments?) and fear to the point of sheer terror for everybody else. Which is inexplicable given that nobody should fear a president whose approval average has never exceeded 43%. But that’s the crazy times in which we’re living.

  • JASmius

    You don’t have to dignify that tired, old nonsense of “if you don’t support Trump, you must love Hillary”. None of us should, because that canard is all Trumpies have, and indicative of how they themselves have sold out and become just like the leftwingnuts they claim to loathe.

  • JASmius

    I can’t help observing that the same phenomenon manifested itself in the Democrat Party during the Clinton and Obama presidencies, particularly after they lost control of Congress. At those respective points, Mr. Bill and Red Barry were, in their minds, the left’s only line of defense against what they’d delusionally convinced themselves was the all-encroaching “darkness” of….constitutionalism, liberty, free markets, and limited government. It’s basic paranoid tribalism, and very easy to recognize. What’s jarring is that we never imagined such mental impairment could ever infect the GOP, and yet there it is, unfolding before our very eyes, with a Sharpie as its symbol.

  • JASmius

    That appears to be reflected in how Slow Joe is out-polling Weekend Bernie and Fauxcohontas (that’s the actual nickname that Trump can never get right) combined in the early primary States. Now if the “nut left” could ever figure out the tactical sense of preemptively uniting behind a single candidate so that their party “lane” would be unclogged and clear for a run at Biden, who has the “establishment” lane to himself, the outlook would be different. But heck, back when the GOP was a conservative party, we never figured that out either. It’s probably ultimately how Republicans blundered into getting stuck with Trump in the first place.

  • JASmius

    The more pertinent question is why on Earth he was bringing Taliban leaders here in secret, not that he changed his mind and then tweet-leaked it. Even Obama never went that far.

  • JASmius

    You haven’t been reading Susan’s column for very long, have ya?

  • JASmius

    Don’t you think Trump ought to be mentally monitored? After all, he’s the one showing chronic, escalating mental irregularity, and he’s POTUS. And while you’re at it, you might want to sign up for monitoring yourself, assuming somebody doesn’t have power of attorney on your behalf (which would be a good idea, from the looks of it).

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Well said.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    So you’re saying there’s a “lesser of 2 evils” among liberals ? (Liberal-lite vs liberal-mainstream ?)

    I’m not buying it…..

    A “conservative liberal” is an oxymoron — like being “only a little bit pregnant”…

  • IllinoisPatriot

    It seemed like a manageable problem while the more conservative adults remained in the room and more or less in charge.

    That all disappeared when the juveniles in the GOP rigged their own convention for Trump, then took kick-backs (Reince Priebus as CofS) and have ejected all conservative principles when they unmasked their true motives to line up behind Trump.

    They left a LOT of liberty- and decency-loving voters behind when they did that…..

  • WW

    Agree. My comment was meant that Susan got more confirmation that trump is coming unglued. Even considering to bring Taliban leaders to Camp David is nuts and yes even Obama never went this far.

  • Mirror

    You all still don’t get it. Trump does it on purpose – not knowing what to expect from him gives him the advantage in every situation. While I agree he has no character, that is no more or less true than it was for Obama and Clinton – he just doesn’t put a nice veneer on it like they did.

  • Susie, you are just plain out of your mind. Get help. LOL

    BTW, Trump is going to win another 4 years. just to make you more crazy.

  • Susan has TDS so bad that even her cats have begun to notice.

  • Michael Weyer

    If Obama had even hinted at it, we’d have articles of impeachment written by nightfall.

    Cue the Trumpite places talking of how great it was for him to try it and also somehow great to call it off. Seriously, they’re supporting both.

  • CommonSenseModerate

    There is a difference though. The Trump cult thinks that their leader was hand-picked by God himself to accomplish his divine purpose for the USA. He can literally do no wrong because he is on a mission to save civilization itself. That’s not an exaggeration. The Clinton and Obama fans were bad, but they were missing that theocratic aspect.

  • WW

    I know, have already read some of the trumpidian responses.
    Taliban leaders are claiming that they declined trumps invitation for this meeting . What a sad state of affairs when you don’t know who to believe.

  • Michael Weyer

    I’m believing them. What good would come of them coming to a nation they openly despise to make a peace they don’t want overseen by a man who’s proven incapable of handling a second-rate football league without turning it into a disaster?

  • WW

    I have to agree because trump is such a liar. Probably why he tweeted it out so soon as to try and get ahead of this after it blew up in his face.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    ‘Fraid not.

  • Michael Weyer

    Yeah, claiming “I called off a meeting no one was going to come to anyway” is pure Trump.

  • There is nothing conservative about Donald Trump. I am so tired of his fan club calling anyone who dislikes him a liberal because that is so far from the truth.

  • Example A of Cult45 right here.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    The bible would seem to indicate that your god is responsible for Trump. Do you believe these verses?

    “3 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; 4 for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. 6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is due them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.”

    are all authorities put in place by this god as it states?

  • Halftrack2

    Drumpf loves the People of Alabama. He launched his campaign for Presideent in Mobile Alabama. The snake in the grass Sessions was first to endorse him. The people of Alabama whole heartedly voted for him. Alabama is the most ignnorant and uninformed state in the union and that is why Drumpf loves it.

  • Halftrack2

    You are a very sick man. Seek mental health as soon as possible.

  • Halftrack2

    My God gave me the ability to choose good or evi in the last election. When the GOP stole the nomination from Ted Cruz, I chose to write in Ted Cruz. God is in control and allowed us each one to chose his own candidate. I have never regreted my vote for Ted and may write him in again..

  • Halftrack2

    God appointed kings in the Bible, and allows us to choose our own leaders.

  • Halftrack2

    The advantage to do what? Praise the North Korean mad man that is the worse persecuter of Christians in the world? Side with Putin over U.S. intelligence? Sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, the people who sponsered the 9.11 attacks on us? Hope he loses his advantage” soon.

  • mersey

    I have no doubt that there are black helicopters flying over Ronald’s house this very moment.

  • mersey

    Stupidity is contagious.

  • mersey

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read about ten dimensional chess. Let’s hope Trump is better at chess than he seems to be at Chinese checkers.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    That’s not what the bible says. Either god is in control *or* you can choose your own leaders. You are aware that the verses I posted are from Romans, right?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    As of today, Bolton is gone, and Trump is already planning to talk to the Iranians – probably another of his “super-secret sidebars” with no other American in the room to bear witness to what Trump promises…….

    There’s no doubt the Iranians will bring up their support for the Taliban in Afghanistan and make Trump removing all troops an issue….

    According to Pompeo, Trump will likely hold his “peace talks” with the Iranians later this month at the UN in NYC – bilateral talks without any formal prep or US policy support other than Trump’s “bestest brain”.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    No, he’s not. So, Okie, how is it going with Trump getting mexico to pay for the wall? Seems he has to steal money from our military and their families to do it. And funny how people like you either don’t realize you are being lied to or just don’t care, as long as you get your hatreds fed. Now, where did dunsel donnie hide that proof he claimed to have about Obama not being a citizen?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I’m also believing the Taliban Getting so many terrorist leaders into the US and past US presidential security likely involved too many security checks for them to put up with……

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I am aware that you are cherry-picking verses and taking them out of context, then intentionally misinterpreting them in order to cause controversy.

    Once the GOP subverted their own rules at the convention in order to install Trump as the nominee, the country lost any (viable) choice for president, having been given the choice between a senile NYC liberal and a senile NYC liberal.

    Your Atheist religious views are obvious — you chose to reject God in your life and now want to prevent other people from acting on their own beliefs.

    How very “tolerant” of you and your fellow cultists.

  • Michael Weyer

    Wow, I was so busy with stuff today, missed the Bolton story. Jeez, when that guy came off more rational than Trump….

  • Cousin_Ken

    Ronald should be red flagged like every MAGA Panda that eats, shoots & leaves.

  • Cousin_Ken

    He will probBlably speech it soon near Shanksville.

  • chemical

    This comment right here shows how low Trump has brought the presidency. The Taliban and the President give contradicting stories on an event, and our instinct is to believe the Taliban.

  • Yep. you caught it from Susieeeee a long time ago.

  • Trump has done more for conservatives than any president including Reagan. You, OTOH and your NeverTrumper ilk are in bed with the baby killer, perverts, gun grabbers and fascists in the Democrat Party. Now you all smell just like them.

  • mersey

    Ouch, you cultists have a way with retorts. Der leader would be proud.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    Ms. Wright, will you allow me to respond to Christians who bear false witness or not?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    You can add to that the depths the GOP and Democrats have brought the entire profession of “politician”. At this point, (especially during campaign seasons), There is no politician or news media that can be trusted to tell the truth. Oh SOME of them make use of facts, but they pick and choose which facts they want to include, which they want to exclude from their reporting and which they want to simply make up out of thin air.

    Even the FactCheckers make up their own facts and put so much “spin” on simple facts that they are no longer spinning, but outright lying through their teeth.

  • chemical

    I wouldn’t go that far, although generally speaking I do not trust cable news or anything on social media, to the point where I deleted my Facebook account around a year ago. They’re Almighty Dollar worshippers, whose goal is to make money, not inform people.

    Generally speaking, though, I believe politicians — regardless of political affiliation — when they say what they are going to do if elected. The reason for that is because if they don’t, their voting base won’t vote for them again, and the opposition won’t vote for them because that politician is a liar. Of course, even the POTUS doesn’t have unlimited power (a lesson Trump has not learned yet), so you can plan on compromises and stuff getting shot down by the opposition. Though I don’t think Trump even clears that very low bar: During the 2016 general election, I made sure to review both Clinton’s and Trump’s platform, and Trump has done very little to implement most of the stuff in his platform, likely because he’s too busy tweeting insults at celebrities and watching Fox and Friends.

    I can see why you feel the way you do, because Trump takes up so much of the news cycle. The good news is that almost all of the bills proposed in the House and Senate are available online — anyone can download these, review them, and you can raise a ruckus with your elected representatives if you don’t think they will vote the way you want them to.

  • gimpi1

    I have never been intensely partisan, but the current Republican party embrace of a man who is clearly profoundly dishonest, insanely greedy, an inveterate liar, vengeful, an adulterer and so.thin skinned that he can’t admit the slightest error confuses the heck out of me. How could they not notice, not care? I generally vote Democratic, but I would be running at top speed away from any Democratic candidate or office-holder who acted like Mr. Trump. So would every Democratic-leaning person I know.

  • gimpi1

    There may be an advantage to unpredictability in dealing with adversaries. When you’re dealing with allies or trading partners, it’s a problem. When you couple that unpredictability with constant deception, it’s a disaster. People who you have common interests or agreements with can’t trust you.

    We’re shredding alliances and partnerships that it took decades to create. We’ll be decades repairing this damage.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Your approach is exactly what the politicians (and their advisors) have come to count on. They don’t need you to actually believe them – just to think put enough trust in them during the elections cycles to cast your vote for them. Once your vote has been cast, they no longer need to even attempt to make good on their promises and are free to pass any legislation they want that will be binding on us but that that will exempt them and their “friends” from the negative consequences. The next election cycle it starts all over again.

    Meanwhile the country sinks farther and farther into socialism and depotism because electorate simply cannot believe that the politicians are as cynical and calculating and uncaring as they truly are.

    By making promises that they KNOW they cannot keep, they feel no reason to even ATTEMPT to keep their election-year pledges and as a consequence (to the politicians) whatever is said on “the stump” is meaningless once they get elected (or kicked out). The ONLY thing that matters is that they get re-elected so they can get another term of power and privilege.

    Politicians have now voted themselves so much privilege that they have essentially become a US “aristocracy”, no longer responsible to the people – trading votes and favors for ever-more personal power and influence. If it were not for the pesky Constitution that specifies that periodically they must actually look like they are making “progress” or “doing something”, they are quite happy living the life of privilege (exempt from most local laws and globe-trotting at taxpayer expense, etc) and excess.

    If politicians were actually expected to produce results in the same way business owners and board-members are expected to do (enacting workable policies and actually investigating Constitutional violations WITH PROSECUTIONS AND REAL CONSEQUENCES), we’d see either a cleaner WashDC or massive turnover in Congress – we are seeing neither. This is because the politicians know that between elections, they can do whatever they want (or nothing) as long as they continue to make empty promises to the electorate during the voting season — promises they know the electorate wants to hear, but that they KNOW they have neither the ability nor the inclination to actually work on. Once the election is over and the votes have been tallied, the lies and empty promises they made have usually proven successful in getting them re-instated for another term and they can return to their lives of privilege and “nobility” — return to “their” (personally owned — and divinely-granted) Congressional seat where they can again extract more money fom special-interest groups in exchange for betraying the people that voted for them.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I found Obama and both Clintons to be just as dishonest as Trump, but much sneaker and able to hide their dishonesty and corruption much better. That’s not only why I have broken from the Republican Party, but also why I started voting Republican with Ronald Reagan and have never voted for a Democrat.

    I used to believe that the Republicans that sold out or passed Democrat policies had no choice because they were somehow getting someting for their sell-outs, but after watching the Democrats renege on their immigration deal with Reagan and the GOP sell out to (and defend / protect) Trump, I am re-thinking past actions of the GOP and (in hindsight) see that selling out the voters for personal gain has been a growing pattern in the GOP that has lagged the Democrat pattern of selling out the country for personal gain.

    Democrats have gone (recently) from Obama kissing up to Cuba’s Castro in super-secret meetings (even inviting Castro to the US for those meetings) and his disastrous “Presidential Deal” (that never became a treaty and was never properly blessed by Congress) to The GOP now havnig Trump kissing up to Kim Jong Un, Xi Jing and Putin and deciding to hold secret talks with the Taliban and Russian negotiations without any other US representative in the room to hear what Trump is trading away.

    There is a serious pattern of increasing betrayal that is being overshadowed and covered up by the complicit news media and the political consultants and special-interest lawyers using gag orders, improper claims of “national security”, and outright lies and prosecutorial harassment to silence whistleblowers and witnesses going on in DC and politicians of BOTH parties are protecting the guilty (Pelosi is now saying that impeachment is “off the table” in order to protect Trump (or the Democrats that won’t vote to impeach Trump or Democrat election chances or whatever…). Pelosi now joins the ranks of those that are protecting Trump from the consequences of his own actions for personal or political gain.

  • Trump has 5 more years to make you cry you lightweight wimp.

  • mersey

    In the Land Of Trumpers, the apples haven’t fallen far from the tree.

  • ColoradoSusan

    Susan Wright never does her research before writing. NOAA officials announced that they TOLD President Trump that at that time it looked like Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama. Also, the media spent far more time on #Sharpiegate than Trump did.
    Too bad that Susan Wright didn’t bother to find the facts before she wrote.

    Remember when Susan Wright wrote the article on Eddie Gallagher saying that it was clear that he was a war criminal? At the time of her writing, there was a ton of information on Gallagher’s case that Wright never even bothered to read. I doubt she even knew that information existed.

    A professional would print a correction after finding out that he or she had been wrong. Not Susan Wright. I’m surprised that she is given any outlet for her poorly researched articles.

  • Pennybird

    Point taken on the politics, however his mental instability has been a subject of national discussion for about three years now, intensifying recently. Fox News and other conservative outlets are loath to admit publicly what is clearly on display, but many others have been covering the clown show as the clown show it is.

  • Pennybird

    Clinton is certainly shady, but never once did he try to subvert democracy to suit his greedy ends. Obama is clean as a whistle and whether you like his politics or not, you have to agree conducted himself with dignity as president. In no way can either of them be compared to the crook in the White House now. He hasn’t had a honest day in his life, unless it was by sheer accident.

  • Greg Wertz

    At what point do we raise the alarms about the mental stability of the man currently sitting in the Oval Office?

    You mean the way vast numbers of people did the moment he announced his candidacy?

    At what point will officials in the position to do something stop thinking about politics and start demanding checks on the occupant of the highest seat of power in the nation?

    I’m guessing that the officials you are thinking of will respond to this plea the moment a Republican does not occupy the highest seat of power in the nation.

  • mudskipper

    Susan–I hope all is well with you and you are just too busy in your personal life to post.

  • Principled Conservative

    #NeverTrump

  • Principled Conservative

    One must not criticize Dear Leader, right? This isn’t North Korea.

  • Principled Conservative

    It’s time to pray to Trump, your lord and savior. And don’t forget this hour’s dose of kool aid.

  • ColoradoSusan

    I couldn’t care less if Susan Wright criticizes Trump. It’s good to keep our eyes on our President.

    That’s not my issue with Susan Wright. It’s that she rarely does any research before she spouts off. Immature writing.

  • mudskipper

    The media spent more time on sharpiegate because it was such an utterly bizarre and childish thing for Trump to do. Everything about it spoke of a deeply unprofessional and unbalanced President.

  • ColoradoSusan

    You believe that? The media spent so much time on it because they’ll do anything to get Trump. The media is deeply unprofessional and unbalanced.

  • mudskipper

    Yes, I do believe that. Trump behaved in a way that no normal human being, let alone a normal President, would behave. It was the very definition of conduct unbecoming.

    And, yeah, despite your claim about being willing to criticize the President, the fact that you have chosen to criticize the press, not the President, over this incident speaks volumes.

  • You aren’t a conservative you are in bed with the baby butchering Democrats. You are no better than they.

  • Yep and you have been a turbocharged nutcase ever since. LOL

  • John225

    Where have all the fiscal conservatives gone? Trump certainly ain’t one with his trillion dollar federal deficits while the economy is pumping or is it really. Trump suspended the debt ceiling so now the alarm bells won’t be going off as the debt mounts (23 trillion and counting). Ignorance is bliss, until it isn’t. To give you an idea how much a trillion dollars is, with a trillion dollars you could pay a million people a million dollars a year for doing nothing, or you could pay 20 million people $50,000 per year for doing absolutely nothing with a trillion dollars a year. How about 33 million people $30,000 per year, thats almost 10% of the population. That is a lot of people in unproductive work. Where are the Republicans who held the country to ransom under Obama as the debt mounted triggering the debt ceiling? Traditional financial policy is to pay down debt during times of prosperity so that when times get tough the country has the reserves to weather the storm. Trump is doing the opposite of this running up the debt during times of prosperity. This ensures the country will not be in a good position to weather the next down turn but he doesn’t care because by the time it all blows up he won’t be president. Obama put protections in place after the last financial crisis to ensure banking institutions held sufficient cash in reserve, Trump has removed those protections so more financial institutions will likely fail during the next down turn doing more damage to the greater economy in the process not to mention the cost to individuals who use those institutions. Spendy liberals with extensive entitlement programs are also most definantly not fiscal conservatives. Obama was trying to stave off a recession, what is Trumps excuse?
    Trumps trade war (mostly with China) has been said to have been started to combat the growing trade deficit I believe its roots lie elsewhere. A trade deficit is basically a country consuming more goods than it produces measured by valuing those goods in monetary terms. A budget deficit is when a country spends more money than it earns. The two are not entirely unrelated. One is federal and the other is a combination of federal and private. It is not a coincidence that when Trump cut taxes (reducing revenue) the budget deficit grew and so did the trade deficit almost in lock step with each other. Balancing the books would go a long way to addressing the trade deficit. Another reason for the trade war on China could be to prevent China becoming the largest economy in the world. Slowing China down for a bit until its aging population due to the one child policy takes over will effectivly prevent China becoming number one. I can see how this would be difficult to justify as a reason to slow the economies of the entire world and flirt with the next recession so the US can remain the number one economic power in the world. If Trump were to raise taxes and cut spending and bring the deficit under control the trade deficit would also come down and his excuse for the trade war would go away. Hence on the cusp of a trade deal with China some antagonising policies roll out. Some times I think Trump is crazy like a fox.