Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

If every member of the Senate looks into the mirror and sees a future president, then every president looks into that same mirror and sees himself on Mount Rushmore. Donald Trump, a mess of a man but brimming with self-regard, probably already sees himself up there with Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. It won't happen. Instead, he'd be lucky if he can get his face on a mug in the gift shop.

It just so happens that we have a gauge of what constitutes a great president. It was compiled years ago (1962) by the historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr., who surveyed 75 of his fellow historians on the subject of presidential greatness. They came up with eight categories. Suffice it to say that Trump whiffs every one, the last being the requirement that he "possessed a profound sense of history." Next president, please.

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Trump's numbers may turn out to be just as bad -- or worse. But so far the economy is humming along, the stock market is soaring and a tax bill is on the horizon. Just in economic terms, nothing has happened yet to convince Trump voters that they made a mistake. In fact, some of the tonier ones -- modern day robber barons and such -- are smugly satisfied. The president is doing what he can to destroy both bad and good regulations, the only exception being the ban on importing trophy elephant parts. It stands.

If any of that is good then it is more than offset by lots of bad. The U.S. is rudderless in world affairs. It stands alone in doing nothing to combat man-made climate change. It has withdrawn from or rebuffed trade agreements. It has a secretary of state who is hollowing out his department so that foreign diplomats, both at the United Nations and in Washington, wander the halls seeking someone with whom to do business. The remaining cabinet officers are similarly weakened or, perversely, determined to undo their predecessor's good work. It is a political autoimmune problem....

Trump has made us a meaner, smaller people. He tweets the language of the school yard. It is full of resentment and bravado. He asks nothing of us. Instead, he validates meanness, opportunism and prejudice. At the moment, for instance, he asks us to disbelieve the many women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual harassment or what amounts to pedophilia. It is a squalid effort -- just plain dirty.

There are no metrics to gauge this sort of thing. A moral gloom, as thick as a London fog of Churchill's time, has settled over America. It cannot be measured. Only names can be counted -- the people who supported Trump and now the ones who say nothing. Moral principle has been replaced by political cowardice. This is our darkest hour.

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"the people who supported Trump and now the ones who say nothing. Moral principle has been replaced by political cowardice"

Part of the essence of redneckism. There's a reason these people like to wear hoods.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-29 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The U.S. is rudderless in world affairs.

Oh yeah.

These days Sri Lanka has more clout than USA.

Trump has made us a meaner, smaller people.

Also true. And it's delightful to see the true face revealed.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-11-29 12:17 PM | Reply


@#3 These days Sri Lanka has more clout than USA....

Two views of the US: (cartoon)
www.realclearpolitics.com

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-29 12:28 PM | Reply

Not surprising, then, that the cockroaches are out in force to support him.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-29 10:56 PM | Reply

Yea, that Asia trip really showed how little those countries thought of the USA vs how the Chinese treated Obama.. It is better to be feared than loved.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-30 05:27 AM | Reply

It is better to be feared than loved.

#5 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Says no decent, sane person ever.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-30 10:11 AM | Reply

It is better to be feared than loved.

#5 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

What Machiavelli actually said was that it's better to be feared AND loved, if you can manage it.

Remember too that his book was called "The Prince", and that he was writing for autocrats.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-30 10:15 AM | Reply

Actually it was Julius Cesar that said that, and he probity wasn't the first, his mentor Sulla said it too. The Chinese run a police state. They put people in prison or kill them for their worship, or writing a unproved prose, or protesting civil rights abuses by the government. It is the most bloody regime in history, probity more than 70 million died in the "Great Leap Froward", mostly land holding peasants. The cultural revolution probity killed more than 30 to 40 million, mostly the intellectuals and educated. They make Stalin look like a amateur. Hitler is not even in the same league. Vietnam has the distinction of having more people die or flee in five years of peace than in 20 years of war.(I have known several of those who escaped). All that pomp is their recognition that they know they have to take Trump seriously, Obama on the other hand could be treated like a economy tourist with impunity. A little reality for you folks. Most of the world is run by criminals. Adversaries and allies alike. There is a limit to our power. We can not change China or Vietnam or North Korea. But we can put doubt into their minds, and moderate their actions.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-30 01:24 PM | Reply

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