Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

David Frum: We have gotten used to the party of the president pushing through vastly significant laws without hearings and even without accurate estimates of their costs and consequences. We are becoming used to state parties rewriting local election laws explicitly to impede voting by people who might vote against them. When we worry about democratic decline in the United States, it's important to be clear what we are worrying about: corrosion, not crisis. In a crisis, of course we'll all be heroes -- or so we assure ourselves. But in the muddy complexity of the slow misappropriation of the state for self-interested purposes, occasions for heroism do not present themselves. On the contrary, the rhetoric of "resistance" comes to seem disproportionate, strident, cranky.

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When the administration seeks to do something improper, oftentimes it is prevented -- by the bureaucracy, by the courts, by the administration's own bottomless inefficiency and distractedness. And if a few things get through, or more than a few -- we can tell ourselves that soon enough things will return to normal. The adults who are failing to discipline [Donald] Trump in the here and now can surely be trusted to clean up after him in the by-and-by.

Yet the unacceptable does not become more acceptable if it is accepted by increments. If you flow with the current, you'll be surprised where you end up. "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world," George Bernard Shaw observed a century ago. The saying is true, but it was not meant as a compliment. It will take a strong dose of unreasonableness to save the country from the destination to which it is tending.

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If Fusion GPS is correct, someone has already crossed the line into murder to keep this Trump evil hidden.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-10 07:34 AM | Reply

The country is becoming desensitized to shameless lying by a corrupt con artist... 30 something percent of them just don't care as long as their fears are assuaged by said lies.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-10 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

30 something percent of them just don't care as long as their fears are assuaged by said lies.

#2 | Posted by Corky

And as long as they "piss off" them ebil Libs.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 06:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

If Fusion GPS is correct, someone has already crossed the line into murder to keep this Trump evil hidden.
#1 | POSTED BY ZED

Accuse them of everything you're doing.

No wonder during the campaign all the trump-humping traitors kept telling me Hillary is a pedophile that has ordered people murdered.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-10 07:58 PM | Reply

This kind of thing was an old story during the fall of Rome. It's been repeated many times since. Rs have to decide if they want to repeat it here. So far they're saying they do. Sigh.

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-01-11 12:18 AM | Reply

Since I live in Florida, a state whose economy is largely dependent on it's beaches and the tourism service industry that surrounds them, I was appalled when Trump lifted sanctions on off-shore drilling.

We know from our experience with BP's "Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico and Exxon's Valdeze in Prince William Sound, Alaska, that oil companies are notoriously slow to accept responsibility for the damage they do to coastal livelihoods and a state's economy.

Thanks to Michael Moore's threat to start fracking for oil off the coast of Mar-a-Lego, Florida has been spared a sure disaster. Whether the threat was real or a bluff, it did the job. We owe him a tip o' the hat. Trump thought twice when his precious golf course came in the line of fire.

Here's the story:

deepstatenation.com ~ MICHAEL MOORE FRACKED TRUMP

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 04:55 AM | Reply

Id also like to thank REVDARKO on the "Trump Flip Flops" thread for bringing this to our attention.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 05:41 AM | Reply

"Since I live in Florida, a state whose economy is largely dependent on it's beaches and the tourism service industry that surrounds them, I was appalled when Trump lifted sanctions on off-shore drilling."

I would like to suggest that states that don't depend on tourism as much as Florida does still need their coastlines to be oil free. Other industries, like fishing depend on clean, oil free water. The United States, right now, produces more oil than any other country in the world and more than we have ever before produced in history, so why would we want to risk any of our coastlines for oil? Trump is evil. That's the problem, he doesn't really care if our coastlines are at risk, he has an ignorant base that he depends on for support and "drill baby drill" is the stupidity that they believe even in times when we don't need the oil any more. Oil is the new coal. Within a decade, even our cars won't need it. Oil well workers, start educating yourselves for new careers now! Your jobs are temporary.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-11 08:38 AM | Reply

DANNI

Any oil from fracking or drilling is usually capped or held in the reserves. But each state has to fight their own battles . . . whether it's over beaches or aquifers. Keystone has already made it clear that they consider 14 spills a year within normal parameters. They didn't specify the number of barrels.

Nobody is fighting for ANWR that I have heard. If oil companies treat ANWR like they did the North Slope they'll create an enormous environmental disaster. I've seen picture of what they left behind ~ pictures taken off the beaten path that no Chamber of Commerce would like to see published. It's a disgusting sluggy oily eyesore.

Anyway, the point of my #6 was to ridicule Trump.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 09:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

DANNI

The real reason for opening ANWR is because the North Slope is running dry. The Trans-Alaska pipeline is operating way below capacity and the oil companies that own it are losing money every day. Without ANWR, the pipeline will be out of business by 2024 on a cost-to-benefit ratio. What Trump is doing has nothing to do with the abundance of oil the U.S. is producing. It has to do with exporting ANWR oil on the world market to replace North Slope oil.

A suspicious (of Trump) person might also think that U.S. oil on the world market could be used to make or break the economy of importing countries just by turning the spigot one way or the other.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 09:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"We have gotten used to the president's party in Congress sabotaging and discrediting the investigation into foreign manipulation of the U.S. presidential election. We have gotten used to the dwindling of the State Department, the paralysis of the National Security Council, and presidential attacks on the independence of prosecutors, the FBI, and the Department of Justice. We have gotten used to the party of the president pushing through vastly significant laws without hearings and even without accurate estimates of their costs and consequences. We are becoming used to state parties rewriting local election laws explicitly to impede voting by people who might vote against them."

Sigh. You just described actions taken by EVERY President for decades. Seriously, every single action mentioned in this statement has been said about every single President since Reagan (maybe longer but I don't know), both Democrat and Republican. Even the gerrymandering was done by Dems in the 90s (some argue it was heavily done by Democrats after the Voting Rights Act but, again, that's history I don't know first hand). In other words, the country is already used to this and has been for a very long time. Typical political extremist who can't accept reality.

#11 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-11 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Typical political extremist who can't accept reality.

#11 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-11 12:23 PMFlag: (Choose)FunnyNewsworthyOffensiveAbusive

Oh, so you're a realist?

Hide the silver.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-11 12:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

HUMTAKE

"every president since Reagan?

That's funny, Obama didn't do any of those things. I don't think we've ever had a more straight arrow president than Obama.

No dinner for you. Go upstairs and do your homework! You're flunking History.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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