Donald Trump is trying to remake America  into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values

Donald Trump is trying to remake America  into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/opinion/trump-kim-north-korea-allies.html?action=click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=Opinion

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First Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image, and now he is trying to remake America the same way — into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values, ready to stab any ally in the back on Twitter if it doesn’t do our bidding and much more comfortable with mafia-like dictators than elected democrats.

God forbid we become the United States of Trump. That would threaten our future and the stability of the world. The world has come to rely on an America that, more often than not, has been ready to pay any price and bear any burden to do the right things, say the right things, model the right things and stand for the right things — when others were unwilling or unable to do so.

All the tangible and intangible benefits flowing from the global order we generated helped to make us the richest, most secure and most respected nation in history. We need to make that prosperity more inclusive, but becoming the Ugly America will make us only more insecure.

Fox News Chorus: That’s awfully churlish, Friedman. After all, Trump may deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for the denuclearization deal he just forged with North Korea.





I’m glad Trump sat down with Kim Jong-un — nothing else has worked. But Trump is so dishonest, so much better at breaking things than making things and such a chump for anyone who flatters him, it is way too soon to say what will be implemented out this Singapore fling. If it’s the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, I’ll personally nominate Trump for the Nobel Prize. But let’s see.

For now, I’d only nominate him for the “Ignoble Prize.” It’s given to the leader who uses his presidential prerogatives to undermine the personal security of his citizens and values of his nation in more ways in just one year than any leader before him.




Tell me, are you really feeling more secure today?

Not if you have a pre-existing medical condition and are relying on Obamacare to guarantee your treatment if you change health insurers. In case you missed it, in all the tumult Trump has churned up lately, his Justice Department quietly indicated last week that it would not defend major parts of the Affordable Care Act that pro-Trump forces, having failed to kill it in Congress, are now trying to kill through lower courts. And this includes the requirement that insurance companies guarantee access to coverage without bias against people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The implications? Senator Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who voted against repealing Obamacare, put it best: The decision not to defend key provisions of Obamacare — in a suit filed by Texas’ attorney general and 19 other states — “creates further uncertainty that could ultimately result in higher costs for millions of Americans and undermine essential protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.”

Are you feeling more secure?

Trump just picked a fight with our closest NATO allies, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — whom Trump’s team said “stabbed us in the back” after Trudeau’s mild-mannered defense of his own country’s trade policy on dairy imports. This after Trump has had nary a word of censure for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who stabbed us in the chest with the biggest cyberattack on our democracy ever.








What happens if there is another 9/11 and we need Canada’s help for something more than buying our milk? What country wouldn’t want Canada as its neighbor? Our president is compromised on Russia and is rapidly alienating every ally with whom we confronted Nazism, Communism and radical Islamism in the last 70 years.

Are you feeling more secure?

The Times reported last week that “Trump is the first president since 1941 not to name a science adviser, a position created during World War II to guide the Oval Office on technical matters ranging from nuclear warfare to global pandemics.” He relies on his “instincts” instead, and his instincts told him that climate change is a hoax.

So let’s see: In the case of North Korea, even if there was just a one-in-a-million chance Kim Jong-un would launch a nuclear missile at us, Trump said we must do everything possible to buy insurance so that it can’t happen — even if it meant pre-emptive war.

But in the case of climate change — where an overwhelming majority of scientists in Trump’s own government say human-induced climate change is 100 percent real and we need to join with the other major industrial powers in the Paris climate agreement to reduce carbon emissions to avoid the unmanageable aspects of climate change and manage the unavoidable ones — Trump chose to scrap Paris, throw away any insurance and move to revive coal.

Interestingly enough, Jim Bridenstine, the Oklahoma congressman whom Trump appointed as his NASA administrator, and who came in as a climate-change skeptic, told NASA employees at his first town hall last month: “I fully believe and know that the climate is changing. I also know that we human beings are contributing to it in a major way.”

Are you feeling more secure?

Following a barrage of lobbying by chemical companies, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency just decided to scale back how the government decides health and safety risks linked to the toxic chemicals used in dry cleaning, paint stripping and cosmetics.





“The approach means that the improper disposal of chemicals — leading to the contamination of drinking water, for instance — will often not be a factor in deciding whether to restrict or ban them,” The Times reported.

Are you feeling more secure?

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the corporate tax cut that Trump’s Congress passed, along with the $1.3 trillion spending bill — including a huge surge in military spending — will, even with higher economic growth, add some $2.6 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

If interest rates rise even moderately, as expected, in the next few years, budget experts believe that nondiscretionary spending on interest on the debt, government health care programs and Social Security will leave virtually nothing left for us to invest in improved bridges and roads, scientific research, new weapons systems, education programs and housing.

Both parties have contributed to this problem, but Trump has just sharply exacerbated it — without ever taking the C.B.O.’s projections into account.

Are you feeling more secure?

Add it all up and you have a president tearing apart a range of longstanding accords and relationships at once — without any serious expert input — just to serve his short-term needs, satisfy his unhinged and now unrestrained instincts or feed his hatred of his predecessor.

Are you feeling more secure?

Sure, if climate change turns out to be a hoax, it won’t matter that we have a president who doesn’t believe in science. And sure, if we get consecutive years of exceptionally high growth, and no recession, maybe we’ll grow out of the massive increase in the national debt Trump took on with his corporate tax cuts.

Maybe China, Canada and our European allies will indeed bend to our will on trade and it really will be easy to win multiple trade wars at once. Maybe if another 9/11, or global recession like 2008, never materializes we won’t need allies and we really can cozy up to Putin. And, sure, if health care costs miraculously drop on their own, it won’t matter that Trump destroyed Obamacare without putting anything in its place, let alone something better and cheaper, as he vowed.

Sure. And maybe Justify will win the Triple Crown again.

Are you still feeling more secure?


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JohnRussell
1  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

I’d  nominate him for the “Ignoble Prize.” It’s given to the leader who uses his presidential prerogatives to undermine the personal security of his citizens and values of his nation in more ways in just one year than any leader before him.

 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Another big yawn here....BlahBlahBlah

 
 
Sean Treacy
2  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Trumpism:

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

 
 
It Is ME
3  It Is ME    2 weeks ago

FUNNY !

"The world has come to rely on an America that, more often than not, has been ready to pay any price and bear any burden to do the right things, say the right things, model the right things and stand for the right things — when others were unwilling or unable to do so."

In case you haven't noticed, that is what Trump is trying to "Change".

Remember Mr. and Mrs. Liberal/Progressive....you were the ones SCREAMING that the U.S. is not supposed to be the "WORLDS" police department.

Did you all forget that part ?

It's time "The other WORLD contributors? stood up and show us they can be ready to pay any price and bear any burden, do the right things, say the right things, model the right things and stand for the right things — when others were unwilling or unable to do so."

Clapping

 
 
MrFrost
3.1  MrFrost  replied to  It Is ME @3    2 weeks ago

Allies bad, fascist murdering dictators good... Got ya, good talk. 😐

 
 
It Is ME
3.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  MrFrost @3.1    2 weeks ago
Allies bad, fascist murdering dictators good..

Whatever makes YOU "Feel" good.

Sometimes...."Friends" need a WTF moment thrown in their faces. They remain "Friends" if they can take it !

"Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness."

Euripides

 
 
JohnRussell
4  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Donald Trump Is Trying To Remake America  Into A Selfish, Dishonest Country With No Close Friends, Totally Unpredictable, Free Of Any Commitment To Enduring Values

In other words he wants to remake America in his own image. 

He thinks he's God. 

 
 
MrFrost
4.1  MrFrost  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 weeks ago

He's a gad damed fool and an idiot is what he is.

 
 
Greg Jones
4.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  MrFrost @4.1    2 weeks ago

You tell 'em Frosty!

 
 
Hal A. Lujah
5  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Trump destroyed Obamacare without putting anything in its place, let alone something better and cheaper, as he vowed.

That is such an understatement of what he actually said.  The words he used were “a tiny fraction of what we pay now, and it’s going to be so easy.”  The fact that any American bought into such an obvious lie is an embarrassment to humanity in general.

 
 
Tessylo
5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    2 weeks ago

'Who knew healthcare would be so hard?'

 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    2 weeks ago

"Who knew running the country would be so hard?"

 
 
Fireryone
5.2  Fireryone  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    2 weeks ago
The words he used were “a tiny fraction of what we pay now, and it’s going to be so easy.”  The fact that any American bought into such an obvious lie is an embarrassment to humanity in general.

He also said it would cover every one and that those who couldn't pay would be covered by the government. 

 
 
Landshark
5.3  Landshark  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    2 weeks ago

Yep the corrupt DC establishment including all the lobbyists and vested interest in the status quo helped avoid the trashing obummercare as it deserved to be.

 
 
Hal A. Lujah
5.3.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Landshark @5.3    2 weeks ago

What do think about the prospect of existing condition protections being eliminated?  Does that make your tiny, black heart sing?

 
 
Greg Jones
5.3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.3.1    2 weeks ago

There is no likelihood of that happening. Got a source that says otherwise?

 
 
Landshark
5.3.3  Landshark  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.3.1    2 weeks ago

 I think you better find a different excuse. 

 
 
Hal A. Lujah
5.3.4  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.2    one week ago

Maybe you need to talk to Jess Sessions.

The administration said it agrees with Texas that the so-called individual mandate will be unconstitutional without the fine. It also said that provisions shielding people with medical conditions from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums and limiting how much insurers can charge older Americans should fall as well.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/sessions-takes-aim-heart-obamacare-coverage-pre-existing-conditions-n881396

 
 
Veronica
5.3.5  Veronica  replied to  Landshark @5.3.3    one week ago

Why should a different "excuse" be needed?  It is not an excuse.  It is real life & if it doesn't affect you you should be glad.  It affects millions of people.  You may not care if people die because they cannot afford their meds because the insurance company denies on the pre-existing condition clause, but I do.  My daughter survives because of it.  She is a productive member of society.  You people do not think beyond your nose.

 
 
1stwarrior
6  1stwarrior    2 weeks ago

Damn John - you would have fit right in with the groups of folks who were against Washington's and Jefferson's and Adam's America.

Sad.

 
 
JohnRussell
6.1  JohnRussell  replied to  1stwarrior @6    one week ago

You are comparing the shockingly embarrassing clown Donald Trump to Washington and Jefferson? 

What in god's name has happened to you 1st Warrior? 

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

"What happens if there is another 9/11 and we need Canada’s help for something more than buying our milk? What country wouldn’t want Canada as its neighbor?"

Why is it considered necessary to force another country to buy one's products that they don't need because they produce their own? 

 
 
bbl-1
8  bbl-1    2 weeks ago

Trump is the errand boy.  The hand mitten for the oligarchs.  Supply Side Economics bore the necessity of Citizens United and the time is nigh for the Ayn Rand crowd to get their due.  Gorsuch is the true king.

When Trump's usefulness is done, his money laundering will take care of him.  America needs an untarnished billionaire.  The christo/fascists will demand it.

 
 
Dean Moriarty
8.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  bbl-1 @8    one week ago

“and the time is nigh for the Ayn Rand crowd to get their due.”

As my grandfather used to say the cream rises to the top. The Any Rand crowd have always been on top because they put themselves there. They are the best of the best and deserve the admiration they receive. 

 
 
Tessylo
9  Tessylo    one week ago

'As my grandfather used to say the cream rises to the top. The Any Rand crowd have always been on top because they put themselves there. They are the best of the best and deserve the admiration they receive.'   Makes No Sense

They're basically a bunch of cut throats who had every advantage and got to the top by no virtue of their own and pulled the ladder away from those trying to use those same opportunities (like lying little Paul Ryan).  

They're a the 'I got mine Jack - fuck you' crowd.

 
 
Dean Moriarty
9.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Tessylo @9    one week ago

Good I’m glad they have theirs. They won’t be the ones voting for socialist politicians that steal from one and redistribute to another. 

 
 
Tessylo
9.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dean Moriarty @9.1    one week ago

crazy

That's exactly what the freaking fucks like Donald Rump and his whole cabinet of gangsters, grifters, thugs and thieves do - steal from us and line their own pockets.  

 
 

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