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Mr. Trump once boasted that he could shoot someone in the street and not lose voters.  Well, someone was just killed in the street by a white supremacist in Charlottesville.  His refusal this weekend to specifically and immediately denounce the groups responsible for this intolerable violence was both morally disgusting and monumentally stupid.  In this, Mr. Trump failed perhaps the easiest imaginable test of presidential leadership.  Rather than advance a vision of national unity that he claims to represent, his indefensible equivocation can only inflame the most vicious forces of division within our country.
If Mr. Trump had been speaking about the overall political climate, he might have been right to say that “many sides” are responsible for exacerbating social tensions.  Yet during the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, only one side — a deranged white nationalist — was responsible for killing anyone.  To equivocate about this fact is the height of irresponsibility.  Even those concerned about the overzealous enforcement of political correctness can hardly think that apologizing for neo-Nazis is a sensible alternative.
Those of us who supported Mr. Trump were never so naïve as to expect that he would transform himself into a model of presidential decorum upon taking office.  But our calculation was that a few cringe-inducing tweets were an acceptable trade-off for a successful governing agenda.
Yet after more than 200 days in office, Mr. Trump’s behavior grows only more reprehensible.  Meanwhile, his administration has no significant legislative accomplishments — and no apparent plan to deliver any.
Far from making the transformative “deals” he promised voters, his only talent appears to be creating grotesque media frenzies — just as all his critics said.
Those who found some admirable things in the hazy outlines of Mr. Trump’s campaign — a trade policy focused on national industrial development; a less quixotic foreign policy; less ideological approaches to infrastructure, health care and entitlements — will have to salvage that agenda from the wreckage of his presidency.  On that, I’m not ready to give up.
   —  Julius Krein
From his opinion piece / editorial:  “I Voted for Trump.  And I Sorely Regret It”  17 Aug. 2017
Appearing in: “The New York Times
The original editorial is located at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/opinion/sunday/i-voted-for-trump-and-i-sorely-regret-it.html
[Okay, so we agree.  #DonTheCon is “monumentally stupid”.  And, yes, you made a mistake.  So what now?  What are you going to do about it?  —  KMAB]
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Ideals are the most powerful force known to man.  No nation’s greatness long survives the lowering of the greatness of its ideals.  And as with nations, so with individuals.  Low ideals and high station cannot long retain company.  We all must have ideals unless we are content to drift along aimlessly, ambitionless, ineffectually.  Ideals vitalize, ideals energize.
   —  B. C. Forbes
[I would put my bet on Love being more powerful (individually), but Ideals would be close behind (collectively)… — KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Just Ask “The Donald”
2015 Did You Pass On It?
2014 Even When It Ain’t, It Is
2013 Still Happens
2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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