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And how naive an adult could be.  The birther imaginings about Barack Obama?  Just a silly conspiracy theory, latched onto by an attention seeker who has a peculiar penchant for them.  The “Mexican” Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel incident?  Asinine, inappropriate, a terrible attack on the judiciary by an egocentric man who imagined that the judge didn’t like him.  The white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville?  The president’s comments were absolutely idiotic, but he couldn’t possibly have been referring to those self-described Nazis as “good people”; in his sloppy, inarticulate way, he was referring to both sides of the debate over Civil War statues, and venting his anger about being criticized.
No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive.  He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him.  No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist.  No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot.
But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president.  Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear.  Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”?  That’s racist to the core.  It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency.  For anyone, not least a president.
What’s just as bad, though, is the virtual silence from Republican leaders and officeholders.  They’re silent not because they agree with Trump.  Surely they know better.  They’re silent because, knowing that he’s incorrigible, they have inured themselves to his wild statements; because, knowing that he’s a fool, they don’t really take his words seriously and pretend that others shouldn’t, either; because, knowing how damaging Trump’s words are, the Republicans don’t want to give succor to their political enemies; because, knowing how vindictive, stubborn and obtusely self-destructive Trump is, they fear his wrath.
But none of that is good enough.  Trump is not some random, embittered person in a parking lot — he’s the president of the United States.  By virtue of his office, he speaks for the country.  What’s at stake now is more important than judges or tax cuts or regulations or any policy issue of the day.  What’s at stake are the nation’s ideals, its very soul.
— George T. Conway III
Excerpt from his opinion / editorial: “Trump is a racist president
Appearing in The Washington Post, dtd: 15 July 2019
The full text of the editorial can be read at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-conway-trump-is-a-racist-president/2019/07/15/b13c0bd4-a740-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2dd85c1c2cbd
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In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero.
   —  Daniel J. Boorstin
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2018 But What Are You DOING About November?
Or His Elected Position
2017 Some Good
2016 Edges
Sums
2015 I Hope Not
2014 Study The Means Of Expressing Yourself
2013 That Stubborn Thing
2012 Like Mike
2011 Flawless Or Candid
2010 Browning…

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