Posts by: Abe

Is it a stretch to suggest that President Trump is now preparing America for new rounds of ethnic cleansing?
The record clearly tells us that it is not a stretch. Particularly after his crude unhinged outburst in a bipartisan White House meeting on immigration.

He questioned immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole” countries and called for more welcoming immigration policy for countries like Norway. Oh, racial as well as ethnic, white vs. color.

He is seriously threatening the expulsion of 200,000 Salvadorans who have no legal standing even though they’ve been here for 15 years.


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When A Laugh Is Unstoppable

On January 14, 2018 By

I struggle not to laugh. I tell myself that the condition is too serious to laugh. That the soul of democracy is at stake. That people should not be exposed by the minute to a clownish hulk in the Oval Office who by actual count by fact checkers has already told 2,000 lies in his first year but responds that America’s libel laws are a shameful “disgrace” because his critics get away with so much..

I struggle not to laugh at the incoherence of an American president. But I then find myself laughing when he responds to a question by […]

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I’m sure that by now you’ve heard or seen President Trump’s epic assertion that he is a “stable genius”.  In a split second he vaulted himself into the rarified ranks of Einstein, Mozart   and Leonardo, to name a few in a very special group of human beings who were too occupied with their remarkable work to think of themselves that way.

But wait.  While genius has become a commonplace  identity for an  extraordinary mind, body or spirit,  there’s another, less tidy,  definition  going all the way back to ancient Rome.  For some,  at least , genius could betray a person  […]

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Onward Into 2018?

On January 7, 2018 By

As we begin  a new year  of Trumpism, will we witness a greater acceptance of reality and honesty under the gathering clouds?

Or remain frozen in the wake of Donald’s rigid success with his “base”?

It seems the right time to again quote a passage from Orwell’s “1984”  as the measure of American democracy:

In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully  on people incapable of understanding it.  They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity  of what was demanded of them, and were not […]

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Ode to Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

The gingham hog and the calico bat
side by side in the White House sat;
’Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Not one nor the other
had slept a wink!

The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.

(I was n’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate,)

The gingham hog tweeted “Drat! Drat! Drat!”

And the calico bat flapped its wings like […]

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The Un-Golf Of Trump Golf

On January 3, 2018 By

I should begin by admitting that I know very little about golf. I once spent no more than an hour in training with a hometown neighbor who said golf was so important to a full life. But after I drove a ball out of sight with my first swing I realized there was something missing in a sports activity that had forced you to spend so much time walking and so little time with a club in hand.

That awful thought arose as the TV news transported me to the seven-day marathon glimpsing President Trump ambling on his own custom-tailored […]

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“My country ’tis of ME, sweet land  of the money tree” — D. Trump

No matter the tortuous path, the president can finally enjoy the hefty tax break for his estate, otherwise known in the vernacular as tax reform for the hard-working middle class that doesn’t fly away to a luxurious Florida spread  on  week ends to play golf.

We won’t know how big this windfall scribbled by his complicit Republican congressmen will be because he won’t release his income tax papers and his congressional allies aren’t pressing him to do so. He once said he would show us the numbers […]

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A Dent In Gangland Democracy

On December 19, 2017 By

King Trump’s brief reign as the animal, mineral and vegetable of America’s power and glory took a direct hit in Alabama that stunned even his most loyal of stooges. It didn’t help a bit that after Republican Roy Moore’s loss to Democrat Doug Jones the president breezily shrugged that he knew all along that Moore was a loser. Trump then returned to his his work of protecting every citizen and making America… um, great again!

It’s understandable that Trump, the self-styled tour de force of gangland democracy, would try to bury the loss instantly – one of  his four endorsements […]

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Circle the calendar. Tuesday was the day that the President of the United States called a female U.S. Senator a “whore.”

He didn’t exactly use that word. Worse: He tweeted that  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, was a “total flunky” for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and “would do anything” for money. The President of the United States said that.

That was Trump’s tweeted response after Gillibrand called for his resignation.

It was left to battle-weary White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to spin it that people in politics often criticize  each other. But “whore”?  Implied, or otherwise?

Others […]

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Let It Snow

On December 12, 2017 By

’Tis the  season:

When a reporter asked Donald Trump about all of the vacancies at the Department of State he batted away any notion that it would harm the U.S. in an increasingly troubled world, asserting:

“I’m the only one who matters.”

That earned him, without challenge, my Grumpy Abe  Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award of the year.

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After igniting grave protests around the globe with his insufferably dangerous decision to move the U.S. embassy  to  Jerusalem, Trump headed south to campaign for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate who is so disreputable that […]

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The Pathetic RNC Supports Moore

On December 11, 2017 By

Now that the Republican National Committee has thrown it’s financial and moral support to electing Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate, it gave us a whiff of what the RNC is all about – at whatever cost. Mostly, I believe, it offers its members the ceremonial responsibility of naming the site of the next presidential convention and drafting a porous platform that gives its members a sense of political value. For some, it will provide opportunities to be invited as speakers for local Lincoln Day dinners.

But with Roy Moore menacingly hanging overhead, the RNC has not only endorsed him […]

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