Friday, September 7, 2018


President Trump is certainly seized with the story in the New York Times, attributed to a White House insider, detailing ongoing  attempts to moderate some of his (Trumps) impulsive behaviour.

Trump has labeled the so called whistle-blower a traitor and demanded the NYT identify the person as he/she poses a danger to national security.    The chances of the NYT doing that are sub-terranial.  

It is interesting that the leaker used the word 'lodestar' in the article.    That word is not in common usage although it is fascinating that Vice-President Pence is on the record as having used it several times.    Pence has denied he is the leaker.   If you accept that then it appears the real leaker has used that word in a not too subtle attempt to divert attention from him/herself.    The sole remaining scenario is that the story in the NYT is a complete fabrication ... I think not.

Whatever, the Trump White House is clearly not a happy place right now.


David said...

No idea who the author(s) may be, but who ever it is is not the hero they paint themselves to be.

David Frumm has an excellent piece in response.

If the president’s closest advisers believe that he is morally and intellectually unfit for his high office, they have a duty to do their utmost to remove him from it, by the lawful means at hand. That duty may be risky to their careers in government or afterward. But on their first day at work, they swore an oath to defend the Constitution—and there were no “riskiness” exemptions in the text of that oath.

The author(s) are morally vacuous, claiming the high ground but keeping Trump in place because all they really care about is tax cuts for the rich, grinding the poor, and more guns and bombs.

Frumm concludes Your service in government is valuable. Thank you for it. But it is not so indispensable that it can compensate for the continuing tenure of a president you believe to be amoral, untruthful, irrational, antidemocratic, unpatriotic, and dangerous. Previous generations of Americans have sacrificed fortunes, health, and lives to serve the country. You are asked only to tell the truth aloud and with your name attached.

The Veteran said...

David ... I don't think the writer was trying to project as any sort of hero. Frum is spouting intellectual crap ... the only 'lawful' way a serving President can be removed from office (other than impeachment) is for the Vice-President and a majority of the Cabinet to declare in writing to the President pro tempore of the senate that the President is 'unable to discharge the powers and functions of his office'.

In effect they would have to determine 'he' was insane. The fact that Frum considers Trump to be 'amoral, untruthful, irrational, antidemocratic, unpatriotic and dangerous' does not meet the test. There have been many amoral (Clinton/Kennedy), untruthful (Nixon), irrational (Johnson), antidemocratic (Hoover), unpatriotic (Trump) and dangerous (Carter) Presidents.

Trump might be considered mad but that does not make him insane.

David said...

Veteran, did you read the NYT piece, or just the summary?

Maybe you just skimmed it and missed these words The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Veteran is a historian. He doesn't read fiction printed in dog eared political rags. That's your staple diet.

David said...

And here I was thinking you were the only one here reading The Oz.

Anonymous said...

All Trump is doing is openly demonstrating the accuracy of the criticisms of himself in the NYT op ed and in Bob Woodward's book. We don't need to know the veracity of either, because it is self-evidently true. The real question is not whether Trump's administration have actually said these things about Trump, but why haven't they all acknowledged Trump's character behaviour, which makes him totally unfit for office?
Why are they covering up for Trump, and not stating the obvious? Trump is an off the scale narcissist. He thinks himself so important, he delusionally sees himself as having special abilities beyond all other humans, and of being the most intelligent human being that's ever lived. Whereas the rather obvious fact is that he's a rather stupid and ignorant person, who doesn't learn from his mistakes.
This combination of traits and his inability to see his limitations, makes him incredibly dangerous in such a position of power. Trump is acting like a deluded megalomaniac dictator and autocrat, where no criticism of him is allowed, and anyone saying anything other than praise, should be crushed. Again, it speaks volumes about Trump's cabinet, the whole administration, and the Republican Party, that they refuse to acknowledge what anyone with their eyes open should be able to see. What is their position? That if people elect a pathological liar, a conman, a criminal, a deviant, someone who is seriously deluded about their own abilities, that we need just to put up with it, and grin and bear it, without anyone ever mentioning the obvious, let alone being critical of it?

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... all of that may be true (and probably is) but the reality is that for the 25th Amendment to come into play the VP and half the cabinet would have to declare that he was insane and he's not ... stupid (your descriptive) maybe, dillusional (your descriptive) yes, ignorant (your descriptive) maybe, doesn't learn from his mistakes (your descriptive) yes, liar (my descriptive) yes, unfit to hold office (our joint descriptive) yes, mad maybe ... but not insane in the clinical sense.

I do think the mid term elections are going to be a watershed in the Trump Presidency.