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Among the more revealing moments in the ongoing White House nervous breakdown came in chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of staff secretary Rob Porter. As accusations of domestic abuse against Porter became public, Kelly pronounced him a man of “true integrity and honor.”

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I have never been in the military, and have great respect for Kelly’s distinguished service. But I suspect that, for most people in uniform, this is not what they mean by “honor.”

I did, like the rest of the incoming White House senior staff in 2001, take the oath of office in the East Room of the Executive Mansion. The moment, at least for me, was less joyful than sobering. History hangs heavy in that place, where Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy had lain in repose and Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral service was held.” STED “History hangs heavy in that place, where Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy laid in repose. Where Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The setting, the moment and the words — “I do solemnly swear ...” — evoked a mix of awe, pride and fear of being unequal to the honor.

This experience as a staffer, I suspect, helps explain the intensity of my reaction to Donald Trump. The institution of the presidency does not require perfect men or women. But by even the most generous standards, Trump is a figure of monumental smallness. He describes himself in terms that would have embarrassed King Louis XIV. He conducts himself with the decorum of a spoiled and nasty child — lashing out at enemies, elevating lackeys, treating professionals at the FBI or CIA like minions, blurting out conspiracy theories and obvious lies. He regularly brings the presidency and the country into disrepute. And the White House staff — leaky, incompetent, embittered, backbiting — has generally followed his example.

Most Americans probably don’t share this sense that Trump is defiling something noble. For many Trump critics, his misogyny, nativism and religious prejudice are more urgent indictments. For many Trump supporters, the whole idea of nobility in politics is a sham. They can point to Richard Nixon oozing anti-Semitism on the secret tapes, or Bill Clinton having a dalliance in the private hallway near the Oval Office. In this view, political honor is an illusion, dignity is softness, and reverence is pretense. Trump, in refreshing contrast, acts and talks like someone from the real world.

I would dispute the assumption that racism and verbal cruelty are characteristic of average Americans. But in this case, cynicism is also a form of historical blindness. American presidents have often risen to extraordinary moral leadership. Consider Franklin Roosevelt pushing a reluctant country toward support for Great Britain, with the future of liberty in the balance. Or Dwight Eisenhower sending in the 101st Airborne to integrate Central High School in Little Rock. Or Ronald Reagan insisting that the Cold War could be won, because the yoke of oppression does not fit human shoulders.

These leaders believed that America has some special destiny in the world. And they conducted themselves in a manner consistent with that calling.

Presidents are not, in the end, judged primarily by the tax cuts they pass. They are measured by the standards JFK set out in his farewell to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1961: “Were we truly men of courage ... were we truly men of judgment ... were we truly men of integrity ... were we truly men of dedication?”

For some presidents, these virtues were a guiding passion; for others a political facade. This president has abandoned even lip service to these ideals, conducting himself like the CEO of a shady casino company seeking to build his fortune and destroy his competition. Which is exactly what Trump has always been.

By his conduct, the president (metaphorically, as far as I know) puts his muddy boots up on the Resolute Desk and spray paints graffiti on the Roosevelt Room wall. He is vandalizing the one house he cannot buy or own.

This is not mere mysticism. Most important institutions are protected and empowered by esteem. To the cynic, a judge is an average woman in a robe; a general is a poser in a costume; a priest is a balding man with sweat staining his armpits. But however accurate these depictions, they are not true. Because of the institutions they serve, these people represent the rule of law, the triumph of duty, the presence of God.

The institution of the presidency will survive Trump, as it has other mediocrities. But the office deserves an occupant of true integrity and honor.

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson can be reached at michaelgerson@washpost.com.

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oldhomey

Since this appeared with only a "Report" option under it, Buggs, I will reproduce it here to make sure that there is a Reply function for you to use:

oldhomey Feb 16, 2018 9:02pm

Since the Russian indictments came out, I have perused some of the Internet advertising that the Russians wrote and funded, putting it up on the Internet under fake organizational names. One really jumped out at me, because the language it used in describing Hillary was almost word-for-word how Buggs has used to describe Hillary countless times in this newspaper. Apparently he took his cue from the Russians. In an Ad purportedly sponsored by the "Army for Jesus" (OMG!) the Russians said this:

"Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is. And even though Donald Trump isn’t a saint by any means, he’s at least an honest man and he cares deeply for this country. My vote goes for him!"

Sound familiar, Buggs? Thought so.

Buggs Raplin

I certainly agree with whoever wrote that.

kingman10

wow is that ever familiar! It doesn't surprise me though, buggs was never capable with coming up with an original thought. He relies on info wars and now the Russians to come up with something for him to blindly follow, without question. Now it makes sense. And of course buggs doesn't give credit when he quotes those sources, he just plagiarizes.

Buggs Raplin

I did not plagiarize from this person.

oldhomey

No, Buggs, you didn't plagiarize. You just adapted the very strange language to describe Hillary as a "Satan" and "evil", taken from a Russian-created anti-Hillary piece of propaganda and used it as your own. The Russians were actually paying people to pass their garbage on through social media, I see. Were you and Snow getting a little beer money on the side by doing this for them?

Buggs Raplin

No, I did not.

kingman10

old buggs got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and is trying to deny it. I doubt if buggs actually got paid from the Russians, I think he would chose to do it for free, after all he does actually believes that stuff. There is a sucker born every minute.

Buggs Raplin

Putin was my house guest last night at the Raplin mansion. He thanked me for the Hillary as Satan thing, but reminded me (nicely) that it wasn't original. There are millions of people who think the same thing.

oldhomey

Why do so many of your posts only have a "Report" option under them Buggs? To tell you the truth, the only time I ever saw anybody refer to Hillary as "Satan" and "evil" -- the specific use of those two specific words aimed at her -- was when I saw you use them. I read a lot, and I just never saw her described that way before, and I was surprised when you did. I thought you were ridiculous in using those two terms against her, but there's no surprise there, as you know I find you ridiculous, anyway. But I had to mentally give you props for the originality of using those two words on her. Then this week I discover that they were not original to you, at all. You grabbed the idea off of a Russian intelligence-generated fake site on the Internet, posing as an American religious organization describing Hillary as "Satan" and "evil". And, no, millions of others have not used those terms to describe her. Your pretend stab at humor in your 10:07am post is, as usual, extraordinarily lame. Still, one wonders if you were merely gulled into spreading this Russian generated mis-information, or were you one of their freelancers paid to spread it.

oldhomey

Here is another observation I made on a Buggs comment that I do not want to let him ignore simply because it had only a "Report" option under it:

Buggs, you throw out a dozen brazen, long discredited accusations and if nobody chooses to go track down each and every discredited accusation, you do a waahoo victory dance like you've the contest. Toland's first book on the Japanese side of WWII, won a Pulitzer, making him one of the heroic sons of La Crosse. His book accusing FDR of ignoring the coming attack on Pearl Harbor to create the impetus to turn reluctant Americans to go to war against Germany and Japan was shoddy work. Why would a president let an enemy destroy the heart of his fleet, and then go to war against them? How would he b sure his countrymen would go to war against Germany, too, when it was the Japanese that attacked them? Are you saying that Ike knowingly engineered the hopeless position the U.S. would eventually take on Vietnam? The U.S. and Europe were running scared in the middle 1950s, watching Communism make inroads across the world, and the U.S. decided it would try to buck up a corrupt regime in South Vietnam, hoping against hope it would prevail and capitalism would win the day and reunification. He was wrong, but he was above board with his ideas, wrong as they turned out to be. Your puerile JFK conspiracy krapp is tired beyond belief. This is the sad truth, Buggs: The US is the most powerful nation in the world, and its leader, the president, has thousands upon thousands of decisions to make in his years in office. It takes a person of immense sense of purpose, willingness to listen, sober judgement, flexibility, sense of history, fairness, integrity and discipline to do the job, sometimes making decisions in opposition to his or her own best instincts for the good of the country. Even then, every presidency is going to have some gaping wounds left behind that people in the future can snark at and pick over. But FDR, Truman, Kennedy and LBJ will take their respective positions in history that will judge them by what they actually did, not what you cherry pick, take out of context and misrepresent, if not make up entirely out of whole cloth. However much you work at making "wacko truth" into something else, it will never, ever be the truth.

Buggs Raplin

FDR knew the Japanese armada was en route to Pearl Harbor, but did not warn the commanders there. Robert Stinnet meticulously points this out. FDR wanted the attack to overcome American public opinion. Since Japan was allied with Germany, he figured this would bring America into the European theater, which Churchill desperately wanted. Churchill also knew the Japanese would be attacking Pearl Harbor. As to Eisenhower, you do your usual bluster to distract from my point. Vietnam was one country. There was no North Vietnam or South Vietnam until the Geneva Accords made a temporary separation until an election could be held. Eisenhower scuttled the election because he knew Ho Chi Mihn would win. This directly led to our participation in the Vietnam War and all its horrors. The CIA killed JFK. The evidence is conclusive. Absolutely conclusive. LBJ was in on it; anti-Castro Cubans were in on it; the mob (Jack Ruby) was in on it, as were officials in Dallas, including the mayor, whose brother had been fired by JFK for the Bay of Pigs operation. Some of the Secret Service agents were in on it as well. LBJ, with media cooperation, covered the whole thing up. The link to Vietnam appears here. JFK was going to withdraw in 1965. This was unacceptable to the Deep State. LBJ told the Joint Chiefs in December 1963. Just get me elected, and I'll give you your war. He certainly did.

oldhomey

As best as I can figure, there should be a "reply" option under this for you, Buggs. Robert Stinnet, a WWII naval veteran who went on to become a newspaper sports photographer in Oakland, was not a historian. His book and its premises were taken apart for his misreadings and mistakes. It proved nothing. If you want to use simple logic, Buggs, if FDR knew the Japanese fleet was on its way to bomb Pearl Harbor and wanted the surprise attack to take place to mobilize American public opinion for war, he could have at least made sure most of the fleet was safely out of there before the bombers arrived. The attack would have taken place, public anger would have been mobilized to declare war, but the fleet would have been ready and able to begin doing battle with the Japanese the next week, rather than ending up sitting on the bottom of the harbor.

The rest of your post is your usual sick conspiracy lunacies and certitudes: "The evidence is conclusive. Absolutely conclusive." Right. Except that it is not even remotely conclusive, though you always have your "Deep State" theology to with which to weasel onward.

Buggs Raplin

FDR made sure the aircraft carriers were away from Pearl. He sacrificed the battleships. He wanted the attack to overcome public opinion for entry into the war. Read, "Day of Deceit" by Stinnet. FDR knew the attack was coming; he knew of the Japanese armada headed towards Pearl; he wanted an attack; in fact his policies towards Japan encouraged the attack. Interestingly, Stinnet was OK with FDR's sacrificing our people at Pearl. "What else could he do?" said Stinnet to get America into the war.

oldhomey

I repeat, Buggs: It would make no sense to sacrifice your main core of battleships and cruisers, not to mention their crews, by allowing them to stay in Pearl Harbor to be targeted by a Japanese attack you knew was coming. The attack would be no less devastating on public opinion had the main battle group been safely out to sea elsewhere during the attack. You seem to want to ignore that, Buggs. As for Stinnet, I repeat, he was a naval photographer, a seaman, during the war, and a California newspaper sports photographer after the war. He was not a historian or somebody schooled in military and political intelligence. He was a rank amateur looking through public records and misread what he saw. What else could have FDR done, indeed.

oldhomey

Why do most of your replies to me have only the "Report" option under them, Buggs, like the one I am republishing here to make sure you get a "Reply" option under it when I answer it:

Buggs Raplin Feb 15, 2018 6:43am
Well, Hillary once called for a war with Iran. She wanted to put a no fly zone over Syria. She was in on the destruction of Libya laughing about the death of Ghaddafi, and she was in on our helping overthrow the legitimate government of Ukraine. So interpolate if you will, the even bigger mess we'd find ourselves in if she was president. As to the pedophilia thing, I repeat for the 35th time-pizzagate is real. I base that on Andrew Breitbart, the spirit cooking abomination, the John Podesta e-mails, the Tony Podesta pedophilia art collection, the Instagram account of Alefantis and the obscene painting in the bathroom of Comet Pizza, a restaurant catering to children.

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Well, Buggs "Report" Raplin, I assume you pick up a quote used by the alt-right fake news sites that made a great deal about a quotation that they use from her 2008 presidential primary run: "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran."

That is pretty raw stuff. However, the alt-right media cherry picked that sentence out of a longer statement she made. It is stark, no doubt about it, but no different than the strong protection that every American president has offered since the late 1940s. Her longer statement:

"If Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel what would our response be? I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran. That's what we will do. There is no safe haven. Whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program in the next 10 years during which they may foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

Makes a big difference when you see the context of the damning sentence, right, Buggs? By the way, I have seen you huff and puff for more than a year about Hillary being "pure evil", sort of the anti-Christ who makes Donald Trump's shortcomings look like he is Little Lord Fauntleroy.

When challenged to tell us how Hillary would be worse than Trump as president, THIS is what you are able to come up with? A wrong-headed accusation about her war-like intent on Iran (HOW, pray tell, is what she said worse than what Trump has been doing and saying about Iran?); her bad-form but certainly not condemnatory reaction to the news of Gaddafi's death; and your absolutely ridiculous, silly blathering about Hillary and (according to you, literally) most of sitting Congressional members from both parties being part of a monstrous cabal of child molesters. What a case you make for yourself, Buggs.

Buggs Raplin

I concede the Iran quote lacked context. That was bad journalism on the part of the alternative media. But that's all I concede. The other parts of my statement are true, especially the pizzagate scandal. I notice you took no issue with my backing evidence that pizzagate is real. You just say it is not, with nothing to back up your claim.

kingman10

omg the alt media is not journalism, not even close! Its a totally propaganda machine with one purpose in mind, to further the ultra conservative agenda. Its purpose never was or is to keep the American people informed on current events. Sooner you realize that the sooner your sanity will return.

Buggs Raplin

You've been lied to time and time and time again by the MSM, yet you still believe. What a fool you are.

kingman10

you concede the Iran quote!! You used that quote over and over and over and you never once wondered in what context it was used. You just blindly copy from info wars! Typical of your quotes, misleading, dishonest and a lie. Actually its typical of everything you write.

Buggs Raplin

I used it twice. Not even sure what alternative web site I got it from. They do make mistakes. They're not perfect, but they're our only hope for truth. In any case, it was the only concession I made in reply to oldhomey. You, kingman, as I will say time and time again-- You trust the MSM which has lied to you on just about everything that matters. What a fool you are.

oldhomey

Buggs, you call this evidence?: "I base that on Andrew Breitbart, the spirit cooking abomination, the John Podesta e-mails, the Tony Podesta pedophilia art collection, the Instagram account of Alefantis and the obscene painting in the bathroom of Comet Pizza, a restaurant catering to children." Andrew Breitbart was the great popularizer of alt-right media fake news. The stuff that he manufactured to back up his pizzagate lie has been thoroughly looked at by authorities. Why were there no charges? Because the substance of the allegations simply are. not. true. I hope the owner of that pizza restaurant finds some algorithm that will track down the names of the people who have been circulating this horrible lie about him -- people like you -- so that he can sue them. He'll be rich. You'll be sorrier than you ever expected to be.

Buggs Raplin

The Washington police never investigated pizzagate. The evidence I present clearly points toward child sexual abuse by powerful people.

kingman10

The Washington Post! What do you care about them investigating, it would be all lies according to your warped brain. How do you know they never investigated? Are you privy to all their investigations? The evidence you present is not from you but from info wars, Been debunked over and over, and yes i hope you do get sued. Nothing will sober you up more than a law suit. Let's See how your pals at alt. media come to the rescue then.

Buggs Raplin

kingman, I said the Washington police department, not the Washington Post. I wouldn't trust the Post to investigate the squirrels in my back yard.

oldhomey

Buggs, you are SO tiresome. This whole silliness has been debunked so many times that by now Wikipedia has a very long, very detailed and footnoted account of it. For your edification (as though you and your fevered brain would sit still for edification), I will cut a paste a few appropriate extracts from that entry:

Pizzagate is a debunked[2][3][4] conspiracy theory that went viral during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle. In the fall of 2016, the personal email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, was hacked in a spear-phishing attack, and his emails were subsequently made public by WikiLeaks. Proponents of the Pizzagate theory falsely claimed that the emails contained coded messages referring to human trafficking and connecting several U.S. restaurants and high-ranking officials of the Democratic Party with an alleged child-sex ring.[5][6] The theory has been extensively discredited by a wide array of organizations, including the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.[3][4][7]

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The conspiracy theory has been widely discredited and debunked. It has been judged to be false after detailed investigation by the fact-checking website Snopes.com and The New York Times[48][62][63] and numerous news organizations have debunked it as a conspiracy theory, including the New York Observer,[64] The Washington Post,[65] The Independent in London,[66] The Huffington Post,[67] The Washington Times,[13] the Los Angeles Times,[68] Fox News[69] and the Miami Herald.[7] The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia characterized the matter as "fictitious".[7]

Much of the purported evidence cited by the conspiracy theory's proponents had been taken from entirely different sources and made to appear as if they supported the conspiracy.[4] Images of children of family and friends of the pizzeria's staff were taken from social media sites such as Instagram and claimed to be photos of victims.[62] The Charlotte Observer noted the diverse group of sources that had debunked the conspiracy theory, pointing out this included the Fox News Channel in addition to The New York Times.[42]

On December 10, 2016, The New York Times published an article that analyzed the claims that the theory proposed.[2] They emphasized that:

The theory claimed "cheese pizza" was code for "child pornography", since the term had been used in this context previously on the website 4chan. This was extrapolated to other mentions of food in non-political emails. However, as The New York Times pointed out, the "Podesta brothers were famous in Washington circles for their Italian cooking and big salon and fund-raising dinners, often cooked by their mother."[2]
Theorists linked the conspiracy to Comet Ping Pong, through similarities between company logos and symbols related to Satanism and pedophilia. However, The Times noted that similarities were also found in the logos of a number of unrelated companies, such as AOL, Time Warner, and MSN.[2]
A photograph was circulated purporting to show President Barack Obama playing ping pong with a child inside Comet Ping Pong. The original picture hangs framed in the White House, where it was taken.[2]
Theorists claimed an underground network beneath Comet Ping Pong; however, the restaurant actually has no basement, and the picture used to support this claim was taken from another facility.[2]
Theorists claimed to have a picture of restaurant owner Alefantis wearing a T-shirt endorsing pedophilia. However, the image was of another person, and the shirt, which read "J' ❤ L'Enfant," was actually a reference to the L'Enfant Cafe-Bar in DC, whose owner was pictured in the image, and which itself is named after Pierre Charles L'Enfant, designer of much of the layout of Washington, D.C.[2]
Theorists claimed John and Tony Podesta kidnapped Madeleine McCann using police sketches that were, in fact, two sketches of the same suspect taken from the descriptions of two eyewitnesses. The claim that the brothers were in Portugal at the time of the kidnapping was sourced only to the conspiracy website Victurus Libertas, notable for, among other things, suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II is a reptilian alien.[2]

No alleged victims have come forward and no physical evidence has been found.[70]

Buggs Raplin

I do not trust Wikipedia or Snopes or any mainstream media outlet, including Fox or Drudge on this story. There is nothing false in the Podesta e-mails, where code words are used for child sexual assault. Andrew Breitbart accused John Podesta of being a cover-upperer of a child sex slave operation; then he died, then the guy doing his autopsy died of arsenic poisoning. There was no investigation by Washington police into Pizzagate. None. No looking into the obscene painting in the bathroom of Comet Pizza of someone playing ping pong while ejaculating with the words of 'C'mon let's f*ck 'in the background. This in a pizza restaurant for kids. Then there's Tony Podesta's pedophila themed art collection. Please address that oldhomey, and Madam Abramovitch's spirit cooking. What you've got is child sexual assault by higher ups in the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the mainstream media, even Drudge covering it all up. Victims coming forth? These are children. I doubt, if they are still alive, they'd be coming forth, and if they did, they'd be ignored by the MSM.

Buggs Raplin

One of the jobs of the MSM and compromised historians is to sanitize American presidents from the evil they have committed. The 'sanitization' is then put into high school history books, giving students a false history of their country. Any high school history teacher with the audacity to tell his/her students anything contradictory to the textbook would be jeopardizing their jobs. It's NOT education. It's indoctrination.

Buggs Raplin

Whenever factual history runs into problems for those believing in the greatness of its presidents (except Trump in this opinion piece), it's labeled a 'conspiracy theory' and gullibles like kingman10 swallow it whole, ignoring the truth. kingman has been conditioned, like one of Pavlov's dogs, to accept all the bullsh*t, all the necessary illusions, and to react with fury when those illusions are laid to waste by facts. It's a simple thing for the MSM to do for people like kingman-say something's been debunked or call it a conspiracy theory, and the factual truth goes down the drain in their gullible minds. Everything I say in my earlier comment on this board is the truth buttressed by facts.

kingman10

just because you say something is true doesn't make it so buggs. Your crazy conspiracies need to be backed up with bona- fide sources and facts in order to make them true. And Using alt. media sites does not prove anything, except that you are gullible. I use multiple media sources as most people do. All are well established sources that have served this country pretty well. Believing those wacko websites that employ no real journalists, do not verify or how to get at the facts is just crazy. You can wallow in that type of fake media, I however will chose to believe in sources that have a long track record of at least trying to get at the truth with real investigative reporters and real editors. Call me crazy all you want, I think everyone can judge for themselves.

Buggs Raplin

I gave two reliable sources-reputable authors-for FDR's allowing the Japanese attack. Toland and Stinnet. Try reading Gar Alperovitz's 'The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.' It's an historical fact that Eisenhower scuttled the Geneva Accords because he knew Ho Chi Mihn would win the election. LBJ's long time mistress, Madeline Brown, related how he told her on Nov. 21st that after tomorrow he wouldn't have to take any more sh*t from the Kennedys. Billy Sol Estes would later state LBJ had JFK killed. LBJ's henchman, Mac Wallace, a convicted murdered, was on the 6th floor of the book depository; his fingerprints were found there. The Gulf of Tonkin is even admitted reluctantly by the MSM as a lie. See the academy-award winning documentary-The Panama Deception-for Bush's slaughter of civilians in that country. I could go on, but all of these, instances mentioned here are before the internet and the 'wackos' you like to blame for telling the truth.

oldhomey

Buggs, you throw out a dozen brazen, long discredited accusations and if nobody chooses to go track down each and every discredited accusation, you do a waahoo victory dance like you've the contest. Toland's first book on the Japanese side of WWII, won a Pulitzer, making him one of the heroic sons of La Crosse. His book accusing FDR of ignoring the coming attack on Pearl Harbor to create the impetus to turn reluctant Americans to go to war against Germany and Japan was shoddy work. Why would a president let an enemy destroy the heart of his fleet, and then go to war against them? How would he b sure his countrymen would go to war against Germany, too, when it was the Japanese that attacked them? Are you saying that Ike knowingly engineered the hopeless position the U.S. would eventually take on Vietnam? The U.S. and Europe were running scared in the middle 1950s, watching Communism make inroads across the world, and the U.S. decided it would try to buck up a corrupt regime in South Vietnam, hoping against hope it would prevail and capitalism would win the day and reunification. He was wrong, but he was above board with his ideas, wrong as they turned out to be. Your puerile JFK conspiracy krapp is tired beyond belief. This is the sad truth, Buggs: The US is the most powerful nation in the world, and its leader, the president, has thousands upon thousands of decisions to make in his years in office. It takes a person of immense sense of purpose, willingness to listen, sober judgement, flexibility, sense of history, fairness, integrity and discipline to do the job, sometimes making decisions in opposition to his or her own best instincts for the good of the country. Even then, every presidency is going to have some gaping wounds left behind that people in the future can snark at and pick over. But FDR, Truman, Kennedy and LBJ will take their respective positions in history that will judge them by what they actually did, not what you cherry pick, take out of context and misrepresent, if not make up entirely out of whole cloth. However much you work at making "wacko truth" into something else, it will never, ever be the truth.

kingman10

amen homey, arguing with buggs is like listening to a broken record, it gets tiring and says the same thing over and over. He is in the stuck mode on conspiracies, reading and listening to these far out theories, then makes up his mind for eternity no matter what is revealed to him, and just calls it fake news. Surely his is a sick mind at work, one that has lost all reason, just the type these conspiracy theorists love. Pizzagate is a prime example. Now with this recent school shooting in Florida, oh I can't wait to see what he comes up with for an explanation for that. Probably just deny it ever happened. On second thought i can wait.

ChatterCat2

The presidency deserves someone who will actually do the job. Effectively, the United States does not currently have a President. #45 wants to do only the “fun” parts of the presidency, but not any of the hard work.

Buggs Raplin

Well, let's see here. FDR knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor, but did not warn the commanders there (See "Infamy" by John Toland and "Day of Deceit" by Robert Stinnet.) Harry Truman dropped two atomic bombs on civilian population centers that did nothing to end the war or save American lives. Harry also created the CIA, which he later came to regret. Eisenhower scuttled the Geneva Accords, which led directly to the Vietnam War. LBJ helped assassinate JFK and then falsified the Gulf of Tonkin attack which allowed him to send combat troops to Vietnam. Nixon is believed to have destroyed a possible Vietnam peace deal days before the '68 election. He then carried on the war for his remaining time in office. Reagan supported the death squad governments in South America, got a number of our soldiers killed in the Middle East, and was lucky not to get impeached over Iran/Contra. Bush killed some 4,000 civilians in Panama. Clinton bombed Yugoslavia killing 2,000 civilians, gave us NAFTA, and seduced an intern. Dubya was an accomplice in the 9/11 attacks if you go by the evidence. Obama destroyed Libya, extended the Afghanistan occupation, and helped overthrow the legitimate government of Ukraine, which is now a mess. Trump? Well, in comparison, he doesn't look so bad.

kingman10

many of your so called conspiracies are totally wacko. People write about these conspiracies in order to sell books and make money, and you swallow it up hook line and sinker. Nothing grabs the attention of a gullible public and the headlines like another lame brain conspiracy even though it doesn't hold up to over intense scrutiny and time. But there are die hards who will never believe otherwise because they have their phony internet sites they think are factual. They will be the ones lost to history and forgotten in a short time.

oldhomey

Well, Buggs, you will soon be singing a different song about Trump, I think, as you begin to feel the effects of his administration on your personal budget. How big will your temporary tax savings be from his tax "reform" giveaway to corporations and billionaires? They will be wealthier and more powerful than ever before, but whatever you think you are saving under his tax plan will soon be eaten up. On deck is reducing Social Security and Medicare benefits. That is a given. On deck are steeply rising state and local taxes as the federal government sheds funding responsibilities on essential primary services to its citizens. You want clean air and water? It will now be up to the states to provide that, and they won't. You want your roads fixed? Watch your gasoline taxes rise (probably should, anyway) and get ready for Wisconsin to impose tolls on its interstate highways (something it should have done long ago). Bothered by poor people running into severe health problems and even basically feeding and housing their families? If anything is to be done, watch state and local taxes to go up to take care of them. Your list of presidential malfeasance runs from ridiculous to inscrutable, but certainly without proof or merit. You just go ahead and continue to apologize for Donald the Inept and Unready and Unscrupulous. You and many of his most loyal supporters eventually will feel his bite, and your sense of outraged betrayal will outdo that of most anti-Trumpists active right now. By then, however, it might be too late to prevent very serious damage to our government and society.

Buggs Raplin

Interesting. No challenges at all to my earlier comment, which I thought totally laid waste to the columnist's contention that Trump is worse than previous presidents, and I thank God Hillary is not in the oval office.

oldhomey

Since you constantly bring it up, Buggs, where DO you think Hillary would have us if she was now one year into the presidency? On the edge of another war in Syria with participation of Israel? With the entire cast of our most loyal allies bewildered about us and beginning to turn their backs on our "leadership"? Letting China slip into the leadership position on world trade and economics, while other of our long-standing trading partners angrily turning away from us and more prone to following China? Would she have insulted all our allies and trading partners? How about domestically? Would she have diligently to turn different segments of society against one another and given a boost to the darkest, most cancerous political demons in our midst, like the white supremacists and Nazis? Would we have been closer to a sane healthcare policy under her or further away from the one that seems intent on imploding itself right now. Oh. But of course. I forgot. She would have handed over the nation, as you insist, to pedophiles. But make your case. Please.

Buggs Raplin

Well, Hillary once called for a war with Iran. She wanted to put a no fly zone over Syria. She was in on the destruction of Libya laughing about the death of Ghaddafi, and she was in on our helping overthrow the legitimate government of Ukraine. So interpolate if you will, the even bigger mess we'd find ourselves in if she was president. As to the pedophilia thing, I repeat for the 35th time-pizzagate is real. I base that on Andrew Breitbart, the spirit cooking abomination, the John Podesta e-mails, the Tony Podesta pedophilia art collection, the Instagram account of Alefantis and the obscene painting in the bathroom of Comet Pizza, a restaurant catering to children.

kingman10

OMG that buggs is just unreal. Even the guy who made up the pizza gate story, your dear pal Alex Jones, said it was a lie and apologized for it. But buggs keeps believing. So there you have it, that makes everything else he says unbelievable simply because of his state of a delusional mental illness.

oldhomey

Since the Russian indictments came out, I have perused some of the Internet advertising that the Russians wrote and funded, putting it up on the Internet under fake organizational names. One really jumped out at me, because the language it used in describing Hillary was almost word-for-word how Buggs has used to describe Hillary countless times in this newspaper. Apparently he took his cue from the Russians. In an Ad purportedly sponsored by the "Army for Jesus" (OMG!) the Russians said this:

"Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is. And even though Donald Trump isn’t a saint by any means, he’s at least an honest man and he cares deeply for this country. My vote goes for him!"

Sound familiar, Buggs? Thought so.

kingman10

Talk about honoring the presidency and virtue, or lack there of with #45. Trump's longtime lawyer now admits he paid an adult film star last year before the election. He said the 130,000 came out of his own pocket and he never got reimbursed by Donald. So he says. He refuses to say why he paid the adult film star the money. And the p*rn star refuses to deny she had an affair with the Donald. So round and round it goes, the story gets better (or worse) all the time as more details come out. And the office of the president gets tainted and dishonored every day #45 sits int he oval office. More details here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/us/politics/stormy-daniels-michael-cohen-trump.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur Need any more proof veteran or you still in denial.

johnnybragatti

The very worst pres. in the history of the U.S.A., has no integrity.
Who knew ?
Impeachment or resignation,
can"t come soon enough.
America needs a change.

Jobaba

I agree 100% "cannot buy or own" is the best. Great column.

oldhomey

Absolutely brilliant column. This is one of the best single sentences summing up the Trump presidency that I have ever seen: "He is vandalizing the one house he cannot buy or own."

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