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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: I miss the Earth so much

Posted on September 24th, 2017 at 18:52 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Another week, another attempt by Donald Trump to dominate the news cycle through insults and attacks. Last week it was Kim Jong Un, this week it’s the people who play professional sports – apparently all of them – who are in for Trump’s ire. It doesn’t really matter. Trump just wants the outrage. He wants people to be angry, upset, and divided. How he gets there isn’t that important. Whether it’s risking nuclear war or simply wiping his feet on the Constitution, eh, whatever works.

Trump doesn’t care about domestic policy. He doesn’t care about foreign policy. He cares about Trump and about how many times he can get the people to say and write the word Tru…that word. And since he has absolutely no idea how to engage people’s hopes and aspirations, how to lift up and encourage, how to stir people to positive action and greater ambitions…he does this.

He knows how to demean. How to belittle and mock. His natural expression is a sneer, his first instinct to deride. Because, to lift a few†words off a film, he’s a little man, a silly man, greedy, barbarous, and cruel …and he thinks everyone else is the same.

  1. As those who continually learn shock-tactics learn, use only one method and eventually you become a caricature of yourself. Does Trump HAVE another operating mode? It looks like he doesn’t which means that, a year or so from now, he’ll be interviewed and the interviewer will say, “So, to open, what the first shocking comment you’ll be coming out with today? Go on, let’s hear it. I’ll wait.” and news programs will say, “…and finally, the President tweeted another in his long line of offensive tweets. Now, on to the weather!”

  2. @Kharkov: “Now, on to the weather! And that too is seriously fucked.”

  3. I like the (free) quote from Lawrence of Arabia, but the exact quote also applies if you replace “Arabs” by “politicians”. Try it:

    “So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people – greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.”

    You can either find your favorite replacement for the “you” at the end… or not.

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