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Saturday, December 29, 2018

A WORD OF CLARIFICATION


Several of the comments on my post concerning the Steele dossier appear to assume that I am endorsing the reports in the dossier as true, despite my explicit statement to the contrary.  [Steele, note, does not endorse any of the reports.  His only claim is that he is reporting accurately what was said to him.]  Let me explain my attitude toward the dossier.

I am an old man.  I know I mention that a lot, but eighty-five will do that to you.  For somewhat more than sixty years I have been protesting against, bemoaning, demonstrating against, and generally decrying the things being done by the government that putatively represents me.  Now, for my efforts, I am visited in my dotage with Trump. 

I want to see him brought low, I really really want that.  Will that make everything all right?  Are you kidding?  We get rid of Trump and we get Pence, who is a monster.  But I really really want to see Trump humiliated and destroyed.  There is nothing noble or uplifting about that desire. It is mean-spirited of me, I freely confess.  And God knows, it would not restore America to its role as Shining City Upon a Hill and Leader of the Free World.  It was never either of those things anyway.  Think of the destruction of Trump and his entire extended family as item one on my fantasy bucket list.

If the things said by various unnamed informants to Steele turn out to be true, Trump is toast.   So I hope they are true.  It is as simple as that.  Indeed, I would settle for those things being false but nevertheless believed.

Is that perfectly clear?

4 comments:

howard b said...

Do you really think he would be toast then?
What kind of toast did you have in mind?

Jerry Fresia said...

Indeed, that is clear and I, like you, practically fantasize about the same thing. And I believe something
like that will happen unless he drags us all down with him. If I have anything to add about this is that we ought
not jump the gun. The MSM has steadily claimed established fact when evidence has been lacking. And this,
if ever exposed, will only strengthen Trump. He has committed enough crimes by which authorities can "bring him low" (nice phrase). We don't have to invent any and doing so is dangerous.

Anonymous said...

But why let a crisis go to waste? Why not, besides getting rid of trump, try to use his 'crimes and misdemeanors' to raise the question, how to really undo the imperial presidency which allows any president, even one as shallow and unfit for any office as he is, to wield so much practically uncontrolled power?

s. wallerstein said...

I don't see anything mean-spirited about wanting to see Trump destroyed. You're not a Sermon on the Mount Christian (nor am I).

Trump is detestable. His voice is horrible, his looks repugnant. He's vulgar, dishonest, a bully, and narcissistic.

I disliked Ricardo Lagos (Chilean president 2000-2006) so much that I stopped watching television. Lagos was and is self-important, dishonest, a sell-out, vain, arrogant, pompous. Finally, I gave away my TV, which does wonders for mental health.