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Taking an “oaf” of loyalty

donaldtrumpThe primary reason Donald J. Trump fired F.B.I. Director James Comey was, simply, because he could. It is his firing of people that somehow satisfies his rather insatiable thirst for power. It was, as you will remember, the key component of his television show, the Apprentice. “You're fired!” was the signature line of that show and it served to demonstrate for all to see who, exactly, held the power. Donald J. Trump.

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Maybe it's merely the longest 100 days - yet

trump thumbs up low resMore than 100 days or so into this administration and I must admit I have not grown tired of winning. I am just waiting for it to begin unless you consider Trump's firing the individual ultimately responsible for the F.B.I. investigation into his administration regarding the Russian connection a win. Well, I guess he considers that a win, at least for his own self-interest, for the time being. Whatever did happen to Boris Epstyn?

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Meet the new boss - same as the Nixon boss

20170503 100417Before there was the firing, there was the hearing. This column is about the hearing held on May 3rd during which F.B.I. Director James Comey met with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing was part of the annual oversight hearing of the F.B.I. although most of the discussion dealt with the Director's handling of two specific investigations. More specifically, the discussion centered on the differences in the Director's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and his handling, quite differently, of the ongoing investigation into the current administration's involvement with Russia during the presidential campaign to influence the outcome of the election. Apparently the part about the Russia investigation was enough to frighten the administration into firing Director Comey less than a week later.

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Learn to be like a boy scout and get prepared

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The Trump administration needs to take a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America and “be prepared.” The incidents of members of the administration not being prepared are numerous and significant but should not be surprising.
The presidential debates made it quite clear that Donald J. Trump is a good deal more comfortable speaking off the “top of his head” than doing the requisite preparation to gain a thorough understanding of key issues and the implications associated with those issues. Becoming president apparently has not changed his view of the importance of preparation as it is clear that he takes greater pride in signing his numerous executive orders than understanding those orders and the ramifications of implementing them.

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Threats to the democratic process

monopoly man2I must readily admit and the readers of this column will most assuredly agree I have had a very difficult time coming to terms with the election of Donald J. Trump. I have not been able to truly understand how anyone could vote for someone as unqualified and unfit as he is. Granted, he did corner the market of “Deplorables.” Certainly, if anyone finds him or herself in that grouping they almost certainly voted for Trump. However, that grouping alone could not have won him the election. There was clearly a grouping not consisting of Deplorables, misguided maybe, but not deplorable, that put him over the top. 

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Rebuilding the Democratic Party

Rep. John SarbanesRep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.)  COURTESY PHOTO  It seems almost unimaginable that the Republican Party can be in control of both chambers of Congress as well as the White House especially when you consider that registered Democrats significantly outnumber registered Republicans. It becomes a good deal less unimaginable when you factor in the impact of the gerrymandering of our district lines, the widespread voter suppression efforts by Republican state governments and the gullibility of the American voter.

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Tap dancing with fallen stars

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On the road again as I attempt to get back into a routine and with it gain some level of normalcy had me returning to the White House and attending the daily White House press briefings after a bit of a respite due to personal reasons. Well, if normalcy equates to frustration then watching Sean Spicer do his best impression of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly rolled into one as he tap dances his way to responding to questions hurled at him, no matter how soft the softball question is, then normal it is.

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Promises, promises and the Dionne Warwick lament

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Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
– by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Elections, as we have all recently learned, have consequences. No one should be surprised that promises made by the elected candidate during the campaign run the risk of being implemented after the winner takes office.

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The loyal opposition isn’t Anti-American

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Trump supporters like to put anti-Trumpers on the defensive by telling them how un-American it is to not want our president to succeed. The usual response is to point out that that is exactly how President Barack Obama was treated throughout his eight years in office by the far right. Remember Mitch McConnell's famous quote about his number one priority was to make President Obama a “one-term” president? Don't fall for that trap.

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