As a native Arizonian from a family whose men have served in America’s military from the Revolutionary War forward, I was hard-wired to respect and honor a war hero like John McCain. When he began, some years ago, to bend to the political left, I was disillusioned. But when he died, you can be sure that my flag was lowered and his heroism honored.

Then there’s President Trump. Sigh.

Gollleee, Mr. President, why do you have to be so crass? Didn’t your mother teach you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Especially if the subject at hand is a war hero to 95% of your country? One who left a grieving family behind? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Trump’s insensitivity and boorishness in the McCain and other matters are certainly off-putting. Some of that is a reflection of the general coarsening of society since the advent of the internet and some of it is what you get when you elect a raunchy businessman with no political slime to smooth his edges. Yes, Trump has all the tact and finesse of a rhinoceros, and John McCain was a RINO. That’s just a fact.

Speaking of facts, I’ve been spending some time trying to explain the difference between lying and hyperbole. There are whole websites devoted to cataloging Donald Trump’s lies. He’s no doubt told some whoppers, but like many entrepreneurs, he’s also practiced in the art of salesmanship. On hearing someone say “I caught a trout the size of an outhouse!” most of us will just think that our buddy is really stoked. We don’t take it literally and go to Google to verify that he’s telling the truth. It’s called hyperbole, or as Google itself defines the word: “Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.”

But if showman/tycoon/non-politician Donald Trump engages in embellishment or rhetorical overkill, he’s lying. C’mon people, cut the guy a break. He donates his Presidential salary to good causes, has the economy humming and if he’s had hookers in the White House like John Kennedy did, we haven’t heard about it.

How, out of a field of 17 contenders, did we end up with Trump as President? Don’t bore me with carrying on about the Electoral College; it’s messed with both sides about equally over the years, that sounds like fair to me. I don’t know how we got Trump, but I’m (finally) glad we did.

I held my nose and voted for The Donald because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. So, not quite a Never-Trumper, but not a big fan either. I’d always said we needed a businessman in the White House, but this one?! Sheesh. Okay, I was wrong. This one is just what we needed. Yes, he often makes me cringe, but he is exactly who he is, warts and all. Had he been in politics rather than business for the last 40 years, he’d be a slimeball just like the rest of them.

Donald J. Trump is OUR President. Just as Obama was. We don’t have to like or admire the man, but we really should respect the office and give credit where credit is due.

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johndoe

I tend to agree. There have been several times he has done or said something that makes me face palm and shake my head, but results are results. The sad thing is there are so many in the political arena that just hate him so much that no matter what he wants to do they will oppose it. He could cure cancer and they would accuse him of putting hard working doctors out of business. He could walk on water and they would say he can't swim. I'm sure this letter will get the usual replies from folks like Al who will just spout off the usual "he's a racist, fascist, etc. etc. and other such things that have no roots in truth. Their blind hatred is getting in the way of allowing the man to do the job he was hired to do. Anyone who has been in Washington for more than 10 years who claims the country's problems are Trumps fault should take a long look in the mirror. If they have not come up with any ideas on how to fix the problems in the 10, 20 or in some cases over 40 years they have been in power than Trump is most certainly not the issue. I say we need to have term limits and get rid of the real problem, long term senators and congressmen who have nothing but their own interests and pocketbooks in mind.

2rusty

I agree, johndoe. While we do have term limits, I've wondered if it wouldn't be better to elect most politicians to ONE six or eight-year term with no more runs possible. They all spend their whole term campaigning for the next one, we pay outrageous benefits and retirement wages to them and they don't know how to pump their own gas! We need to turn that soil and rotate those pastures.

Louie C

Article posted in REVEAL Recording reveals oil industry execs laughing at Trump access By Lance Williams / March 23, 2019 Gathered for a private meeting at a beachside Ritz–Carlton in Southern California, the oil executives were celebrating a colleague’s sudden rise. David Bernhardt, their former lawyer, had been appointed by President Donald Trump to the powerful No. 2 spot at the Department of the Interior.

ArizAl

Johndoe, If there is one thing Trump is very good at, it is.... getting the american people, the media,his ex business partners, our itelligence agencies, Women, our veterans, our nations allies,etc.... to hate him. He does a great job. The 64 thousand dollar question still remains: If Trump is innocent of any criminal conduct as he claims to be, why is he fighting any and all investigations into the Russian hacking of our electoral system? Innocent people are not afraid of any investigations. By condoning the attacks on our elctoral system, Trump is aiding and abetting in the destruction of our Constitutionally established democratic-republic form of government....the United States of America.

ronzim

I speak only for myself when I say there is not one iota of hatred in my heart for Trump, nor for anyone else, for that matter. Once you corrupt yourself with hatred, you become the analogue of those whom you hate. The putrification of mind and spirit with hatred ruins millions who are the object of that hate and those who do the hating as well. In this very lamentable case, we must begin with the undeniable truth that Donald John Trump is sick. He is afflicted with a woeful constellation of mental pathologies which the neurosciences community has verified. In addition to malignant Narcissism he is also vexed by illusions of grandeur, pathological lying, uncontrollable raging and a crippling detachment from reality. It is important to note here that while these characteristics are each broadly present among humans, it is very rare to find all of them concentrated in a single person. Moreover, of even greater importance is the level of these illnesses in Trump. Among the general population, these illnesses are mostly operative at levels in the taxonomy far below the level of a true pathology. Much mental illness can be classified as merely neurotic which is not serious and involves both self-awareness and functioning at high levels. Above that is psychotic which is more serious and can involve some of Trump's behaviour. At the top of this taxonomy lies pathological disease which Trump manifests virtually every waking hour. It is therefore improper, in my view, for anyone to hate Trump, the person. Oppose his actions, policies and speech? Yes, but not the sick man from whom they emanate. We have, sadly, a mentally ill and unstable person who should not be allowed anywhere near the White House, let alone access to the nuclear codes. Trump is rude, vile and bombastic, but there is no case to be made that his psychoses and pathologies are to be subsumed in such arcane behaviour. He is dangerously ill and should be treated at once. The proper course is not impeachment, but recourse to the 25th amendment whereby Trump would be compelled to obtain badly needed mental health care. Failing that, he must be turned out next year; however, he may well, in the depths of his illnesses, declare the election rigged and seize power. That will be the real crisis.

johndoe

Ron I would love to see where your diagnosis comes from. I remember it being reported that he was given a clean bill of health. What level of medical and psychology training do you have? Oh and Al maybe we should investigate the meddling the American government does in other countries elections while we're at it.

ronzim

Clean bill of health? Really? We know from our history that we have a deplorable record of concealing presidential maladies from the press and the public for political reasons, and for limited national security reasons as well. Trump is a 72 year old obese man with heart disease. That is a matter of public record and well reported in the public domain. To date, we have no records of any formal mental health examination and for good reason. If anyone cares for a good summary of the analysis by nationally known mental health experts, see 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump', "27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President", St Martin's Press, October 2017. Bear in mind the scandal which attached to Trump's initial medical examination by his own long-time physician whose competence was broadly challenged both in the press and in the medical community. Since then, he has been received two annual physical exams from two primary White House doctors, one of whom has left the scene in disgrace, and the other of whom presents a report almost entirely devoid of meaningful information. Trump still refuses to release his medical records. As usual, such presentations are purely theatrical(glowing generalized statement of good health) and bear no resemblance to a truly comprehensive exam including a mental health exam, all by independent medical examiners. The book I referenced above is, of course, but one small element of validating Trump's mental condition. To begin with, any person who manifests the short list of behaviors I posted is, by reference to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, mentally ill. It must be remembered that the nation's top experts in diagnosing mental illness have agreed that in this case there is no necessity for a mental examination in order to make an informed judgment of his mental health. The behaviors alone qualify. A full examination might reveal other diseases or more specifically outline his known ones. Hal Brown, MSW, a colleague of John Gartner, Ph.D., founder of 'Duty to Warn', an organization intent on warning our country that we are in dire trouble due to our president’s mental instability has circulated a petition. More than 60,000 top drawer mental health professionals have signed John’s petition, which states: “We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’†Many conservatives, including Peter Wehner, Bill Kristol and George Conway have acknowledged what is undeniable truth: that the president is mentally impaired. SIXTY THOUSAND! 60,000! SESENTA MIL! SEXTIO TUSEN! SOIXANTE MILLE! SECHZIGTAUSEND! SÉIM MÃ! SIÃ’RAS SIN! SEXTIMA MILIA! HOLY COW!

ArizAl

The following are a list of Trump's mental disorders. One does not have to have a degree of any kind to see that Trump is mentally unbalanced. Grandiose Delusion.. A person with this type of delusional disorder has an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity. The person might believe he or she has a great talent or has made an important discovery. Narcissistic personality disorder  one of several types of personality disorders  is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.Nov 18, 2017 A congenital liar is someone who just cannot tell the truth. Now, medical scientists tend to use the term "genetically congenital liar" for those people who are genetically destined to be liars. Since taking office Trump has told over 1,100 lies. A demagogue is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated citizens in order to gain power and promote political motives. Demagogues usually oppose deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR of a large segment of the population.

AZBoomer

Well, the Donald was certainly the lessor of two evils in the 2016 election without a doubt. I'll take his crass, self-aggrandizing persona over an incompetent career criminal all day long.

ArizAl

A person that is being investigated and is innocent will voluntarily cooperate and meet with the FBI investigation as Hillary did. Trump, on the other hand, refused to be interviewed by the Justice Dept. Special Counsul, Mueller and then obstructed the investigation into criminal wrong doing. Those are the actions of a guilty person. Incompetence is Trump promising the republican lemmings that Mexico would pay for the wall and not doing it. Ignorant incompetence is Trump refering to the Constitution's Article XII....Duhhh! there is no Article XII in the U.S. Constitution.

johndoe

Oh sure Al Hillary cooperated. She made sure to destroy any evidence against her, paid off any one who would testify against her, and those who would not take the bribe suddenly died under strange circumstances so they could not testify. Yup, sounds like the actions of an innocent person to me. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid Al, I think you're full of it.

johndoe

Nit picking as usual too Al simply because you don't know what hyperbole is. "Not everyone took the remark too seriously, noting that Trump was just speaking off the cuff in expressing his support for the entire Constitution and not a specific aspect of it. “He was just listing out numbers,â€Blake Farenthold (R-TX) dismissed the flub as little more than a small error. Farenthold said. “I think he was confusing Articles and Amendments. Remember, this guy doesn’t speak from a Teleprompter. He speaks from the heart.â€

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