Stable genius

A few quotes to ponder:

“I am a stable genius,” said Donald J. Trump on several occasions, most recently after he threw a tantrum to abruptly end a meeting to discuss infrastructure.

“You have been telling me you are a genius since you were seventeen. In all the time I have known you, I still don’t know what you mean,” sang Steely Dan in “Reeling in the Years.”

“We were out-prepared,” testified former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson under oath to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he described a meeting between Putin and Trump.

More colorfully, Tillerson commented while Secretary of State after the President changed his mind again, “He is a f**king moron.”

Testifying under oath to a House Committee, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer said “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-man and a he is a cheat.”

“You will have to do a deal with the European Union,” said German Chancelor Angela Merkel eleven times in one sitting to Trump until it finally sank in he could not do a trade deal just with Germany.

“Donald Trump lies every day even about things of no consequence,” said former Trump attorney Thomas Wells.

Finally, former National Economic Advisor Gary Cohn said after witnessing the President lie about what he said to the Australian Prime Minister, “He is a prodigious liar.”

Lastly, at 60 years-old, I am hard pressed to recall a very smart person bragging on how smart he or she is. These folks need not brag.

I could go on, but that will give you a sense. The title of this post depict two words that are not top of mind to me to define the US President – stable or genius.

15 thoughts on “Stable genius

  1. I’m not an American but a Canadian of European origin and I’ve been an observer of “the bragging machine of exceptionalism” that America represented throughout the world as it financially and militarily bullied its way into every nation of the world, leaving nothing untouched that it could sully, extract riches from or destroy as a last resort. So now I’ve been thinking, have Americans, as a society, finally gotten the leader they deserve? The phrase, “The ugly American” did not arise without good reason. I think that you finally have a real American ruling from the White House, a mirror of what it means to the rest of the world to be American. This is not an off-the-cuff statement but the result of first hand involvement with refugees from depredations of CIA operations (Contras) in Central America particularly, and of course in the aftermath of the regime change in Chile that resulted in the criminal Pinochet being put in absolute power by America, in which at least 10,000 Chilean were killed and many tortured to death. Then there is Africa, then S-E Asia, then the Middle East… millions dead, many poisoned with napalm or dirty nukes. Why not admit it finally and say, Mea culpa, mea culpa,mea culpa. Donald Trump is America. The mirror doesn’t lie.

    • Sha’Tara, I understand and appreciate your perspective. When we don’t pay attention (or vote) we get the President we deserve. The current incumbent truly epitomizes the term “ugly American.”

      Yet, I would argue that Trump represents the worst of America. There are many fine people in America, so us represented by such a person is disheartening. Keith

      • I realize America has the same percentage of “good” people as any other country, but as in Nazi Germany, the “good” guys need to stop the mob from ruling. If you don’t, eventually someone else will come in and do it for you… and you can be sure they won’t be good guys either.

      • Agreed. Irrespective of who wins or loses, for the good of our country and planet, this acting toddler in oval office needs to be asked to step down. I believe sufficient evidence exists, but digging further will reveal more. Sending out a doctored tape to discredit the Speaker is yet one more childish and illicit action, on my view. Keith

    • Erika, sadly, he acts, talks and tweets like a kindergardener. It truly is disheartening to have our country represented by such a divisive person. Keith

      • Erika, sadly the populist politicians are gaining ground. While I am all for a productive, fact-based debate on any issue, what is more common in these movements is fear-based selling, which diminishes or misuses facts. Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson are regaining favor in the UK and both are very loose with the facts. The same could be said for Marie Le Pen in France.

        As I often say, I tend to be fiscally conservative and socially progressive. I don’t mind people being more conservative or progressive than me, but let’s debate facts. The US President not only mostly misinforms, hr sets policy off the misinformation – which makes it harder to solve real problems.

        Keith

      • I agree with you, Keith. I was a bit shocked to see how much ground those populists have gained also in the EU election. It is really serious what happens.
        Although I am not proud of what the government of my country is going through right now, I am glad the populistic party has gotten a time out for a while.

        Basically, I don’t mind and direction a party goes but they still have to have a backbone, integrity, and the a heart that burns for the country and the people they are supposed to lead… not for creating themselves a memorial.

      • Erika, agreed. Here, I do not recognize my former party, except for one overlooked operating principle – all the misdirection and populism hides the main purpose of enabling the owners of industry and the well-off. Environmental regs under under siege and the tax laws helped the two groups above. While these actions provide short term tailwinds making a pretty good economy better, the headwinds of making a huge debt problem worse and the cost of cleaning up the environment will make the economy worse. And, those that caused it will blame those who must deal with it.

        People must look under the hood of all political parties and leaders. All perfume a pig, but some are not very trustworthy at all. Trump, Farage, Johnson, Le Pen, Putin, Duterte et al fit in the same category – believe them at your own peril. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: It is hard for the President to go any lower, but forwarding a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with his denigrating words to discredit her is a new low. He has been called out by Republican Congressman Will Hurd of Texas. Hurd is a former CIA operative and has tended to be a voice of reason in a party that has lost its way.

    Two things are given. First, Trump will discredit Hurd. Second, as the attention mounts, he will distance himself from the event. Like a toddler, he will give the politician’s version of “I didn’t do it.”

  3. The USA has had its own share of scoundrels, incompetents and puppets placed in positions of authority. You would be hard pressed to find one so lacking in dignity as this freak of the voting system.
    It bears reapeating; it says much about Trump that folk are speaking with less vilification about Nixon and G W Bush these days and seeking out their good points when comparing them with Trump.

    • Roger, so true. There was a great letter to the editor today. Trump and his sycophants are blaming Democrats for the investigations. The writer walks through a half-dozen of the 2016 GOP candidates saying if they were elected they would not have done specific things Trump and his campaign did. He closed by saying we are havjng investigations because you elected an unethical man as President. So true. Keith

      • Indeed Keith.
        I do not believe there has been such an insult to the American election system as this fellow

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