Archive for August, 2017

Trump’s Cleverness Ruse

Pro Tip: If you are about to say or write something oh so clever, don’t. Delete or erase or forget it. Everyone else will see through it and no one will think you are at all clever.

Alas, POTUS Donald Trump seems too dull-witted to understand his limits. We saw that from the moment he began campaigning. It plunged to a new nadir in the past several days after the Charlottesville white-supremacy riot and murder.

For three days, he alternately whined and brayed. What he did not say until forced to today was what even the bigots in white hoods or red caps spoke freely about to all who’d listen — those dressed up to role play neo-Nazi or camo-soldier were there to insult and physically assault blacks, Jews, Muslims and others.

Instead, he fell back on his weasel words, saying “all sides: and from “many sides” were to blame. How the white-supremacy rioters had any equivalence in the counter protester group befuddled all except for Donny-jo. The bigots with brass knuckles, helmets, cudgels and pepper spray were not the same as protesters chanting for them to stop the hate.

Americans as well as the whole world was watching. What they saw was an indisputable riot by hatemongers, hatemongers who had come padded and armed for violence.

Let us note that miraculously none of those wearing side arms or long guns in this open-carry state murdered anyone by bullet. The irony here is that many protesters would have had clear self-defense arguments had they been armed and protected themselves. Small favors here.

So the candidate who boasted repeatedly that he had “the best words” again does not. He thought his false equivalence of blaming the victims as well as the attackers would fly. He’d say he condemned violence…while continuing to pander to his far-right supporters.

That was not lost on racist supporters like David Duke and the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer. Several expressed delight that he did not call them out.

So this President believes he is just so clever that he can pull out a word trick here and there, and all will be overwhelmed by his cleverness. The public and press are overwhelmed, but by his cowardice and amorality.

Again, if you think you’re being clever, you almost certainly are not. That goes all the way to the Oval Office.

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Trump’s Artless Deals

When the puerile have power, they make others suffer, even die. We see two man-child heads of state — Donald Trump here and Kim Jong-un in the DPRK — playing brat with taunts and nuclear weapons.

Donny-jo always needs and demands attention. His totally unnecessary brinkmanship gets him that this time. We could spend a day viewing and listening to the many demanding he let real deal makers negotiate this, like here.

At this crux, let us state plainly that Trump is an absolutely terrible negotiator. His résumé fantasy from the ghosted The Art of the Deal entry is his biggest lie. His almost countless failures (personal as well as business life, bankruptcies, divorces and breach-of-contract suits against him and his entities) show him to be untrustworthy as well as a terrible deal maker.

Looking at his negotiation history, I see his real talent is in using dishonorable and vicious attorneys. Time and again when a deal sours, when a company flatlines, his side of the c0ntract pays him first and often only. Generally his business partners get stuck with losses and debt while the Trump side skates.

That speaks to his lawyers’ cleverness and his investors’ naivete. You trusted Trump? You believed him when he said, “Believe me!”? Ha!

Since he became POTUS, he has had to deal in public. It isn’t pretty or reassuring. He cannot get deals done at all, not even with his own Republican Congress. His bluster has not produced legislation or policy implementation. He fires officials and appointees rather than being able to cut a deal.

The only remaining hope for North Korea is that smarter people, better negotiators will force their way in and cut real deals. Lord knows Trump cannot and will not.

Surely those around him can find a way to to let him pretend he “won” and he “made a great deal.” After all isn’t that level of fantasy all he needs to muddle along happily in his elevated playground?

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