Archive for Friday, March 9, 2018

Letter to the editor: He said what?

March 9, 2018


To the editor:

And you thought Obama would take away your guns without due process. Now (Trump) tells Republican donors that he wants to be president for life!


P Allen Macfarlane 1 month, 1 week ago

I'm not one of Trump's defenders by any means, but I'm pretty sure that's not what he actually stated.

Steve Hicks 1 month, 1 week ago

Agreed, Allen. I haven't heard any credible report Trump said any such thing.

Greg Cooper 1 month, 1 week ago

"He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day." Excerpt from CNN report on a Chump closed door meeting.

No, he didn't say he wanted to be pres for life, but, using the royal "we", he came pretty damned close. The point is that he praises a man who overcame his nation's constitution for personal and political gain. Sounds a lot like our own dear leader, to me.

Scott Burkhart 1 month, 1 week ago

Nobody takes President Trump seriously but everyone takes him literally. He doesn't talk like a polished politician. He doesn't act like someone who is making a career off of the American dime. He's not beholden to lobbyists. (Or Russia either, so don't go there.) He is a far more qualified president than the last three, in my opinion, for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is the ability to read people. Negotiators, like you would find in auto sales, meet and talk to any number of people. All of them have an agenda. They want something from you. This is Trump's greatest strength.

Greg Cooper 1 month, 1 week ago

Agree, in part. Any sales position, including insurance and politics, requires that the sales person winnow out the needs and wants, and ability, of the customer to buy into the product, service, or ideology of the selling person.

However, in order to build a lasting relationship with the buyer, any good sales person or politician will do all he/she can to maintain the good will of two parties: the buyer and the seller. In Chump's case, he had garnered little trust from his seller (the United States citizens) or his buyer. We are in the midst of a fairly world-wide downturn in the trust the world endows in us, and Chump has shown, repeatedly, that he trusts nearly nobody, except, perhaps, Putin and Mr. China.

Steve Hicks 1 month, 1 week ago

Greg, would you please give a citation and/or link. It's not clear from your quotation who is speaking those words, and in what context.


Steve Hicks 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks for the link, Greg. Trump's remarks also seem to be confirmed by reputable U.S. and U.K. media.

I stand corrected. Even if said in jest, that's probably the scariest thing Trump's ever said, for those who believe in America's governmental tradition.

Obviously Trump does not. Nor the Republican bigwigs in Trump's audience.

Greg Cooper 1 month, 1 week ago

And that is what is most frightening about Chump: he has no respect for the office he holds or the people he represents or the other nations of the world. As Scott says, nobody takes him seriously, so why should he be representing this country? That he is backed by a significant percentage of the nation's voters is more frightening, because they are the ones who put him in his position.

And, by the way, Chump doesn't joke but says things he thinks his base want to hear. If what comes out of his mouth (never his brain) resonates with a portion of the nation, he runs with it, until he doesn't. So, if it becomes apparent to him that a number of voters would like to have a king, he'll go with that, justifying the thought in innumerable ignorant ways, until it runs out of steam, all the while ignoring the things he doesn't understand. And that is terribly dangerous.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

For your perusal.

The presidency will survive. The real question is what leads American presidents into the imperial temptation. When the American presidency conceives itself as the appointed savior of a world in which mortal danger requires rapid and incessant deployment of men, weapons, and decisions behind a wall of secrecy, power rushes from Capitol Hill to the White House.”—Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

Gus, I hope your wandering womb condition gets better.

Linda and Bill Houghton 1 month, 1 week ago

Is there any chance that what he meant was he wanted to be known as the president who stood up for life as apposed to death in these school shootings.

Steve Hicks 1 month, 1 week ago

The context seems to preclude that...unless that's what Trump meant about Chinese President XI Jinping being "President for life." That seems an incredible stretch.

Richard Heckler 1 month, 1 week ago

"take away your guns".......

don't we really mean only take away assault type and swat type weapons .......

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

How do you define "assault type weapons", Richard? Do you have a firm grasp of what you are talking about or are you just parroting what agrees with your prejudices?

Brock Masters 1 month, 1 week ago

Depends Richard, some want to take away all guns. Some want to ban assault weapons but neither you or anyone else can define assault weapon narrow enough not to take away most guns or to be effective.

Asad Malik 1 month, 1 week ago

How do you define "assault type weapons", Richard? Do you have a firm grasp of what you are talking about or are you just parroting what agrees with your prejudices? Google

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