The Wall started as an applause line at Trump’s campaign rallies, and has morphed into one of the dumbest policy debates in the history of American politics. [Christopher Hooks] www.texasobserver.org
Texas landowners on Mexican border are vowing to fight the federal government should it invoke eminent domain to seize their property to build Trump’s wall. www.nationalreview.com
Conservatives are betraying their own principles by defending the border wall. It’s a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle that addresses an imaginary crisis. www.vox.com
“President Trump delivered a forceful and fact-challenged televised plea to the nation Tuesday night for his long-promised border wall, declaring “a growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border…. ” [Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez] www.washingtonpost.com
Trump is a lying piece of garbage. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than other residents. That’s true of both legal and illegal immigrants.
Also, in a sane universe, the response to a “growing humanitarian crisis” is sending food, shelter, and medical aid. If you’re a piece of garbage like Trump, you want to build a wall so people can suffer elsewhere, and so you and your criminal cronies can make profit from the contracting fees.
A normal person sees a suffering child and wants to mitigate that suffering. Trump sees a suffering child, takes that child from their parents, and puts the child in a cage. Because they’re profit in being a cage contractor.
We’ve gone from build a wall and Mexico will pay for it, to build a fence and the American taxpayers will get stuck with the bill. timesofsandiego.com
Trump the hypocrite warns illegal immigrants are rapists and murderers, but he’s happy to hire them — including one who prepares his own meals. www.latimes.com
With “The Apprentice,” TV producer Mark Burnett mythologized Trump — then a floundering D-lister — as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency. [Patrick Radden Keefe] www.newyorker.com
An outstanding profile. Keefe notes that Trump and Burnett are kindred spirits. However, Burnett really is a successful businessman. Trump is a fraud, who arguably modeled his current image on Burnett.
” … rather than seek to return to an imagined past in which the United States molded the world in its image, Washington should limit its efforts to ensuring sufficient order abroad to allow it to concentrate on reconstructing a viable liberal democracy at home.” [Graham Allison] www.foreignaffairs.com
Despite rumors of a border crisis, San Diego has both the lowest murder rate and overall violent crime rate of the 30 largest American cities in 2018. And other border cities are nearly as safe.
It’s as if the border crisis is a colossal lie told by a President whose previous career was as a con man.
Fund the wall in exchange for legalizing dreamers – for good. Yes. www.washingtonpost.com
The wall is a boondoggle and a symbol of cowardly xenophobia. But if this deal can help thousands or millions of Americans come out of the shadows, then it’s a good one.
Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan could turn out to be a disaster. Or it could be the one great thing that comes out of his lousy administration, a foreign policy coup as significant as anything accomplished by most presidents.
Even a terrible president can do good things. Maybe this is one of them.
Ian Welsh, a Canadian political observer, loves it. He says he’s tired of valuing American lives over other lives, and America leaving Syria and Afghanistan will save a lot of non-American lives:
Trump has a chance to come out of this looking a lot better than Obama. All he has to do is stop a couple wars, and not start a war….
Non-American lives matter….
Plus it will correct a monumental geopolitical error. Bin Laden’s entire plan was to get US boots on the ground, prove the US military could be be beaten, and bleed America dry. Americans, in their hubris, walked right into his trap.
Maybe time to step out of it.
Also, it’s appalling to see politicians and talking heads who have not themselves served talking tough about war. A previous generation used to call those people “chickenhawks,” a fine old word that needs reviving. Trump is himself usually king of the chickenhawks. If you’ve ever left your house without a few bodyguards — perhaps to buy groceries or get a cup of coffee — congratulations! You’ve demonstrated more personal courage than Captain Bonespurs!
Our political divisions aren’t red versus blue, but fixed versus fluid. Republicans are wary of change, Democrats embrace it. [Ezra Klein/Vox]
Discussed in this article but only partly explained: Why Republicans are so much more likely to believe lies and bullshit. The Republicans are the party of climate change skeptics, anti-vaxxers, and birtherism. Some Democrats believe crazy things too, but the Republicans made Fox News their favorite channel and elected an idiot conspiracy theorist as President.
David French on the National Review: “The conjecture from Trump’s base was that Robert Mueller would finally get his comeuppance. That’s not what happened.”
Kevin Drum on Mother Jones: “This was signed four months into the Republican primary campaign, when Trump was insisting that he had no interests, no loans, no deals, no nothing going on with Russia.”
On MSNBC, @DonnyDeutsch gets it exactly right on Trump.
This is what will bring him down, and why it is entirely inevitable at this point. pic.twitter.com
— Dave Pell (@davepell) December 12, 2018
This is what will destroy Donald Trump and his family. Not Russia, not the women, not his campaign finance. His real-estate business has been a shady, criminal enterprise for 30 years and plenty of people in New York know it.
And those of us who didn’t know it … knew it. Trump has been a figure on the New York gossip pages for nearly 40 years, and from the beginning everybody knew he was dirty. You might find him entertaining — you might even like him and admire his chutzpah — but you wouldn’t want to do business with him, because you knew he’d rip you off.
Trump to America: You can commit any crime with impunity if you have enough money. That’s always been true but the President isn’t supposed to say it out loud.
While the U.S. routinely asks allies to extradite drug lords, arms dealers and other criminals, arresting a major Chinese executive like this is rare — if not unprecedented.
“The timing and manner of this is shocking,” Andrew Gilholm, director of North Asia analysis at Control Risks Group, said by phone. “It’s not often the phrase OMG appears in our internal email discussions. ”
Giuliani made a typo in a tweet and rather than just accept responsibility he accuses Twitter of conspiring against him. What an idiot. And he runs a cybersecurity firm and advises Trump on cybersecurity issues.
How did Democrats lose the 2016 election? “The candidates, campaigns, and conditions that led to America’s worst person becoming president.”
Common wisdom is that the Democrats lost because they ran a flawed candidate. But Hillary Clinton was hugely popular before the election began. She was the most admired woman in the world.
” … support for Trump in the 2016 election was higher in areas that had more searches for topics such as ‘erectile dysfunction.'” Shared privately by a friend – thanks, friend!