Recent Trump Commentaries

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Denial
Denial tells the story of American Holocaust studies professor Deborah Lipstadt who is sued for libel by David Irving when she declares in lectures and writings that he’s a fervent Holocaust denier. The film takes a turn when Lipstadt discovers that in the UK the accused has the burden of proof, meaning that Lipstadt’s legal team must prove that Irving...
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October 1, 2021
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Democracy Calls on Us
We are living in dangerous times. In his biography of George Washington, Douglas Southall Freeman wrote that President Washington led the country “by directness, by deference and by manifest dedication to duty.” Donald Trump is the polar opposite of Washington in character and duty. Indeed, Washington would be sickened to see that the nation’s capital that bears his name has...
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December 11, 2020
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What Will it Take?
Last night’s “Presidential Debate” was such a total mess that even the experienced and controlled Chris Wallace had trouble handling it. How undecided voters make sense out of a mountain of lies, interruptions and personal attacks by Trump would be a miracle. And this election could easily come down to undecideds. Last month, Newsweek reported that “Undecided voters were key...
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September 30, 2020
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Meanwhile Back at Conspiracy Central
Apologies to readers. Due to the many conspiracy theories and scandals reported on an hourly basis it’s hard to keep up! Let’s begin with the “latest.” While Oregon continues to suffer under unprecedented wildfires that are consuming neighborhoods at a record pace, another firestorm is moving at light speed. Some Oregon Facebook members are posting messages like this: “Has anyone...
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September 18, 2020
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Trump Ploy
A recent story in Forbes magazine reports, “Some 56% of Republicans believe that QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory, is mostly or partly true, according to a new Daily Kos/Civiqs poll released Wednesday…” Early in his campaign, Trump suggested that Ted Cruz’s father may be linked to the Kennedy assassination. How did he know? He read it in the “well respected”...
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September 16, 2020
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The Second Most Dangerous Man in the Country
I always believed that Attorney General William Barr’s decision-making was biased toward Trump, but until Wednesday I never understood the utter contempt and lethality he has for the rule of law. Barr has decidedly moved from serving “at the pleasure of the president” to serving the President’s pleasures. Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department Oversight, Aaron Zelensky...
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June 26, 2020
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Duty, Courage, Sacrifice
Those are the three words that come to mind when I think about military in the field. They’re also critical when they’re not in the field. The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt carries 4,800 men and women, all sailors trained to perform specific jobs that ultimately ensure the safety of Americans at home and abroad. However, Captain Brett Crozier never expected...
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April 24, 2020
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Trump Pardons Frankenstein, Wolf Man
In honor of President Trump’s pardons of celebrity convicted felons, I thought this updated commentary from 2018, particularly relevant. WASHINGTON — With Vice-President Mike Pence looking on, President Donald Trump signed two full pardons “for all Crimes and Misdemeanors” for Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Both had previously pleaded guilty to murder. White House officials were scrambling Tuesday morning after...
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February 18, 2020
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Why it Matters
This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans; this is about Right vs. Wrong. America used to be the standard of moral behavior: liberty; justice for all; freedom of religion, press; human rights. While we haven’t always been perfect, we constantly strive toward a more perfect union. On the other end of the continuum, we have one individual who — abetted...
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November 29, 2019
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Deal with the Devil
Wednesday’s commentary was an attempt to put a light spin on what has grown into a clear constitutional crisis amid the silence of most Republicans. After Trump’s surprise announcement that he will pull American troops from Syria and abandon not only the Kurds who are struggling to fight ISIS, but our allies, Senate Republicans are silent no more. “This betrayal...
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October 11, 2019