The Watering Hole; Friday, January 20th, 2017: “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate
president. I think the Russians participated
in helping this man get elected . . .”
(Rep. John Lewis, D-GA; 1-13-2017)

Rep. John Lewis was, of course, spot-on correct when he made that statement to Chuck Todd on MSNBC a week ago (seems like a year at least; why is that?) a mere seven days before the inauguration. Lewis also said he would not be in attendance for the event, a position that infuriated Trump even as it raised the spirits of others. The only quibble I have with Lewis’s statement is a simple one: to my mind, Trump’s “presidency” is not rendered illegitimate solely because of Russian interference in the election.

“Legitimate” is defined as conforming to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc., [and] based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning.”

I cannot, even in my most generous mood, see how ANY of that definition can be applied to that which is about to happen to the highest elective office in this country. In my seventy-four-plus years on this planet, presidents FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Poppy Bush, Clinton, Dubsy Bush, and Obama have occupied the head chair in the Oval Office. Two of them — FDR and Obama — have been among the greatest Presidents the country has ever had, and while Ike, JFK, and Carter stood tall as they grandly overshadowed the marginal and/or less than marginal others, the dude that will ascend to that chair somewhere around noon EST today stands out as that pinhole of dimmest light which may well prove to be the herald of our nation’s darkest hour. How did that happen? As William Wordsworth put it a couple of hundred years ago,

Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?

Where is it now indeed. We have, just  now, “elected” as “president,” a man who is clearly the LEAST qualified for that office in at least the last 85 years, and likely the most unqualified person ever in the country’s 240 year history. As of today, we have a president who . . .

  1. Is a certifiable Narcissistic Egomaniac,
  2. a bigot,
  3. a misogynist,
  4. a xenophobe,
  5. and a chronic liar.
  6. He has zero political experience, also offers no clue that he’s ever read even a word of the Constitution (or that he even COULD read a word of the Constitution).
  7. Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, and “won” the election solely via the obsolete but Constitutionally-defined Electoral College. His popular vote defeat was the largest in history, and yet he claims to have won the election in a landslide.
  8. He attributed Clinton’s 3 million winning vote margin to massive voter fraud.
  9. He has spoken out loud that NATO is obsolete and that he has no interest in the Eurpoean Union. Small wonder that Europe is probably about as worried as we are in re Trump’s “election” to the most powerful governing position in the world.
  10. Trump is a climate change denier and has indicated that he’ll work to nullify the Paris Agreement, also to increase coal and other fossil fuel production in the US.
  11. A major contingent of the Republican Party (including Trump, I presume) believes that all Federal Public Lands should be turned over to the states so they can be made useful; Trump has offered no indication that he will support protection of National Forests, National Parks, Monuments, Refuges, Wilderness, or any other category of Public Land.
  12. Trump has often spoken of his admiration for Putin, and has either denied or minimized the fact that Russian cyber-hackers worked diligently to influence the US election in 2016 with the goal of swinging enough voters to elect Trump — apparently because Putin thinks he can manipulate Trump, something he couldn’t manage with Obama and knew wouldn’t happen with Hillary Clinton.
  13. Intelligence has revealed that Putin may indeed have the means at hand to essentially force Trump to do what Putin asks, via alleged hotel camera videos of Trump interacting with Russian Prostitutes; Trump, of course, denies everything.
  14. Since Trump’s election, White Supremacists/Nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other hate groups have dramatically increased their anti-Jewish/Black/Latino/Muslim activities; hate crimes have increased nation wide.
  15. Trump has said he will halt all Muslim immigration, and will also . . .
  16. Move to immediately deport all undocumented immigrants from Latin America and, presumably, anywhere else.
  17. He has even included DACA people, i.e. young folks who were brought into this country by undocumented parents when they were children, even infants, and who have grown up as Americans.
  18. Trump has refused to divest his business interests, and is very likely to be violating the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution at the very moment his swearing-in is complete.
  19. He has also refused to open his finances and financial arrangements, including via his tax returns, for examination (does he have strong financial ties to Russia? He doesn’t want anyone to know, apparently, so a best guess would be YES he does).
  20. He is threatening every American-owned company that has products manufactured overseas or outside of the US in this hemisphere that there will be a heavy tariff imposed on their products unless they manufacture them in the US and not overseas. That will apply, apparently, to every company other than his own various facilities in China, Turkey, Mexico, and various other places.
  21. When Trump’s proposed tax cuts and budgeting proposals are merged, the calculations result in a ten trillion dollar add-on to the National Debt; “conservatism” defined.
  22. He has vowed to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. Right. Look for 20-30 million folks with no health care at all if Trump and fellow wingnuts get their way.

Can anyone make the argument that Trump is, indeed, a “Legitimate” president? Does he/will he ever conform to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc., based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning? Clearly no. I do, therefore and hereby, declare Donald J. Trump to be this nation’s first totally ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT! whose sole purpose remains his own self-glorification, no matter the cost to others — including the nation as a whole, even the entire of the planet. He, Donald J. Trump, is, in his mind, ALL THAT MATTERS! PERIOD! — all of which brings to the forefront, once again, FDR’s description of “December 7th, 1941: A date which will live in infamy,” now become “January 20th, 2017: A Date which . . . etc.”

In closing, I’m inserting a poem I wrote and posted here last summer after the Republican Convention, after Trump’s nomination. It’s a sonnet, an acrostic quatorzain, intended to define the essence of Trump the nominee, his persona. To bring it up to date I only had to change two words: in the title, ‘Persona’ to ‘Presidency,’ and in the body, ‘nominee’ to ‘President.’ It appears to have worked. 🙂

Donald J Trump and His Egomaniacal Presidency
(via an Acrostic Fourteener Quatorzain)

Democracy allows a boundless breadth of mindless thought.
One brief glance today unmasks a President who deems to
Never claim to own the vicious speech he hopes will be bought
And sold as memes. Whilst he himself wears masks of learn’ed view,
Lengthy rhetoric from speaker thus afflicted reveals
Dismal platitudes, each expressed as if nonsensical
Judgment of those who are more sane, of those whose thought appeals
To wisdom, not to ignorance of issues topical.
Racial bigots find curious relief in hate and fear
Until they are themselves dismissed by soft and passioned dreams.
Misogyny as well appeals to minds that aim to smear
Perspectives based on common goals of life — with bogus schemes.
Deliv’rance of this nation’s soul and heart is thus on hold
Till egomania’s greed and sloth are disappeared — or sold.

One has to wonder, I suppose, if the theses and conclusions implied in the sonnet will still be valid after, say, a full four-year term of a Trump presidency. My best guess is HELL YES they’ll still be valid! That’s assuming, of course, that the country can survive four years with a Narcissistic, Egomaniacal, Bigoted, Misogynistic, Xenophobic and Illegitimate nutcase at its helm. I, for one, have my doubts, but time will surely tell; it always does.

Footnote: Here are a couple of links that provide a few revealing details from both sides of the Trump-Putin topic:

Paul Krugman: With All Due Disrespect

Vladimir Putin defends Donald Trump, says critics trying to “undermine the legitimacy” of the president-elect


A darting fear — a pomp — a tear —
A waking on a morn
To find that what one waked for,
Inhales the different dawn.
(Emily Dickinson)




55 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday, January 20th, 2017: “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

    • Yes. We should all find a copy of American Grafittii, put it on play.loop for four years. At least we’ll get some laffs. Unless the cop who has the bumper pulled off his police car gets out of it and shoots the first twenty people he sees in retribution…

  1. “This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we’ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I don’t know if it’s every been done before, but if it has, very seldom.”
    The rest of trump’s little speech was equally incoherent, and of course it has been done before, as shown in this picture from 2009:

    • And then, mysteriously, it did work. Another of my favorite quotes from last night. This one left me dumbfounded:
      “So it’s a movement that began, it’s a movement that started, and it’s a movement like we’ve never seen anywhere in the world, they say. There’s never been a movement like this, and it’s something very, very special.”
      If he goes on like this for four years it will kill any brain cells I have remaining. I might as well take to drinking.

  2. Today’s Russian Twofer:

    Sick Rantorum offers convincing “proof” that it wasn’t the Russians . . .

    SANTORUM: I’m not sheltering Russia. I just think as — and one of the reasons I’m excited that the Congress is going to pursue this and actually look into this is because I think they’ll get to the truth. I think the truth is that if it’s very clear to everybody and for — in this briefing that was done. They point out obvious things that the — that make it clear that this was the Russians. If it was obvious, I guarantee you the Russians are so good they are not going to be obvious, but they’re going to be pointed out.
    (. . .)
    BEGALA: Yes. Well, if my fingers are on the — fingerprints are on the murder weapon it’s obvious I didn’t do it.

    So either the Russians never leave a trail, OR, the Russians are everywhere:

    Report: Investigators Intercepted Russian Communications With Trump Associates

    . . . the New York Times reported that anonymous intelligence sources are confirming they’ve intercepted communications and financial transactions from Russia which may link Trump associates to Russian officials.

    Paul Manafort is a focus, as is Carter Page and Roger Stone.

    It’s looking more and more as if POTUS may well no longer mean President of the US but instead something like Putin Owns The US.

    We’ll know soon enough, I suppose.

    • And he knows that as soon as the Russians start pulling the strings with their people at the top of the pile in all the agencies, that will get shut down fast and we’ll be on to the fascist agenda.

      The next 100 days are going to be horrible.

  3. On a more humorous (not the bone, that’s spelled humerus) note, President Trump has nominated the most unqualified bunch of partisan lunatics to each of the cabinet posts. Wait till they get the news that their department empires are going to be defunded, scaled down, shuttered or shitcanned.
    My prediction. Over 50% of them resign in the first 100 days.

  4. Keith Olbermann: The First Act Of Resistance? BOYCOTT. THE. INAUGURATION.

    “Don’t go.
    Don’t watch.
    Don’t tweet.
    Don’t respond.
    Don’t spend one brain cell on it.

    That be me defined. Wonder how Olbermann knew?

    I should add that I’ll never watch even a shred of news, in the aftermath, that reviews even any ten seconds of today’s non-event. I am, as of today, a man in a country without a president precedent.

    Instead, I’m going to settle in and read a really good book (mine), and to hell with the world.

  5. Within one hour the page on that dealt with climate change policy was gone. I’ve heard the same is true of pages on LGBTQ rights and civil rights, but have not personally verified that.

    • Next up: Extermination Camps site map. I hear there will be 50 of them so that each state can rid itself of _______s. It’ll be awhile before they’re all open, also before the rail connections to each can be completed. So patience among white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Oath Keeper Militias is requested.

    • Trump abolishes climate change in first moments of regime

      Instead, the White House website features Trump’s energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, “An America First Energy Plan”—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”

      • And we now have this instead of civil rights:

        Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.
        Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.
        Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.
        President Trump is committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.

  6. Hi, guys! I still have internet access but I’m trying to avoid “news” as much as possible. I’ve been working on a new model airplane and have been building kitchen knives for fun and profit.

    (NOTE: I might turn my new hobby into a business. I am not equipped to make blades but I have found a good source and can fashion a handle that should fit any hand.Give me a “Hey, Pete!” if you are in the market for a new knife and we’ll talk.)

    I also had a weird experience on the bus today.

    When I got on the driver was on his phone and mentioned an intersection about a mile from my house. When we reached said intersection there were three police cars and two officers boarded the bus and took off a passenger. I assume he was making trouble before I got on the bus. The interesting part was his response. He didn’t resist but, when he reached the bottom step, he yelled; “Trump will put all you ni99ers back in your place!”

    Sigh… the assholes who have been legitimized by him are even more vile than he is.

  7. Those who stand tall and shout down anti-science rhetoric have always impressed (and tickled) me. Here’s a goody, explains once again why Neil deGrasse Tyson is an impressive science voice.

    ‘We’re not just making sh*t up’: Neil deGrasse Tyson slaughters anti-science crank at press event


    [conspiracy blogger Anthony Liversidge]:“Black holes don’t make a lot of sense right now.”

    “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you,” deGrasse Tyson replied.

  8. I survived the march in DC. It was so large that people couldn’t actually march on the route planned, they marched on several streets. There were likely more people at the Reston Metro than there were at the inauguration. Everyone I encountered was polite and kind, in spite of the fact we were frequently packed like sardines. I need wine.

  9. Kelly Anne Conway ain’t gonna last long in this spokesliar job. Chuck Todd just shredded her over Sean Spicer’s press conference about the size of Trump’s Inuglyation crowd. Look for the clips.

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