39 thoughts on “Trump Trust Gap”

  1. the guardian:

    At a rally in New Mexico, Donald Trump implied that one of his supporters was too light-skinned to be Hispanic.
    The US president said of Steve Cortes, a member of his Hispanic advisory council: “He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out, because he looks more like a Wasp than I do.”
    Now a somewhat old-fashioned term, Wasp is an abbreviation for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
    The president went on that there is nobody who “loves his country more or Hispanics more” more than Cortes and, bizarrely, asked him which he prefers.
    Trump said: “He says the country. I don’t know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We’ve got a lot of Hispanics. We love our Hispanics. Get out and vote.”


  2. from Jonathan Capehart’s op ed “Why Nancy Pelosi says it doesn’t matter whether Trump can be trusted ” in wapo:


    I started by asking her if the president could be trusted to make deals with Congress given how rarely he follows through on his commitments. After all, he once promised a “bill of love” in 2018 to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. He said he wanted background checks for gun purchasers after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year. He said it again in the wake of August’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.
    Her answer to my question about trust was a master class in politics.
    “Whether or not the president can be trusted . . . doesn’t matter,” she told me. “What matters is what leverage we have to ensure that something is done, because every day that Senator [Mitch] McConnell holds our legislation hostage, which we passed in February, more people die. So this isn’t about trusting a president. This is about public sentiment. The public sentiment, as Lincoln said, is everything. With it, you can accomplish almost anything. Without it, practically nothing. And public sentiment, 90 percent of the American people support common-sense background checks.”
    But, explained Pelosi, without the leverage that can force the Republicans to make a deal, public sentiment alone is not enough to get laws changed. “We don’t get anything from them that we don’t negotiate for or have leverage to get, because we don’t really have shared values,” she said. She defined those different values in a “What is America” riff that deftly sums up our broken politics.
    “What is America? America’s our Constitution, our separation of powers, our Bill of Rights, our liberties, our freedom of the press. They don’t respect that,” Pelosi said of President Trump and McConnell. “What is America? America’s this land from sea to shining sea, this beautiful place and beyond. And what did they do? Degrade it. They dishonored the Constitution. They degrade our land. They denigrate our people, who we are, a nation of immigrants, by and large. And they undermine our values.” She concluded, “So this isn’t about a shared-values situation. This is about using your leverage. Do they have something that we want, and do we have something that they want?”


  3. time:

    If winning the Democratic nomination requires wooing the party’s progressive wing and harnessing the power of activist women, then Senator Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that.
    At a rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park on Monday evening, just hours after she beat Senator Bernie Sanders for the coveted endorsement of the Working Families Party, Warren laid out a far-reaching anti-corruption plan that rooted her campaign in a long history of women reformers.
    But the speech also served as a road map for her path to the nomination, positioning Warren as the only candidate in the race who can knit together the women voters and progressive activists who propelled the Democrats to midterm victories in 2018.
    Standing before a huge crowd just steps from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory building, Warren outlined a plan to curb the influence of corporate money in Washington. She proposed a lifetime ban on lobbying for ex-Presidents, Senators and Members of Congress; a ban on hiring corporate lobbyists on federal government staff; a ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments; a ban on corporate lobbyists “bundling” campaign donations; a ban on secret meetings between public officials and lobbyists; a ban on elected officials owning businesses or trading individual stocks.
    “Enough is enough,” Warren said. “We will take down the ‘for sale’ signs hanging outside of every federal building in Washington.”


  4. usatoday also quoted lizzie at the rally:

    NEW YORK – Facing thousands of cheering supporters in the nation’s largest city, Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Monday decried President Donald Trump as “corruption in the flesh” and outlined her plans to root out corruption in the White House, Congress and courts.
    “Corruption has put our planet at risk. Corruption has broken our economy. And corruption is breaking our democracy,” said Warren, a Massachusetts senator who has emerged as a leading presidential contender.


    “Donald Trump is corruption in the flesh,” Warren said. “He is sworn to serve the people of the United States, but he serves only himself and his partners in corruption.” Warren noted, however, that Trump is only a symptom of the corruption that has infected the U.S. political and economic systems.


  5. I read many of those works starting in my Eastern prep school working through college then the military then college and more college and more college. Do I feel greatly enriched by those readings? Not so much. I’m greatly pleased by the continuing effect that the Great Works have on Sturgeone’s life. And the ability of others here to pull an exemplar from the past applying it to the circumstances we poor mortals experience today. Then there’s Bink–about whom I know little beyond his recent, interesting, presence here. Having suffered through more than one of the classics, I will leave them safely ensconced in their electronic caves hopefully better preserved than the myriad seeds thought to be protected in Arctic repositories. And, just now, it has been announced that Cokie Roberts has passed at age 75; she was truly special.

  6. It’s closing in on noon and 90-deg. Who wants to help with the yard work? Won’t be many more opportunities this year.

  7. Oh, i was just making the point that if a book is older than 75 years, and you can think of it, it’s probably free, online.  Infinite weightless books, for free. 
    The acoustic videos i posted, last night are amazing, too.  Do yourself a favor and check ‘em out.
    …one thousand “no problems”, to you, Mr. S.

    Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, Mr. F- stay cool.

  8. I have books that I’ve not yet unwrapped; let me grab one. Ah, Jon Meacham’s study on Thomas Jefferson. It’s a first edition 1st printing Random House from 2012. It only cost a few bucks because the seller had no idea of its potential value. Nor did I until I saw the rough edges on the pages. The print and line-spacing looks as if it may be readable by the likes of me. I desperately need more bookshelves–sacrifice the guest room or other important spaces?? Electronic storage isn’t the solution for me. Okay, I’m outta here

  9. Flatus I’m with you….   give me an actual bound and paper book or give me death.  And hell yeah….  more bookshelves!

  10. “For it is a creature the least
    hurtful of any, pernicious neither to corn, fruit-tree, nor cattle; it
    preys only upon carrion, and never kills or hurts any living thing; and
    as for birds, it touches not them, though they are dead, as being of its
    own species, whereas eagles, owls, and hawks mangle and kill their own
    fellow-creatures; yet, as Aeschylus says,—

    What bird is clean that preys on fellow bird ?

    Besides all other birds are, so to say, never out of our eyes; they let
    themselves be seen of us continually; but a vulture is a very rare
    sight, and you can seldom meet with a man that has seen their young;
    their rarity and infrequency has raised a strange opinion in some, that
    they come to us from some other world; as soothsayers ascribe a divine
    origination to all things not produced either of nature
    or of themselves.“

    -Plutarch, on “vultures”

  11. patd you have the best posts!!
    I stopped home for a few minutes and unfortunately heard some of the House hearing today with that Cory guy.  Those repubes!!!!  SOBs ALL.  Here I am.  They drive me nuckin futz!!  

  12. Coming down off the high of binging all 8 episodes of Ken Burns amazing Country Music creation.  If you are on twitter you can share #FavoriteCountrySong per Burns request.  I just gave up and decided to share a couple a day because there is no way to select just one.  For the first I went with Vince Gill’s beautiful tenor singing “Some Things Never Get Old”.  I use the above picture on my blog because of the first line of the song



  13. Jamie,  I’m not a fan of country for the most part, but I’m a big fan of Vince (and Brad and Keith and Steve Warner, Brent Mason, James Burton, Merle, Willie, Chet, Kris, Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash,  Doc Watson, Carl Perkins, Albert Lee…) Maybe I’m more of a country fan than I know.

  14. Pogo

    I doubt anyone could get through that whole program without becoming a country fan.  I’ve always said my music tastes range from gut bucket blues to grand opera.  If it makes my ears happy, there is something I like from all of them.  For my favorite song pick from Roy Clark, I went with South Coast of Texas.  Oops you said Guy Clark.  For him it’s Guitar Boogie.




  15. Drat now I’m really missing Patsi.  She would have been over the moon, watching this program.  Hope they have a big screen wherever she is hanging out in the universe.


  16. Flatus – understand the issue of book space.  I have them stacked in everyroom of the house – every room!  There is no way to live without reading, even some stinkers.  One book we read in jr. high school was Mein Kampf.  The reason, many of our teachers were WWII veterans and a couple survivors of Hitler’s concentration camps.  They wanted us to see the truth.  We saw it.  I do not remember anyone going Nazi, I do remember several enlisting to fight in Vietnam though.

  17. Nature so inexplicably called by poets the loving, the merciful, the divine! Divine, perhaps, in some unknowable ultimate way,–but certainly not merciful, and still more certainly not loving. Only by eating each other do beings exist! Beautiful to the poet’s vision our world may seem,–with its loves, its hopes, its memories, its aspirations; but there is nothing beautiful in the fact that life is fed by continual murder,–that the tenderest affection, the noblest enthusiasm, the purest idealism, must be nourished by the eating of flesh and the drinking of blood. All life, to sustain itself, must devour life. You may imagine yourself divine if you please,–but you have to obey that law. Be, if you will, a vegetarian: none the less you must eat forms that have feeling and desire. Sterilize your food; and digestion stops. You cannot even drink without swallowing life. Loathe the name as we may, we are cannibals;–all being essentially is One; and whether we eat the flesh of a plant, a fish, a reptile, a bird, a mammal, or a man, the ultimate fact is the same. And for all life the end is the same: every creature, whether buried or burnt, is devoured,–and not only once or twice,–nor a hundred, nor a thousand, nor a myriad times! Consider the ground upon which we move, the soil out of which we came;–think of the vanished billions that have risen from it and crumbled back into its latency to feed what becomes our food! Perpetually we eat the dust of our race,–the substance of our ancient selves. – from the story, Ululation, in Ghostly Japan, by Lafcadio Hearn, 1899

  18. (Ululation continued) Monstrous the law seems, because we have developed ideas and sentiments which are opposed to this demoniac Nature,–much as voluntary movement is opposed to the blind power of gravitation. But the possession of such ideas and sentiments does but aggravate the atrocity of our situation, without lessening in the least the gloom of the final problem.
    Anyhow the faith of the Far East meets that problem better than the faith of the West. To the Buddhist the Cosmos is not divine at all–quite the reverse. It is Karma;–it is the creation of thoughts and acts of error;–it is not governed by any providence;–it is a ghastliness, a nightmare. Likewise it is an illusion. It seems real only for the same reason that the shapes and the pains of an evil dream seem real to the dreamer. Our life upon earth is a state of sleep. Yet we do not sleep utterly. There are gleams in our darkness,–faint auroral wakenings of Love and Pity and Sympathy and Magnanimity: these are selfless and true;–these are eternal and divine;–these are the Four Infinite Feelings in whose after-glow all forms and illusions will vanish, like mists in the light of the sun. But, except in so far as we wake to these feelings, we are dreamers indeed,–moaning unaided in darkness,–tortured by shadowy horror. All of us dream; none are fully awake; and many, who pass for the wise of the world, know even less of the truth than my dog that howls in the night.

  19. Point taken, though, and a note to the reader: take any any ancient-Roman ascriptions of avian nobility with a grain of salt.

  20. Glad to hear there are multitudes getting behind Warren.   She will make an excellent POTUS. 
    I like old-timey music, like Hank Williams, or stuff that just sounds that way;  BR549 and Old Crow Medicine Show.    It sounds like a good day to play “Union Maid,” for the GM strikers.  
    RIP Cokie.  Another decent human being gone.

  21. Sanders is starting to tank:

    New NBC News/WSJ national Dem poll Biden 31% Warren 25% Sanders 14% Buttigieg 7% Harris 5% Yang 4% Klobuchar 2% Booker 2%

  22. XR

    When Lacadia wrote that, the global population was 1.6 billion.  It is now about 8 billion are the overwhelming demand for resources of all kinds is wiping out most of the other species on earth.  Unless human beings start voluntarily decreasing those numbers, we could all well become Soylent Green.


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