Immoral Monday

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We may never know for sure whether Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to obtain Russia’s help in the 2016 election, in return for, say, Trump’s help in weakening Nato and not interfering against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Trump and his propaganda machine at Fox News have so aggressively undermined the legitimacy of Robert Mueller’s inquiry – repeatedly conjuring a “witch hunt” and maintaining a drumbeat of “no collusion” – that Mueller’s report, whatever it shows, will almost surely be overwhelmed by a fog of alt-interpretation and epistemological confusion. What’s “collusion?” What’s illegal? What’s unethical? Has Trump been vindicated or not?

The real danger is that as attention inevitably turns to the 2020 campaign, controversy over the Mueller report will obscure the far more basic issues of Trump’s competence and character.

An American president is not just the chief executive of the United States, and the office he (eventually she) holds is not just a bully pulpit to advance policy ideas. He is also a moral leader, and the office is a moral pulpit invested with meaning about the common good.

As George Washington’s biographer, Douglas Southall Freeman, explained, the first president believed he had been entrusted with something of immense intrinsic worth, and that his duty was to uphold it for its own sake and over the long term. He led by moral example.

Few of our subsequent presidents have come close to the example Washington set, but none to date has been as far from that standard as Trump.

Robert Reich @ THE GUARDIAN

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11 Responses to Immoral Monday

  1. Den says:

    Avenatti being prosecuted by two recent (2018) Trump appointee Prosecutors. Co-incidence?

    I think not.

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  2. Micki says:

    Well, that’s three apparent suicides in a matter of days by those effected by mass gun violence…

    Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Dies By Apparent Suicide At Newtown Community Center
    Jeremy Richman, father of Avielle, was found at Edmond Town Hall, police said.

    No words.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Anikanos – tocracy
    Amalthis – tocracy

    are but two forms of kakistocracy. 😐

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  4. Den says:

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    A speedy 13 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe. From the student newspaper, it appears that the former Plum Modern is now a successful Ramen restaurant; owner is too busy to open for lunch.

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  6. Carol says:

    Drove up to Okemos to try Kohls to find clothes, walked out with one top. *sigh*

    Stopped at Gordon’s Foods and bot two jugs of jalapeno peppers. I eat a handful of them every day in my salad, just opened the last jar on the shelf. I usually buy 3, make the trip worth it, but they only had 2 on the shelf.

    Weather-providing, I’ll pick up sticks tomorrow.

    My AT&T internet has been doggy slow again for several days. Checked the speed a little whle ago, 0.6 mbps. Jill’s Brian is going to call them again. We have the identical thing, a little box sitting on top of my CPU, Jill tested her speed at the same time I did and had 11.3 mbps. She never slows down like I do.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    WordPress is stubborn. 😦

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