Skip to main content

Little Donnie is at it again

Early in her political career, radical Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) made an inappropriately big deal of the tiny amount of Native American blood in her veins. She has been mocked by Republicans as "Fauxahontas" ever since.

That's fair. It's the bogus nature of the claim, and Sen. Warren's  minuscule amount of Native American ancestry, that the nickname mocks. But Donald Trump, whose (very) offensive weaponry tends more to the bludgeon than the rapier, prefers "Pocahontas,"  an actual, out-and-out racial slur.

The reference sort of misses the point that Warren's claim to be a Native American is bogus. But the biggest problem is that it's racist. Can you imagine calling an African-American politician "Uncle Remus," or a Hispanic senator "Speedy Gonzales?" Using racial and ethnic stereotypes for political opponents is beyond crude and boorish. But of course, President Crotch Grabber is himself beyond crude and boorish. It would be the understatement of the century to say that Donald Trump is absolutely insensitive when it comes to anyone other than Donald Trump. His psychological immaturity is so obvious that only someone completely in denial could doubt it for a moment. It is to the eternal and indelible disgrace of not only of the Republican party in general but of its individual members that they themselves are so dishonest of so lacking in perceptiveness and sensitivity that can continue to believe that the buffoon to whom they give their allegiance is a decent human being, much less a psychologically mature and healthy one.

Well, President Trump did it again tonight, mocking Warren as "Pocahontas" in his speech to the National Rifle Association. I don't doubt that they ate it up.  But decent Americans by now can't help but wax nostalgic for the days when the President of the United States was a psychological grown-up, whether they agreed with him politically or not.

Tom Jonze of The Guardian contemplates the phenomenon of Trump and other "manfants" here.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

McMullin, Kasich, Hickenlooper, Huntsman, or somebody else sane in 2020!

I don't expect to be disenfranchised in 2020. I'm looking forward to Evan McMullin running against President Trump and whatever left-wing extremist the Democrats nominate. McMullin may or may not run for the Senate next year, and he may or may not run for president as an independent again next time around, but the nation can't afford to lose its most eloquent and intelligent critic of the populist takeover of the Republican party and the Executive Branch. We need the man in public life.

But interesting alternatives have developed. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been mentioned as a potential primary challenger for Mr. Trump. I hope somebody continues the fight for the soul of my former party, even though I believe it to be a lost cause. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is reportedly also considering a challenge to Mr. Trump. While I tend to see him at this point as somewhere to the left of where a candidate I would feel comfortable supporting might be, I would wish him well. Still, I see…

A modest proposal for a shocking innovation which is completely within the rules but which would, if adopted, revolutionize college football

I call it defense.

The idea- crazy as it may sound- is to supplement the scoring of points by your offense with an attempt to stop the other team from scoring them. Yeah, I know.  Really "out there," isn't it? But it has a history of winning not only games but championships. Modern college teams should try it more.

I'm a bit bummed about the Rose Bowl outcome but amused by the score. It seems that certain conferences aren't sure whether they're playing college football or high school basketball! I've noticed that in the scores of Sooner games. Last season the nation's college teams set a record by scoring an average of slightly more than 30 points each per game. That's a lot. Historically, that's a REAL lot.

The final score of the Rose Bowl was 54-48, though to be fair that was in double overtime. But to get there, the teams had to be tied 45-45 at the end of regulation! Last year was even worse. Southern Cal beat Penn State 52-49- in regulat…

A third party President in 2020?

I had the pleasure of meeting Joel Searsby, the campaign manager for Evan McMullin last year, at an event for Evan here in Des Moines during the campaign. Here's an interview with Joel by Jon Ward of Yahoo News on the ways in which centrist French President Emmanuel Marcon's out-of-nowhere landslide election last year may serve as an example for the inevitable bid to elect a rational, moderate third party candidate in 2020.

I have a feeling that it will be Evan McMullin again. But names like John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, and Sen. Lindsey Graham also keep popping up. Word is that Kasich may challenge President Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination, an endeavor in which I'd wish him well but hold out very, very little hope for his success. I sadly expect that my conviction that the Republicans are dead as a vehicle for rationality and the reuniting of our fractured and divided country to be confirmed by the easy renomination of the most unfit and unqualified preside…