An important reminder from Theodore Roosevelt

Trump, who cannot stand criticism, and his sycophantic lackeys like to claim that criticizing the president (when that president is Trump) is unpatriotic, even treasonous. This is of course, bullshit.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. In an editorial, this is what he had to say about criticizing the president:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— The Kansas City Star, 7 May 1918

This is just one example of why TR is regarded as one of our greatest presidents, and Trump will be seen as one of, if not the, worst.

Of course it can get worse.

I mean, we’re talking Donald Trump here. There is no limit to how low he will go with his racist, white-nationalist rhetoric. If the House of Representatives actually gets around to passing a resolution condemning his latest attacks against the Congresswomen he hates so much, he will only turn up the volume and throw more verbal red meat to his base.

At this rate, we are likely only days (if not hours) away from Trump openly stating that he wants all non-whites to “go back where they came from.” And Tim Scott will probably applaud.

What would be worse than 8 years of Trump as President?

How about even more years? So, the would-be dictator for life has again dropped a hint (threat?) about his potential endgame. As reported by multiple news outlets, Trump said this on his Twitter feed: “at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT)”

That was certainly not his first hint at wanting to stay beyond the two terms allowed by the Constitution. In March, 2018 Trump, at a Republican fund-raising lunch, while commenting on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent consolidation of power he said, “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great.” Adding, “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”

Now famously, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, testified to the House oversight committee earlier this year that he believes “there will never be a peaceful transition of power” if Trump loses in 2020.

If Mike Pence thinks being Vice President will be a stepping stone to his own turn as President, he has another think coming. Trump is likely to only reliquish power to Don Jr. or to his incest-fantasy daughter Ivanka.

I wish this was just a bad dream…

But it is not. Sigh. Just the headlines, they are bad enough. All from this evening.

  • Mother, daughter charged in murder of pregnant teen who was strangled before baby was cut out of her womb
  • Trump administration defends $62M bailout to crooked Brazilian meatpacker
  • Former government sniper admits he shot former girlfriend to death on Manhattan street
  • ’You Jews, I’m gonna get you’: Florida man charged after allegedly spitting on, threatening to sexually assault Jewish people
  • Five more states sue OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing
  • L.I. high school teacher faces 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child porn
  • Pennsylvania man has his scrotum torn open by angry girlfriend, leaving him with a bleeding testicle

I could post more, but you get it.