Sunday, March 18, 2018

Is trump Nuts?

Is Donald Trump mentally fit to be president of the United States? It’s an understandable question, and it’s also beside the point.
Understandable because Mr. Trump’s behavior in office — impulsive, erratic, dishonest, childish, crude — is so alarming, and so far from what Americans expect in their chief executive, that it cries out for a deeper explanation.
It’s beside the point not because a president’s mental capacity doesn’t matter, nor because we should blindly accept our leaders’ declarations of their own stability, let alone genius. Rather, we don’t need a medical degree or a psychiatric diagnosis to tell us what is wrong with Mr. Trump. It’s obvious to anyone who listens to him speak, reads his tweets and sees the effects of his behavior — on the presidency, on the nation and its most important institutions, and on the integrity of the global order.
Presidents should not, for instance, taunt the leaders of hostile nations with demeaning nicknames and boasts about the size of their “nuclear button.” They should not tweet out videos depicting them violently assaulting their political opponents. They should not fire the F.B.I. director to derail an investigation into their own campaign’s possible collusion with a foreign government to swing the election. And, of course, they shouldn’t have to find themselves talking to reporters to insist that they’re mentally stable.

This behavior may be evidence of some underlying disorder, or it may not. Who knows? Mr. Trump hasn’t undergone a mental-health evaluation, at least not one made public. But even if his behavior were diagnosed as an illness, what would that tell us that we don’t already know? Plenty of people with mental disorders or disabilities function at high levels of society. Conversely, if Mr. Trump were found to have no diagnosable illness, he would be no more fit for the office he holds than he is today.
The problem lies in trying to locate the essence of Mr. Trump’s unfitness in the unknowable reaches of his mind, as opposed to where we can all openly see it and address it in political terms. As the psychiatrist Allen Frances told The Times: “You can’t say enough about how incompetent and unqualified he is to be leader of the free world. But that does not make him mentally ill.”
Unfortunately, a number of psychiatrists, politicians and others who should know better have increasingly taken up the Trump-is-crazy line. In “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” released last October, more than two dozen contributors, most mental-health professionals, concluded that Mr. Trump presents a grave and immediate danger to the safety of America and the world. No argument there, but why do we need to hear it from psychiatrists relying on their professional credentials? Dr. Bandy Lee, one of the book’s editors, said the authors are “assessing dangerousness, not making a diagnosis.” Anyone with access to newspapers or Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed can do the same.
The psychiatrists say they have a duty to warn the public about what they see as a serious threat to the nation. That’s commendable, but they should consider how their comments will be taken by the vast majority of Americans, particularly in a highly politically polarized time. The language of mental health and illness is widely used yet poorly understood, and it comes loaded with unwarranted assumptions and harmful stereotypes. There’s a good reason the profession established an ethical guideline in 1973, known as the Goldwater Rule, that prohibits psychiatrists from offering professional judgment on public figures they have not personally examined.
In the future, it would be a good idea if presidential candidates voluntarily submitted to a mental-health evaluation, just as they often do a physical one — and in that case, psychiatrists would have a critical role to play. But you don’t need to put Mr. Trump on a couch now to discover who he is.

So what’s the right way to deal with Mr. Trump’s evident unfitness?

Not the 25th Amendment, despite the sudden fashion for it. Ratified in the wake of President John Kennedy’s assassination, the amendment authorizes the temporary removal of a president who is unable to do the job. Its final section, which has never been invoked, was meant to clarify what should happen if the president becomes clearly incapacitated. One of the amendment’s drafters, Jay Berman, a former congressional staff member who has said Mr. Trump “appears unhinged,” still doesn’t believe that the amendment applies to his case.
Even if invoking the amendment were the best approach, consider what would need to happen. First, the vice president, plus a majority of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, must declare to Congress that the president cannot do his job. If Mr. Trump disagreed, they would have to restate their case. Only then would both houses of Congress get involved, and each would have to agree by a two-thirds vote. The chances of any of these steps being taken in today’s political environment are less than zero.
Impeachment would be a more direct and fitting approach, if Mr. Trump’s actions rise to the level of high crimes or misdemeanors. But this path is similarly obstructed by Republicans in Congress, who are behaving less like members of a coequal branch with oversight power than like co-conspirators of a man they know is unfit to govern.
The best solution is the simplest: Vote, and organize others to register and to vote. If you believe Donald Trump represents a danger to the country and the world, you can take action to rein in his power. In November, you can help elect members of Congress who will fight Mr. Trump’s most dangerous behaviors. If that fails, there’s always 2020.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

trump is Being trump, But Once We had a Real President

Our country is going on our second year without a legitimate president.
Our current President is seen as a fool and egoist. 

Fifty years ago, we had a great American as President.
Like the holder of the Office today he was born fabulously well-to-do.

Unlike the current officeholder, he cared about the American people.
 Unlike trump, JFK fought.for his country.
Unlike trump,  JFK never bragged about his inheritance or cheated any working American.

The world laughs at us today because of the joke all countries consider trump
 to be.
Listen to a real leader talk, especially our young folks, and see what a leader should be. .

Friday, February 23, 2018

U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem in May, Marking Israel’s 70th Birthday

Long before Arab marauders slaughtered their first Jewish victims,
Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
There has never been a Palestinian State, and NEVER will be a Palestinian State inside of Israel.
Jerusalem has always been the capital of Israel.
It really is time for America to be realistic and stop playing “nice” with the Arabs, we don’t need their oil anymore, and they don’t share our values.
There are no Palestinians, there  are Arabs occupying Jewish land in Judea and Shomron and Gaza that call themselves “Palestinians”.
They should relocate to live in a country where they have the same aspirations as the inhabitants,  i.e. Jihad, “martyrdom” misogynism, intolerance and  “religious” warfare.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to officially move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state, two American officials said on Friday.

The timetable is earlier than the one offered as recently as last month by Vice President Mike Pence, who said during a visit to Israel that the embassy would open by the end of 2019.

The State Department will formally designate a facility in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, currently used for consular affairs, as an embassy, even as plans proceed to eventually build a new compound that could take several more years to open.

President Trump on Friday boasted of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, drawing enthusiastic applause.

While other presidents held back from such a move for fear of triggering a backlash among Arabs and prejudging final peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Mr. Trump said he defied “incredible” pressure to do what he considered the right thing.
“You know, every president campaigned on, ‘We’re going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,’ everybody, for many presidents, you’ve been reading it, and then they never pulled it off, and I now know why,” Mr. Trump said. “I was hit by more countries and more pressure and more people calling, begging me, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it.’ I said, ‘We have to do it, it’s the right thing to do.”

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment. But a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition welcomed the plan to go ahead with an embassy move.

American officials on Friday did not comment on why they decided to move up the date for the opening, but it will carry special emotional resonance in Israel coming on its Independence Day on May 14, the anniversary of the state’s founding in 1948.

President Harry S. Truman recognized Israel minutes after it declared independence, making the United States the first country to do so.

A new embassy building will take six to eight years to construct, said a State Department official, who like others demanded anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the issue.

The Arnona building, where visas and passports are processed, is not nearly big enough for the embassy’s entire staff. Only the ambassador, a chief of staff and a staff secretary will be situated there in its first years of operation, the official said. Much of the rest of the embassy personnel will remain for now in Tel Aviv.

Israel has always made Jerusalem its capital but the Palestinians have also claimed the city as the capital of a future state. Until Mr. Trump’s decision last year, no other country located its embassy in Jerusalem to avoid seeming to take sides in the dispute.

Most American peace negotiators have assumed that Jerusalem would ultimately serve as capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state in an eventual agreement, but advised against preemptively declaring it the Israeli capital before negotiations are finalized.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is in preliminary discussions with Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate, Republican donor and prominent Israel backer, for a donation to potentially pay for at least some of the cost of constructing a new embassy complex, the State Department official said. The Associated Press reported that State Department lawyers are looking into the legality of such a move.

Mr. Adelson declined to comment on Friday through a representative.

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But one of his confidants said that Mr. Adelson “was very excited” when Mr. Trump told the casino magnate after his election victory that he would move the embassy.

The confidant, Morton A. Klein, said Mr. Adelson “called me as soon as he walked out of Trump Tower, and got into his car to say that President Trump said that he is going to fulfill his promise to move the embassy.”

“It is a critically important issue to Sheldon Adelson,” said Mr. Klein, who runs a nonprofit group called the Zionist Organization of America that is funded partly by Mr. Adelson.

Mr. Klein, though, said he opposes private funding for the embassy.

“I’m concerned that people will think that this is being done because of a group of people — evangelicals and Jews — who care about it and not because it’s the U.S. government that cares about it,” said Mr. Klein. “It should be crystal-clear that this is the U.S. government making the decision to move it.”

Follow Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris: @peterbakernyt and @GardinerHarris.

Isabel Kershner contributed reporting from Jerusalem and Kenneth P. Vogel from Washington.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Is trump Stupid Enough to Be Manipulated By His Staff Into Unwittingly Committing Treason?

Trump is not an intelligent man, anyone with any intellectual foundation at all would agree with that.
That being said, no one can deny that he has no moral standards either.
The inability to think clearly, together with his lack of morals, makes him the perfect target, the ideal chump.

Trump is incredibly easy to manipulate.One of the best sub-genres of Trump reporting is “leaks from Trump staffers that suggest the president is an overgrown toddler.” We learned last week that Trump receives two scoops of ice cream for dessert while guests receive only one scoop. The newest entry to this budding literature is just as pathetic, but infinitely more troubling.
Politico’s Shane Goldmacher has a great story about Trump’s media diet—and the ease with which fake news has slipped in to it. Trump is barely computer literate (and that’s being charitable) and he explodes when presented with negative coverage. These two characteristics have made him enormously susceptible to manipulation. During the campaign, for instance, his aides learned that they had to mix in positive coverage, or Trump would become unhinged—and then start ranting on Twitter. The Twitter rants would then produce more negative coverage, creating a vicious cycle of idiocy. This was bad enough, but now Trump has significantly more power and he’s presiding over a dysfunctional White House where staffers are constantly fighting with each other. As a result, his aides have used Trump’s media diet to do two very unnerving things.

The first is to use media to turn the president against their enemies inside the administration—or against people they don’t want joining the team. “A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda,” Goldmacher writers. “Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated.” Trump aides circulated a story from right-wing troll Charles Johnson to drive deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, who Johnson accused of being behind leaks, out of the White House.

The second is to use fake news to manipulate Trump himself. K.T. McFarland—who currently serves on the national security council but is expected to be appointed ambassador to Singapore—presented Trump with two Time magazine covers. One, which was presented as being from the 1970s, “warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming.” It was a juxtaposition tailor-made for Trump—the media’s hypocrisy in two images. The problem, Goldmacher writes, is that the ice age cover was a hoax. Trump was predictably irate, but staffers intervened before he could act—and embarrass himself and the administration by tweeting fake news. The White House doesn’t seem to see the problem here. One official told Goldmacher that this wasn’t a big deal because the story was “fake but accurate.”

The problem is Trump, certainly, who doesn’t seem to be able to discern the difference between real and fake news, and whose chaotic managing style has resulted in a system in which staffers are given incentives to provide the president with fake news. But the other problem is with the staffers themselves. There are no adults in the room with the president: Instead one unhinged conspiracy theorist is being manipulated by dozens of other conspiracy theorists.

Alex Shephard

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