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Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

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Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

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If you’ve been wondering what “loyalty” means to President Trump, his most recent cabinet meeting provides an illustration. Hint: it doesn’t necessarily include loyalty to the United States of America.

Rather, to the assorted Wall Street billionaires, politicians and captains of industry that the president has surrounded himself with, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.

The televised spectacle has to be seen to be believed. And the question is, was it more laughable or more scary? I confess being of two minds. 

On the comic side, I couldn’t help but think of the “mighty Emperor of Lilliput, Delight and Terror of the Universe” in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. To determine which of his courtiers gained preference, the Emperor—every bit of six inches tall—conducted public exhibitions of “leaping and creeping,” rather like dog agility trials. The winners particularly excelled at groveling.

That would be quite a competition in Trump’s cabinet. In an obviously scripted moment, Vice President Pence set the tone by piously intoning how serving the great man was the honor of his life.

He’s really good at piety, Pence.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus then thanked Trump “for the opportunity and blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people.” Around the table it went, each cabinet secretary striving to outdo the others in expressing devotion to Trump.

Oleaginous HHS Secretary Tom Price may have taken the prize: “What an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership. I can’t thank you enough for the privileges you’ve given me and the leadership that you’ve shown.”

This isn’t a cabinet, it’s a fan club.

Where did they find such an assemblage of brown-nosers? And why would a confident chief executive want them? Good luck anybody at that table ever telling Trump anything he doesn’t want to believe.

Not that he ever listens.  

Anyway, even with his disapproval rating in Gallup’s daily tracking poll at 60 percent (versus 36 percent favorable), Trump positively wallowed in the warm bath of his underlings’ praise.  I’ve seen cocker spaniels more resistant to petting. Who’s a good boy? Donald’s a good boy!

The president modestly allowed that only Franklin Delano Roosevelt had accomplished as much during his first months in office.

Nobody laughed.

Thankfully, I suppose, only Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis resisted the urge to flatter the president. Instead, he spoke highly of serving “men and women of the Department of Defense,” as well he should. I actually believe it’s the patriotic duty of Mattis and beleaguered National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster to remain on duty almost regardless of the president’s follies.

During the assembly of Trump's Cabinet, on Monday, members around the table spoke effusively about the president. He sat beaming, soaking it all in. It was the first formal gathering of his most senior officials at the White House.
As he struggles with myriad crises, the lavishing of praise and adulation contrasted with the storm enveloping the president. Prominent is an investigation into possible ties between his election campaign and Russian meddling in the race.
For him, the meeting was a welcome rendering of what he feels are major accomplishments ignored by his detractors. Major legislative achievements have eluded him thus far.

Somebody’s got to man the watch.

Because on the scary side, you’d have to go somewhere like North Korea or, yes, Russia to find contemporary examples of the “Dear Leader” school of political leadership. That said, if Vladimir Putin appears to be Trump’s role model, there’s no reason to think the cunning Russian dictator is anywhere near as susceptible to flattery as our man-child president.

Nor as vulnerable, ultimately, to public opinion. In Russia, anybody as dangerous to Putin as Gen. Michael Flynn appears to be to President Trump would already be dead. A figure like former FBI Director James Comey would be in prison or exile. He’d be well-advised to avoid high balconies and open windows.

But this ain’t Russia.

Trump’s feckless attempts to co-opt, then fire Comey—a cagey, experienced political infighter—track almost exactly with Flynn’s legal perils. He first sought the FBI director’s personal loyalty one day after Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Kremlin operatives had compromised Flynn. Trump then asked Comey to lay off Flynn the day after newspaper accounts forced his firing. Why?

The president’s attempts at damage control have failed spectacularly. “Do you think Donald Trump colluded with Russia?” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton asked during Comey’s recent Senate testimony.

“That’s a question I don’t think I should answer in an open setting,” Comey answered, definitely not the response Cotton was looking for. He said a final answer would have to come from the ongoing FBI investigation.

Did I mention how cagey Comey can be?

Meanwhile, if upwards of one-third of American voters appear to have chosen party (in the person of Trump) over country, the rest of us surely have not.  Moreover, Trump supporters’ loyalty to him is based less upon indifference to Russian meddling in U.S. elections than simple disbelief. Many seem to be buying the president’s (pardon me) childish alibi that Democrats have made it all up to explain away Hillary Clinton’s losing the election.

How these things normally work is that zealous supporters cling to Dear Leader until the day after it all comes crashing down. Then suddenly nobody knows him anymore.   

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Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows.
Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

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  1. Dapper Dan June 13, 2017

    This so called President is just seeking to have those closest to him massage his ego. This idiot is more of a cartoon character who’s defining the Presidency everyday he remains in office. Nancy Pelosi said today he’s self impeaching himself with all his flippant comments and tweets. Covfefe means no self control

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    1. Independent1 June 14, 2017

      As long as there is at least one or two sane lackeys within his cabinet that will not let the Donald carry things too far. Believe me, he’s trying to follow after what he’s read about Hitler – and from that display in the cabinet meeting, aside from Mattis, it looks like his brainwashing is working on the majority of the wimps under his control.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

        Right now, Trump is seething with rage that he can’t fire Mueller or Rosenstein without justification as Civil Service laws demand. So you can bet this cowardly, ruthless, spiteful moron will find some other way now to end these investigations.

        Remember when the Republicans in 2000 said, “We will be a permanent majority?” We didn’t know how they’d do that. Now, we do…Russian hackers.

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  2. dbtheonly June 14, 2017

    There are other options in assessing the praise the Cabinet offered to Our Benevolent Leader, blessed be his date of birth, the Illustrious, Kim Il Don.

    One is to consider the praise as only that which is due to Our Benevolent Leader for his great efforts in Mak(ing) America Great Again. His leadership is vital and deserves all praise.

    The other option is to consider the exercise simply sad.

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  3. Dominick Vila June 14, 2017

    Funny or scary? How about embarrassing, disgusting, and unbecoming of a nation that prides itself in its democratic principles? The only winner in that narcissistic farce was Generalissimo Donald.

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    1. Independent1 June 14, 2017

      Dominick, I have to vote for scary – because it’s fitting a pattern; my sense is that in the next cabinet meeting, Trump will be asking his cabinet to start the meeting with ‘Heil Trump!” What we’re seeing is a replay of Adolf Hitler’s brainwashing of the German people back in the 1930s. According to Ivana Trump, Donald kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside for years. And according to one researcher he is more of a psychopath than Hitler himself.

      And according to a right-wing journalist who writes for the Washington Post, Kathleen Parker, he is actually making at least 1/3 of the U.S. population mentally ill.

      See this from her:

      Is Trump making America mentally ill?
      Some excerpts:

      I’m not falling down on the golf course yet, as Barrett did, but I
      confess to a feeling of lightheadedness coupled with slight nausea. It
      makes perfect sense that Barrett finds salvation in a young woman
      recently released from an insane asylum. When many of those around you seem to be suffering from some sort of group mania — believing what isn’t true and defending what isn’t defensible — then the officially “insane” offer some strange solace. At least there’s a rational explanation for their disorder.

      Today, about a third of the nation’s population seems to be suffering from a
      reality discernment malfunction. Have they been ingesting mushrooms
      plucked from bull dung? Drinking water spiked with credulity-enhancing
      chemicals? Thus, when President Trump speaks in his fourth-grade, monosyllabic, syntax-challenged verbiage, they hear lyrical lucidity. When he brags that he has accomplished more than any other president, save for
      Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his starry-eyed minions nod their approval.
      Exactly no major legislation has been passed by Congress since Trump
      took office.

      And this:

      But what to make of the rest of these Americans who seem unburdened
      by such concerns? Or this president, who still can do much harm? More
      than two dozen top psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental-health
      experts hope to provide some answers with a book due out this fall — “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”

      They don’t diagnose Trump, which ethically they can’t do without examining
      the patient. They do, however, discuss his symptoms, which lead them to
      conclude that Trump is a “complex, if dangerously mad, man.” They also
      propose that his mental illness is affecting the nation’s mental health
      as well. These experts will likely learn what many journalists have discovered: Only the already convinced will read the book, and the rest will remain convinced of their certitude. The trouble is that when one is daily immersed in clouds of distraction, it’s difficult to recall what “normal” looks like.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-trump-making-america-mentally-ill/2017/06/13/28204b08-507b-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.269ad147210a&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

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      1. idamag June 14, 2017

        My beloved niece says she cannot sleep. She broke off with her lifetime best friend because the friend voted for trumps. I have a friend who dissed trump on facebook and her own brother stormed into her office screaming and pounding on her desk. This amoral mobster has not only divided the country but is dividing relationships. He is malignant.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          Actually? That dark shadow over Trump’s shoulder? It’s Putin. But, don’t you find it odd that over 300,000 Russian protestors are fed up with Putin and his policies and none of the US news media is reporting this?

          Given Russians history of revolution, it is possible Putin may go down before Trump. roflmao.

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    2. Independent1 June 14, 2017

      And see this latest email from Donald J. Trump:

      Friend,

      If you told me this would happen in America, I wouldn’t believe you…
      The losing political party is using a conspiracy theory — without having a single shred of evidence — to DERAIL a constitutionally-elected president

      Our former FBI director cowardly used a friend to leak a government memo to
      the media as a political weapon, joining countless other unelected
      bureaucrats who leak

      The Obama administration called for the UNMASKING of members of my campaign during the transition of power

      The fake news media peddle conspiracy theories and lies about our administration

      So when I say there is an effort to SABOTAGE us, I mean it. This is a threat to our republic — and we can’t let them win.

      We MUST keep fighting. We MUST be 100 precent prepared for the vicious attacks that will NEVER end. WITCH-HUNT!

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      1. Gerry Francis June 14, 2017

        Nice to know he’s feeling the effects of getting back what he dished out during the campaign.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          The part I love comes from his right wing terrorist who have the balls to say that this investigation of Russians meddling in our 2016 election is a “waste of time and tax dollars.”

          But, spending more than 3 years on Benghazi wasn’t? How about the 12 years Ken Starr spent on White Water and cost $12 million taxpayer dollars?

          Since the Republican states are all failing economically as they whine at us every day, why the hell are they worried about wasting Dem state tax dollars since it is OUR taxes that will pay for this, not theirs?

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          1. idamag June 14, 2017

            Ken Starr abused his power.

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          2. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

            Ida…You know what’s odd? Ken Starr as you probably remember was part of the Gang of 5: Rove, Norquist, Rev. Ralph Reed and Eric Prince who were all members of the Young Republicans club in their college days and along with Starr went after President Clinton the minute he won the Rhodes Scholarship. From that point on, the Gang of 5 worked their asses off doing whatever they could to smear Clinton and Hillary. That lasted until now…Somehow Ken Starr is not speaking kindly of Trump and now Trump is getting back what the GOP dished out to Clinton, Hillary and Obama…only this time with valid justification. There just isn’t a way to pretend Trump isn’t “dirty.”

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          3. Gerry Francis June 14, 2017

            I love to see him whine….” No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Quote from Trumps address at the Coast Guard Academy graduation. I’ve said it before – I hope he cries himself to sleep every night.

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          4. dpaano June 15, 2017

            Apparently, he wasn’t around when President Obama was campaigning and he was asleep during his OWN campaign when he kept lambasting Hillary! How quickly he forgets his own shortfalls!

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      2. timmfr30 June 14, 2017

        you’re a funny guy…..

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      3. pisces63 June 14, 2017

        You missed another thing he is doing. Asking for donations.

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        1. dpaano June 14, 2017

          I thought you couldn’t do that while you were in office???

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          1. pisces63 June 14, 2017

            Don’t know but it sure ran on CNN after one of his pat on the back praises of what he has done.

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    3. Thoughtopsy June 14, 2017

      Exactly.

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  4. FireBaron June 14, 2017

    So, we just had a Saddam Hussein/Kim Jong Un/Robert Mugabe cabinet meeting. Anyone who did not dote lavish praise on the Dear Leader (Mad Dog excluded) would surely have found him/herself without a job.
    OK, so will one of you Trumpettes please tell us when we became a third world country.

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    1. TZToronto June 14, 2017

      You forgot Idi Amin, President for Life.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

        Trump has mentioned in the past he is hoping either Donald Jr. or Eric will run for ofiice.

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      2. dtgraham June 15, 2017

        Exactly. Reading FireBaron’s post, I was getting offended for Idi.

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    2. idamag June 14, 2017

      They are still working on it.

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    3. pisces63 June 14, 2017

      I’m old school, Shah of Iran and generalissimo Idi Amin, DaDa!!

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  5. ORAXX June 14, 2017

    It was Caligula being praised by his Counsels. Not funny, but scary. More than anything, it was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen happen in government.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

      Try to catch the June 19th, 2017 issue of Time Magazine’s article on “The Swamp Hotel” in DC owned by Trump. For a 90 minute massage by Iskanka, you’ll pay $490. A lousy gin and tonic will cost you $23 and for the Trump Tower special cocktail of vodka, (Russian no doubt and rare Russian White Beluga caviar) priced at $120 and if you dare ask why the pricey prices, you’ll get, “Well, you get a chance to “see the President” sitting in the same room.

      Not conflict of interest though right?

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      1. ORAXX June 14, 2017

        Certainly not. Who could think such a thing? /S From the beginning of this nightmare, it’s seemed obvious to me that the Trump hotels are a perfect conduit for channeling money to the President from foreign governments. A foreign power, wishing to influence the President would only need to book all the rooms in a Trump hotel at twice the going rate, and who would know?

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          I realize this is no longer a joking matter. But, it does make me laugh that the Republicans want to downplay election rigging, conflict of interest and violations to emoluments laws as if they just don’t matter.

          If the GOP doesn’t get this tax cut for the rich passed on the backs of the poor, elderly and sick, it will be the end of the Republican Party’s bragging rights to be the ONLY majority permanently.

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    2. stcroixcarp June 15, 2017

      The thing that made me gag, was when Reincie Prebus declared how trump was such a blessing.

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      1. ORAXX June 15, 2017

        That was especially bad. It was all beyond creepy.

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        1. dpaano June 15, 2017

          It’s a blessing to Priebus because he has a job…..if Hillary had won, he would have been out of work!!!

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  6. jakenhyde June 14, 2017

    It should be well remembered that German troops before and during WWII swore allegiance to HITLER……not Germany!
    Many parallels have been drawn between Hitler and Trump. This is just another example of the similarities. It’s not funny. It’s very scary.
    Another similarity is that Trump’s fan club will follow him right to the destruction of our democracy….just as Hitler’s fan club followed him to the total destruction of Germany.
    By the time they realized that they’d been following the Pied Piper of Hamlin, it was too late. Wake up America!

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    1. TZToronto June 14, 2017

      As Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose out freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Some feared the rise of authoritarianism during the GW Bush administration, but Dubya and Darth Vader were simple, misguided amateurs compared to Bannon. Cheney wanted to shape America according to his image; Bannon wants to destroy the United States and replace it with a dictatorial system in which he (or his puppet) is the Fearless Leader for Life.

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  7. yabbed June 14, 2017

    It is painful, actually, to see treason accepted and corruption supported. This is America where we once thought we were protected from attacks on our democracy and our sense of self. It is truly painful to watch a defense of Trump by the Republican Party.

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  8. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

    Why is anyone surprised that a CEO of a crooked and corrupt organization like Trump Organization thinks a corporate rah rah session is so unusual?

    Trump loves the idea of shoring up his MANhood by surrounding himself with as many dicks and balls as he can. Vince Lombardi he isn’t. But, he does try to present the image of the quintessential CEO who keeps his “men” under his thumb.

    When the RNC and GOP bought Trump for their “point man,” they bit off far more than they could chew. But, all Trump has to do now is remind them that they took money from him for his so-called “campaign” that was laundered through a forex bank as Russian money and his “men” cower like little baby chicks.

    Trump is breaking more Constitutional laws than he imagines the courts will ever prosecute him for. He’s right. Since the 70s, Trump had but to pay fines in the millions and the government gave him a slap on the wrist for illegalities none of us would get away with.

    You bet Trump has a hold on the GOP. The question the Senate Investigators need to ask Trump is, “What are you hiding that you feel compelled to continue to try and stop ALL investigations? An innocent man welcomes investigations to prove his innocence. Trump doesn’t.

    As GWB would say, “If you’ve got NOTHING to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about.”

    Sessions blew it yesterday when he admitted under oath his “job was to protect the “president.” No, it isn’t. When he took his oath of office he swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

    This cabinet meeting is going to bite the Republicans in their asses for a very long time to come for one reason: They put PARTY above their country and their Constitutional oaths of office.

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    1. TZToronto June 14, 2017

      I would love to have seen one of the cabinet creatures stand up and say, “Mr. President, you are the President, but I don’t serve you. I serve the people of the United States. So don’t order me to praise you. As a matter of fact, I’m ready to vomit from all of the undeserved fawning you’ve received here today. I’m outta here!”

      Didn’t happen.

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      1. jakenhyde June 14, 2017

        I think Comey told him something similar to what you wrote. Then, of course, he got fired.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          Trump somehow assumes all federal workers are HIS employees. Sorry not when we pay their salaries.

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          1. dpaano June 14, 2017

            Unfortunately, we have little to say about how our hard-earned taxpayer dollars are spent! If we did, these guys would be out on the street in a New York minute!

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          2. Eleanore Whitaker June 15, 2017

            I read a book, “The Most Exclusive Club” by Elliott J. Gould, one of my favorite non fiction authors. It is about the US Senate and some of its history.

            You’ll be happy to know that the Senate back in the late 1800s was comprised mainly of very weathly men who literally, like Trump, bought, their Senate seats. This timelime coincides with the establishment of the Republican Party in 1850. Oddly, the Senate was then considered the “upper” house of Government.

            Then, as now, the idea was to cut we, the people, out of the operations of government.

            It was the Great Depression of 1893 that dropped these guys back down to earth. But only until Harding and Hoover took office. Both of whom had the TeaPot Dome Scandal and 2nd Great Depression as notches in their bedposts.

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          3. dpaano June 15, 2017

            I’m also reading an interesting book entitled, “Parliament of Whores” by P.J. O’Rourke, who is a Republican, but he attacks this in a bipartisan manner. It was written before Trump, but it’s “A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government” and it’s fairly hilarious and easy to read. He makes the comment: “Democrats are…the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.” I thought that was pretty interesting and so true!!!

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          4. Eleanore Whitaker June 16, 2017

            Sounds like a “must read” for me. I’ve read other O’Rourke books. He does seem to have a knife edge to his writing style.

            I’ll look for this one.

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          5. dpaano June 16, 2017

            It’s just too bad he’s a Republican, but at least he tells both sides.

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        2. Eleanore Whitaker June 15, 2017

          The timeline of Comey’s firing coincides with Trump’s obstruction of justice charge by the Special Prosector he recevied as his birthday present yesterday. rofl.

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    2. idamag June 14, 2017

      It reminds me of something that took place where I worked. And I am sure many of you will recognize the type I am about to describe. We had a director who was easy to work with. He had an adoring fan under him who praised him at all of our meetings. He was the best boss she ever had. He was Mr. Wonderful. Then an incident landed him in another department and we got a new director. At our first staff meeting. she began praising our new director. How wonderful it will be to work for someone more up-to-date than ___________ was. The new director became Mr. Wonderful. This same woman was rude to employees who she considered not a threat. Recognize her anyone? BTW, she was a vocal Republican and I can see her bootlicking trump.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

        We used to call women like that, “The Office First Lady.” rofl. Conway fits that description perfectly.

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      2. Thoughtopsy June 14, 2017

        Hahaha… exactly. Well put.

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  9. FT66 June 14, 2017

    It was very painful to watch grownups being treated like kids in their classroom, while Dear Leader wore a big smile in his face listening to praises showering him. The man has leadership style of his own making. It is really sickening.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

      I personally thought it was hilarious. Why? I’ve sat through more of these Testosterone Fests with CEOs than I want to recall. These kinds of meetings are nothing more than ego pumping, power games.

      I’ll give you the picture I saw all too often. First, the lowest on the executive chain take their seats. They don’t dare sit too close to the CEO. That’s for the “big guns.” Then, in march the big guns, VPs, GMs and possibly a corporate regional top gun who is “visiting” for “effect” to help the CEO pump up his testosterone.

      Then, like royalty, the CEO walks in, expensive 3-piece Italian silk suit, Dress for Success tie perfectly knotted, white shirt starched so stiff you wonder how it doesn’t cut off his breathing, “papers” in hand usually provided by the likes of tech writers like me and then, there he stands in his “moment of silence” gathering up the “power” he needs to make sure no one misunderstands “his position.”

      Mr. CEO always takes the trouble to go around the conference room table and like a school teacher doing roll call, the lowest go first calling out their name and meager titles until it gets to the Big Guns seated nearest the CEO. Awe on the faces of the lowest as the titles of each Big Gun becomes higher up the corporate chain.

      You’ll be happy to know that the Mafia does this very thing.

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      1. TZToronto June 14, 2017

        In many cases, it’s a display of the Peter Principle.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          Peter Principle…for sure.

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      2. FT66 June 14, 2017

        Quite interesting. Good to know but applying this CEO style in government’s leadership, doesn’t work and looks awkward.

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      3. Thoughtopsy June 14, 2017

        Accurate description.
        I’ve been in those sorts of meetings, too. 😉

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      4. stcroixcarp June 15, 2017

        A cabinet of butt sniffing beta dogs.

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  10. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

    The only one missing from Trump’s cabinet meeting was Putin. But, you can bet Putin gave Trump the green light on massing his “troops.”

    Tell me. At some point, do the Republicans really think Americans will tolerate their bully one party rule much longer?

    You already see how they tried to grab unconstitutional power by meeting secretly to discuss TrumpCare. When they refuse to openly discuss it with the Dems, they openly deny ALL Americans their right to the candidates WE, not they, voted for.

    Or, maybe, the Republicans realize their days of being powerpricks are over?

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    1. idamag June 14, 2017

      And, whether we voted for them, or not, we still pay their wages.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

        The joke is that every employee, customer and taxpayer end up paying toward that Corporate line item that budgets for the candidate of Mr. CEOs choice.

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        1. dpaano June 14, 2017

          Makes me want to NOT send in my tax money!

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

            Shortly before the discovery of the 2016 election hacking, President Obama had that very issue on his “to do” list. He also believed that these corporate line items on annual budgets that are earmarked for the candidates of the corporations choice is patently unfair because employees help raise the profits that go into the campaigns or lobbyists employees may not support.

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          2. dpaano June 14, 2017

            It just pisses me off that I pay so much in Federal taxes that support these idiots in the White House….what a waste of money as far as I’m concerned!! I work HARD for the money that I make, as we ALL do, and to spend it on people who don’t give a damned about us is heart breaking!!

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  11. midway54 June 14, 2017

    This is absolutely insulting to the intelligent citizens of this country. It is like a group of first grade schoolchildren around the table apple polishing for their teacher. Everyone with even a partial brain could see the utter transparency of this incredible show (except possibly the mental midget dupes in the Red(neck) States who continue to cheer the buffoon in the oafel office and vote for the scoundrels in the majority Plutocratic Party). This is something that more likely would appear in Saturday Night Live skit. I suspect that all of us would like to have the identity of the nitwit who dreamed it up; however, that information would be protected as the buffoon’s privilege or even be declared highly classified for the security of the United States. The allegedly mature adults around the table obviously have no shame and their credentials have been justifiably and severely tarnished. How much longer must this nation tolerate this outrageous administration…the whole world is watching in disbelief.

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    1. idamag June 14, 2017

      Not teacher. The bully who those, who are scared, tries to curry favor because the bully seems to be afraid of no one. If they are nice to him, he will not hurt them.

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      1. dpaano June 14, 2017

        Good luck with that…..Trump asks for loyalty from his cabinet, but he has NO loyalty back, and if they cross him in any way…..they can kiss their jobs good-bye!

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  12. pics fixer June 14, 2017

    That exhibition that I watched on TV was really scary. This is the United States of America not some authoritarian country run by a strong arm ruling dictator. Obviously Mr. Trump feels that’s what the American President is. I have never seen a show like that of the cabinet gushing such praise to our President or any elected American leader and I’ve seen a nice collection of them. Those on the right and anyone else who thinks themselves as Conservatives should be VERY upset and afraid when that disgusting display happened. How in Gods name can any American citizen witness that and not want the lot of them removed from office. They are there to serve us! They swore to serve the Constitution and the country not our elected leader who also swore to the same Constitution and serves at our pleasure! If anybody needs proof of how unpatriotic and corrupt this administration is, we just got a good demonstration of it.

    What’s next, saluting and pledging allegiance to photographs of Trump on our office, classroom and city walls??? Trump would love that I’m sure. Trouble is, NOBODY, right, left or center would or should stand for it! This is the United States of America, not Russia or North Korea.

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    1. midway54 June 14, 2017

      Bravo!!!

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    2. idamag June 14, 2017

      Great post!

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    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

      Since the beginning of time, no society has had its government act in such a servile manner as these jackals demonstrated.

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      1. pics fixer June 15, 2017

        You have to read more about 20th Century history because there has been much worse and show how far things can go. How about Hitler in Germany? That was much worse. How about Mussolini in Italy? How about Stalin in Russia? How about Tojo in Japan? As you can see Trump is not the worst. All the leaders I named here started with supporting people who pledged allegiance to them [the leader]. What we witnessed on TV of that cabinet giving their love to the leader [Trump] was how those governments I noted started.

        So, to say that Mr. Trump and his administration is the worst is an exaggeration. He is awful but we can vote the guy out or at the very least clip his wings in 2018 provided we go out and vote. We the people didn’t do that in this last Presidential election and this is the result. I can also add, that the Press failed to report to us what was going on. They failed to do their job. We were, for the most part, low information voters and non-voters. This still can be fixed, next time we must have a big turnout. VOTE! Things can get worse.

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  13. idamag June 14, 2017

    Of course they are obsequious. He has raised the level of their lives. They are do-nothing dumbasses and he made them feel like somebody. In return they must throw flowers at his feel and cover all his dishonesty and criminal acts.

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  14. pisces63 June 14, 2017

    Even worse. wait until job after job continues to leave as he lies and says he is saving them. 500 jobs, here in Ohio by June, 2018 and when they write to him asking for help, this includes city leaders in southern Ohio, Adams county, they are ignored. Yet, they voted for him. When the plant closes, there goes over 50% of their school funding. In fact within the next year or so over 250 coal operated plants will close. Yet , he wants to be Julius Caesar. The Ides of March are coming, beware.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

      Look, I do not feel sorry for people in these Republican states. Are they totally incapable of a single autonomous thought or action apart from their Republican politicians? Do they never see the handwriting on the wall as Yankees up north have to do every hour of our lives? Do they never realize that jobs are their responsibility to create not ours on our tax dollars?

      Too many of these people feed at the federal trough and eat up 65% of every budget.

      Who told them to ignore that coal, oil and fracking were fossil fuels that were not going to last forever and they should start looking at other sources of energy?

      Who told them that stuffing prisons up to the ceilings was the only way they could get federal tax dollars for their for profit prison industry?

      How dare they expect us to live in a country of endless wars just so their major miltiary industrialist billionaires can keep their profits rolling in?

      Trump only wants the coal industry reactivated to help Putin’s failing Siberian coal mining. If you saw the program when Anthony Bourdain visited Russia last year, you’d have seen the facts that Siberian weather is the chief reason for the failure of Russia’s coal industry. Bourdain was on a train to see the Siberian coal mining operation and it was stopped dead by five feet of snow on the tracks for miles ahead.

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      1. pisces63 June 14, 2017

        Here in Ohio it went rom making money like you know what to nothing. Kasich has a job maker who hasn’t made them and getting paid big bucks Under JobsOhio. The rnue is not there as expected. Ohio is in a short fall. Republicans run it all and cut taxes for the wealthy. They had to give Kasich back some of his budget money and to schools, money they had cut. They will pay for charters that do not work, fund for new ones but not for public. I have no sympathy for them. I am in Cuyahoga, where we have had to deal with jobs leaving since the 70’s.

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    2. dpaano June 14, 2017

      It’s amazing how, in some cases, lies DO come back to bite you in the butt!!! We can only hope that Trump’s lies resonate with his so-called voters and they realize he didn’t care about them at all! He lied to them to get the votes; other than that, he had NO plans to do anything nor any knowledge of how to do it! Also, because most of them, like Trump and his minions, have NO idea how our government works, they believed his promises. Just because Trump said he was going to do something….that doesn’t mean that he actually CAN do anything….as he’s finding out on a daily basis!

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  15. rhetoric_phobic June 14, 2017

    We heard Sessions say one word yesterday that was telling. “MAYBE”
    He was called on it later but it was the most telling thing about him in my view.

    These people paying homage to trump, will forever be remembered and this video will be a record of them doing so. This is trump’s new pornography tape. 😀
    Sucks to be them.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

      Yes, that nauseating fawning exercise should be made required viewing for the current Congress and all Cabinet members , now and in the future.

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  16. Mary Jane Wilcox June 14, 2017

    It was so embarrassing to see these men grovelling at 45’s feet. Actually quite disgusting.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

      Picture this: the day before this meeting. Trump calls “his men” to the Oval Office and hands them his script for the following day. They bristle. He goes into his usual intimidation mode.

      “Memorize the script,” says Trump….”Or I can let slip that the money I handed to the RNC came from Russia.”

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      1. pisces63 June 14, 2017

        This bothers me, if true and no one saying anything. A NY Times writer, in his column the other day wrote about the notorious Russian expose about Trump. That he found where President and Mrs. Obama slept in Moscow and hired high priced hookers to urinate on the bed. IF true, he really is a sick puppy.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker June 14, 2017

          If you observe anything about any of the Trumps, you soon observe their bragging and strutting about like peacocks in heat. Back in 2014, Eric Trump boasted in an interview with the conservative “Vanity Fair” magazine, ““We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Ref: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/eric-trump-russia-investment-golf-course.

          The only reason Trump met at the Bedminister Golf Course with his “men” is because he plays a tax evasion game. First, he files taxes on the Bedminster golf as his “home.” I suspect the laws in FL on Mar-a-Lago may be the same. If you take a state property tax exemption, you have to prove occupancy. In NJ, that means he has to live in his “home” several times a year.

          But, here is what else he does to use NJ taxpayers, he bought 2 sheep to graze on that golf course and in doing so, he gets a “farm tax credit.”

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

      Like juvenile hyenas lying down submissively, and rolling over for the alpha male’s approval.

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      1. dpaano June 14, 2017

        And he was LOVING it….every single minute of it!! What a narcissistic idiot we have for a president! It’s downright embarrassing!

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  17. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

    That scene of the Cabinet fawning over Donald is the most nauseating sight ever seen by any group of politicians in the world. I doubt if any 3rd World nation would have politicians acting in such as obsequious a manner as the GOP Cabinet.
    It was as though they were in line at a carnival, paying for tickets to sniff Trump’s behind, like a pack of jackals on the savanna might do to the alpha jackal to show who’s the boss.

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    1. dpaano June 14, 2017

      If I were one of these idiots, I’d go home and shoot myself for being such an ass-licking idiot! Sorry, but had to get it out!

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

        I understand that sentiment completely. So, get it out of your system, so you can be prepared for the next onslaught from the boot-lickers now in DC.

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        1. dpaano June 15, 2017

          I’m still waiting for Trump to blame the shooting at the Republican baseball practice on the Democrats (or maybe even terrorists). Also, you notice…..we hear NOTHING about gun control unlike what he tweeted after the Manchester attack….interesting, isn’t it?

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          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 15, 2017

            I already had to severely rebuke “Godzilla and Phil Christensen” about using the event to score political points.
            And now that you mention it, it is strange that Trump has not tweeted as he did after the Manchester tragedy.

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          2. dpaano June 16, 2017

            Smart move, but they couldn’t care less. As for the Trumpster, he’s owned, much like the rest of our senators (Democratic and Republican in some cases) by the NRA! It’s pretty sad that their lobbyists are among the most prevalent in Washington, D.C. Most of our politicians are afraid to go against them for fear that the NRA will make sure they don’t win another election!
            What’s truly sad is that it’s mainly big corporations, etc. that “own” OUR government…..we no longer have ANY say in anything thanks to Citizen’s United! But, that was what the Republicans wanted all along!

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  18. bingotango June 14, 2017

    “Sycophants Anonymous”

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  19. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 14, 2017

    Trump and his boot-licking Cabinet is captured on camera, thankfully, because no one now, and in the future, would have ever believed America’s federal government officials would stoop so low, and in such an embarrassingly slavish manner, as witnessed.

    This visual testimony of an epic display of so-called adults fawning for a groper, liar, and narcissist, should be required viewing for future history majors, psychology students, and professionals in the behavioral sciences fields.

    Just another black mark for the annals of America’s GOP.

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