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Virus, protest mishandling just latest of Trump failings

No American institutions are as widely respected than the U.S. Armed Forces. So when one of its revered leaders — one with 50 years of service under his belt — speaks out, we would hope all would listen:

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” retired Gen. James Mattis stated this week. “Instead he tries to divide us.”

This debate is no longer about policy or liberal versus conservative. It is about leaders, and the current one needs to go. The majority of Americans can’t stand much more, lest they be left standing not at all.

President Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality protests and riots are the most recent of his manifest failings. When a ravaged nation cried for soothing, understanding and compassion, he lashed out in heated rhetoric, further fanning the flames of division, bigotry and ignorance.

He accepts no modicum of blame. The fault always lies with Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, with foreigners, immigrants and Antifa, with the Chinese, the media and Congress, with mayors and governors in Democratic redoubts, with any person, group or agency refusing to pay him sufficient homage.

We wish he would have the decency to resign, but he has shown a lack of that virtue during his public life, either pre-presidential or post. We can only hope to see his reign of hubris and animus end with his decisive defeat in November.

Trump’s modus operandi is attack, attack, attack. There is no empathy in his personality, no civility in his style, no restraint in his approach. His scorched-earth election campaign, marked by mockery, ridicule and lack of any regard for the truth, all-too-accurately foretold what was to come.

His lies range from dangerous to bizarrely unnecessary (no, Mr. President, you did not give Gen. Mattis the nickname “Mad Dog”).

His failings are rooted in exhaustive narcissism. He sees the rest of us as inferiors destined to do his bidding, or else. Everything he does is “great,” “beautiful” and “perfect” because he’s a “stable genius” transcending mere mortals.

He abuses the normal conventions of society because he can — because he has the power, the wealth and the cult-like following to get away with it. He values the Republican Party only to the extent they serve to further his personal aggrandizement, victimizing true American conservatism along the way.

Trump is a man who has never displayed any meaningful religious convictions, Christian or other, or ever affiliated himself with any particular church. But earlier this week, he had a group of peaceful demonstrators forcibly routed by so he could stage a Bible-wielding photo op in front of a church near the White House. He had neither the courtesy to check first with the bishop, nor to respect the demonstrators’ right, under the First Amendment to the U.S.

The Republican Party has traditionally stood for fiscal restraint and states’ rights, but Trump has trodden on both.

He put the nation in hock to give the personal and corporate rich even greater tax advantages. When the states failed to reopen fast enough for his liking, he threatened to impose a dictate from Washington, D.C.; when they failed to suppress protest excesses fast enough for his liking, he threatened to send in the military in to take charge.

Donald Trump is in it for only one thing — his own best interests. The sooner everyone realizes that, and move effectively to curb it, the better.

As Mattis said:

“We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

 

Comments

gophergrabber

Mattis and Kelly were both part of the FBI plot to bring down the President. Mattis was fired by both Clinton and Trump and has now disgraced himself. Kelly same thing. And the plot continues on and on...poor people.

Bill B

Wow! I think I saw that you, the editorial staff, claimed offense to the insinuation that the News Register might be biased. yet you write this obviously biased editorial. I could see this coming from the liberal publications, but I'm sorry this is inexcusable from a small town centrist paper.

Due to job requirements I lived in California for 15 years and put up with all the liberal stuff, but I have to say I never saw the local newspaper criticizing the president. We moved to McMinnville because it seemed to have a nice balance between right and left, but clearly the News Register has veered off the center. Jeb, are you really OK with the stuff your son is writing?

RobsNewsRegister

How ironic this quote.. "Trump’s modus operandi is attack, attack, attack." yet all I've ever seen the N/R do to President Trump is attack, attack, attack.

RobsNewsRegister

"Peaceful"? Tell that to all of the Secret Service members hauled off to the hospital the past couple of days right before Trump visited the church on Monday. The picture in the story below is that morning - the vulgar graffiti looks oh so great. The protesters were asked multiple times to back up to provide room for the president to walk to the fire damaged historical church. They didn't and were moved. Their 1st amendment right was never infringed. You can protest but you can't impede. The Secret Service is in no way going to allow the president of the United States to be within throwing distance of all of the bricks etc.. being regularly hurled. How do you think the all those agents were injured in the first place? The second link is to video of various locations across the nation where rioters and their supporters are pre-staging bricks. There is loads of other video out their of buckets filled with bricks too.

https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/06/60-secret-service-agents-injured-in-assaults-from-violent-rioters/

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/is-antifida-suppling-bricks-in-advance-for-riots-from-berkshire-hathaways-acme-bricks/

tagup

It was a photo op Rob....was it really necessary under the circumstances?
I question the judgment for a PR trip during a legal demonstration before curfew......

Breelin

Without a doubt this is the best article I've seen in a long time. 100% agree. Perfectly stated! Well done News Register!

Don

The “Never Trump” Generals are biased and do not need to be listened too. They do not get a pass on jumping the chain of command. If they do not like President Trump, they should run for President.

President Trump responded to the Covid-19 request for help from the Governors of many States. The Governors of New York, California and others found him to be responsive to their needs in public statements.

The mismanagement of police brutality protests and riots can be blamed on the Democrats that run the cities and states according to Shuan King who wrote the following on Twitter on June 5, 2020:

“Democrats, from top to bottom are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now.”

He said: "STOP generically telling us to VOTE in response to all of the police brutality we have right now. Yes we should vote. But we have to be VERY specific."
https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1268911183878410246?lang=en

Shaun King uses social media to promote justice causes including Black Lives Matter. He is an American writer, civil rights activist and co-founder of Real Justice PAC.

After the Rob Rosenstein Senate hearings this past week and the release of the FBI documents regarding General Mike Flynn it is evident that President Trump is fighting the Deep State resistance which General Mattis is a part.

The hate for President Trump that exudes from this editorial is inhibiting your ability to form ideas based on reason and logic in my opinion.

RobsNewsRegister

My problem is that when Trump visits the damaged site it is a "photo-op" but if Obama did it the press would say it was to "pay his respects..."

tagup

To “pay respects “ it might be good to actually speak with someone at the sight....or At least have the courtesy to let them know you are coming.....

treefarmer


Well said News~Register……..WELL SAID!! The facts are clearly stated and the logic is irrefutable. What is truly disheartening is that a few of our fellow citizens jump to the defense of the indefensible. They rationalize and justify and – in keeping with their “leader,” - they blame everyone but Trump. He doesn’t need any “help” from you, or those you accuse of nefarious absurd plots. He has created this carnage all by himself. Yes he has surrounded himself with sycophantic enablers, but they only carry out his demented anti-American orders. I hope, as was the case with Nixon, that there will come a time when the henchmen have to face justice too. Doing wrong is NOT excused because someone in power directs you to break the law. Trump, and lapdog Barr, will not be able to shield them forever.

It is sickening to read over and over the contempt for, and condemnation of “liberals.” But then again what can we expect when our country is being purposefully divided and inflamed from the top? Republicans have allowed their party to be hijacked and debased by someone beyond unworthy to represent their real values, and determined to turn them against their fellow Americans. He demands blind loyalty. He foments hatred. This is not politics, it is pure evil. Does the phrase ...wrapped in the flag and carrying a Bible" ring any bells?

It remains to be seen whether this country can survive six more months of corruption and mal-administration. But I am fortified by the courage of journalists, as well as my fellow citizens, to speak truth to dictatorial power. We must not remain silent when our democracy in dire peril. Silence is in no way patriotic.

Thank you N/R – As a concerned citizen I am deeply grateful for this editorial. (and the accusations of bias are pathetic.)

RobsNewsRegister

The problem a lot of us have with the media, and the reporting on this particular president, is that they continually push story line after story line that is demonstratively false. The latest happened Friday. You may have heard it widely claimed that Trump said Floyd was looking down from heaven smiling because it was good day; in reference to the surprisingly good jobs report. You saw this from reporters from the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, the AP, let alone CNN. I think I even heard this fake news story on the top of the hour radio news.

However, when you watch the news conference it is clearly and factually, NOT TRUE. The president is clearly not talking about the jobs report in context with Floyd. He is talking about the push for equal justice under the law.

https://news.yahoo.com/mainstream-reporters-falsely-accuse-trump-181407447.html
https://www.foxnews.com/media/mainstream-media-trumps-great-day-george-floyd-remarks

tagup

Rob- doesn’t that door swing both ways?....The President has pushed false narratives literally thousands of times.....if you call out one side, shouldn’t you call out both?

Bill B

Treefarmer; I guess that means you are on the unfinding of police departments band wagon as well! And you complain about republicans!

Finch

Much of what she wrote sounds like it's from the previous eight years.

treefarmer


Bill B – unless you are just trolling me, you are going to have to point out what I wrote in my post that could have possibly caused you to assert such a false and ridiculous statement. I have worked in law enforcement and am a strong supporter of the police. It is my opinion that 99% of the force deserves respect and humble gratitude. Any feelings of safety I enjoy are due to the presence of brave officers who are willing to put their lives at risk for me - and for all of us – every single day.

And if you had actually read my post you would not accuse me of “complaining” about Republicans. I noted concern that the party has been hijacked and debased. I stand by that statement. I may be one of those “liberals” some of you seem to hate, but I have honorable Republican family members and friends that I love and worry about. Republicans deserve better….I keep wishing they (you?) will tire of being used and abused and decide to demand ethical leadership. The unhinged amoral pretender on his throne in Washington has destroyed the “United” aspect of this country and is killing what’s left of America.

Finch - Nope. Just these last miserable chaotic three and a half years.

RobsNewsRegister

The problem with gauging Trump is they build straw-man after straw-man and then attack him for what he didn't say (e.g. said he claimed said virus was a 'hoax' though this claim was after he had closed the border with China because of the virus. The quote, taken out of context, was that the Democrats were using the virus like they used the Russia Hoax and Impeachment ... it was the new hoax(tactic) to attack him. That is clear from the video.

I have to admit I am not the best to gauge this though. What politicians say has little merit in my book - I look at policy and actions. Obama was so eloquent, I still remember some of his state of the unions, they were amazing, but then policy/actions later were so darn disappointing.

For instance, in regards to African-Americans, it is Trump that opened up federal funding for historically black colleges (previously withheld because many are religious institutions), setup 'economic opportunity zones' in black urban communities, and pushed/signed criminal justice reform with this community in mind. Not Obama.

tagup

trumps attempts to dismantle The Affordable Care Act is a far better measure of his concern for minorities and low income Americans....

Finch

ACA was nothing but a gross waste of money from "read the bill to find out what's in it" to the disastrous website and deductibles that no one could afford. Government is the problem in most everything it touches.

tagup

Tell that to the people that previously couldn’t get insurance or had pre existing conditions.....

treefarmer


tagup – you may have noticed that facts and logic simply do not factor in to some of the opinions posted in this forum? Sad but true.

tagup

I’ve noticed....but sometimes I just can’t let the rhetoric go unanswered.....my character flaw, I guess....

Bill B

Are you claiming you use facts and logic Treefarmer. All we ever see from you are Trump bashing comments, As for Obamacare, it may have helped minorities and the uninsured but it cost most of us middle incomers a substantial increase in premiums.

RobsNewsRegister

Bill - I've heard stories of premiums, deductibles, and co-pays that are hard to fathom. I'm lucky because my wife has insurance through her government job (even it is losing some of its luster though) but can really feel for the small business person or those that buy private insurance.

tagup

Rob, wouldn’t the best solution be found by tweaking and compromising to get a program that works for everyone?.....Is simply taking away coverage for millions of people, without any replacement, really an answer?...The ACA gets a lot of criticism, but let’s not forget that Insurance companies & hospital organizations are for profit entities that have been highly subsidized by Taxpayer dollars and done very well for their shareholders.....

Bill B

Tagup says; " that Insurance companies & hospital organizations are for profit entities that have been highly subsidized by Taxpayer dollars" Care to explain that comment? How are they being subsidized outside of premiums or selling stock?

tagup

Medicare?

tagup

And by the way...you touched on the point....Premiums....which are set by the companies and include overhead and profit......

Bill B

Tagup; medicare advatage providers are not "highly subsidized by Medicare". They are paid as TPAs (Third party administrators) and pay based on Medicare rates. And premiums are paid by individuals not part of a tax.

RobsNewsRegister

Inelastic goods and services that a consumer may have no choice but to buy sure are a sticky wicket. I'm not sure anyone has come up with a best in all cases solution as of yet but think an approach might be some type of mixed model, where you have a baseline of government care with a private option on top of it.

The great risk in these type of systems though is ensuring that producers are compensated sufficiently to produce. If they aren't, in the end, no one has much of anything. You can't distribute to the poor and needy something that isn't there in sufficient quantities in the first place (e.g. former Soviet states). I've heard systems like Medicare don't actually cover the physician's cost, they have to make up for it with money from their private customers. The same issue goes for equipment and drug developers etc.

One thing we have to figure out is how to reduce so much darn overhead and overlap. In manufacturing we ended up with a methodology called LEAN manufacturing, I am encouraged that a former colleague of mine actually does this for a hospital system now. My current concern is how our medical system fares after taking the economic hit from the shutdown. Ironically, it was one of the hardest hit areas.

Bill B

Rob. i'm not sure healthcare insurance is inelastic. For you and I yes, but others not so much. The real problem in my opinion is that unlike auto and home insurance that is experienced rated, health insurance is the same for all. There needs to be an incentive for us to take better care of ourselves.

Finch

Speaking of photo ops, how about in the capitol with them on their knees with all their matching scarfs. Exactly what it was and one was even using that time to check her cellphone.

Being used? The poor have been used for years by the democrats to stay in power. With all the money being thrown into the blue states and cities why have those people not been helped? It keeps them in power and keeps those families and children dependent on the government. Both sides definitely have issues but I believe that one side would rather see people get jobs and take care of themselves while the other wants to just keep throwing money at issues without changing them.

Huge fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid and it's known and there doesn't appear to be any real effort put into real oversight to clean it up and use it in an honest way to help people. When they pulled the like your doctor, keep your doctor speech over and over again they failed miserably at actually finding out what the doctors thought of it. How many have gotten fed up and left the field (mine) because they are losing money between the government programs, lack of reimbursement and high malpractice costs.

As far as lapdog Barr I suppose you thought Holder was an honest man. That was a crooked bunch and they all pretty much knew about the FISA abuses and that whole dog and pony show that cost the taxpayers over $30 million. Hopefully, Joe Biden will be held accountable and questioned about his part in knowing about it. But since he has no memory and can't complete a sentence it's doubtful.

Peaceful protesting is allowed but how about all those paid rioters and looters? It is not okay to hurt and kill people/police officers and destroy public and private property. They get their phone calls and go city to city destroying everything in their path. Ran into a couple at the dog park and the guy was proud that he broke windows at banks in Portland. Wrong and disgusting!

tagup

Bill- you are correct that Advantage plans are TPA’s, but you do understand that they make money from the Medicare Trust Fund.....In 2018 4% was added to the average plan benchmark and 3% to plan payments...it’s not just a pass through......we can argue if that constitutes “Highly subsidized” but it’s big dollars that are funded by payroll taxes.
It’s interesting that we made the pivot to a Medicare funding discussion and skipped over my “tweaks and compromise” Point that would allow more people coverage....Oh well....

Finch

Yes, tagup tweaking and compromising would be a welcome solution.

RobsNewsRegister

Bill. Good points. Yeah - to be young again when the last thing on your mind was a doctor's appointment :)

Lulu

Isn't the true elephant in this room--no pun intended--that we're all peeking over or under or completely ignoring the fact this president is mentally ill? Nuts. Insane. He is paranoid, narcissistic, subject to bizarre mood swings while maintaining a grandiose self-image. Furthermore, he's portraying the president the same way he operated his ridiculous TV program--with screaming invective and churlishness. He represents an embarrassment to himself and this country. The entire civilized world laughs at him. But I have no illusions all those yelling at CNN from their La-Z-Boys and gassing up on Fox News will vote for him again--and for whomever might be his next First Lady. It's far easier to throw a tantrum than behave with integrity.

treefarmer


Well now, Mr. Bill B – no surprise that you, the master of “bashing,” would not be embarrassed to accuse someone else of what….stealing your thunder? (Of course none of us know who you are so who cares, right?) You dropped a smug and unfounded assumption about my beliefs and then, when challenged to justify your pompous characterization, you obviously couldn’t - so instead you went on to bash me again. Yes – I DO claim to base my opinions on facts and logic. Blind devotion and “alternative facts" serve no one. The fact that you do not like what I post does not make my comments untrue or invalid. Re that toxic person you put others down to defend – I wonder - are you tired of winning yet?

Other issues notwithstanding, I would be remiss if I didn’t also observe that I am in FULL AGREEMENT with one of your earlier statements:

“There needs to be an incentive for us to take better care of ourselves.”

That is one very true and VERY logical perspective. (A tiny island of common ground……who knew?!)


And on the topic of agreement, I don’t always understand or relate to your posts Lulu but I have to say you have identified the “elephant” with graphic clarity. America is being ruled by a certifiably mentally ill carnival barker and about a third of our citizens cannot accept that their emperor has no clothes. Pretending otherwise is destroying us. What is it going to take? (I shudder to contemplate the answer to that question.)

Thanks again for this editorial N/R. The truth may threaten some illusions but that is not a valid reason to withhold it.




Bill B

Treefarner, you are right. I made an assumption that given your liberal tendencies that you probably would buy in to the latest tactic from the left; defunding police departments. As for facts, please reread some of your comments. Do you really think they are factual rather than opinions? Not trying to bash anyone.

Lulu, do you really think he's mentally ill and it's not an act? We have had some fairly good actors in the white house (e.g. Obama, Clinton, Reagan).

treefarmer


Appreciate the response Bill B. Evidently we have plenty of areas where we disagree, no sense arguing about something we agree on?

I wonder if your views of my comments come down to semantics. For the record I do read and re-read and RE-read what I publish here, and whether you believe it or not, I parse my words carefully. My opinions are not more than just that: opinions. But I do believe I arrive at conclusions based on facts. I am something of a news junkie and gather information from many different sources. (print media, assorted cable channels, and trustworthy online information.) But once I have sifted through the various reports, I am most dependent on what I have seen with my own eyes. I have watched enough of the Trump Show to gag a maggot. Having worked in law enforcement, and as a therapist in a large mental hospital, I am confident in my ability to read body language, accurately interpret the lies of a conman, as well as to recognize the textbook signs of severe mental instability.

So there you have it. I would never post an opinion unless I believed it was based on facts I have found credible. Some who contribute to the discussions here throw out absurd undocumented conspiracy theories and defend them with those infamous “alternative facts” Having a pathological liar running the country (into the ground) seems to have given a slice of our fellow citizens righteous permission to follow suit. As a result, truth is on life support. Although I am not generally a fan of hers, and this quote is quite old, (1957) it still rings true:

“When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand
“Atlas Shrugged”

I don’t think we are doomed yet, but we desperately need a course correction – and SOON!

Lulu

Bill--I believe you'd change your mind about Reagan's acting chops had you viewed any of his terrible movies, particularly the one in which he acted alongside a chimp. There was a bumper sticker popular in California that read, "Impeach Bonzo and his Co-Star." Perhaps the state was still a tad miffed after he, as governor, signed into law a tax increase higher than any in the country.

GrizzlyWildcat

Anyone still defending Trump is doing so either out of willful ignorance or stubborn refusal to admit they put a harmful narcissist in office.
This editorial said nothing that isn't true and part of easily documented behavior time and time again by the president.
Blame must also go to the Republicans who watch the erosion of most of the foundations of this republic under Trump, but refuse to do anything out of either personal enrichment or fear of their own careers over the future of the country.
The country has not been divided more since the civil war, and the only people better off are the Trump personal finances and the 0.1% that have been catered to the whole time.
Anyone who continues to back this excuse for a leader does so to their own detriment. Are you better off than you were 3 years ago? Has this country moved forward in prosperity and world opinion under the Trump administration? Hardly.

GrizzlyWildcat

Anyone still defending Trump is doing so either out of willful ignorance or stubborn refusal to admit they put a harmful narcissist in office.
This editorial said nothing that isn't true and part of easily documented behavior time and time again by the president.
Blame must also go to the Republicans who watch the erosion of most of the foundations of this republic under Trump, but refuse to do anything out of either personal enrichment or fear of their own careers over the future of the country.
The country has not been divided more since the civil war, and the only people better off are the Trump personal finances and the 0.1% that have been catered to the whole time.
Anyone who continues to back this excuse for a leader does so to their own detriment. Are you better off than you were 3 years ago? Has this country moved forward in prosperity and world opinion under the Trump administration? Hardly.

treefarmer

GrizzlyWildcat – I welcome and second your perspective. I have been watching this editorial forum and hoping others would show some support and appreciation to the N/R for publishing it. As you rightly pointed out, it is well-documented truth.

Every single day brings new and even more outrageous destructive action from the power-mad and mentally deranged divider-in-chief. Today he proclaims himself a better leader than Lincoln. Tomorrow it is entirely possible he will over-ride the few whispers of reason remaining in his cabinet of enablers and sycophants to deploy our military to “control” American citizens using heavy artillery and bayonets. And why not? The eunuchs in the Senate refused to rein him in and thereby gave him carte blanche to desecrate the Constitution and “rule” from his demented gut.

Perhaps you have noticed that the defenses and justifications are becoming more ludicrous and desperate as time goes on? The honorable Generals, the sane Republicans, the bi-partisan voices of experience must ALL be denigrated to resolve the cognitive dissonance and maintain the blind adoration.

Now we shall all witness (and suffer the consequences of) the results from crowded manic rallies where the faithful are not to wear masks, and must SIGN A DISCLAIMER that holds Trump harmless if (when) the participants become sick. (Jim Jones had a much more direct method to test the loyalty of his cult, but hey - a test is a test.) I have no doubt the exercises in contagion will be well and blissfully attended.

Better off than they were three and a half years ago? Tired of winning? Obviously this is all in the eye of the beholder. May God have mercy on America.

Lulu

The authentic Trump is embodied in his tweets, through which he's digging his own grave.

Drew1951

Thank you Grizzly, Tree and Lulu. Every day I watch as our country is being destroyed. We, who care, must actively work to support change. I do not like door knocking and telephoning but I will be addressing and stuffing envelopes and doing anything else I can to support this cause. And I will not forget local politics. Merkley and Bonamici need us. If the nut case running for mayor wins, she and two commissioners might well try to establish a blessed trinity.

treefarmer


Drew1951 - I am grateful to see your "voice" here, this is a time for citizens to support and demand change. I remain hopeful that together we can rid this country of the corruption threatening democracy and restore real American values. As you point out, it will take work and tenacity, but together WE CAN DO IT!!

RobsNewsRegister

>the only people better off are the Trump personal finances and the 0.1% that have been catered to the whole time

While the .1% did well as they do under any administration, the Trump family has taken a significant financial hit from him becoming president. Not surprising given their fortune is in hospitality; when you go into politics you automatically tick off half the country. Trump announced his run for president July 2015 and Forbes lists are in Sept/Oct of the given year.

Forbes 2015 - Trump is #121 out of 400. https://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2015/09/29/2015-forbes-400-full-list-of-americas-richest-people/#a8997093c647

Forbes 2019 - Trump is #275 out of 400. https://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/#4f07d1b67e2f

treefarmer


RobsNR - It is truly encouraging to see your comment about who among us has actually profited from the current reign of power and corruption.

Re Trump wealth taking a hit, do we wonder about the the amount of the"rescue" funds that were secretly funneled into his businesses, and those of his cronies? At the moment we are all in the dark about that of course, because it is being hidden, withheld from us taxpayers who have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to know how taxes are apportioned. Sooner or later we will learn how certain pockets were lined while struggling small businesses were screwed over. It won't be pretty. But there is always hope that someday (January 2021?) the ill-gotten gains can be clawed back and used to right some of the reprehensible wrongs. (Sadly even that will likely be too little too late.)