Donald Trump is not my commander in chief

  A friend of mine and I were arguing the other day about the political  skills — or lack of them — of the current occupant of the White House when my opponent said something that probably makes perfect sense to far too many Americans. “Donald Trump is our commander in chief,” he declared, “and we owe him respect.” I responded that Trump is not my  commander in chief and is not the commander in chief of most Americans. The guy acted as if I had just spit on the flag. “Barack Obama was not my...

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Trump’s first six months as president have been a disaster

  On Thursday of this week, Donald Trump will reach the half-year point of his presidency — and his record thus far has been nothing to brag about. The Donald’s standing in the polls tell the story: No previous president has had lower approval numbers at this juncture. One hardly knows where to begin itemizing Trump’s failures and missteps. The available choices are numerous. But I would start with his peculiar love affair with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Indeed, the Russian thing still has the potential to undo the...

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Does your support for an idea fade if the wrong person backs it?

  If Donald Trump ever comes up with a really good idea, I’m going to go out of my way to support it. I don’t want to be accused of suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Allow me to explain: Four  years ago, a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted before President Obama unveiled a gun-control agenda showed Republicans overwhelmingly supporting — or no worse than evenly divided — on four central Obama proposals. But when a subsequent WaPo/ABC poll asked for reaction to Obama’s proposals — without specifying the...

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How long will Trump’s presidency last?

  Thursday of next week will be the six-month mark of Donald Trump’s tenure as president. I’m tempted to joke that I’m surprised he has lasted this long. But seriously, folks, The Donald’s first half-year in the White House has been an unprecedented failure. No previous president has suffered such poor approval ratings in these early months. The only good news for Trump has been a fairly healthy economy, but the momentum for that began in Barack Obama’s presidency. Otherwise, he hasn’t accomplished...

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Regarding polls on climate issues

  More than a few of America’s most notable political pundits seemed to have failed to notice the full importance of a certain sequence of events: When President Trump returned from his trip abroad a few weeks ago, he pointedly bragged that he has withdrawn American support for the Paris Accords regarding climate change. But if he expected applause for this gesture from the nation’s populace, he was wrong. The fact is that most Americans disagree with the president on climate issues. But there’s a slipperiness, it seems...

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