Q: Is Trump Really That Incompetent as a President?

Full disclosure: this is not a question that was put to me directly or personally. It’s one I elected to answer, so you, Dear Reader, may prepare yourself for the partisan revulsion that follows.

A: No.

Asking whether Trump is “really that incompetent as a president” is to inappropriately restrict the scope and extent of said incompetence.

He has serious cognitive and character flaws,1-5 and these translate into incompetence across many (if not most) fields and functions, with the exception, perhaps, of bullying and gaslighting, things he seems to be rather good at, by all accounts. Even the things his devotees like to credit him with—business acumen and wealth creation—have been resoundingly debunked.6

I enjoy how multiple award-winning journalist and political commentator, George F. Will, puts it, in his characteristically caustic and articulate way, in this interview. I’ll let you see for yourself; skip to 0:40 to get straight to the discussion.


1) Sword, R; Zimbardo, P. “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, Psychology Today, Sep. 2017

2) Sword, R; Zimbardo, P. “The Elephant in the Room”, Psychology Today, Feb. 2017

3) Goldberg, J. “Unthinkable: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency”, The Atlantic, Jan. 2019

4) Brigham, B. “Law Professor: Trump Is A Cowardly Sadist Who Is Destroying Federal Workers’ Lives While Performing For His Base”, Raw Story, Jan. 2019

5) Edwards, D. “Clinical Sociopath Trump’s Mental Illness Helps Him Lie To People”, Raw Story, Jan. 2019

6) Reich, R. “My Coffee With A Trump Supporter”, RobertReich.org, Sep. 2016


Is America a Failing State? | Foreign Policy


Former FBI Director James B. Comey (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

One of the saddest, and yet most accurate – and possibly prescient – articles I’ve read recently, on the sorry state of affairs going down in US affairs of state, under Donald Trump’s aegis.

“We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide.

We have all the makings of a banana republic.” ~ David Rothkopf

Source article: Foreign Policy

Donald Hectors, Brussels Pouts

I’ll need to attend to my lengthening queue of stashed-away drafts on other subjects, lest people think this is purely a Trump-bashing blog. Nonetheless. That must just have been the most awkward NATO summit in the history of acronyms. The looks on their faces. Look. At. Their. Faces. From the barely-concealed and amply justified sneering NATOand hushed comments of newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron and colleagues, to the deflated das-darf-doch-nicht-wahr-sein* of Angela Merkel, who had taken the time a few months back to explain to a wholly ignorant US president what NATO stood for, and how it worked. (Or it may have been the German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, with whom the most frequently associated online tagged keywords are probably “perplexed” and “irritated”, and who has been amusingly blunt in her assessment of the crass ignorance she must now deal with. Either way, the message was passed along.)

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The hidden political message of Chuck Schumer’s inaugural speech – Vox



Interesting, and well said.

“To some extent, this is standard patriotic rhetoric. But when said in front of a man who thought a Latino judge was not fit to judge him, who has called for a ban on Muslim immigration and for mass deportations, who mocked a New York Times reporter’s disability, and whose entire rise to power would’ve been impossible without his own incredible wealth, it takes on new meaning. Mentioning ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation’ in front of Mike Pence, a stalwart opponent of LGBTQ rights, stings as well.”