Is America a Failing State? | Foreign Policy

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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


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No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama | john pavlovitz

If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing  in a distant second place.)  Otherwise, have at it.

But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.


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

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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.”


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Trump, The Cabinet, and the Purse-Strings of Power

***Warning: unapologetic speculation follows***

More than two months after Donald Trump’s electoral victory, many who did not vote for him are still in ‘Chicken Little’ mode, with social media commentators frequently inveighing against the impending disintegration of the United States, sandwiched as they are between the antithetical inexperience of the incoming ruling elite (Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price: looking at you – and your boss), and the abject ignorance of those they see as having cast their vote from some dank recess of the 14th century. Continue reading