Nicholas Kristof

The Inconvenient Truth

… or Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire and Fury.

David Brooks writes about inconvenient observations and the Michael Wolff book in The Decline of Anti-Trumpism.  A few excerpts follow.

First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected.

Second, people who work in the Trump administration have wildly divergent views about their boss.

Third, the White House is getting more professional. …

This isn’t just a struggle over a president. It’s a struggle over what rules we’re going to play by after Trump. Are we all going to descend permanently into the Trump standard of acceptable behavior?

Mr. Brooks, let’s look at what you wrote.  The President isn’t a raving madman.  Some people in his administration like him.  And some are getting work done.   I’ll even add that I’m sure his family loves him.  Plus certain crowds still adore him. I’ll even grant that clinical narcissism may not be as bad as psychopathy.

They said the same about Hitler and Caligula early on during their reigns. Aren’t YOU the one setting the bar low here?  Are you truly willing to settle at this point?

The man is not well.  He’s doing damage to the norms of the office and the country.  He’s co-opted the cowardly GOP.   This isn’t a typical Administration or political process.  Even your own colleagues remain alarmed where a recent selection included Paul Krugman’s The Worst and the Dumbest, Nicholas Kristof on Trump’s Threat to Democracy, and the New York Times editorial Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

The GOP has weaponized politics through media and message control and thirty years of continual lies … and you’re worried about whether Wolff’s book is too lowbrow with gossip that contains the truth?

The inconvenient truth is that it’s been and still is a critical, clear, and present danger.  The problem is not, as you write, the anti-Trump movement is suffering from insularity.  It’s the challenge of continuing to reach, motivate, and mobilize Americans.

The fight for #TheResistance is just starting. Let’s worry about standards and lowbrow books after the battle’s been won.

 

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The Quality of Overcoming

Once upon a time there was a narcissistic populist who trumpeted his mental stability and intelligence.  He charmed the populace and rose to run a kingdom that was the leader of the world.  He had exquisite tastes and demanded luxury. He ran up extravagant personal bills that were paid by the people.

He had no government experience.  He said whatever was on his mind, made impractical promises, reversed all his predecessor’s policies, and enacted tax cuts that increased the deficit.  He had no military experience but liked to play the role.  He glorified violence, surrounded himself with military trappings and generals, and threatened his rivals.

No, this is not Lyin’ Donald.  This ruler was Trumpier than Trump with four wives and slept only three hours a night.  He didn’t just threaten but killed Senators.

The emperor was Caligula, as recounted by Nicholas Kristof in There Once Was a Great Nation With an Unstable Leader. Kristof’s conclusion is that Rome survived, as will America.

To me, the lesson is that Rome was able to inoculate itself against unstable rulers so that it could recover and rise to new glories. Even the greatest of nations may suffer a catastrophic leader, but the nation can survive the test and protect its resilience — if the public stays true to its values, institutions and traditions. That was true two millennia ago, and remains true today.

Of course.  We shall overcome.  In one year or a hundred.  In Trump’s world or another.  By definition.

Is that all?  The end of the story?  Is it sufficient for you to resign yourself to the natural arc of time, knowing that Trump and his legacy will be swept away … at some point, just like Caligula?  Are you satisfied to feel injustice, but stay in your comfort zone and accept current events as fate?  Trump, the GOP, and their plutocratic bosses hope you are.

Or are you ready to take control of your life and be a part of, and not just observe, history?

For those of us here, now, is not the quality of how we overcome more important than our endurance?

How do you want to be remembered in 10 years or a generation from now?

What is your commitment and role in #TheResistance?

 

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