Monday, November 14, 2016

The Trumps on 60 Minutes

It was like the Modern Family version of the Romanovs.

I thought it was rather telling ...

I can't remember how many times Trump mentioned 'power'.  He seemed humbled by the win, but his awakening to the power he holds wasn't so much about humility as it was awe.  He really was impressed by the power of the office.  The calls of congratulations from foreign leaders demonstrated for him the power of the Presidency.  He was just as impressed by the number of followers he picked up on social media, Twitter and Instagram.  That made me laugh - because followers on social media doesn't necessarily mean people like you, but he sees it as a popularity marker and a sort of approval rating.

He's too obsessed with power.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” - Lord Acton


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  1. Point taken. But I think he'll surround himself with all the right people and he has shown that he knows how to take good advice. Give him a chance.

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    1. I agree ... I am giving him the benefit of doubt and much prayer for him to stay the course and stay focused. I am sure he will realize there are lots of brown nosers but lots of good people too and thus I hoppe too, he will make good use of his talents to land good folks.

      He may be in awe of the power that comes with the job, so what? That ain't nothing compared to the rest of the baggage that comes with the job of being president ...

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    2. I am afraid by today's reports from the Tower that the experienced level headed are being walked out. Likewise, others are declining to get involved or being told they are not welcome. Trump will govern from the Tower as much as possible surrounded by the same group who engineered the election. He is reported to want security clearances for his children! Does that not concern you? I am hoping for the best but preparing myself for a very turbulent four years. We are looking scattered and weak to the world. He is over his head in this. The first terrorist attack or international crisis could do him in. Let's pray not. In his meeting with Obama I heard him say he was impressed with all the assests he saw in the WH and government. Kinda weird but that is how the man thinks.

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  2. ...yes, I think he is 'flawed': flawed in that he is Really 'of the people', time will tell if he is 'for the people'. he is Of Us just by being so flawed, susceptable to flattery, power, easily hurt, plus he shows it, et al: in other words, this is Not a very smooth guy. which I like, personally.
    I am drained by the politicians. we are in for interesting times. of course, I Have No Idea what I am talking about, an insight too long in coming. *sigh*.

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  3. I'm more guarded about him - I thought he did well in the interview and I love Leslie Stall. I'm happy he is able to clear up matters regarding deporting criminals as well as provisions for healthcare revisions. I am happy with his intent to appoint SCOTUS judges who are pro-life. His comment on gay marriage being law and therefore protected didn't make sense to me as it could just as well be applied to Roe v Wade.

    The emphasis on win-win and power, while holding court in the palace with the royal family assembled was a red flag, in my opinion. It was the least impressive aspect of the interview for me. I just do not admire or connect with that sort of ostentation.

    I am hopeful that he governs well and works for peace and economic stability while keeping his promises to support pro-life causes - never forgetting the ordinary people who voted for him.

    I'm not cutting him down, I'm simply expressing my thoughts on the impression he made on me in last night's interview. Being in awe of power can become intoxicating and left unchecked, it can lead to despotism.

    Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but some online are going so far as to suggest he is the 'new' Constantine. That may have contributed to my impressions after last night's interview.

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    2. I actually liked them all sitting together ... the women glamorous looking, the men stoic, serious. Why does president-elect look orange colored all the time? Is it the rumored tanning booth?

      To be honest, I want to go back to just minding my own business, working, praying, paying my taxes. Not sure how much his presidency will affect me because I am staring to get burned out. >x<

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    4. Constantine? I think not. As for the location of the interview, I got that impression too (glitz, power) but where else where they going to do it? Anywhere else would seem fake.

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    5. He was being true to himself afterall, and well, home is one's castle as they say. ­čść

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    6. Angelo Donghia did the interior years ago - to Trump's taste and aspirations - it was the 1980's. It wasn't exactly the designer's style or taste. I was always surprised Donghia did it. The design is palatial in a 'decadent Empire' sense, and though Neo-Classical - the glitz and shine is more Las Vegas casino style than anything - although it might suit a Saudi prince - it is definitely egotistical and ostentatious. I think it reflects the owner's personality and ambition and authoritarian inclinations. So I wasn't critiquing the 'setting' for the interview as much as I was suggesting what it reveals about Trump.

      Not that there is anything wrong with 'Dynasty' as a television series.

      What?

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    7. True, his "gold to the mold" style is tacky but that's him. I prefer a windswept Italian villa look myself with the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea in the background and handsome Italian men to meet my every need.

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  4. You do know how the Romanovs ended up....

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    1. Yep, should he decide he's entitled and forgets who put him in office despite the odds he will reap the consequences and bring it all crashing down.

      Gonna be an interesting ride.

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  5. The fox is in the henhouse and we are the hens. That about sums it up. He has fooled millions. It is the Trump way.

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    1. The fox may have had an open playpen when he was free to roam the private world, but soon his tail is going to be trimmed way down by rules, rules, and more rules with regulations, ethics, expectations, insurmountable pressure to tow the line and to hold it even more so. He may find that while ruling the roost was his dream, too many microscopes and wagging tongues will not allow such fancy dreams come to fruition.

      I wish this willey fox all the best but roaming free days are over ...

      BTY ... I will not allow myself to be reduced to a mere hen ... I am a woman of faith, dignity, worth.

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  6. Of course you are Yaya. I included myself in the metaphor. As you know Trump has called woman much worse. My point is we are all targets. His advisors are more dangerous then him. Medicare and Medicare are reported to be on their target list. This group have long wanted to privatize Social Security. They have the power now to do it.

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  7. "I included myself in the metaphor"

    I know you did but I wanted to assert myself in the pecking order of things. Yeah, as a private citizen, president-elect Trump said many a nasty thing but now he has to give all the nastiness up and earn the respect of many if he in turn wishes to be respected.
    I will remain positive since I desire the negative not rob me of hope nor of joy. I do not know president-elect Trump like you do, wh, so I will give him the benefit of doubt until he proves otherwise.
    As far as Medicare goes ... I have yet to read anything about that and until I read the facts every thing else is sheer gossip.
    Have a wonderful evening!

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  8. Yaya go to the Washington Post on line today. Paul Ryan said it himself on Fox. It is not gossip. This group has been upfront on this for decades. The goal is to dismantle the entitlement programs. This is not just welfare and immigrants. It is all of us. Things will happen fast. They are not joking.

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  9. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/11/15/paul-ryans-plan-to-phase-out-medicare-is-just-what-democrats-need/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na&utm_term=.bfdea227e4cf

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