Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Trump, the caricature of the ugly American, demeans us all

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    1,117

    Trump, the caricature of the ugly American, demeans us all

    President Trump, in the Rose Garden announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate-change agreement, posed a rhetorical question:

    “At what point does America get demeaned?”

    That point, Mr. President, is now.

    For the last fortnight, Trump has presented himself to the world as the caricature of the ugly American: loud, boorish and ill-informed. For nine days in Europe and the Middle East, Trump shoved, hectored and lectured, betraying confidences and demonstrating an ignorance of world affairs.

    The French president applied a crushing grip to Trump’s tiny hands to show that he wouldn’t be bullied, and the German chancellor suggested that Europe may need to go it alone after 70 years, without its suddenly flaky ally. The pope gently conveyed disdain.

    Trump would have been humiliated if he were capable of feeling shame, but on some level even he must have known he was being dismissed, for he responded as he does when ridiculed — with still more cartoonish bluster.

    The withdrawal from the world climate accord itself wasn’t terribly surprising, but the way he did it was a thumb in the eye to the rest of humanity. Trump didn’t merely state a principled disagreement. He turned the Rose Garden, where Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat once joined hands, into a setting for a political rally, and he delivered a campaign speech against the world.

    “The Paris agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country’s expense,” he charged.

    “The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and in many cases lax contributions to our critical military alliance,” he alleged.

    “Foreign lobbyists wished to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement,” he declared. “It’s to give their country an economic edge over the United States.”

    It was less a statement of policy than a paranoid scream about devious foreigners scheming to cheat the United States. In reality, Trump was breaking with the whole world — more than 190 other nations that had made numerous concessions to U.S. demands — and siding with two outliers, war-ravaged Syria and Nicaragua (because the agreement didn’t go far enough). And Trump’s guests in the Rose Garden applauded and cheered this gratuitous insult that accompanied Trump’s abdication of American leadership. A Marine jazz quartet performed.

    Trump seemed to know little about the accord he was trashing. He proclaimed, “I’m willing to immediately work with Democratic leaders to . . . negotiate our way back into Paris.” Was he unaware that he had to negotiate with world leaders, not his domestic opponents? “And we’ll sit down with the Democrats and all of the people that represent either the Paris accord or something that we can do that’s much better,” he added.

    The president served a buffet of dubious assertions and statistics about the costs and benefits of compliance while all but ignoring the central fact that the Paris accord is voluntary. Trump could have scaled back U.S. commitments to whatever he wished without pulling out of the accord or demanding renegotiation. It’s not binding. It needn’t have cost America anything.

    Instead, he chose to taunt world leaders with jingoistic rhetoric, mocking the accord’s “so-called Green Climate Fund — nice name” and announcing, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” He accused other signatories of being deadbeats who “went wild” when America agreed to this “massive redistribution of United States wealth.”

    We have seen this behavior repeatedly from Trump. When he feels belittled — when he feels his manhood challenged — he lashes out. Pope Francis reproached him by giving him his encyclical on climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron probably threatened Trump’s alpha status with his handshake, which, Trump aides told The Post, “irritated and bewildered” our emotionally fragile leader.

    And so Trump doubled down.

    A similar pattern of belligerence has hobbled Trump’s presidency. His clumsy attempts to ram health-care reform through Congress have stalled his agenda even though his party controls both chambers, and his ham-handed efforts to shut down the Russia investigation saddled him with a special counsel.

    In foreign affairs, Trump’s undue bullying is breaking down alliances, undermining intelligence, economic, military and diplomatic cooperation. Trade, travel, tourism and foreign investment will inevitably suffer. Business leaders know this, which is why Trump’s climate move brought bitter protests from top U.S. corporations.

    Trump is projecting retreat, which isolates America. Perhaps the most devastating response came from Macron, who told Trump on Thursday in a perfunctory phone call that the Paris accord is not renegotiable, and that France — and, likely, the world — will no longer work with the United States on climate change.

    America, under Trump, has lost its seat at the table. Yes, this is the point at which America gets demeaned.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.526baf209b8b
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Collinsville
    Posts
    15,048
    Trump would have been humiliated if he were capable of feeling shame, but on some level even he must have known he was being dismissed, for he responded as he does when ridiculed — with still more cartoonish bluster.
    You still don't get why he was elected. Very many of his supporters liked him because he doesn't give a crap about the self-important socialist wanna-be communists who make up the EU's "leadership".

    And that's a table I don't want to sit at anyway.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Rock Hill
    Posts
    81,498
    Sums it up. Screw them
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    5,176
    Sad when the partisan left criticizes Trump.for being sincere and not staying in the deal without complying.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    6,725
    QuoteOriginally Posted by 85cards View Post
    You still don't get why he was elected. Very many of his supporters liked him because he doesn't give a crap about the self-important socialist wanna-be communists who make up the EU's "leadership".

    And that's a table I don't want to sit at anyway.

    Let's be very clear about this. He got elected on an electoral college fluke. Certainly not by the majority of the US citizens who voted. You were one of those who didn't....which is your right..... but understand that the majority of Americans (not including coal miners) are looking to drum his azz out of office. In the heartland(s), youre going to need to deal with it.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Collinsville
    Posts
    15,048
    QuoteOriginally Posted by RHinSD View Post
    Let's be very clear about this. He got elected on an electoral college fluke. Certainly not by the majority of the US citizens who voted. You were one of those who didn't....which is your right..... but understand that the majority of Americans (not including coal miners) are looking to drum his azz out of office. In the heartland(s), youre going to need to deal with it.
    Good luck with that. President Pence! I like the sound of that.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Rock Hill
    Posts
    81,498
    QuoteOriginally Posted by RHinSD View Post
    Let's be very clear about this. He got elected on an electoral college fluke. Certainly not by the majority of the US citizens who voted. You were one of those who didn't....which is your right..... but understand that the majority of Americans (not including coal miners) are looking to drum his azz out of office. In the heartland(s), youre going to need to deal with it.
    Which is why he would win the popular vote if the election were held today, right Dumbshit?
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    West Chester PA
    Posts
    6,241
    QuoteOriginally Posted by John D View Post
    Which is why he would win the popular vote if the election were held today, right Dumbshit?
    Hey they might get popular 80 year old Biden to run... then all bets are off. He is one of the stupidest men in the country, but he is affable.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    VT
    Posts
    20,608
    QuoteOriginally Posted by John D View Post
    Which is why he would win the popular vote if the election were held today, right Dumbshit?
    You've been hanging your hat on this "fact" for a long time but it's a ridiculous assertion given an unknown opponent.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    6,725
    QuoteOriginally Posted by John D View Post
    Which is why he would win the popular vote if the election were held today, right Dumbshit?
    Hmmm....that might prove problematic given his current historically low approval rating.....Dumbshit.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Rock Hill
    Posts
    81,498
    QuoteOriginally Posted by RHinSD View Post
    Hmmm....that might prove problematic given his current historically low approval rating.....Dumbshit.
    Washington Post's own poll, you drunken stooge
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    VT
    Posts
    20,608
    QuoteOriginally Posted by John D View Post
    Washington Post's own poll, you drunken stooge
    You've been hanging your hat on this "fact" for a long time but it's a ridiculous assertion given an unknown opponent.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Rock Hill
    Posts
    81,498
    QuoteOriginally Posted by paulie walnuts View Post
    You've been hanging your hat on this "fact" for a long time but it's a ridiculous assertion given an unknown opponent.
    The opponent was Hillary Clinton. But, I know you guys aren't big on reading... just on reciting talking points.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    VT
    Posts
    20,608
    QuoteOriginally Posted by John D View Post
    The opponent was Hillary Clinton. But, I know you guys aren't big on reading... just on reciting talking points.
    I have it on good authority that she's not running next time.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Collinsville
    Posts
    15,048
    QuoteOriginally Posted by paulie walnuts View Post
    I have it on good authority that she's not running next time.
    Aw, heck. The country is really going to miss her.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    6,725
    Fact is....MOST of those who voted.....DO.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Peoria, IL
    Posts
    19,396
    QuoteOriginally Posted by RHinSD View Post
    Fact is....MOST of those who voted.....DO.
    No. The majority voted against her as well.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Land of fruits and nuts
    Posts
    21,490
    QuoteOriginally Posted by CheapSeats View Post
    No. The majority voted against her as well.
    I bet 100 % of the illegal vote went her way.
    Register or log in to view signatures!

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    6,725
    QuoteOriginally Posted by barnbird View Post
    I bet 100 % of the illegal vote went her way.
    Link?+
    Register or log in to view signatures!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •