All posts by Mark D. Phillips

Sean Spicer Normalized, His Lies and Contempt for the Free Press Condoned at Emmy Awards

♣ 9-18-2017∼Last night, fresh from a stint as the unrepentant, bowl-faced and demonstrable liar shamelessly dragging the American free press through the mire, former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer ventured a cameo spot on TV’s annual Emmy Awards. There he reprised with a not unflattering parody of himself his erstwhile role as chief liar and bully for president Donald Trump.

It was a cute trick and Spicer mugged it up however many were not amused and found in bad taste the strange attempt to normalize the wildly disingenuous Trump stooge with the dubious if nevertheless scheduled appearance. Brazenly the discomfitting bit opened with piquant send up of Sean Spicer’s first lie in office, a bold deceit, the secretary’s flagrant attempt to palm off on the public that relatively smaller crowd at Trump’s inauguration as the biggest inauguration turnout ever. Apparently Sean never received news of a certain, quaint and rather poignantly relevant little invention, the camera.

Many viewers were scandalized to see a man recently deemed the poster boy for national disgrace lightly celebrated, marginalized to the state of your average, everyday political hack, his legendary misdeeds shrunk on national TV but I for one say, why not? After all, a poor, weak, insignificant henchman resorting to lies and deceit in the steep wake of unnerving duress, a small and simple man who in ignorance once anointed Nazi concentration camps holocaust centers, Sean Spicer, much like George Goebbels, “vass only follovink orderss.”

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Trump’s Tweets a Chronicle of Decadence, Indecency

♣ 7-2-17 ∼ On Monday morning Kellyanne Conway, council to Donald Trump, griped that the media wastes time on the president’s tweets, time that might be better spent covering “finer policy points.” On Fox & Friends Conway claimed to have tested some one hundred sixty three tweets by Donald Trump back in June. She said further “three-quarters of them, at least, had to do with policy, bilateral meetings, legislation.” Nonetheless, like much that Conway espouses, both her gripe and supposed tweet test were spun and only served to cloud the issue. More, she’s just wrong to rate superfluous any media response to Donald Trump’s largely outlandish tweets.

Regular coverage of Donald Trump’s tweets is all-important since the encapsulations, the often improvisational rants and riffs, engender Trump’s bizarre behavior and personality. They’re an intricate map of his personal knowledge, his values and priorities, his loyalties and proclivities, his strengths and limitations, his political prowess and so-called tactical maneuvering, even the drastic bleed of his credibility worldwide.

They’re a blueprint of his state of mind, emotions and character, a mosaic of his psychological makeup, his neurological state, sensibility and temperament. The streaming, near-compulsive tweets of our newly elected leader, their iterative inaccuracy, rancor and vulgarity, their constant pettiness, cruelty and intolerance can only play a major role in any assimilation of Trump. They’re a source of news key to public perception and appraisal of America’s fledgling commander-in-chief, news vital to public assessment of the people in orbit around him.

Media coverage of Trump’s tweets a waste of time? If there’s any waste it’s Donald Trump’s alone. Indeed the disturbingly frequent, shameful, petty, puerile, crude, vicious, demeaning, toxic, slanderous, disproportionate, inaccurate, inappropriate, destructive, disruptive, counter-productive, self-revealing, self-discrediting, self-indicting, self-sabotaging and generally destabilizing nature of the world leader’s Twitter log cries out for close and constant scrutiny from the press which, as the Fourth Estate, advocates for the public by outing corrupt, dangerous and incompetent leadership. The president’s tweets are downright crucial to White House reporting as we lapse into the Trump era.

Of the sundry tweets, many shame not only the office of president but the president himself and the country at large. They do this both at home and across the globe. The tweets embody cold indictment of Trump’s preening vanity, bad judgment, impropriety and misplaced priorities. They lay bare the man’s obscene dishonesty, crudity, injustice and mean-spiritedness, ugly traits beneath the dignity and decorum of the US presidency.

In short, they’re indecent. Often they’re id-driven lashings out, gut responses, knee jerk reactions to perceived slights, makeshift diversions, wafer thin, last-minute smoke screens, distractions from  negative attention well-earned. They’re frequently assembled without self-control or circumspection like the tantrums of a child, not the measured rejoinders of an adult, much less a president.

The same tweets now comprise bona fide records, make official files, megabytes, maybe even gigabytes of damning information in a presidential archive which ought to bode shameful for Trump yet weirdly, suspiciously, conspicuously, Donald Trump just doesn’t get it. He goes on tweeting in his crude and reckless way, in the same crass, vicious and slanderous tradition. This travesty is an indictment in itself.

What’s amiss that Trump doesn’t grasp common decency? It’s worry about this yawning void and other pressing questions touching the leader which regular and systematic study of Trump’s mounting tweets are sure to help address one day, not as grounds for a criminal case, for a mental or medical diagnosis but more in terms of a smoking gun, damning evidence, probable cause, good reason for inquiry into the man’s professional dealings, into his mental state and capacity, into his acumen for governing legally, sanely and effectively.

Maybe, as many suspect, Trump’s a sick man. Maybe not. Maybe the man’s colluded with Russia. Maybe not. Maybe Trump’s corrupt. Maybe he’ s just incompetent. Maybe the new head-of-state can govern effectively. Maybe not.

All these grave deliberations and more remain in play and there are those who believe, as I do, that a leader’s moral fiber, his voracity, his grace, his nobility, his reverence for democracy and for all the American people, his love for objective and universal truth, his appreciation of mainstream media’s search for the best obtainable truth, are fundamental to  good and viable leadership.

There are those who hold, as I do, that rank moral turpitude exuding from Trump and leaching into a lot of the president’s tweets is enough to disqualify him from any public office. These Twitter bytes, many seeds of untold decadence, are inclined to speak volumes and alone inform the utmost importance of Donald Trump’s many, often indecent tweets in the news today.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

A Sudden Distopian Nightmare


♣ 11-9-16, The Day After Election Day

Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States of America. A temperamental man with obvious narcissistic tendencies and irrepressible egocentric urges, he has no clear moral code, no visible standard of ethics, no apparent set of principles or political philosophy. He shows little character, little grace, little compassion, little restraint, little grasp of the seat to which he accedes.

He’s a wild card. He’s totally unpredictable. He’s as prone to evil as good. He’s as liable to harm as help. He’s as likely to damage as make reparation. It’s been said he’s a bull who packs his own china shop given his uncanny knack for self-sabotage. He’s his own worst enemy. Is he ours?

In any event, it seems about fifty percent of the US voting public yesterday threw all caution to the wind, abandoned principle, thwarted precious American values as impetuously, frightfully, it undermined the dignity and integrity of our nation, this erstwhile magnificent, awe-inspiring beacon of freedom and justice, for another vow of sweeping political change, frail dignity and integrity, by the way, which like freedom put wrong, we’ll be hard-pressed to ever put right again.

In the past year-and-a-half, Trump has shown the world exactly who he is. Still the American working middle class has brought to highest office a demonstrably brash man of languishing integrity, a cheap cad of excruciatingly weak moral fiber.

Have they compromised the White House with a boldfaced slanderer, philanderer, panderer to racists and bigots, misogynists and xenophobes, shameless author of provable lies, tall tales and mud-slinging rhetoric?

Have they designated leader of the free world a great preening narcissist, a raging western chauvinist, an inveterate snob, bloating braggart, arch authoritarian, dogma-drooling demagogue, divisive rabble-rouser, fear-monger and hater elite, contemptuous advocate for the deeply personal, supra-professional savaging of friend, enemy, rival, detractor and scapegoat alike?

If so, where is honor? Where is reason? Where is insight? Where is common sense? If nothing else, where’s America’s bygone reverence for righteousness and truth, its past respect for what’s noble and dignified? Where’s our former heart, our famous good will, our inclination to welcome outsiders as well as each other, that good old-fashioned yankee hospitality that once helped make America’s legend? Where is national pride? Where on earth is the great collective consciousness and understanding of what America stands for?

Maybe I’m just dream and we’ve always been a cold, course, self-serving culture, never warm, caring, giving, never refined or virtuous, gracious or idealistic?. I only know I can’t shake the nauseating sense that having put Trump in office, some half of American voters might well have made a deal with the devil. I hope there isn’t hell to pay.

No, I  can’t break the vomit-provoking vibe that some fifty percent of the US voting public have relinquished all commitment to the sacred, founding, time-honored principles of democracy, human rights, social justice and freedom, this inviolable formula for the glue that’s bound Americans together over two-plus  centuries, all in trade for a hollow pledge of less elitist government from a disingenuous man who’s as elitist as they come.

No, I can’t help feeling this obscure cross-section of the country has sacrificed our great American heritage to the echo of cacophony arising from an empty little shell strewn idle on the beach. Such grave compromise comes at staggering cost.

Disconcerting too is in the aftermath of the vitriolic Trump campaign, which pranced and courted the worst in human instinct, those many votes for Trump belied votes in favor of racism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia and cruelty. Those many votes for Trump concealed votes in favor of enmity, bullying, incivility and violence, which today imbue hate crimes, sexual assault on women, fits of grievous instability and random chaos, grave wrong that seldom bloomed under viable leadership .

Minority groups across the country woke with dread today to harsh rekindlings of ire, resentment, condescension and bias, uncertainty and hostility, trepidation and the sick loathing of fresh negative scrutiny, injustice and attack both verbal and physical in the land where all are guaranteed safety, acceptance and peace of mind, where all are owed life, liberty, happiness and equality, a land in which minorities were already on the road to grasping little fragments of this yet elusive covenant when Donald Trump so rudely interrupted. Does Donald Trump grasp any of this?

What a sad pass this is. What a fall from grace to play upon the world stage, an untoward testament to our growing decline, sorry tribute to the breakdown of a lofty and noble civilization, grim accounting which only those yet high-minded of the American voting public can acknowledge and appreciate.

Well, what’s done is done. We have a new president. We can only move to bond behind our newly elected leader and with all due diligence as a free, just and pluralistic culture simply back him when he’s right and buck him when he’s wrong and where necessary hold him accountable in the fond hope that some small vestige of fine American values may survive the next four to eight years. In the meantime, fasten your seatbelts kids. We’re in for a harrowing ride.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Keep Your Integrity, Self-esteem and Personal Perspective

• Always come to terms with life but only advisedly.
♣ Never come to terms with the world except unavoidably.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Kids Are Innately Entitled

• Youth presumes parental provision.
♣ A child is the treasure that keeps on taking.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Blaming the Victims: Trump Detractors Dissed Defending Honor, Freedom, Human Rights and Social Justice Currently Under Siege


♣ Spoiled sports? Sore losers? Crybabies? These are the kinds of cheap shots Trump supporters are taking lately at American voters who rue the election of Donald J. Trump, hordes of voters filling city streets nationwide and giving voice to their grave concern, dissent and solidarity.

The regular shots range in order of magnitude from shallow and inaccurate to false and misleading. In general each is lame, imprecise and misdirected of course. After all, their aim is to peg as mostly hypersensitive, unruly, ungracious and infantile the victims of Donald Trump and their dissent against his outright abuse, victims pegged by the dubious leader before the whole world as indefensibly different, suspect, ominous, vile, inferior, undesirable, in effect as somewhat less than human.

Trump’s abuse, harsh, constant, un-American, sets the kind of sad and dangerous precedent which begs public rebuke and renunciation from a free and diverse society. When bursts of rebuke and renunciation do emerge, much in the name of honor, ethics, freedom and social justice, however, large groups of Trump-supporting name-callers emerge as well to belittle it.

There are many reasons name-callers cast their cheap aspersions on recipients of Donald Trump’s abuse. Surely one is that they’re desperate to obscure beneath a vast barrage of false accusations those who call maltreatment what it is. Another is that many shallower Trump-supporting name-callers view broad anti-Trump sentiment as tonic for the crestfallen, pap for the defeated when in fact it’s utter lifeblood for untold numbers of Americans who’ve sustained a heavy blow from this president.

In the main, however, Trumpite name-callers hope to make small an issue undeniably huge. They hope to make miniscule the elephant in the parlor, to dismiss as insignificant and petty the preponderance of Donald Trump victims and their outraged advocates combing US streets yelling foul.

They stage their cheap derisions little guessing those who seek to label others only act out the hallmark of dysfunction and sooner or later do what all dysfunctionals do. They blame the victim, in this case projecting on Donald Trump’s victims and their backers all blame for that abuse which in fact Donald Trump himself has heaped on them.

By this devise name-callers mitigate blame in the real culprit, collectively Donald Trump and the name-callers themselves, unaware of how transparent and rife with dysfunction their flimsy theatrics look to the more astute.

What gall not to take their abuse and like it, these too-dismissive name-callers seem to fault victims–like dissing minority groups as Trump has done is democratic while democratic activism against it is not.

Trump voters swear their candidate won democratically. They inform us that in this way democracy has been served and therefore Clintonite dissenters ought to shut up and deal with it.

Dissenting Clinton voters make a finer distinction however. Since an unjust man won by democratic vote, they say, democracy has been served and yet justice has not. They make a good point. At that, they make the whole point.

Anti-Trump sentiment in the American streets has nothing to do with winning and losing per say but rather with what manner of man has won and what that manner of man’s having won will mean for countless Americans targeted by Trump throughout the unrivaled travesty which marked his presidential campaign, what it will mean for all Americans as a treacherous blow to democracy, freedom and social justice.

It’s about social justice and Trump is front and center in the brouhaha, Trump who really was elected democratically in the technical sense but only after he stomped on social justice with the alacrity of a small boy breezing through a penny candy store waving a shiny silver dollar clasped hotly in his hand.

Now he says the only thing that matters is that he won. How can Trump be that out of touch with the people, that oblivious to the irony of a win at their expense, that bereft of personal principles as to proudly place winning above fair play and social responsibility?

Is Donald Trump a man without discernment or a man without honor? To be sure he’s a man of rather questionable integrity with a long-languishing sense of human respect, no small considerations for the up and coming leader of perhaps the world’s freest, most pluralistic society.

Such a dirth of human respect shows a gross lack of principles. Where principles are few and inconsistant the values and priorities of a government and the society under its jurisdiction soon grow dangerously skewed. A cavalier stance grips the nation over time. In awhile patterns of living become erratic. Intolerance, incivility and violence rise and flourish.

In the absence of principles there can be no truth, no order, no anchor, no sound frame of reference for the norms, mores, values and priorities of a people, no dependable criteria for human interaction, no reliable paradigm for human behavior.

The powerful seize control and do whatever serves themselves. The weak regress into self-absorption and mayhem. Time will tell just how this cavalier posture plays out in Trump’s imminent first term as chief executive.

It beggars belief that after such brash and stunningly un-American antics by a would-be statesman, such inconceivably raw, rabid, racial, ethnic, religious and sexual slurs as Donald Trump slung in his scourge of a presidential bid, there still exist Trump supporters who take his hapless victims and their natural, dutiful, infinitely democratic protestations lightly, who trivialize their sense of denigration and betrayal then mock their plight in general with Trumped-up charges of “spoiled sport,” “sore loser” and “crybaby,” charges little children might bring against other little children who are losing ungraciously at hopscotch.

How, after the brutal, more than year long, bigotry-charged and very public tongue lashing Americans underwent from Trump, could hecklers even dream any pigeonholed person, any demonized minority is anything but legitimately concerned for their welfare these days?

Are they blind or do they grasp indeed the flagrant stigmatization of a few with all of its deep, profoundly darksome implications, grasp its toll and opt anyway to lie, spin, distort, propagandize and diminish their fellow Americans for a vague political notion, some prescribed, heady, nationalistic whim, some distorted, self-aggrandizing myth about their own unerring superiority?

Do they understand it’s not social diversity alone but American honor, freedom, human rights and social justice, core American values and principles, the integrity of the Constitution itself that are currently under siege by Donald Trump and the extreme right elements he panders to?

Trump likely slandered those he did just to foment stronger passion and support for his political platform. He was that resolved to win at any cost.

It’s disturbing, however, to think that after all was said and done, Trump may never have taken the process, taken its negative implications or its many wretched victims very seriously, to think that in the final analysis all were mere conveniences for the candidate whose campaign was just a giant manipulation anyway.

Monumental damage has been done these many victims and America at large in the process. Some of it might be years undoing,  some beyond repair.

Whether bigoted in itself or collaborative with bigotry, this dark dynamic stands as part of a tacit subjugation process spawned by Donald Trump and now furthered by an effete corps of denigrating Trumpite name-callers.

Victims of this tacit subjugation woke November 8th to find themselves frazzled and confused, dismayed about their places in this erstwhile Promised Land so many helped to build.

They’re tentative now, indignant, apprehensive about their freedom, safety, security and prospective treatment, as many not directly stung by the process are prone to be apprehensive about the freedom, safety, security and prospective treatment of loved ones, friends, neighbors and simple fellow Americans.

They’re concerned about the future. They’re fretful about the uncharted path our country’s chosen in making Trump its forty fifth president.

Those hit squarely by the Trump dehumanization tack, its stark implications and many gritty realities in the form of violent hate crimes and racist acts, some in fact credited right to Donald Trump himself, comprise anything but disgruntled fans left supping on sour grapes.

These are the disinherited, forced to feed on poison berries, many faced with possible life-threatening situations. All feel the long-sought, hard-gotten quality of their lives reduced dramatically with the advent of Trump given the swath this man has recarved for social injustice, incivility and racial strife, a swath shaven clean beneath the double-edged scythe of bigoted rhetoric and supplication to bigots everywhere.

Hillary Clinton voters, sore losers? Well, losers, yes. Democratic minorities lost big. They lost more than just an election this time. Sore? Yeah, like anyone finally making strides and beaten down for the umpteenth time feels pretty damned sore right now, like anyone seeing the faint glimmer of unity or feeling the vague bristle of pride and suddenly faced with railing and rampant Trumpism, confronted with fresh divisiveness and dehumanization feels pretty sore right now.

Spoiled sports? Okay, sports maybe. The spoiled are accustomed to winning however. Few constant winners here I’m afraid.

Crybabies? How so? Infants don’t struggle, don’t overcome. Fledglings don’t weep for lost ground. Only the cognizant, the caring, the compassionate, the consummately mature shed a tear for lost freedom, flagging justice and inhumanity which torment the soul, shame the race, shame through empathy both victor and victim indiscriminately.

The stigmatization of those in dread of Donald Trump as none but querulous spoiled sports, sore losers and crybabies, piqued fans grieving over the loss of a sporting event is short-sighted to the point of absurdity. It’s cruel to the point of atrocity.

It trivializes vital issues and those effected by them. It doesn’t nearly characterize the many feeling justifiably threatened by a newly elected leader who has daily both directed and drawn fierce hostility toward them, fierce hostility toward their groups and toward their counterparts nationwide.

Instead of pondering just how bias came to roost with such impunity, acquiescence and instigation from top leaders here in this, of all places, the good ole USA, many Trump voters have closed their minds and reduced themselves to name-calling, minimizing a critical situation, some blind to the finer details of that situation, others hip to them all but too insensitive or biased themselves to address them.


On the one hand, demeaning epithets bantied about in this puerile bit of name-calling gravitate toward  sanctimonious dreck.

They’re drivel spewed about anti-Trump activists by a narrow, petty, vapid, heartless, largely dismissive clique of Trumpite drones loath to learn or understand what’s really at stake in the recent election for minority groups and others embroiled in passionate protest across the United States.

On the other hand, the designations made include tags affixed to activists by sharply astute, equally narrow, unfeeling but especially coy, politically driven spin-doctors, cold, practiced liars obscuring the truth by distorting the truth and finally assaulting the most basic if intricate truth running so much deeper than wounded pride or scorched ego chasing plain competitive loss, truth that lies at the heart of minority cultures, supports their safety and serenity, downright proves their rightful places in society, truth that forms the core of sacred American principles, values, rule of law, truth that embodies the very soul of our democracy.

While truth presents the one and only, steadfast, universal currency for human interaction, this diehard band of philosophical twerps continue to souse themselves in informational counterfeiting, communicational sobotage that conflates truth and impedes the advancement of all mankind. Still, incredibly, they find it a source of personal aggrandizement and pride.


In one of US history’s rarest instances, a presidential candidate acted publicly in a manner unbefitting a US president. He presumed to court brazenly and unencumbered the primal forces of racism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Then, winning as much because of it as in spite of the dalliance, Donald Trump acceded to the nation’s highest office.

Trump’s ostensible lies, vicious attacks on American citizens, shameless appeal to alt-rightists, bigots, misogynists and xenophobes were firmly endorsed by more than half the voting population. What were Trump voters thinking anyway? How could they not have gleaned that such a man was bad for America?

Donald Trump’s endorsement then doubled back to embolden, even mobilize the same hate factions against their traditional target groups with heightened enthusiasm, new justification and a sense of tacit, unbound executive permission, this crushing minority citizenship’s long-sought, hard-forged shield against aggression and rendering these target groups, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, women, gays and many others much weakened, more vulnerable than before, reducing them once again to the level of social pariahs, essentially bulldozing them physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually into degrading US policy-imposed exile in the confines of their own reputedly indivisible country, exile degrading as much for the country as the victims themselves.

Does this warped dynamic not run contradictory to human rights provisions? Does it not dishonor America, all Americans and the American presidency? Do we not value honor in America any more?


With election of someone who calculatingly romanced the bigoted underbelly of this nevertheless great country, a man who held minority groups up incessantly to rancor and public ridicule, millions across America feel aghast, disenfranchised, vulnerable, at serious risk, filled with understandable dread, doubt, disbelief, fear for their well-being, some for their very lives, those of loved ones, friends and fellow Americans.

Indeed, since Donald Trump’s election once inhibited racist acts and hate crimes have risen markedly, some in the name of Trump himself whom haters say inspired them.

So it is that many thousands in cities nationwide have spontaneously, without guide of leadership or organization, commandeered the city streets charged with fear, anxiety, incredulity and desperate hope as if adrift in some dystopian nightmare, fallen prey to some apocalyptic vision come to pass which, to pique their dread, some fifty percent of voters either cannot or will not concede much less comprehend, though certain of them see clearly, understand and celebrate anyway.

Spoiled sports? Sore losers? Crybabies? Americans under siege by their own is more like it.







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–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Donald Trump and the High but Grievously Under-served IQ

•Intelligence doesn’t presuppose knowledge or character. Devoid of crucial knowledge the IQ, however high, remains a dubious measure of virtual ignorance. Absent of character high IQ is fundamentally dangerous.
•Having a brain is not the same as having a mind. After all, the one is potential energy, unsolicited, unearned, the other kenetic, a product of work, discipline, cultivation. Donald Trump may have a brain but there’s little proof he’s developed a mind.
♣ If it’s true what Trump boasts of his IQ and at 156 it’s the highest of any president in history, then it’s also true that his is the most under-served of all. An earnest, caring, responsible person of even average intelligence tries to learn at least something of politics, history and the human condition in hopes of being prepared for the weightiest office in the land.


–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Truth Presents the One and Only, Steadfast and Universal Currency for Human Interaction

Lies and slander corrupt the system and do so exponentially.
Without truth man is morally bankrupt, reduced to chaos, hurled inexorably backward into Babylon.
♣ Those with no respect for truth will live in the hell they took for heaven, stripped of the means to effect reform, shorn of the tools to obtain relief.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

The Crisis of Integrity That Surrounds Donald Trump

♣ The Nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy. Donald Trump showed his colors early on. Nevertheless, staunch republicans failed to oust their candidate while they had the chance. It’s clear they wanted a winner first and foremost. They wanted a winner so badly in fact that they backed a man who in retrospect many consider a boar and a bigot, a loose canon, a renegade, a disruptive intruder at odds with their party’s designated values. Deeply into the circus tour that comprised the Trump campaign, signs that Donald Trump was a man of poor character seemed of little concern to the GOP. From Jump Street the authoritarian ring master flaunted brash contempt on the sleeve of his coat like a neon swasticka armband with scarce a murmur of righteous indignation from Republicans.

Trump mocks a handicapped journalist.

Now it’s official. Donald Trump is the GOP nominee. Too late. The people have spoken. Indeed the Republican party has spoken. Suddenly staunch Republicans want to distance themselves from Trump, a difficult task as now they drink from the same tainted well as he. Even now,  genie hovering sprightly over his bottle, it’s not so much Donald Trump’s poor character that’s in question as his misalignment with standard Republican values. Wow, what a sad and sobering testament to those values. Despite his brazen slander, racist rhetoric and maledictory speech, his blatant lies, childish antics, organizational nonconformity and of course the waking cries from all his outraged detractors, Trump continues to run a pretty close race. Whatever the end, republicans can’t win for the losing. For the GOP, win is lose and lose win. Whatever the end, the end is nigh for the GOP, this owing as much to lost integrity in the ranks as to the anarchistic turns of their perfidious rogue agent Donald Trump. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.

trump-group-of-insultsYes, Republicans drink from the same tainted well today. To the unprincipled, truth, right and precedent are elusive ideas which inspire little conviction. For those who lack conviction all of life is serious quandary. Those Republicans in a quandary over Trump are simply lost as to whether to serve the party or serve their errant candidate. They’re lost as to whether to serve victory or serve the public good? Of course, the standard way to freshen a well is to disinfect the water. As long as contaminate Trump continues to dip his ladel into the party well, cleansing the dirty font remains moot however. A pure well from which all Republicans might drink these days cannot endure for one integral reason, due to one salient fact, according to one ineluctable truth. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.


Those chosen to moderate the Republican primary debates allotted Donald Trump too much space to misbehave, space that soon unleashed a bully and his tactics, crucial stomping ground that clinched the nomination for Trump in the end. In addition, many staunch Republicans waited too long to grow a conscience. Many another party hack never did. More, many staunch Republicans waited too long for Trump to get in line. Sadly, Trump never did. Tough luck. Snooze, ya loose, morally and materially. Staunch Republicans knew from the start exactly who Trump was. As soon as they chose to hold out, they sold out. Now it’s a lock, a done deal: No deposit, no return. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–

Trump Fakes Presidential: A Better Speech Is Not A Better Candidate

Donald Trump is known for his spontaneous speechifying, for his spewing of populist rhetoric in boundless stream of consciousness. He’s also known for his loose pontifications, meandering demagoguery filled with insolence, ridicule and accusation, rife with malediction, derision and disparagement, bristling with hubris, racism and slander, festering with anger, intolerance and turmoil. For a year now the whole world has borne witness to it.

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Suddenly, though, at a Trump rally in North Carolina on 8/18, hours after a dramatic change in Trump campaign leadership, the candidate gave a more disciplined, more cohesive and more presidential speech than he ever has before.

Can this speech, a drastic, opportune departure from the rabble-rousing tirades of his sordid past reflect a sudden transformation in Trump’s personal makeup? Has Donald Trump changed? Can a superficial reference to contrition by an erstwhile vicious and impenitent bully as atonement for a solid year of unbridled impudence, untoward antics and unspeakable slurs signal newfound grace, prove earnest if belated circumspection and remorse? I don’t see how.

Trump’s taken no late shocks to the system quite seismic enough to make the leopard change his spots. The old boar behind the more refined public speaking thrives unchanged, unrepentant, uninspired, untouched. I think Donald Trump has merely gone underground. He’s opted for the optics, nothing more. He’s chosen to conceal the ugly spots for just a moment. He’s decided to appear better groomed, let his questionable image (keyword image) be artificially spun into something better fit for broad consumption under the auspices of a new and ruthless force at the helm.

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A quick image overhaul is not character evolution. A turn to diplomatic means is not a change of heart. Giving one professional speech all of a sudden does little to erase a whole year of ignoble sentiment. Tailoring a speech out of the blue to the druthers of true conservative voters can’t conceal the speaker’s proven identity. No amount of damage control can mend the tarnished image of a visible, now well-studied Donald Trump.

Steve Bannon can’t mask sufficiently the haughty, devious, overweening cad whom Trump remains and who, even if he doesn’t host personally the contagions of ethnic, religious and sexual bias, does to a large extent court, indulge, dispense and fan the flames of all these grievous wrongs.

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Trump fuels that prejudicial anger and intolerance which is tantamount to hatred and violence. He does so quite consistently and effectively, not so much through open hate mongery as through more subtle weaponry like racist rhetoric, divisive solicitation, clear, emboldening innuendo and that omnipresent, inspirational, swaggering ascendancy of the outright, dyed-in-the wool supremist.

Donald Trump remains the very miscreant he was before his latest speech, the same vicious, vacuous, vituperative vipor, the same panderer to bigots and misogynists, elitists and xenophobes, the identical purveyor of doom, fear and slander that Donald Trump has always been. Guaranteed.

Unfortunately, narcissism, arrogance, ignorance, autocracy, recklessness, profanity and bigotry, vile traits, all traits intrinsic to this one specific rich, spoiled, dyed-in-the-wool, uniquely insular septuagenarian, won’t likely vanish overnight. Of course Trump has been admonished for them all and there’s a sage old adage that applies to this awkward circumstance, to wit: If three people say you’re sick, lie down. Trump never does lie down however. Instead he seems impervious to criticism of any kind or quantity.

Then again, the presidential hopeful neither sees nor acknowledges his own fatal flaws, lauding even negative commentary positive publicity. He’s out of touch and obstinate too. Indeed, the numb-nutted needler seems to sense little outside pressure to lie down, whatever staggering number of provident and well-meaning observers bid him kindly do so. Perhaps this unwavering obstinacy derives from Trump’s stubborn self image or a die-hard element of his obvious narcissism.

In any case, there’s wisdom in the adage and I sense that while he’s loath to lie down of his own volition, reckless Donald Trump will likely fall down instead and very soon, good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise. In the end it’s simple anyway, despite how tickled pink pundits are to harp on mere public image and the consequential need for phony speeches to promote it. It’s not just the speech but the man behind the speech who must prove presidential. Good luck with that one, Donny.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–