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Trump's Totalitarian Taste in Art Adorns D.C. Bunker

Wanna-be Norman Rockwell paintings are a dime a dozen on the world art market- the totalitarian world that is.
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Trump's new wall hanger for the White house depicts The Donald as the very center of attention from the surrounding political criminals. Richard Nixon? Gee, thanks for reminding us all about that madman war-mongering lunatic. Which ex-Prez has the most blood on his hands? Lincoln destroyed half the nation and is revered as a saint. Bush helped engineer and cover up the 911 attacks, killing thousands. There's Teddy Roosevelt, fresh from a month of slaughtering Cubans for Jesus. And Reagan! The embodiment of stupidity and ignorance. He read less books that Trump! His wars in Central America buried and tortured thousands while importing tons of drugs to pay for it all. But what really gets me is how crappy and amateurish this style of art really is. It's like the worst imitation Norman Rockwell ever created. The type of superficial ad-like illustrations you used to see in things like children's history books in the 1950's, free medical brochures, and Nazi and Chinese Communist propaganda posters from the 1960's. Everyone is having the time of their life under totalitarian subjugation. The sort of lowest common denominator almost cartoon like style that could erase all guilt in the beholder about the murder and repression that engulfed them all. But you'd have to be a complete idiot to gaze upon the Trump tribute to his eternal greatness as anything but a reminder of what a bankrupt group of despots the GOP has produced over the years. By the way- Trump says he never had an alcoholic drink in his LIFE. The record proves different.

Trump Drinks 15.Oct.2018 23:37


gulp gulp gulp

Trump could be the most honest president in modern history 16.Oct.2018 23:36

Marc A. Thiessen


October 11

Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history.

Don't get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he "enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history" (actually they are the eighth largest) and that "our economy is the strongest it's ever been in the history of our country" (which may one day be true, but not yet). In part, it's a New York thing everything is the biggest and the best.

But when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness keeping his promises Trump is a paragon of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office Trump has done exactly what he promised he would.

Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do. He promised to "crush and destroy ISIS," and two years later he is on the verge of eliminating the Islamic State's physical caliphate. He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat, and after several false starts the final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court. He promised to punish Syria if it used chemical weapons on its people, and, unlike his immediate predecessor, he followed through not once but twice.

Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices "in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia," and now Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 more than any recent president at this point in his administration.

Trump vowed to pass historic tax reforms and signed the first major overhaul of the tax code in three decades. He vowed an unprecedented regulatory rollback, with a strict policy to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation. In his first year, he achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory savings and is on track to achieve an additional $9.8 billion this year.
Trump to Hispanic and African American voters: 'What do you have to lose?'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his pitch to minority voters in Ohio on Aug. 22, asking them "What do you have to lose?" (The Washington Post)

During the campaign, he told African American voters, "What do you have to lose? . . . I will straighten it out. I'll bring jobs back. We'll bring spirit back." On his watch, African American unemployment reached the lowest level ever recorded, and his tax reform included a little-noticed provision creating "Opportunity Zones" to try to revitalize struggling towns and inner-city communities.

Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property and is following through on that pledge. Whatever one thinks of Trump's trade policies, he is doing exactly what he said.

The president pledged historic increases in defense spending, and delivered. He pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest pace in more than two decades. He pledged to sign "Right to Try" legislation to give dying Americans access to experimental treatments, and did. He pledged to take on the opioid epidemic and will soon sign a sweeping bipartisan opioids package into law.

Where Trump has failed to keep promises, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been for a lack of trying. Only in a few rare instances has he backtracked on a campaign pledge such as when he admitted that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course. I'm glad he did.

But whether one agrees or disagrees is not the point. When Trump says he will do something, you can take it to the bank. Yes, he takes liberties with the truth. But unlike his predecessor, he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie ("If you like your health care plan, you can keep it ") which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.

The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise - keeping. He'd probably say it's the best in history which may or may not end up being true. It's too soon to tell.

Honest Adolph 17.Oct.2018 10:00


Hitler kept all the promises he ran on too. Eliminating the Jews of Europe and all other "subhumans" from the face of the Earth. But would you call Hitler "honest"? "Honest" denotes integrity and truthfulness. GOP apologists like yourself can't have it both ways. I guess Devils are honest too. Up front about destroying souls. "Free of deceit and untruthfulness" is Webster's definition of "Honest". That's definitely the LAST thing anyone could ever say about Donald Trump.

"GOP apologists like yourself" huh? 17.Oct.2018 18:36


as though me, or Trump for that matter, could give a Flying rAT's A**

about the Republican Party or what happens to it.

( btw and reminder: Trump is hated by the Republican National Committee, many of whom along with staunch GOP supporters and donors attempted to sabotage his presidential nomination prior to it occurring a strategy which has backfired given DT's level of popular-grassroots support. Lots of GOP 'faithful' with their Panties In A Wad still 'hate' Trump and even if, as card-carrying Republicans, they happen to have voted for him to stave off the 'greater evil' they are still kvetching about "awful Trump" 2 years later despite still purporting to be 'Republican' themselves. Whether the GOP overall as a political party has 'benefited' or not, since Nov 2016 and Trump being in office is another matter; Trump seems to have a steady stream of comments and jibes directed negatively towards Republicans in Congress overall along with naming many GOP politicians specifically.

Furthermore the ^^ above article which appears to have rustled rAT's jimmies is published by Washington Post and authored by Marc A. Thiessen. Take your boo-hoo Waah Waah to him/them.

Party politics and party-oriented political discourse, as another reminder (QUOTE: "GOP apologists" blah blah blah) ain't gonna get you anywhere in life kid.

'totalitarian' thinks Iraq war = Travesty. 17.Oct.2018 22:41


Trump: Iraq Invasion "Worst Decision In The History Of Our Country" West Columbia, SC 6/25



From Trump rally at Airport High School gymnasium in West Columbia, South Carolina on June 25th 2018.

Note his remark:
"But count the lives [lost] on both sides. Millions of lives. You don't hear that millions of lives."

starts around 53:00 into speech

"... We have seven trillion dollars invested in the Middle East what do we have? What do we have? Other than death, and destruction what do we have? What a decision that was, to go in. I believe it was the worst decision in the history of our country; and the way we got out was horrible, if you look at Iraq. The way we got out was horrible. Truly one of the worst decisions ever made in this country. Were it for seven trillion dollars and thousands of lives but count the lives on both sides, folks. Millions of lives, in my opinion. Millions. You don't hear that millions of lives."

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[Trump:] "What? You Think We're So Innocent?"
author: Paul Atwood

In response to media questions about his failure to address the dismal human rights record of North Korea Trump in his inimitable manner said "What, you think we're so innocent?"

Trump is the first president of whom I am aware even to broach the unmentionable much less admit publicly that we are hardly exceptional.


Trump Calls Out 'Corporate Media' West Palm Beach, Florida Live Speech 10/13/2016


from Trump/Pence rally at South Florida Fair Expo Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 13th 2016.

starts around 9:00 into speech

"... the most powerful weapon deployed by the Clintons is the corporate media 'the press'. Let's be clear on one thing: the corporate media in our country is no longer involved in journalism. They're a political special interest, no different than any lobbyist or other financial entity, with a total political agenda; and the agenda is not for you [points to audience], it's for themselves.

When has a Republican presidential candidate _ever_ called out or otherwise criticized corporate mass media, for any purpose or reason?


Donald Trump's Unique Human Decency On Iraq
author: John V. Walsh

From a humanitarian standpoint, the content of Trump's condemnation of the war is outstanding. In fact, to grieve over the lives of Americans but not the people of Iraq is a form of racism. Trump is virtually unique among major politicians in taking this stand on the lives of innocents the US has attacked. He should be praised for it.

As election day approaches, it is time to ignore the noise of the moment and think clearly about the crucial issues facing us, none of which is more important than war or peace. The War on Iraq has been a touchstone for these issues over the last 14 years.

On Iraq, Clinton and her operatives have sought to avoid at all costs an accurate comparison of her position over the last 14 years to Trump's. "What did Trump say?" has been buried by the Clintonites and company. "When did he say it?" has been slyly substituted for it. The time line has been used to equate the positions of Hillary the most notorious of hawks with that of Trump.

Let us have a look at Trump's words as well as the dates they were uttered. And compare them to Hillary's:


Everything T says is a LIE 19.Oct.2018 12:05


Trouble is you can't believe ANYTHING Trump freakin' says. Quote the SOB all you want. His words aren't worth warm spit. Human rights? Hahahahahahaaaaaaaa He's a Klan loving, woman assaulting criminally inclined, royalty loving complete ASSHOLE. His Presidency is the worst thing to happen to the USA and the world since WWII. THE PRESS IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE? Just like in pre-war Germany, a huge swath of citizens are actually buying into this morally bankrupt oligarch'S IGNORANT BULLSHIT. The final outcome could rival any disaster this nation has ever seen.

"He's a Klan loving ASSHOLE" / " Just like in pre-war Germany" 19.Oct.2018 17:32

Time To Lay Off The Kool-Aid

ok rAT we already know you have a serious case of TDS ( Trump Derangement Syndrome ),

but there's no need to foam at the mouth.

None of what you wrote is even remotely rational or substantiated.

You may be right about Trump being an "Asshole" but would Hillary in the White House have been any better for the country / would U.S. policies-government be any different?

The U.S. government has largely carried on as per usual, since the time of Reagan (apart from the sea change of 9/11, during which new agencies such as DHS came to fore, USA Patriot Act etc.)

The only other major change in U.S. government since 9/11 was the 2008 Wall Street bailout which was largely overseen by Wall Street/insurance brokerage-backed Obama (who was also responsible for the 'Affordable Care Act' debacle in which giant corporate insurance finally got their gravy train in the trainwreck of U.S. "healthcare" which is of course also exacerbated by its entire corruption from the medical profession-doctor ranks to Big Pharma to the USDA-CDC-NIH and all other points of the Corporate-Technocrat MedEstablishment).

RE: 'press is the enemy of the people'
Yes, you should know that Corporate Mass Media is not on 'your' (rAT's) side.
If you can't comprehend that, no one can help you.
Again: People with TDS simply can't "get" this aspect of Trump; if you don't "get" it now you never will.

[Further Trump's October 2016 quote ^^^, from a stump speech near end of the 2016 campaign vs. Hillary, was in the midst of withering media criticism of him and PREDICTIONS OF HILLARY LANDSLIDE. THINK BACK TO October 2016 AND **REMEMBER THE EXACT CONTEXT** OF WHAT WAS OCCURRING THERE: all corp Media outlets, 5ThirtyEight etc. predicting 80+% Hillary Victory, et cetera. Trump himself openly and honestly admitted in several speeches around that time, he "thought he might lose" / that his campaign and all money spent on it might be "for nothing." Was not looking good, for him, via U.S. corp Media, at that juncture]

It's superb to see Trump excoriating corporate mass media buffoons (Trump himself being a mass media buffoon of the self-made / self-financed stripe) daily. At least, I am able to enjoy that part of the world burn.

Anyway put down the crack pipe and try to see the bright side (no the country will continue to go into the shitter; but not because of who is in the White House, who is in Congress, or who is sitting on the Supreme Court).

Never mind the parties, politics, or '3 branches' of government
( from 'Blue Wave My Butt' by blues )