An Unusual Editorial on Trump. But First, A Real Philadelphia Winner

Before I excerpt one of the most powerful political editorials yet on the Trump presidency, some good news that is a story of victory for one of the most unselfish, talented and decent people  in the modern history of the Philadelphia region. Tonight Dawn Staley  coached her South Carolina team to their first NCAA championship! Dawn is an Olympic Gold Medal Winner, a three time member of a final four team, a former coach at Temple University, the Torch Bearer at the Olympics, and one of the Top 15 greatest WNBA player of all time. But the real story is the example she has set as a mentor, teacher, and advocate for women’s sports  around the country. Over the years, I’ve met Dawn at several public service events. When she speaks she speaks the voice of compassion, humility and giving. She is one of the greats in basketball and entered the Hall of Fame in 2013. Her acceptance speech was amazing. She talked about everyone but herself. Dawn is one of the greatest sports stars in Philadelphia history, She wins and wins, but her greatest accomplishment is the example of winning with humility and respecting her sport and the value of goodness in people.

It all started at Dobbins High school in Philadelphia.

Moving back to Trump World. The Los Angeles Times used to be a conservative newspaper. These days it is more of a middle-of-the road publication. But. either way it goes, the papers editorials are hard hitting. This Sunday, the Times began the first of several editorials on the challenges of Donald Trump. I thought you might either enjoy or rage at it, depending on what you think of the Commander. But it is definitely worth a “look-see” , as John Lennon used to say. Here’s a report on it courtesy of Yahoo.

Since Donald Trump began his stunning ascent from real estate mogul and reality television star to wall-building, Muslim-ban-promising Republican candidate to GOP nominee to president, there have been plenty of piercing editorials about him and his policies.
But perhaps none have been as scathing as the one published Sunday by the Los Angeles Times.
“It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters,” the Times editorial board wrote in the first of a four-part op-ed titled “Our Dishonest President.”
In September, the same editorial board called Trump “unqualified and unsuited to be president” and said his election would be “catastrophic for the nation.”
“Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck,” the paper said Sunday.
The Times pointed to Trump’s executive order on immigration among “dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart.”
“But, chilling as they are, these radically wrongheaded policy choices are not, in fact, the most frightening aspect of the Trump presidency,” the Times said. “What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself.”
More from the editorial:


He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.
While Trump’s policies are “variations on classic Republican positions,” the paper argued that they become “dangerous” in the hands of the Donald.
“Many Republicans, for instance, support tighter border security and a tougher response to illegal immigration,” the Times explained, “but Trump’s cockamamie border wall, his impracticable campaign promise to deport all 11 million people living in the country illegally and his blithe disregard for the effect of such proposals on the U.S. relationship with Mexico turn a very bad policy into an appalling one.”
The editorial board said that the four-part series will examine three of the president’s “troubling traits”:
  • “Trump’s shocking lack of respect for those fundamental rules and institutions on which our government is based.”
  • “His utter lack of regard for truth.”
  • “His scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories, racist memes and crackpot, out-of-the-mainstream ideas.”
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