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.
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.
- “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.”