Since today is Presidents Day, this author and blogger is posting two entries after the one yesterday, to commemorate the holiday.
So here is the second entry today, and the third and last entry to celebrate Presidents Day!
The most important traits that any President should have, but many do not, is compassion and empathy.
There are Presidents who have compassion and empathy as very clear parts of their personalities, and there are those who have absolutely no such compassion or empathy, making them uncaring and harsh in personality.
A list of eleven Presidents WITH compassion and empathy would include the following in chronological order:
John Quincy Adams
James A. Garfield
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Those eleven Presidents who most lacked compassion and empathy chronologically would include:
George W. Bush
Debate and discussion on this and the earlier two entries is welcome!
America has been fortunate in having a large number of smart, intelligent Presidents in its history.
This author would judge the twelve smartest Presidents, chronologically, to be as follows:
John Quincy Adams
James A. Garfield
John F. Kennedy
Who would be the smartest of all? Probably a tie between Jefferson and John Quincy Adams!
And who are the 12 dumbest Presidents in chronological order?
William Henry Harrison
Ulysses S. Grant
Warren G. Harding
George W. Bush
And who is the dumbest President in American history? Probably a three way tie among Harding, George W. Bush, and Trump!
Everyone knows that Donald Trump is, by far, the most narcissistic President in American history.
There is no other President who “loves himself” to the extent that Trump does.
But narcissism is not uncommon among political leaders, and major personalities past and present in the arts, business, and sports.
Other than Trump, what other Presidents stand out for their narcissism?
This author’s judgment is that Lyndon B. Johnson has lost the title of most narcissistic President to Trump, but there is no doubt of his high level of that trait.
Following LBJ, the order would seem to this author to be as follows:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
I welcome debate and discussion on this blog entry!
The time has come for the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts and their reputations.
Will the Court rule that Donald Trump’s tax returns shall be made public, which will indicate the depth of corruption, Russian Collusion, and reality of just how wealthy Trump is? This is a group of cases which might take months to be decided, but will have the potential to repudiate Trump.
Also, Chief Justice Roberts will preside over the Donald Trump impeachment trial, and while not directly involved in the final vote, Roberts will have an impact with his rulings on procedure.
Roberts is the third Chief Justice to preside over a Presidential impeachment trial, after Salmon P. Chase over the Andrew Johnson Trial in 1868, and William Rehnquist over the Bill Clinton trial in 1999.
Roberts’ reputation is at stake in the long run of history, not only for these issues mentioned here, but for the reality that he has become, effectively, the swing vote on many cases, since Justice Anthony Kennedy left the Court 18 months ago.
Today, December 14, marks the 220th anniversary of the death of President George Washington, who set such a great standard for Presidential leadership.
Washington could have stayed in office until his death, as many idolized him, but he believed in a term limit, and set standards for Presidential behavior in the way he conducted his office, that benefited America for the long term.
But now 220 years after his death, we have a President who has abused power more openly than even Richard Nixon, and far more than Bill Clinton or Andrew Johnson, and has wished he could be President for life. He has also hinted that he will refuse to accept defeat or leave office whether in 2021 or 2025, now a constitutional limit as a result of the 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951.
This moment of impeachment of Donald Trump is one when the nation must unite to rid us of the cancer of this evil, corrupt man, and if not by trial in the Senate, by massive defeat in November 2020!
The view of this author and blogger, especially after watching the four constitutional law professors today in the House Judiciary Committee hearing, is that Donald Trump should be brought up on impeachment charges on five counts.
Bribery or Attempted Bribery involving the President of Ukraine to do Trump’s bidding, and interfere in the Presidential campaign of 2020.
Abuse of Power, shown in innumerable circumstances and cases.
Obstruction of Justice, regularly utilized.
Defiance of Congress, including refusal to allow testimony by executive branch officials.
Violation since Day One of Trump’s Presidency of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, barring any profit while serving as President.
So there should be five counts, with only one needed as enough to impeach, but with all justification, the case against Donald Trump is many times stronger than that against Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, and at least triple what it was against Richard Nixon,
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged to first place in a new Iowa Caucus poll, the Monmouth University poll, an amazing rise for a mayor of a small sized city in a red state. He has gained 14 points since the summer, rising from 8 percent to 22 percent, three points ahead of Joe Biden.
It is time to start seeing Mayor Pete as a serious contender, rather than as a curiosity.
His major negative is that he has almost no support in the African American community, which right now is smitten with Joe Biden, a surprise when one thinks that either Kamala Harris or Cory Booker would have a strong support in that community, and yet does not do so.
Mayor Pete being gay and having a husband will alienate evangelical Christians, who, however, would never vote Democratic in any case.
One might say that having an urban executive government record of 8 years in South Bend, Indiana, is not a plus, but actually, being a mayor is often more on the front lines of what is America than being a Governor of a Southern state, such as Arkansas (Bill Clinton); or as Georgia one term of four years (Jimmy Carter); or two years as Governor (Woodrow Wilson in New Jersey); or four years as Governor (Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York); or no government experience (Donald Trump); or a much shorter one year mayoralty as Grover Cleveland in Buffalo, New York, or Calvin Coolidge in Northampton, Massachusetts, or Andrew Johnson in Greeneville, Tennessee.
American history is full of surprises, so do not write Mayor Pete off, as he might very well be the Democratic Presidential nominee and the 46th President of the United States!
Finally, the House of Representatives is ready to begin a formal move toward impeachment of President Donald Trump, with the vote to come tomorrow, Thursday.
There are so many crimes and abuses under Donald Trump, but having too many impeachment articles would be counterproductive. Easily, Trump is much more a long list of outrages in office, than a combination of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton combined.
It seems clear that four counts would make the best sense:
Obstruction of Justice
Abuse of Power
Contempt of Congress
Violation of the Emoluments Clause
It is likely that the articles of impeachment will occur either before Thanksgiving or in early December, with the Senate trial taking place in January 2020, hopefully resolved before the Iowa Caucuses, the New Hampshire Primary, the South Carolina Primary. and the Nevada Caucuses.
Certainly, by the time of Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020, when 14 states vote, the issue should be resolved, with little chance of gaining a two thirds vote to convict and remove Trump, but it should not be regarded as a long shot. There will be some Republican Senators voting to remove, and with more evidence coming out, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that more Republicans than a few could vote to convict, although to accomplish 20 or more Republicans out of the 53 in the Senate seems unlikely.
President Donald Trump is demonstrating every day his true character.
A self centered, selfish person who only thinks and cares about himself;
has no compassion, empathy, concern about the plight of others;
worships money above all;
is totally ignorant of all fields of knowledge while claiming to be an expert on all;
constantly portrays himself as a victim, despite the fact that he was born to wealth and has never known what it is to struggle in life;
spends much of his waking time insulting others with all kinds of names, including his few Republican critics being called “human scum” this week;
gives not any concern to the harm he has done to millions of Americans and also people from other nations by his utterances and actions;
and sees others as dispensable when they are no longer useful to his greed and ambitions.
Donald Trump is the most unPresidential President we have ever had, far surpassing even Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Andrew Jackson in that regard. He is not someone any sane person would truly want as a friend.
He is a miserable human being who will be reviled in history by all sensible people!
After months and a few years of speculation about an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, the die has been cast, and is proceeding forward.
This is only the fourth such case in American history, preceded by Andrew Johnson in 1868; Richard Nixon in 1974; and Bill Clinton in 1998.
Johnson and Clinton were impeached, and then found not guilty by the US Senate, although Johnson was only saved by one vote short of the two thirds needed to convict and remove him.
Clinton had votes in favor of conviction of 55-45 and 50-50, way short of the 67 votes needed.
Nixon resigned after the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach him on three counts, but before a vote of the whole House of Representatives, which was ready to impeach him. And Nixon had been informed by top leaders of his Republican Party that there was no way for him to gain 34 Republican Senate votes to avoid conviction and removal by a two thirds vote.
This is an historic moment in American history, and how it will exactly play itself out is uncertain, but at least, finally, the Democratic House of Representatives is taking action against the flagrant abuse of power by Donald Trump.