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Old 09-13-2017, 10:10 AM  
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The Guardrails of Democracy Hold

Just reposting one of my interesting columns here.



The Guardrails Hold
By Charles Krauthammer

A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency. Consequently, Donald Trump’s worst week proved a particularly fine hour for American democracy:


1. The military says no to Trump on the transgender ban.

Well, not directly — that’s insubordination — but with rather elegant circumspection. The president tweeted out a total ban on transgender people serving in the military. It came practically out of nowhere. (A House vote to continue funding for sex-change operations may have triggered Trump’s blanket ban.) The military brass, not consulted, were not amused. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in the middle of a six-month review of the issue, was reportedly appalled.

What was done? Nothing. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs simply declared that a tweet is not an order. Until he receives a formal command and develops new guidelines, the tweet will be ignored.

In other words, the military told the commander in chief to go jump in a lake. Generally speaking, this is not a healthy state of affairs in a nation of civilian control. It does carry a whiff of insubordination. But under a president so uniquely impulsive and chronically irrational, a certain vigilance, even prickliness, on the part of the military is to be welcomed.

The brass framed their inaction as a matter of procedure. But the refusal carried with it a reminder of institutional prerogatives. In this case, the military offered resistance to mere whimsy. Next time, it could be resistance to unlawfulness.


2. The Senate saves Sessions.

Trump’s relentless public humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was clearly intended to get him to resign. He didn’t, in part because of increasing support from Congress. We discount here the solemn praise Sessions garnered from hypocritical Democrats who just weeks ago were denouncing him as an unreconstructed racist. Sessions’ former Republican colleagues came out strongly in his defense and some openly criticized the president’s shabby treatment of his first and most fervent senatorial supporter.

Indeed, Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, warned Trump not to fire Sessions because he wouldn’t get another attorney general — the committee’s entire 2017 schedule was set and there would be no hearings to approve a new AG. That was a finger to the eye of the president. Every once in a while, the Senate seems to remember that it belongs to a coequal branch.


3. Senate Republicans reject the Obamacare repeal.

The causes here are multiple, most having nothing to do with Trump. Republicans are deeply divided on the proper role of government in health care. This division is compounded by the sea change in public opinion as, over seven years, Obamacare has become part of the fabric of American medicine, and health care has come to be seen as a right rather than a commodity.

Nonetheless, the stunning Senate rejection of repeal was also a pointed rejection of Trump’s health-care hectoring. And a show of senatorial disdain for Trump craving a personal legislative “win” on an issue about whose policy choices he knew nothing and cared less.


4. The Boy Scouts protest.

In a rebuke not as earthshaking but still telling, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts found it necessary to apologize for the president’s speech last week to their quadrennial jamboree. It was a wildly inappropriate confection, at once whining, self-referential, partisan and political.

How do you blow a speech to Boy Scouts? No merit badge for the big guy.


5. The police chiefs chide.

In an address to law enforcement officials, Trump gave a wink and a nod to cops roughing up suspects. Several police chiefs subsequently reprimanded Trump for encouraging police brutality — a mild form, perhaps, but brutality still.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was all a joke. Nonsense. It was an ugly sentiment, expressed coyly enough to be waved away as humor but with the thuggish undertone of a man who, heckled at a campaign rally, once said approvingly that in the old days “guys like that” would “be carried out on a stretcher.”


Whatever your substantive position on the various issues involved above, we should all be grateful that from the generals to the Scouts, from the senators to the cops, the institutions of both political and civil society are holding up well.

Trump is a systemic stress test. The results are good, thus far.

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Old 09-13-2017, 10:16 AM   #2
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The Kraut is a loon who should be put in a straight-jacket and placed in an asylum. He lost his mind in 2012 and never recovered.


It was funny how he simultaneously exonerated AND blamed Don for the ACA repeal failure. Good stuff there, Coochie
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:40 AM   #3
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The Kraut is a loon who should be put in a straight-jacket and placed in an asylum. He lost his mind in 2012 and never recovered.


It was funny how he simultaneously exonerated AND blamed Don for the ACA repeal failure. Good stuff there, Coochie
Thanks for letting me know I am still firmly on the right track.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:47 AM   #4
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I think the national debt just crossed 20T. So we are on the right track alright.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
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I think the national debt just crossed 20T. So we are on the right track alright.
How has that changed since Jan 20?
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:12 PM   #6
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Prediction: The Kraut will both exonerate and blame Don for it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:52 PM   #7
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Prediction: The Kraut will both exonerate and blame Don for it.
How did he do that, on health care?

He plainly stated that most of the reasons why the bill didn't pass are due to how divided the party is on the issue, not due to Trump's leadership or lack thereof. But the fact remains that the party still rejected his back-bench hollering for what it was, the ravings of someone who is uninformed on the issue and doesn't care to be, either.
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Shorter answer: the GOP doesn't even know what it believes, or cannot even defend their beliefs in public. The Kraut is (justifiably) frustrated by that and so he seeks a scapegoat to blame.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:50 PM   #9
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Mr. Krauthammer proves that the difference between a Washington D.C. establishment Republican and a Washington D.C. establishment Democrat isn't substantial enough to call this nation a "democracy". Mr. Krauthammer only cares about making Washington D.C., the counties that border it, and the Washington D.C. Party (Republicrat/Demopublican, whatever) wealthier and more powerful. Mr. Krauthammer is the quintessential party hack for the ruling party in a "partyocracy".
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:21 PM   #10
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Thanks for letting me know I am still firmly on the right track.
It's how you know when you are right over the target.
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The Kraut is a loon who should be put in a straight-jacket and placed in an asylum. He lost his mind in 2012 and never recovered.


It was funny how he simultaneously exonerated AND blamed Don for the ACA repeal failure. Good stuff there, Coochie
It's an opinion piece. Anti-Trumper Kraut's opinion, nethertheless, an opinion.
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Mr. Krauthammer proves that the difference between a Washington D.C. establishment Republican and a Washington D.C. establishment Democrat isn't substantial enough to call this nation a "democracy". Mr. Krauthammer only cares about making Washington D.C., the counties that border it, and the Washington D.C. Party (Republicrat/Demopublican, whatever) wealthier and more powerful. Mr. Krauthammer is the quintessential party hack for the ruling party in a "partyocracy".
The Kraut was Walter Mondale's speechwriter too. He's a Republicrat.
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The GOP was voted in the House and Senate by huge margins mainly because of repealing Obamacare. Then they had their chance to finally do it and they cowered.

Makes me sick, no wonder Trump is making deals with the Dem's its his way of saying screw you guys.
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The GOP was voted in the House and Senate by huge margins mainly because of repealing Obamacare.
I don't believe that for a moment.

The electoral tide nationally turned after Obama's initial election, and has been a steady trend for nearly a decade, it didn't start with Obamacare and isn't about Obamacare.

It's about the Democrat party being openly hostile to huge swaths of everyday people in the country.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:34 PM   #15
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I don't believe that for a moment.

The electoral tide nationally turned after Obama's initial election, and has been a steady trend for nearly a decade, it didn't start with Obamacare and isn't about Obamacare.

It's about the Democrat party being openly hostile to huge swaths of everyday people in the country.
This is not true they told 2 lies to win

OBAMA wanted your guns
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OBAMACARE will kill you or is taxing us to death both are total fabrications.
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