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Paul A Duginski
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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.
 

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Honest Abe and Dishonest Donald

Jan. 23, 2017 9:09 pm
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When I saw pictures of Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, I couldn’t help wondering what the 16th president would think of the 45th.

The newest president from the party of Lincoln is different in so many ways from statesmen of the past, and certainly great presidents of either party. Where Abraham Lincoln struggled to end slavery and hold the nation together, Trump has done everything in his power to tear the scab off painful racial sores and divide the country as much as possible.

Lincoln led with high ideals and breathtaking eloquence while Trump can scarcely form a complete sentence. Lincoln taught himself to speak and write by reading the King James Bible, Shakespeare and other towering classics of the English language. Trump builds gaudy towers, but seldom if ever cracks a book. He is a vulgar, vain, racist, fascist, sexist, Xenophobic, misogynistic, nativist, gun-hugging, Putin-loving, Mussolini-adoring, fraud and serial liar with a phony orange comb-over.

I’m betting Honest Abe would be pretty disgusted by dishonest Donald, who slings alternative facts and appears to have only a feeble grasp of reality.

It was Lincoln to whom this line has been attributed:

“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Who’s Trump fooling? According to the polls, relatively few. He’ll always have his kooky base, but it took more than that for him to win. He won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote, and his approval ratings are historically low for a president just starting out.

I think those who decided to throw what Michael Moore has called a “human hand grenade” at the polls — those who were so angry they voted with their middle fingers — will come to realize the enormity of their recklessness. Trump’s base may even turn on him when it becomes obvious that he can’t simply wave a magic wand and restore, say, all of the coal-mining jobs.

In other words, this isn’t just The Apprentice, this is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Having unleashed dark forces of viciousness and hate, he may discover that he cannot control them. They may turn and devour him.

We’ve watched as the ugly, nasty forces of the so-called “tea party” turned on some of the “Young Guns,” the very guys who summoned forth the tea party caucus in Congress. Eric Cantor, for example, a member of the powerful House leadership, was driven from office by an unknown college professor named David Brat. So things like this have been known to happen.

Stay tuned.

 
Mike Sutton
January 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
On Trump

Trump has already brought the USA into disrepute. His foul mouthed locker-room celebration of violent sexual assault misogyny (on tape), his Twittered belief that global warming is a Chinese conspiracy and his Twittered belief that vaccines cause autism makes the USA look like a rogue state headed by an absolute imbecile. What does that say for those who voted for him and what does it say for their reasoning powers - protest vote or not?

As you write Paul "stay tuned" is what we will all do. I can feel now what honest, good and rational people everywhere must have felt when they watched Hitler and Mussolini before the outbreak of WWII. It's a feeling of excruciating incredulity that we live in socialites that support and even worship such palpably nasty and socially harmful narcissistic imbeciles as leaders.

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Paul A Duginski
January 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Trump is also prickly and thin-skinned, perhaps doubting his own legitimacy as president amid overwhelming evidence that the Russians promoted his candidacy with their hacking. So we see his surrogates descending into arguments — and outright lies — about the size of the crowd at the inauguration ceremony and his television ratings. The new name for these lies is “alternative facts,” by the way. Meanwhile, on Saturday, enormous protests were mounted in cities across America and around the world. In Los Angeles, organizers estimated that 750,000 people hit the streets of downtown L.A. I was there trying to get in to work, and saw it with my own eyes. So Trump’s people can’t try to lowball or downplay the size of that opposition crowd. It took me an extra two hours to get to work.

As a postscript, I was just reading about how Trump boasted about the size of the crowd in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York when he announced his candidacy in June 2015. Later, it turned out that he had paid actors to attend and cheer his announcement, according to the L.A. Times. So old habits of exaggerating are hard to break!

 

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