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You may twist Trump into a Potter (although those whom have had personal dealings with him claim he is generous, and thoughtful, to a fault...?), but both George Bailey and Jimmy Stewart would likely be highly offended by comparisons with Barack Obama! Bailey (the character George Bailey; a better comparison to George Bailey would be George W. Bush...) incessantly sacrificed his good to advance others - Obama uses people, things and others money to advance Barack Obama. Stewart was a decorated officer in the United States military flying combat missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, thus he placed his life on the line for the United States and for advancing the interests and goals of this Nation; Stewart - like Bailey was a man of demonstrable moral integrity and moral courage; Barack Obama received a relatively peaceful Middle-East (earned by American blood, and shared by you English and others), add he ensured that the loss of life was in vein; he tripled the number of Secret Service agents protecting him that protected Bush, and then he lectures American's for not desiring to accept those immigrants which his own Government themselves unable to properly screen; moreover, Barack Obama incessantly has lied to Americans to promote his agenda, he may be able to spell integrity, and he may be able to define the term, but his moral bearing seems completely devoid of it; he doesn't seem to possess "even a smidgen..."
Thomas J. Donegan
Of course, I disagree. Time will, of course, settle the debate on Trump.
Meanwhile, would it be twisting Trump to write that he is generous to a "drain the swamp" "build the wall" grope a woman's #ussy fault?
Are you a betting man? I think it's a fair bet that the USA just elected themselves into international disaster. Do you realise that the entire world is now mocking the USA? I've seen Americans literally in tears because they cannot believe their own people elected this spoilt malignant narcissist baby-man buffoon.
"Drain the swamp" refers to removing lobbyists from all activities in Washington! Whether Trump can accomplish such - in my opinion is dubious - because he argues for term limits and statutes prohibiting such close associations between business's and Government spending, and Government largess... Trump suggests term-limits as one his proposals to achieve the "draining." Term limits - at a glance - seem to have promise, but only at a glance; repealing the 17th Amendment (election of Senators by us citizens, they were formerly appointed by State Representatives, until 1913 thus the exponential growth if U.S. Government...) is the only way - that would seem possessed of the efficacy, at least as far I am aware (politicians - which excludes Trump - know the repeal would place the States largely as determining what became law, what remained law, and what would become part of history) - to thwart the human weakness which attends politicians need/desire to be re-elected, their desire for wealth and their seeking monies to achieve those interests. I could go on and on with this, but I think that sufficient words have been expended on that point.
Trump crude remarks? I cannot defend those, and will not! But ascribing Trump's flaw to the character flaws of Potter - from It's a Wonderful Life ? Potter was not crude, nor the least bit lascivious. Potter was a man that sought financial gain, by any means and one that viewed the disenfranchised as "rabble;" Potter seemed bereft of human kindness, and empathy for those less fortunate! Trump - it is reported - is quite generous and genuinely loves "common-Joe's and Josephine's." Obama condescend to the less fortunate, and utilizes their need to advance himself; Obama has really, really assisted the African-American, NOT! Obama has increased the human misery of disenfranchisement - not solely (his geopolitical activities have exported some of that misery, greatly adding to the aggregate misery...) in the United States, but particularly in the USA... Again, I could continue upon this thread, but 'nuff said...
Regarding the "building of a wall," it would seem to be in keeping with the right of a Nation to protect itself from invasion, and in this age of terror, it is one thing - amongst many others - which a prudent Nation ought to do to protect its citizenry and the Nation's Security. The United States has legal means for people to become citizens, and for those which wish to come to the United States to work; Democrats would put the "wall" up today, if we - the USA - had disenfranchised WASP's (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) - certain to vote Republican... Additionally, Republicans which oppose the "wall" are likely attempting to please businesses which want cheap labor; the Republican Party had a choice in 1992 - George H. Bush vs. Pat Buchanan - the Republican Primary voter (until Super Tuesday) wanted Buchanan (Trump's Platform - sans Buchanan's moral issues e.g., opposition to sodomy - is essentially Pat Buchanan's Platform...), but the Party wanted Bush, because Bush would promote economic development of 3rd World Nations via the American tax-payer (NAFTA and GATT et al), and Bush would advocate the global ubiquity of American Military power. The Party won, and Buchanan lost twice in 1992 and 1996 (Buchanan didn't have Trump's resources to sustain the Media and Republican Party's mischaracterizations...)... Building a wall, is attending to the President's Constitutional obligation to perpetuate the USA as a Nation (i.e., it is in fact a National Security concern), those unconcerned with the US Security e.g., Obama loves not the USA, nor cares for the citizenry that cannot afford the protection of the United States Secret Service (or a reasonable facsimile) for themselves and their loved ones. I wish it were possible to enact Matthew 25: 31-46 into law (in particular Matthew 25: 35- 36, viz: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.), and have us all comply, out of love and moral obligation (By the way, Mike, I would define "love" - as a practical matter - as: "The moral obligation to seek the good of one's fellow-human."), but we haven't the moral bearings to concern ourselves with such matters, and the entities (Churches, primarily) which ought to be importuning our consciences so as to engender a desire for the acquisition/development of the requisite moral virtues, are "taking-a-powder," and then they wonder why they are losing parishioners...
Mike you like to wager, but some of us have no desire to wager even on a sure thing, because we think it a distraction, changing nothing, but the subject. Although I was tepidly opposed to Trump - I am not Republican nor Democrat (Federalism is my cup-of-tea; a political idea very much aligned with the Catholic Social Doctrine: subsidiarity) - I was for whatever Republican was nominated; the Republican Party is the lesser of two evils for any which see ubiquitous Government as the major symptom of the disease; the disease: "unregulated human-nature" the remedy personal, and social, virtue (I won't go down that path here, but even the Churches do very little to sponsor the desire for people to seek and act on truth...), thus the best one may do is elect is one that would attempt (political Platforms are important, not candidates) to limit Government action...
A statement such as this: "Do you realise that the entire world is now mocking the USA?" should never be penned by a betting man, nor by a scientist... By mainstream News sources, Ronald Reagan was mocked by most people that mattered. Neither Obama nor Clinton could hold a candle to greatness of Reagan!
American's in tears? Not the type of American that saved the rest of the world - including Great Britain - from Nazi Germany... Those types elected Donald Trump!
Take good care, Mike; and a Happy New Years to You!
Happy new year.
Regarding Reagan, Thatcher, Blair, Bush and Trump the BBC made a very good documentary called Hypernormalisation - it explains how Reagan, Thatcher etc duped the world. The history of the lies and spread of dishonest propaganda by he West about mad dog colonel Gaddafi is 100% confirmable and most enlightening in explaining how the US came to elect a creature such as Trump:http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b183c/adam-curtis-hypernormalisation - post-truth politics explained.
Took awhile to get around to viewing the link that you provided (sometimes I can't find time to do things that I would like to do...); below is what I got when I attempted viewing:
BBC iPlayer only works in the UK
Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.
In the UK? Here’s some advice.
Thank you, anyways!
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