Friday, 11 November 2016

Actually, I'd say Trump was a sort of genius but nevertheless....


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

― H.L. Mencken


  1. George W. Bush has already been there.

    1. Rutland Weekend Television (a spin-off from Monty Python's Flying Circus) had a sketch about a man who scores nought in an IQ test, but, because he managed to write his name at the top of the paper, the examiner (Eric Idle) gives him two points and membership of the Cretin Club, entitling him to Cretin Club cufflinks, a club tie and an 'I Am A Cretin' t-shirt. Eric Idle had a Romanian sense of humour.

    2. Oh, see the happy moron;

      He doesn't give a damn.

      I wish I were a moron.

      My God, perhaps I am.

  2. Well we had a renowned law professor and constitutional scholar as president for the past 8 years. Presumably this fella isn't a moron?

    If Trump is a moron I'm willing to accept the change as one to the good of my country.

    1. obambi can't possibly be a moron, he's got a nobel...

  3. Replies
    1. I thought Carter was not so bad.

    2. Carter set oil and natural gas price controls, had solar hot water panels installed on the roof of the White House, had a wood stove in his living quarters, ordered the General Services Administration to turn off hot water in some federal facilities, and requested that all Christmas light decorations remain dark in 1979 and 1980. Nationwide, controls were put on thermostats in government and commercial buildings to prevent people from raising heater temperatures in the winter above 65 °F (18 °C) or cooling in the summer below 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 °C) through 1980.

    3. During his first month in office, Carter cut the defense budget by $6 billion. One of his first acts was to order the unilateral removal of all nuclear weapons from South Korea and announce his intention to cut back the number of US troops stationed there. Other military men confined intense criticism of the withdrawal to private conversations or testimony before congressional committees, but in 1977 Major General John K. Singlaub, chief of staff of U.S. forces in South Korea, publicly criticized Carter's decision to lower the U.S. troop level there. On March 21, 1977, Carter relieved him of duty, saying his publicly stated sentiments were "inconsistent with announced national security policy."[87][88] Carter planned to remove all U.S. troops from South Korea by 1982

    4. Indonesian occupation of East Timor
      In a 2007 interview with Amy Goodman, Carter discussed the actions of his administration regarding East Timor: "I have to say that I was not, you know, as thoroughly briefed about what was going on in East Timor as I should have been. I was more concerned about other parts of the world then"
      The Mariel boatlift
      In April 1977, Carter proposed mandatory hospital cost control
      ... asked Congress to impose price controls on energy, medicine, and consumer prices, but was unable to secure passage of such measures due to strong opposition from Congress
      Carter convinced Congress to repeal the Byrd amendment, thus effectively re-imposing sanctions on white-ruled Rhodesia
      One of the most controversial moves of Carter's presidency was the final negotiation and signature of the Panama Canal Treaties in September 1977.
      Carter initiated a program to arm the mujahideen through Pakistan's ISI and secured a pledge from Saudi Arabia to match U.S. funding for this purposeOf the seven mujahideen groups supported by Zia's government, four espoused Islamic fundamentalist beliefs—and these fundamentalists received most of the funding.
      Iran hostage crisis...
      ... unconditional amnesty for Vietnam War era draft dodgers, issued in his first full day in office (January 21, 1977)
      Carter lost the presidency... Reagan carried a total of 489 electoral votes compared to Carter's 49

    5. A lot of smart people have very stupid ideas.

    6. ..not a whole lot of fun when one finds himself at the receiving end of those stupid ideas...
      ..the carter administration was arguably the lowest point for the us in the twentieth
      ...and things went downhill from there, as yogi berra might say