This is from near the beginning:
One of the points here, taken up in the next quotation, is that both Obama and Trump are incredible liars and deceivers, and I agree with this.
Yet both Obama and Trump vaulted over everyone and everything into
the White House. Tens of millions of Americans were willing to place
their lives in the hands of political anomalies whose central pitch was
that they would deliver profound change. The rise of Bernie Sanders,
who’s proven that you can become the most popular politician in the
country without owning a comb, demonstrates the same thing.
What does this mean?
I’d say it means that something has gone incredibly wrong
with this country’s political system, that large numbers of us are
desperate, and are willing to hand over power to absolutely anyone.
Then again, I do not know whether I agree with the last point, in part because "incredibly wrong" is hardly a diagnosis; in part because I have seen only
frauds and deceivers as American presidents since Reagan, for Bill
Cliton also was liar and a deceiver; in part because 9/11 made a considerable political and legal difference, but isn't mentioned; and in part because I don't quite believe that Americans are so desperate that they "are willing to hand over power to absolutely anyone", although I agree very many are quite capable of being royally deceived.
Here are some of the reasons why Obama was a liar and a deceiver, and the same holds for Trump:
American healthcare was in crisis and that “plans that tinker and
halfway measures now belong to yesterday.” Obama was also outraged by pharmaceutical companies gouging Medicare.
According to Trump, “People all across the country are devastated” by the healthcare system, but if we put him in charge, “Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” Trump was also infuriated by Big Pharma and just like Obama vowed to crush them.
Yet Obama delivered a halfway measure that tinkered with the problem,
and never went after drug manufacturers. Trump is now poised to give
America … literally the same thing.
Obama called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake” in 2008. In 2016
Trump said NAFTA had caused “devastation” and was “the worst trade deal
maybe ever signed.” But Obama didn’t renegotiate NAFTA. Trump just announced he’s not going to pull out of it, and it seems clear the odds of any real renegotiation are slim.
Obama attacked Wall Street, and so did Trump. Both then stocked their administrations with bankers.
Yes indeed, and these are only a small part of their many deceptions (and as I said above: both Bushes, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan also were major deceivers).
Here is the last bit I am going to quote from this article:
If left unaddressed, the anguish that Americans demonstrated by
voting for both Obama and Trump will not evaporate. I once believed
there could never be a worse, lazier, more frightening president than
Ronald Reagan. Then I was sure of the same thing about George W. Bush.
Now I’ve learned my lesson. We have to get busy creating a place for
this country’s anger and despair to be used constructively, or it will
eventually birth something even worse than Trump.
What happens to an American dream deferred? We lucked out once when
it elected Obama. We may survive it electing Trump. But if we keep
deferring it, it is absolutely certain that one day it’s going to
explode and take the whole world with it.
Hm. I certainly don't think it makes sense to try "to get busy creating a place for
this country’s anger and despair to be used constructively": How would you do that?
But I do - more or less - agree that if the Americans continue to be deceived about the real qualities of their presidents, and keep falling for their propaganda, their lies and their deceptions, then the probability is that "one day it’s going to
explode and take the whole world with it".
2. Fact-Checking President Trump Through His First 100 Days
article is by Linda Qiu on The New York Times:
This starts as follows:
his first 100 days in office, President Trump has falsely boasted of
attracting the largest inaugural crowd ever, cited a nonexistent
terrorist attack in Sweden and leveled an unproved accusation that his
predecessor spied on him.
While these inaccuracies have commanded much attention, there has been a steady stream of falsehoods.
Times has logged at least one false or misleading claim per day on 91
of his first 99 days (Saturday is Day 100). On five days, Mr. Trump went
golfing, and on two he made limited public statements. Here’s an
And indeed this is precisely what the article does: It lists 91 lies that Trump made on 91 days of his presidency.
Here are three of the 91 lies:
I will not explain why this is a lie, nor will I do this for the following one:
have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are
in two states. You have people registered in two states. They’re
registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice. There are
millions of votes, in my opinion.”
And here is the last lie that I'll quote, that comes with a brief comment by Linda Qiu:
gotten to a point where it (terrorism) is not even being reported. And
in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report
There are 88 more lies in this article, and I think it is well worth glancing at, if only because few will remember many of the lies: This is a recommended article.
“And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.”
Mr. Trump inaccurately described the trend in the murder rate, which was much higher in the 1990s.
3. Watchdogs: Trump's Disastrous 100 Days Fueling "Golden Era of Activism"
This starts as follows (and is the first of two more serious articles on Trump's first 100 days):
The third article is by Nadia Prupis on Common Dreams:
Some of the nation's leading watchdog groups released reports this
week taking stock of President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office,
covering everything from his failure to "drain the swamp" to the resistance movement meeting his administration head-on.
The consensus seems to be that Trump and his administration are doing
everything they can to dismantle recent progress on civil rights,
climate action, government accountability, and other critical measures
for democracy—but in doing so, have ushered in a game-changing era of
Yes, I think that may be adequate, although I am - still - somewhat skeptical about the "game-changing era of
grassroots activism" (for this is at present, at least as regards the "game-changing" more a wish than a reality).
Here are some further reactions of some groups. First CREW:
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), which
has sued the president over his conflicts of interest, released its report Friday, detailing "the ethical failings of both the president and his staff."
"President Trump promised to 'drain the swamp,' but instead the first
100 days of his administration have illustrated the catastrophic
consequences when a president fails to prioritize ethics when entering
public service," CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said.
"This failure of leadership resounds through the administration and the
government as a whole, and ultimately harms our democracy and the
interests of the American people.”
Hm. I more or less agree, but don't think that is very strong. Next, there is the Leadership Coalition for Civil and Human Rights:
Then there was the Leadership Coalition for Civil and Human Rights, which said
Trump's first 100 days were marked by his "utter contempt for the
protection of civil rights and civil liberties, especially for
That seems mostly correct. And this is Environment America:
Maggie Alt, executive director for Environment America:
"There is no question, President Trump is a disaster for our
environment and public health. His actions will make our air and water
dirtier; ensure we experience the worst effects of climate change even
more swiftly; and will put at risk our oceans and national parks."
Yes indeed. Finally, here is the ACLU:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been fighting
the president's immigration and travel bans, among other measures,
released two reports Wednesday entitled "100 Days of Failure" and "100 Days of Resistance."
"In his first 100 days, Donald Trump has accomplished only one thing
that is remarkable—he's awoken American democracy like never before and
reminded us all that it's 'We the People' who truly govern," said
ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero. "As Trump's 100th day in
office approaches, it is clear that resistance to his unconstitutional
and un-American policies is everywhere."
"It is broad, deep, and intersectional, breaking barriers across
class, gender, race, and even political and party lines, as some
conservatives cast their opposition to Trump," Romero said. "If
sustained, this golden era of citizen activism may indeed be one of
President Trump's greatest legacies—albeit unwittingly."
I mostly agree, and indeed also with the phrase "If
sustained". And this is a recommended article.
4. Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Democracy
The fourth and last article today is by Christoph Scheuermann on Spiegel International:
This is from near the beginning:
Trump has never made a secret of his intense disdain for the
institutions that are necessary for a vigorous democracy: an independent
judiciary, a critical press and a healthy opposition. Essentially,
Trump would be happy to do away with all of that, or at least
marginalize it. Following the ruling from San Francisco, he indicated
that he is broadly dissatisfied with the federal judges there and
threatened to curtail their power.
The president's anger with people who contradict him and
institutions that stand in his way does not fade with time. On the
contrary, the more resistance Trump is faced with, the harder he fights
and the more deeply he believes that he is right. But in a democracy, it
is necessary to establish alliances and build coalitions. The
president, too, must defer to these constraints: He is reliant on
Congress, his power over the states is limited and judges are
Democracy lives from the ability to forge compromise, but that is a
skill that Trump appears not to possess. As such, his first 100 days in
office can be interpreted as an attack on the foundations of American
I more or less agree. And here is more on the real values of Trump:
The president's priorities were revealed particularly transparently in
the tax plan that he presented Wednesday. The heart of the tax-code
overhaul is a cut to the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent
to just 15 percent. It also calls for the elimination of the inheritance
tax in addition to income tax cuts. Together, the cuts would cost the
state $2 trillion in tax revenue every year -- an enormous hit to the
budget for a tax reform that primarily benefits the rich. People like
Trump and his family.
Incidentally, this is indeed a - quite crazy - plan: Whether it will pass the Senate remains to be seen.
This is the last bit that I'll quote from this article:
Trump is a president who has broken with democratic norms. He casts
doubts on the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency and demanded
during the campaign that Hillary Clinton be locked up. After the
election, he made accusations of vote manipulation, saying millions of
immigrants living in the country illegally had cast votes despite having
no right to do so. He never offered proof for the allegations.
He has also inflicted wounds on democracy by regularly doing the
exact opposite of what he promised during the campaign. The faith of the
electorate in their political leaders, which was already low, will
likely sink further -- and the desire for a strong ruler, who will
impose his will on the system, will grow.
The first 100 days have revealed an immoral president without a plan,
an unpoised leader with no interest in the political process. It seems
unlikely that Trump will impose a state of emergency or strive for
single-party rule: The U.S., after all, isn't Turkey or Venezuela. But
he has set in motion the internal erosion of democracy and is taking
advantage of its weaknesses. As such, the only hope lies in his own
Again I more or less agree, and this is a
recommended article in which there is considerable more than was quoted
or mentioned here.