Susan Collins – I’ve always admired her greatly, but…
By Jeff Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus – AmericanPolitics.com – Since 1988
Amber Phillips, a writer for the Washington Post’s “The Fix” recently wrote, pointing out five areas with which Senator Susan Collins (R) wrote about Donald Trump that concisely sums up why Donald Trump cannot be the President of the United States.
Yes, Amber – The Fix is certainly in.
Whether I agree with Sen. Collins, or the fifty former Bush intelligence squad, or CNN, or PBS, that Trump does not qualify for President, I must point out that this planned execution of Trump violates every precept of Democracy.
Why? For two reasons: First, The Constitution has no list of qualifications for President except for age (35), birth in the US, and been 14 years a resident of the US. Second, Republicans and Democrats, and Greens, et al, have proposed that Donald Trump’s supporters are everything that he is – and perhaps more – and therefore are not entitled to have their votes counted. Period
When a group this fat and powerful decides that someone running well for President should be humiliated along with tens of millions other Americans who support him – all chance of Democracy (whatever is left) flies out the door.
It is the same as telling 35-50% of American voters that they are either too dumb, too weak, too greedy, too senseless, too disparaging of others, and ergo – just not “Presidential”, whatever that is.
I have lived in worked in Washington DC and Europe and the Americas for nearly 40 years as a legislative advisor, campaign manager at the U.S. Senate level, and a high-level complex matter jurisdictive activist for Fortune 100 clients. Actions by “lobbyists” are the most respected by elected officials here and in most Democracies.
This is because they are the link to large contributions and legal (or illegal) transfers of power, money, and luxury that the average legislator, mayor, city councilperson, et al cannot afford.
Senator Susan Collins knows this is true. She also knows that the only thing that preserves the Congress from acting outwardly worse than Donald Trump is the “politically correct” and silly rules which penalize members of Congress for insulting each other – at least in public.
These so-called rules (broken all the while) help to keep the WAR of party politics a guarded secret. But, let me assure the reader, politics is a dirty, bloody, and mind altering war itself – and believe it or not – politicians who lose their election very often suffer and are treated for PTSD! This is a fact and that is how ruthless and vicious the fight and potential loss can be to just one person in politics.
This is also accurate for those “intellects” who go to war with each other over the poor, abortion, health care, and national security, sometimes in a snake pit of revulsion and maliciousness that outdoes the professional politician.
Let’s look at Ms. Phillips’ “Five Sentences” that I know could not only destroy the concept of Democracy – except for money and control of the message – but are also based in lies, knowingly based in lies. This is why the Republican Party did not simply throw Mr. Trump out with the trash. They now tell us he is:
- “Rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency.”
What nonsense is this? The United States Congress and the White House are overflowing with a disregard for communal decency. This is not apparent to most of us because elected members and staff do not normally act in disregard for public decorousness except behind closed and locked (no press) doors. Worse, now Senator Collins and others link at least forty percent of American voters for the same “crime” their disregard for decency for supporting Trump because they are sickened by the poor outcome of our leaders for more than thirty years.
My argument is not that the Congress and everyone else in government do not usually somehow show graciousness. It is the poignant lie of what Senator Collins said here. Again there is no set of rules like your old aunt might have taught you about how to act in public as President.
Some of us are complete ladies and gentleman. Some of us are not. This does not disqualify anyone from running for office.
And does Senator Collins think that voting for and funding wars that kill millions and leave tens of millions without homes, food, or care of any kind is just fine? Is war decent or is that just feathering our own military-industrial stockholder nests, hiding behind the excuse of being attacked by some ragtag power of other men and women lied to by their leaders.
Is it decent that fifty percent or more Americans cannot afford to feed their families and must rely on food stamps and at that point suffer the ignominy that both the right and left pile upon them in different degrees for spending “our tax dollars”?
Are the horrid slums and poison water so prevalent in this nation another act of decency by our so-called leaders? No. It seems, however, that these effects occur, but they are not simply indecent they are human and yet compassionate failures in many cases.
No politician, save for one of two, are ever held up as icons of human decency.
3. “He opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities.”
Senator Collins, and the rest, mock the weaker and the vulnerable every time they pass budgets that contains 50% of our trillions to be spent on war, maiming and killing, but far smaller amounts on the fallacies of the least able to get along in our country.
More than half of the Congress mocks Islam, and our Black President for not toeing the line and calling Muslims Islamic Terrorists, and mock Cabinet members, or just men and women who work for the federal government – as criminals – and they do this publicly.
They mock those who are vulnerable to mean-spirited party-loyalists who seek to make 3 Points on the basket-case of deliberation spewing contempt for federal working people, sneering at Americans who do not believe that everything is a plot or scheme.
They are just men and women who have reached higher goals in our government departmentally – but can be fired and lose everything because some idiot like Darrell Issa or John McCain thinks they should be arrested or worse.“He proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.”
This statement of Ms. Collins’ does not deserve a comment. Are we not all guilty of her third “reason” for being unqualified to be President? Have we somehow thought all along that our Congress and most elected officials ever apologize for saying “I was wrong”?
Is Senator Collins one of the few who does? – well perhaps that’s why I admired her – but to say this is how Presidents must act is like saying that the one-twenty percent of the wealthiest or most educated of Americans only -are qualified to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for four years.
4. “I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so.”
Has Susan Collins watched the nightly news, or better yet, the fake news, like the kind Fox News purports to deliver. For the past decades very few in Congress show restraint or anything close to it.
Today, because of the absurdity of men like Trey Gowdy who waste your money on holding counterfeit tribunals on Hillary Clinton she now faces law suits from grieving families of the dead heroes at Benghazi as if Clinton herself planned their deaths.
And Trump is ill-informed?
Are the Senators and House members who claims that “Obama Care” is hurting the poor ill-informed or are they, worse, providing disinformation to make themselves wealthier or more powerful. I could go on for hours, days, months on this ridiculous “qualification” that Collins extols. Most elected Federal politicians now spend perhaps two or three days on the people’s business – how’s that for being ill-informed – how’s that for “we the people” being the idiots?
5. “The unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no ‘new’ Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat.”
Yes, Senator Collins is correct. Donald Trump will most likely not change. Then again, he was ahead of Hillary Clinton doing things in “my way” manner as Frank Sinatra made ironically famous.
Look at Harry Truman – the man who wound up WWII. Before he entered politics and became FDR’s vice-president he sold men’s clothing – Would Ted Cruz call Truman a shop-boy?
Parenthetically Susan Collins, who has, sadly, been the most humane of the Trump Lynch Mob that is accusing millions of American voters-for-Trump that they are blind, stupid or worse. I wonder how her followers will take her slashing and burning and trampling on Donald Trump for nothing but partisan reasons and his own “lack of couth” – despite her and her peer’s excuses to the contrary.
The most important thing?
That thus far only a few Democrats have joined the vicious pursuit of Donald Trump trying to drive him from our consciousness. Only Republicans – so guilty of destroying our economy and engaging first in this seemingly unending war in the Middle East and North Africa have put on their sheets and grabbed their ropes and chains.
Gracious me, are they the ones inhumane and stupid!
One more item. Although I am registered as an independent, I have been for most of my life a supporter of Democrats, with one exception – Ronald Reagan, who was a neighbor and a friend. I am not planning on voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, nor am I supporting anyone for President during this cycle. Perhaps I would have supported Bernie Sanders, if he only he could be elected – but all of us knew – that was an impossibility – didn’t we?
NOTE: Coincidently I turned on the tube and heard: “I may well end up writing-in a candidate for President.” – Susan Collins 11:43 a.m. on CNN, 9 August 2016
NOTE: In many ways the Trump assassination team essentially tells us that the man is plain stupid, not prepared, and not well educated enough to be President. – Here from the Washington Post are those who did not get those benefits:
Four other presidents enrolled in college but did not complete a degree, including Harry S. Truman, who is often said to have never attended college, though he actually spent a semester at a business college in Kansas City before dropping out to get a job and later attended some night classes at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City law school. James Monroe enrolled in the College of William & Mary but stayed only a short while and then joined the Continental Army (there are buildings named after him at least four universities). William Henry Harrison (who died on his 32nd day in office in 1841), started at the University of Pennsylvania studying medicine but never graduated. And William McKinley (1897-1901) attended Allegheny College for only a year; he later attended Albany Law School but was admitted to the bar without earning a degree. Other presidents who never attended college were Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), Zachary Taylor (1849-1850), Millard Fillmore (1850-1853), Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) and Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/12/which-u-s-presidents-didnt-earn-a-college-degree-two-of-them-are-on-mount-rushmore/
NOTE: The United States Constitution “Requirements to be President”
“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States”.