Monday, June 11, 2018

De Niro's vote

There is something disheartening and yet apt when the most direct critic of the president of the United States turns out to be a movie actor.
Robert De Niro wins ovation for 'Fuck Trump' speech at the Tony award
Remember when politicians and other public figures could occasionally be credited with courage? Remember when Trump vowed to bring back and then claimed to have brought back 45,000 coal mining jobs ... when the number of new coal jobs totaled 1,200? Remember when he promised to "repeal and replace" the health care system referred to as "Obamacare?" The replacement is no where in sight. And remember the peacemaker Trump who  “will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V,” he thundered. “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.” And, by the way, global warming supported by science instead of whimsy?

What is left but spit-whistling expletives for a man who never met a policy failure he couldn't blame on someone else.

Pathetic and saddening and, yes, Mr. DeNiro, I think you are on about the only path left ... and we are all reduced to the Trump standard of volume-replaces-veracity.


  1. Non politicians like De Niro can give voice to our frustrations.


    Now what?

    To get to govern, one must not underestimate the number of people who don’t oppose Trump.

    As to being reduced to believing Trump’s loud lies I wonder if you’d feel differently if you lived in another part of the country.

    In my small circle of friends and acquaintances I do not know a single Trump supporter.

  2. Saw this NY Times Op Ed and thought of the above blog post:

    How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump:

    Short version: Demouncing Trump while acting like Trump affirms Trump.

    Also. Last weekend at the end of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher tore a big hole in Anti-Trump pronouncements like Samantha Bee’s and De Niro’s. His focus was that it’s more important to strategize to acquire political control than it is to vent. (Truth be told Maher’s show is his skillful venting and opining.) He went on to shoot down Liberals thinking they have the cultural high ground. Big Woop.