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Recent essays:
We need a third party
Blame game:Who gave us Trump?
The American Revolt of 2016
Cancel the election
Hillary Clinton, war lover
Mindless campaign and media
Presidential Candidates 2016
The Press in elections
The flap over voter ID
The Real population problem
Democrat President'l Candidates?
The Georgia Guidestones
Islamist terror & Islamic culture
Unconstitutional amendments
Nationhood & Multiculturalism
Good Friday
NSA, Snowden, national security
Nebulous cosmology
Another Washington disaster
Bye-bye privacy
U.S. states as power centers
Asteroids, meteors, and us
World peace - regional security
A New Year's wish list
Israel and Palestine
No Emancipation Celebration?
Presidential debates again!
The "Roberts trick"
The sins of The Fathers
NC vote on same-sex marriage
Updating the U.S. Constitution
Reforming a moribund Congress
A Civilization built on hot air
The "Occupy Wall St." protests
Arguing about God
The irrational stock exchange
The danger of belief
Obama's asteroid boondoggle
Presidential MQ's
"Don't ask, don't tell"
The Second Coming
Glob. Warm'g - western guilt?
Rot of campaign finance
Health care debacle
Cities in the sea
On human population
Education for democracy
Are 3 gods better than 1?
Stupid is as stupid does
A new economics
Immediate energy solution
A Public Stock Exchange
The Dawkins delusion
Viceroy of the carpenter?
Charisma and Democracy
US missile shield for Europe
Eve of Eden
A fable of fools
China's cheap labor
Memorial Day: an addition
Congress & representation
On doing stupid things
The Calendar & diplomacy
Science & Religion
The American President
The spark of life
Liberal & Conservative
Real campaign issues
Evolut'n/Creat'n conundrum
The toy kings of Europe
The disease of militarism
The Supreme Court...
Reps, Dems & coup d'état
On going to Heaven
"Creationism" in school
Mars Madness
Global warming
Free public transit
Lotto: a new poor tax
EU: the new imperialism

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Suggested Related Essays:
Mindless campaign, Mindless media   and   The American Revolt of 2016

Current essay:

Banal but Baneful, the Trumpian Tweets

Let's agree to ignore the president's affliction

The president channels a rambunctious imp in his tweets. The only serious way forward is to ignore them.

If it weren't for the bane of Twitter and Donald Trump's obsession with it, we would have an almost ordinary federal administration in Washington. Not quite ordinary, of course; we would still have a president who lacks the grace and common courtesy expected of a president. A large man, he oddly seems to harbor the "little guy" complex of aggressive defensiveness, ever ready to lash out at the least perceived slight. That's an unfortunate trait in a national leader, though it might be manageable were it kept within the White House. Alas, the president has chosen to trumpet his affliction around the world via Twitter, to the denigration of his reputation and the embarrassment of his countrymen.

I say "affliction" because that's what the president has, and Mr.Trump's psychological affliction is what the entire country is now suffering from. We're suffering from it because of the national media's preoccupation with it. It's right to ask, would the media be equally obsessed, and equally mocking, toward a more common disability in a president, say a lame leg or diabetes? Of course they wouldn't, they would try to be supportive. The idea of mocking such disabilities, had the president been afflicted with them, wouldn't even have occurred to the press. Yet they've spent Mr.Trump's first months in office mocking the president's psychological affliction – his lack of self-control. Through the media the president's problem has become the nation's and the world's problem.

How could the press have handled this better, and how can they change their approach now so that we will get through these four years with our national self-respect intact?

First let's understand that inside Donald Trump lives a ten-year old Donald Trump.  "Jr", like many children, loves to tweet. His faithful "friends" live in cyberspace; he doesn't know them but he's dependent on them for approval. Each evening and morning, it seems, an obsessive need takes hold of the president to set himself down by his computer and release this inner child. The child writes stupid stuff on Twitter. And I say, So What? We all have our flaws and afflictions. This idiot inner child just happens to be Trump's. Let's either find a cure or learn to accept – or rather, to ignore – the doings of this imp.

The press, so far, has been unable to separate the imp's ramblings on Twitter from the person of the president. And this has caused the press to take the imp's gibberish seriously, to search for meaning, for consistency with or deviation from the president's supposed policies. This again has led to misunderstanding, to confusion, to false reports and wasted time for journalists and readers, for the president, the administration, and Congress. Editors of the world, how could you fall into this trap? How have you stumbled headlong – apparently with eyes open – into this anoxic bog of Twitterdom, the home of thought-less blather; how have you decided to take seriously the brain-farts of the imp of Mr.Trump's affliction, the "Twimp" that amuses itself with watching you destroy your own craft?

Were I a newspaper editor with some freedom from economic realities (I know, I know), I would instruct my staff:

"Trump's tweets are NOT news. They're not policy, they're not related to federal programs, and they're irrelevant. They're not presidential communication; they're his inner child's nighttime trash-talk with his Twitter friends. They have nothing to do with anything. Don't report them, and don't ask the press secretary how they jibe with official policy. They didn't happen; they're not real."

When the press learns to see the Trumpian tweets as a meaningless symptom of the president's unfortunate affliction, which deserves to be kept private among him and his Twitter cohort, I trust they will come around to this realistic and workable policy. At this time, denying the imp media time is the most constructive thing they could do.

H. Paul Lillebo

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Previous essay: 
We Need a Third Party

America's independents need a political home

The corruption and dysfunction of America's two major parties has reached the point where a majority of citizens are disgusted with their performance. To counteract the party extremists, a party for grown-ups, for reasoning independents, is needed: a party that foreswears corruption and self-serving tactics and promises to make government work again.

Next previous essay: 
The Blame Game: Who gave us Trump?

Democrats blame everyone but themselves

The "blame" for Mr.Trump's election to the presidency of the US lies squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic party. But they won't have the "shoulders" to admit it.

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