Liar, con man, statesman (Pt. 2)

Just to follow up on yesterday’s post, more good news:

Donald Trump has reversed course on several campaign pledges including suggesting he will reconsider his view on withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, and has shown less confidence in the usefulness of waterboarding and other forms of torture.



9 Responses to “Liar, con man, statesman (Pt. 2)”

  1. Gravatar of Don Don
    23. November 2016 at 07:54

    Media has become click-bait driven Telephone game. A spin on a take on slant on some vacuous Trump double-speak. A this point all we have on Trump plans is a bristle-cone quality proxy of “personnel is policy”.

  2. Gravatar of Don Don
    23. November 2016 at 08:07

    I’ll reply to myself. Here’s a transcript of Trump on climate change. It is more thoughtful than I had expected. Ignore the headline, which is spin.

  3. Gravatar of Tom Brown Tom Brown
    23. November 2016 at 10:41

    So what do we have here? A pathological lying narcissistic megalomaniacal special snowflake with a heart of gold? Or is it just a lust for gold? I’m not sure, but it’s clear gold factors in somehow.

  4. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    23. November 2016 at 13:40

    I’m guessing that most of my readers won’t get it, but I’m writing these for the select few out there who do get it. (Hint: reread the title.)

    I think it might be the time to say what you meant, because so far I didn’t see anyone who actually got it.

    Is it an an allusion to Platon’s Politikos? Or to Shakespeare’s Hamlet? Or to a movie like The Godfather? Or simply to Boris Johnson? I don’t get it. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s not getting it by far.

    @Tom Brown
    You might want to read:

  5. Gravatar of Lorenzo from Oz Lorenzo from Oz
    23. November 2016 at 14:55

    Wish folk would get off the “Fascist!” kick (and even more the “Alt Right!” kick) and start focusing more on The Donald the demagogue.

  6. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    23. November 2016 at 15:20

    Christian, Let me ask you this: Why would I be “angry” if almost all of Trump’s flip flops are going in exactly the direction I approve of?

    Lorenzo, The Donald is everything and more. The perfect Walt Whitman hero:

    “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

    Everyone sees a different Donald, and they are all correct, and all incorrect.

  7. Gravatar of B Cole B Cole
    23. November 2016 at 16:13

    The Donald discovered that forcing prisoners to listen to his speeches was more effective than waterboarding.

  8. Gravatar of Tom Brown Tom Brown
    23. November 2016 at 16:31

    @Christian List,

    Thanks, I read it. I’ve read quite a few of his blog posts, but no that one. Adams seems to think he’s not the one believing an illusion and he seems pretty optimistic about Trump being president (for example, in his most recent blog posts). He talks a lot about the cognitive dissonance of those of us opposed to Trump, and he does make some good points. But I have a really hard time squaring that with Trump University (to take just one example). Let’s say Trump sets up Trump University 2.0 with pretty much the same game plan as before. I wonder how Adams would advise a close relative who was considering paying their life savings to attend TrumpU 2.0? I wonder if he’s experience any cognitive dissonance?

  9. Gravatar of Albert Albert
    29. November 2016 at 16:10

    You should stick to economics. In that field you can at least pretend to know what you are talking about…

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