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Enough is enough, Donald. Grow the Hell up!

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 September 2017

I kinda like Donald Trump. He wasn’t my first choice, by any means, but he has done some fun stuff. I like the way he puts two fingers in the eyes of the politically correct. I love the way he goads and plays the sissies in the media, and forces them to show their true colors. I like the way he speaks hard truths directly, even when it shocks the mincing, over-polite ways of the diplomats. And, generally speaking, I like his policies.

There are also things to dislike about him. He’s got some very childish ego problems. And while he does speak hard truths, he also lies with the best of them. His speech patterns are confusing, and while I feel as if I understand him decently well, he makes it way too easy for people to misunderstand and misinterpret him. Being non-conventional is fine, but it means the conventional people aren’t going to understand.

Having said all that, enough is enough, Donald. This childish “war of words” with KJU has gone way too far. It’s gone past funny and silly into dangerous, and it’s time for him to cut it out. And if he won’t, it’s time for some adults to step in and keep him quiet.

We can’t have someone with Donald’s temper and speech problems in charge of the most deadly military on the planet. Something has to be done to rein him in.

2017-09-24  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 10

  1. William
    24 September 2017 @ 3:47 pm

    Generally speaking, if Trump succeeds, the country succeeds. There have been some positive aspects to his presidency such as the increase in the stock market, conservative Supreme Court appointee and pro-life executive actions. I can support Trump in “some” of his policies. Yet, he shifts positions and rhetoric so fluidly that it’s difficult to have confidence that he’s going to remain consistent and fully understands the implications of his actions. One moment he’s having a victory celebration lauding the efforts of the House and the next he’s calling those efforts “mean”.

    I sincerely grabble with how “die-hard” Trump supporters do not see his and their own hypocrisy. They have vehemently decried behaviors in other political figures that they give a pass to Trump on. For instance, some rightly criticized Clinton for her lies. Yet, some supporters can’t even acknowledge that The Donald lies at all. Trump and his avid supporters criticized Obama for unpresidential behavior (e.g., peppy stride when deplaning Air Force One, snarky public comments, wearing a tan suit, playing too much golf and the list goes on). Yet, when Trump has acted petulantly, unbefitting of the office, the response from them has been either *crickets* or it’s all good because he’s making America great again! Case in point, his tweets concerning the NFL this weekend. In 2013, he criticized Obama because he felt his comments were trivial and a president has too much to do to be involved in such matters. But, it seems it’s just fine for him to do it.

    I’m all for poking a finger in the eye of the political establishment (left and right). Yet, Trump’s communication style is sometimes so clumsy that it detracts from the intended message and reflects poorly on the office of the POTUS. Some excuse it as…” it’s just the way he is”. Maybe, but I suspect it’s also strategic. At times, he uses it to intentionally divert attention away from issues in which he’s potentially liable. To make matters worse, when challenged, he lies and doubles down. We saw this clearly in his tweets intimating there were recordings of conversations with James Comey (seemingly intended as a threat). When questioned, he teased the media and public. In the end, it was just another lie or deception.

    As for his current “war of words” with Kim Jong Un and reining him in…good luck with that! I agree it’s gone way beyond what’s appropriate. I don’t know who can rein him in, especially if the things he’s doing are within the authority of the POTUS. As well, I’m not sure there’s a consensus that he should be reined in. Seems some of the louder voices feel it’s high time someone like him said these things and they are perfectly content to see it continue.

  2. Derek
    24 September 2017 @ 11:18 pm

    So, your headline beneath this one implies that his tough talk is working with China. Now you’re saying enough is enough. Which is It?

  3. Greg Krehbiel GregK
    24 September 2017 @ 11:25 pm

    Tough talk is good. I think he’s gone beyond tough talk.

  4. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    25 September 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Obamacare could be ended this week. But don’t pay any attention to that. Don’t bother calling your senator. Instead, let’s talk about football players.

    Not only is Donald Trump redirecting media attention, he is also taking heat off of Republican senators. He is acting kind of like a cross between a magician and a lightning rod.

  5. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    25 September 2017 @ 11:19 am

    @Dave, sometimes I think that’s exactly what he’s doing. He’s like a magician, using misdirection.

    But other times I think he’s just a bad-tempered child who can’t keep his mouth shut. 🙂

  6. William
    25 September 2017 @ 1:27 pm

    Yeah, football players are getting LOTS of air time, but the repeal/replace story is still very much in the headlines and protest efforts continuing. So, if Trump’s intent was to totally distract, it’s not working. He might need to recharge his magic wand. 😉

  7. Scott Wicker
    25 September 2017 @ 6:56 pm

    Personally, I find Trump’s war of rhetoric with North Korea amusing – and probably helpful. Trading insults and threats that they daren’t actually carry out allows them to ‘vent’ their anger and frustration, while soothing their inflated, attention-craving egos. It’s like two kids yelling at each other on the playground. The allusion to Rocket-man conceals a bilingual pun that surely has the ironic benefit of ingratiating KJU’s over-sexed ego, diminishing his feelings of inferiority and lessening tensions. Trump and KJU have a lot in common and they are communicating at a level where they are both comfortable and in their element. Perhaps they will even become friends. Anyway, a war of words is way better than dropping actual bombs. Hopefully things will not come to that.

  8. William
    25 September 2017 @ 8:55 pm

    Albeit petulant, a war of words would be fine, “if” that’s all it amounted to. Yet, when there’s a significant risk of misunderstanding that could lead to nuclear war, more prudence needs to be exercised. As it stands, N. Korea has interpreted Trump’s most recent tweets as a declaration of war and they ready to attack. If this happens or not remains to be seen. So, it’s all fun and games until it’s war. What an utter shame it would be for millions of lives to be lost, especially if there was another way to resolve this situation. As Roosevelt stated, sometimes a greater show of strength comes through…”speaking softly and carrying a big stick”. I have no expectation that Trump will follow such guidance. Yet, it would be interesting to see if his approach remained the same if his children were in the military and had to live with the consequences of his actions.

  9. Derek
    26 September 2017 @ 12:54 am

    We did the “walk softly and carry a big stick” thing since the end of the Korean War. What that got us is a North Korea that now has nukes and rockets that will soon be able to carry them. I’m open for a change in strategy and not doing the same thing over and over again and expecting……well, you know.

  10. William
    26 September 2017 @ 6:37 am

    I’m open for an “effective” change in strategy, inclusive of military action, if absolutely necessary. I’m not for “needlessly” goading N. Korea into nuclear war.