• Almost a Year of Trump: Where Things Stand

    December 27, 2017

    Posted in: Democracy, Trump

    I awoke this morning to find it was not Judgement Day but simply morning.

    A little cloudy, might have some snow later. Things looked pretty normal. I ran the usual checks to make sure I hadn’t awoken in some alternate reality, that I had not slept through a time vortex and risen in a world run by super-intelligent apes, that sort of thing. Nope, regular everything. The milk in the fridge that was a little on edge yesterday morning was kinda ripe today.

    Trump’s been in office for six almost a year and everything is… sorta normal. He’s a crappy president, pretty much as we expected. I don’t see he’s done much good, but on the other hand looking over what the media, academics, and those who speak for us all, Colbert, Meyers, Samantha Bee, and George Takei have been predicting would have gone down by now, all and all things are not so bad.

    — No nuclear wars.

    — No wars with China, Russia, Iran or North Korea. Same wars Bush and Obama started or escalated still going strong.

    — No diplomatic breakdown because of Taiwan. No change in U.S. “Two China Policy.”

    — NATO and alliances with Australia, Japan, etc., intact.

    — No mass resignations among government employees. CIA, NSA, and State Department still open for business.

    — The people the media has been non-stop predicting would be fired/quit/indicted — Reince, McMaster, Mattis, Spicer, Ivanka, DeVos, Kushner, Mueller, Sessions, Tillerson, et al — are all mostly still around.

    — Trump has not annexed the Sudetenland.

    — No coups.

    — 1st Amendment, and others, still nicely in place.

    — No impeachment, no invocation of Emoluments Clause, no use of the 25th Amendment, no formal charges of treason.

    — No roundups of POC, women, journalists, or LGBTQ people. Deportations are still below Obama-era headcount of 2.5 million deported, highest under any presidency.

    — Stock market did not crash. Doing well, actually.

    — No psychological break down by Trump leading to anarchy, war, etc.

    — No signs of capitulation to Putin. We still own Alaska.

    — U.S. justice system and courts still open and functioning.

    — Absolutely nothing has changed regarding abortion rights, whatever the f*ck our healthcare system is, marriage equality… nope, steady state.

    In the interest of presenting a balanced view of events, here is a hysterical rebuttal to the points made above:

    It’s too early! OMG, it has only been six about a year. How’s the Kool-Aid nazi lover? As a white man of privilege who isn’t gay what do you know anyway about suffering, so f*ck you. The Resistance has held Trump back for now by posting on Facebook, but what about tomorrow?!? Luckily we marched with pussy hats or things would have been worse. You don’t know how bad it is because most of the changes are hidden. America’s prestige abroad is trashed and Angela Merkel is leading the Free World! Putin’s playing 3-D chess and just waiting to make his move. Any day now Robert Mueller is going to announce ____ and the sh*t will come down. We are nasty, fierce, persistent, and have excellent vocabularies. And did you see what anonymous sources told the NYT today? At least Dr. Who is a woman, so that means Hillary really won, doesn’t it?

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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...


      What do you expect from a clown that has the lowest presidential approval ratings in history? His idea of a mandate is assumng he can grab US by the pussy, only to find out we tell him to go fuck himself.

      07/20/17 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Trump accomplishments: 990 tweets and 0 legislation victories

      07/20/17 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Just wait for the next six months. The party is just getting started:

      — 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

      07/20/17 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Tony Hammock said...


      Good piece, Mr. Van Buren (except Ms. Merkel’s name is Angela, not Andrea). Love your column and read it religiously!

      07/20/17 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      So you cant fool all the people all the time:

      A new Bloomberg National Poll shows that Hillary Clinton is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans. Bloomberg adds that her support has also dropped among those who voted for her in the 2016 presidential election and includes statements from numerous Clinton voters who express their dissatisfaction with the former secretary of state. Many said they wished Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had won the Democratic nomination, or that they never liked Clinton and only voted for her because she was the lesser of two bad choices.”

      More than a fifth of Clinton voters say they have an unfavorable view of her. By comparison, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before the election, and just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now say they view him unfavorably.

      07/20/17 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...



      Still stuck on the polls, huh?

      If I may–find a new hobby, ok?

      The same pollsters who claimed that Hillary would win in a landslide are still irrelevant.


      Not a Trump supporter. Voted for him, because Hillary was the other name on the ballot.

      07/20/17 10:47 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Six months in and Trumpie is setting the record for most lies.
      Demented Don’s tally stands at 836 false or misleading claims. That’s an average of 4.6 claims a day, not far off his first 100-day pace.

      Keep it up, Demented

      07/20/17 11:53 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Trumpie fever is just the symptom

      WaPo–Our ain’t-right president’s hair-raising New York Times interview yesterday demonstrated for the nth time how unfit in every way Donald Trump is.

      … a magnificent atavism, a man so purely primitive that he was of the type that came into the world before the development of the moral nature. He was not immoral, but merely unmoral.
      He has neither the skill nor the time for legislating. He will not lift a finger to pass the legislation he demands from his own caucus. He has no respect for the institutions of the government he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend, nor for the oath itself, nor for rule of law he believes himself above. In the interview, he all but formally asked for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not covering his rear on the Russia investigation. After months of whining about White House leaks, Trump leaked it in an interview with a newspaper he famously loathes rather than confront Sessions personally, man-to-man.

      But Donald Trump is merely a symptom of a country that has lost its bearings, a ship without rudder or keel. A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds that only 45 percent of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians he publicly admitted having. Thirty-two percent don’t believe the meeting happened and 24 percent are not sure. No, Not Sure is not their names.

      For many across this country yet unconscious of it, metastasized capitalism and Randian teen fantasies of male dominance have brewed up a debased America that serves patriotism à la carte, an America for me but not for thee. Where government exists to stay out of my life and to keep Others in their place. Donald Trump is their patron saint.

      Cooperation and communitarianism is replaced with dominance politics, not only among conservatives, but a sliver of the American left that has abandoned faith. Among Christian conservatives who long ago accepted as dogma that the country and its framework were handed to them by the Almighty, their own religious liberty is the only religious liberty government exists to protect. Recognition that non-Christian faiths and non-faiths fall under the same constitutional is “increasingly cast as bristling religious animus or even hate speech.”

      The fever can go two ways. It can kill whatever sickness inhabits its host or it can kill the host. Sick six months in. When will we be on life support?

      07/20/17 12:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      ‘Flake “news” Uber ALLES !

      07/20/17 12:07 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      StarkNaked: I voted for Jill Stein. I wanted to pass altogether but felt I should say “something” about the 2016 POTUS contest. I should have declined.

      Bauer loves his polls. Most discerning minds are more skeptical of such offerings. I don’t see the DEMS running Hillary in 2020 which means she might run as an independent. Stranger things have occurred in recent American politics.

      07/20/17 1:39 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      John Poole…

      Weak minds are so easily manipulated by polling numbers. John Podesta was counting on it.

      I don’t see the Dems running Hillary (again) either in 2020, but as you say…

      Stranger things have happened.

      07/20/17 6:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Assuming Demented runs in 2020, the Repugnicans can only hope The War Witch runs too

      07/20/17 7:01 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Six months, this is where Trump stands: the dumbest presidense of The DUMBEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET.

      “President Trump is ramping up his criticism of Robert Mueller, warning that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference would cross the line by looking into his finances.

      Mueller is now reportedly doing just that — looking at transactions involving Trump’s businesses and those of his associates.”

      Trumpie: Well, this is about Russia, I am not under investigation.

      Well, you can forget about that now.

      07/20/17 8:03 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Trump is a graduate of the Sarah Palin school of word salad thing makng

      “So preexisting conditions are a tough deal,” Trump told the Times. “Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.”

      Trump’s lawyers told him to stop talking, but this is just as good.

      07/20/17 9:27 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      The Chickenhawk in chief tweets:

      “John McCain should be defeated in the primaries. Graduated last in his class at Annapolis–dummy!”

      If Trumpie had a brain tumor, the docs wouldnt remove it. It would be the only thing functioning in his skull.

      07/20/17 9:33 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      The war witch?

      Rumor has it that the Bat Guano Crazy Witch is considering a run in 2020.

      You know–the witch that borrowed one of Jim Brown’s wigs and never gave it back.

      Mad Maxie is quoted as saying…

      “I really don’t have any Presidential aspirations, but I’ll run…only if the Millennials want me to.”

      07/20/17 11:41 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Six months, where things stand depends on what you stand for, right?

      Demented Donald never apologized for anything in his life, BUT he may pardon himself. And if Demented does that, you may want to amend your checklist.

      07/21/17 7:01 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Dear Don, please ignore all those fake media voices, and the ones in your head, tellng you to give pardons for crimes you and yours didnt commit. It is a trap planned by CNN Is and Deep State. Instead, just invoke the 25th amendment, which gives you the authority to shut down CNN! (Trust me, that’s what it says. No need to read it.)

      07/22/17 7:39 PM | Comment Link

    • CRD said...


      You forgot some positives:

      Withdrew US from TTP.

      Withdrew US from the sham Paris Climate Accord, and is open to other options for taking actual steps to address pollution (rather than virtue signaling).

      Stopped funding Obama’s Al-Quaida/ISIS affiliates in Syria.

      Exposed our sham mainstream media outlets as the corporate propagandists and war cheerleaders they are.

      As a socially liberal independent, I’ll take it.

      07/24/17 5:08 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich MCarthy said...


      I guess your opinion might change when you find out that Obama’s, Hillary, both Bush’s (Sr & Jr) are sent to prison.

      12/27/17 2:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      12/28/17 7:54 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Where do we stand? Well, for the Repugnicans it is with Russia. More Repugnicans trust Russia than the FBI apparently.

      “I have a list of names of Russian sympathizers in the US congress.”‘

      12/28/17 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...




      Do you Ever get tired of being Wrong??????


      12/28/17 9:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...




      Name the reasons why the FBI should be trusted?


      Ever seen the cartoon from the UK called “ghost stories”????


      12/28/17 9:20 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      A contrafact observation. If Barack Obama had anointed Biden as his successor we might not be having these discussions (ignore Biden’s claim of not being capable of an engaged campaign due to his son’s death). Who had the goods on whom? Maybe everyone! (Obama, Biden, Clinton). By Obama jumping the line in 2008 did he feel he owed Hillary the shot?
      Hillary having the goods on Biden in case he made his move? The usual palace intrigue would explain the 2016 election. Don’t get me started unless you are prepared to overtax your scroll function!

      12/30/17 5:06 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      StarkNaked Truth. If Trump prevails against the Mueller Inquisition and wants a second term he might run as an Independent. Let the Republicans run some loser lightweight and the Democrats run Hillary again. Trump might be able to beat either party in a runoff.

      12/30/17 5:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...




      12/31/17 5:11 AM | Comment Link

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