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Gentle Partisan readers;

It occurs to me that the Partisan has offered up little about the Washington freak show, largely because it is just so hard to keep up. And that means we have done a poor job of providing you with space for your thoughts on the general and Conway and Bannon and, of course, the new guy, the self-parodying Stephen Miller.

So share away. Comments. Questions. Words of wisdom or pointless rambling. It’s up to you. Just click on a comment box below and have at it. Yes, there is some attempt at moderation here, so, no, you can’t just call each other names. This is supposed to be enlightening and maybe even useful.

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  • Joe February 14, 2017, 11:55 pm

    Investigators better expedite their questioning of Flynn. They’ll need to get to him before his remains are dragged from the Potomac River.

  • John Dalessio February 15, 2017, 12:57 am

    Both parties, Dems and Reps, are corrupt, ossified and dependent upon war economies, as witnessed by the corrupt, ossified, war mongering candidates they presented last election.. We need to get rid of both the Democrats and the Republican parties and begin again. I say this as someone who was once the official Democratic Candidate for Congress in California’s 27th Congressional District. They both need to go.

  • Greg Ahlstrand February 15, 2017, 1:21 am

    Sad. Bad pun intended.

  • Mary February 15, 2017, 4:05 am

    How about starting in Sacramento? While not a war economy, unless the term can be expanded to include just stupidity, greed and banal contempt for its own citizens, Sacramento’s repeated choice to ignore Oroville dam repairs has endangered an enormous part of the state. Where is the outrage?

    • John B Smith February 15, 2017, 5:32 am

      Predictions:
      1. Act of War with Mexico in three years. (JBS)
      2. Resignations in cabinet in a year or firings. (JBS)
      3. Affair with staffer or other young woman within nine months. (JBS)
      4. Threats against world leader already happening. (JBS)
      5. Killing violent protestors within two years. (JBS)
      6. Ignoring court orders within six months. (JBS)
      7. Heart attack for Trump within four years.
      8. He is emotionally unstable and will act irrationally within three months. (JBS)
      9. Civil war within four years….black/white, poor/rich, native/immigrant, Christian/other (JBS)

  • Alex February 15, 2017, 5:43 am

    The Republican Congress needs to step up and save us from tRump’s totally inept *leadership* and staff. That I am relying on the Republican Congress to ‘do the right thing’ is a sign of how desperate this situation has become.

  • Pris Walton February 15, 2017, 6:45 am

    We are at a critical juncture. Whether this nation survives Trump is open to question. We cannot survive as a democracy unless we have leaders who lead. The Republicans have become a party of mysogynists and religious zealots. The Democratic leadership failed to listen to the people who spoke through, largely Bernie Sanders, during the last elections. We are now a country of failed institutions….without well educated citizens, a decent health system, a modern and well maintained infrastructure of schools, roads, bridges, and government dedicated to providing these basics. … We will go the way of past nations who were once great. I think our main hope now is organizing the disparate groups protesting all the current injustices, into a major social movement is our best chance. The question is who will lead and turn this into a coherent movement? The people are there and the power is there.

  • Helga Fellay February 15, 2017, 7:23 am

    All of the comments above are giving me hope for the first time in a very long time. We cannot improve our system unless we realize what’s wrong with the system, a realization that has finally been awakened. No one here, to their credit, followed the enticement to engage in more hateful, impotent and counterproductive rants and rages against names. Enough of identity politics already. Our focus must be on analyzing what is wrong, why it is wrong, and how we got into this downward spiral to begin with. Only then are we in a position to reverse the downward trend.

  • Helga Fellay February 15, 2017, 8:29 am

    I guess I need to retract my overly optimistic statement above, after others chose to post above my statement instead of below it.

  • Joanna Greenshields February 15, 2017, 9:24 am

    I originally thought Trump would be lucky to last 18 months, then scaled it back to 12 months. Based on current events and Trump”s fight with the Intelligence Community, Trump is on borrowed time. Every week, every day as President will be a gift for him. What happens after that? I have no idea.

    • john moore February 15, 2017, 3:58 pm

      After that, the stock market loses the 2.5 trillion dollars it has gained since the election, plus a couple. Other than that the decline and fall of the country and Ca. will continue the race to the bottom since JFK’s death. Both the radical left and right will blame the other.

      • Joanna Greenshields February 15, 2017, 10:39 pm

        Depressing. Thanks.

  • lia February 15, 2017, 9:33 am

    problem is 50% of the country doesn’t respond to common sense—savvy “branding” and selling of the Trump commodity has them brainwashed to accept anything put forth by this admin. / how does logic and common sense break through that???

  • Neil February 15, 2017, 9:59 am

    Maybe the answer is to find some common ground with people who clearly think the country was going in a bad direction. Yes mistakes are and will be made but to disrespect our president wether he deserves it or not does not help. People who support Trump are not all bad people and maybe the answer is to again is to find common ground and try to get threw the next 4 or 8 years the best you can. It seems some people think a revolution or worse is the answer. I think not wether on the right or the left people in this country have a lot to be grateful for and should start acting like it.

  • david fairhurst February 15, 2017, 10:36 am

    How nice of you Royal to spread Hate (and really with no bias) instead of Love and Understanding on this Valentines Day. And yes i too feel that 50% of this nation is “brainwashed”, but towards blame and hate towards anyone that doesn’t Kow-Tow to our “progressive” Left.

    • Eric Petersen February 15, 2017, 10:49 am

      “Hate?” Where is the hate in what Royal wrote?

      • Celeste February 15, 2017, 11:36 am

        Royal isn’t spouting hate. He’s allowing all who are frustrated, because we are concerned over the direction the country has taken since the 2016 election, to blow off steam and contribute perspective. While I guess I’m in the “progressive left,” I am most concerned that current factions (R vs D, progress v conservative, whatever) don’t seem to be able to talk to, let alone understand, each other. If we aren’t able to come together at some point AT LEAST to agree that the well being of the United States is paramount, then I don’t see a way forward, despite the fact that the economy currently seems to love Trump!

    • Tim Smith February 15, 2017, 5:33 pm

      Seems to me, David, that your hate for the ‘progressive left’ is the only brand I’ve noticed here so far.
      That is actually very ‘Trumpian’, so maybe you intend it. Shifting the burden and redefining reality are two of his favorite tricks.

      • david fairhurst February 16, 2017, 5:48 pm

        As opposed to the “left” and their name calling if you don’t agree with them? Yeah, read others, see a lot of love, peace, tolerance, understanding or even an acceptance of the election results? Again you claim something about me that is not true about my “hate” for the progressive left, nope, only a warning. After all wasn’t the “progressive left” that spoke about their “useful idiots”?

  • Eric Petersen February 15, 2017, 10:47 am

    I’ve already posted my comparison with the Harding administration, which was the beginning of what led to the Great Depression, and Harding died under suspiocious circumstances, so I won’t go into that.

    But predicting what will happen can be interesting:
    1. I agree with those who predict many resignations. The original Communications Director resigned during December, then the Secretary of the Army nominee withdrew, then the Michael Flynn fiasco. More is likely to follow — and sane potential nominees will become fewer and fewer, as things get worse.
    2. Impeachment is likely, once the Republicans see what is going on will impast their electability more and more. Besides, Pence is one of them.
    3. War? Likely, but propbably not with Merxico, as The Trumpies might think that California would join in on the side of Mexico. More likely some place considerably more difficult from a military point of view like Iran, which is very mountainous (ie, very difficult) and has already been placed “on notice” (whatever that means).
    4. The economy is always vulnerable, and a recession is likely. Besides, recessions are a Republican tradition, Dubya had a big one and a little one, his father had one, Reagon had two, Hoover had a giant one, and so on. Buy gold!
    5. The Federal civil service is already seriously understaffed, but able to do what is now needed. Further cuts, though, could mean that basic things do not get done, or are made difficult.
    6. Hopefully there will be a reaction to the white supremacy pushed by The Trumpies. California should not be a problem, but other areas will be more vulnerable

    We should all remember that after the Great Depressikon, seven of nine Presidential terms were Democrats, and the two which were Republican were Eisenhower, moderate by current Republican standards. After that there were fewer and fewer voters who remembered the Great Depression, and more and more who only knew about it through history classes (if they were paying attention). Something like that might happen again.

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  • Lloyd Jones February 15, 2017, 11:47 am

    Even if trump is impeached and stripped of the presidency, it’s the executive structure that he has created with a weak and clueless vice president Pence that presents systemic future problems. Once he is out of office by whatever means, he can manipulate the dynamic as an ordinary citizen, released from the constraints of public scrutiny. Greatest advantage in power and wealth gain happens during war, so that may turn out to be the end game.
    I suggest the potential for a US collaboration with Russia to build a natural gas pipeline from the upper Stans through Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf. The major Soviet goal was exactly that in their 1979 invasion. The Rumsfeld Cheney goal was that as well. Such a result would be dangerous for Europe as Russia provides much of their natural gas. So Russia could cut Europe’s supply for political advantage while keeping a vibrant export market intact. Trump has appeared to be setting the American electorate up by denigrating Europe as unimportant while stressing friendship with Putin. As to Iraq, Trump has suggested that we go there in order to take their oil. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-u-s-may-get-another-chance-to-take-iraqi-oil.html

    • Lloyd Jones February 15, 2017, 1:37 pm

      The hits just keep coming. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/james-mattis-to-nato-members-increase-spending-or-else.html While it’s true that the US invests the lion’s share of NATO support, one payback is that the US dollar continues to be recognized as the reserve currency for trade despite the strength of the euro and the rise of the renminbi and the fact that the US is no longer a primary exporter of goods. We have enforced cooperation regarding that agreement militarily. (Note Iraq and Venezuela) What if in response to Mattis’s grandstanding statements, the European Union decided to switch to the Euro and if major trading partners of China decided that they no longer wanted to buy dollars in order to trade with China. What would become of the value of the US$ vis-a-vis other currencies?

  • Denese Sanders February 15, 2017, 2:42 pm

    I felt a tiny glimpse of hope yesterday when Flynn resigned and the FACTS are FINALLY beginning to come to light with this traitorous administration. I want to know HOW the silent GOP’s in office can look themselves in the mirrors and not be ashamed to the core that they are not only associated with such blatant incompetence and corruption, but do NOTHING to stop it. I have NOT lost all faith in either party, I can’t afford that kind of pessimism. I AM however, believing more and more that the far right GOPs including the hateful white nationalists who now have “suddenly” invaded the white house, have been planning for years ~ a coup of the worst kind, and were just waiting for the right players to come along so they can use the power they have, to fill their own pockets, and ignite their hate agendas, and rape our earth for profit and take away every right that minorities have struggled to achieve over the last 100 years. If you aren’t a white male, too bad how sad. Well… I don’t believe for a minute that this will endure. Women, men and LGBTQ of the world won’t accept it, even when politicians do.

  • joyce February 15, 2017, 3:09 pm

    Its a serious problem that few people fail to understand that The Donald is emotionally and mentally disturbed to the point that he lacks the abilities needed to be a competent commander
    and chief. Most people excuse his incompetence, saying “he’s just being Donald.” But his behavior and comments mirror that of paranoid-schizophrenic men, I have worked with in social services.
    He will continue to create serious problems for our democracy and cause chaos around the world.
    His advisors are encouraging his dangerous behavior. He needs to step down or be relieved of his duties for the welfare and safety of the free world.

    • Helga Fellay February 16, 2017, 10:26 pm

      Joyce, you mention that The Donald is emotionally and mentally disturbed. Allow me to share with you what the professor emeritus who wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (D.S.M.-IV) has to say about this issue:
      To the Editor:
      Fevered media speculation about Donald Trump’s psychological motivations and psychiatric diagnosis has recently encouraged mental health professionals to disregard the usual ethical constraints against diagnosing public figures at a distance. They have sponsored several petitions and a Feb. 14 letter to The New York Times suggesting that Mr. Trump is incapable, on psychiatric grounds, of serving as president.
      Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.
      Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).
      Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.
      His psychological motivations are too obvious to be interesting, and analyzing them will not halt his headlong power grab. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.
      ALLEN FRANCES
      Coronado, Calif.
      The writer, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical College, was chairman of the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (D.S.M.-IV).
      A version of this letter appears in print on February 15, 2017, on Page A26 of the New York edition with the headline: An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump.

  • Jeannie Morris February 15, 2017, 7:39 pm

    I just want to say how unsettling the situation in the White House has become. I had to unfollow certain posts on Facebook just to keep my sanity. Not that my not knowing as much brings me peace of mind by any means, as I am not the ostrich type. But having to sift through statements, trying to determine what was real and what was opinion or hype was upsetting my normally peaceful life to a great degree. At this point I don’t know what to think, what to hope for, and I fear for the future of this great country I have chosen to make my second home. I do believe that even at its worst, America is still the best country on earth and I will stay the course, come what may. I pray that the mess we are in will be resolved.

  • Keith McCallin February 15, 2017, 8:01 pm

    Upside to the down side: Trump, and the merry band of health care profiteers, will inspire California legislators to advance single payer legislation.

  • Neil February 15, 2017, 9:50 pm

    You can usually judge a man by his children. Chelsea Clinton and Donald Trumps daughter are very close. There children play together. I believe people should calm down a little bit. These politicians on the right and the left are much closer then people think. They must appear to always be in conflict to keep people angry. At times it really seems like reality TV. Politics is a business like anything else. In Florida where I live people are upset about the health care problem. When a person gets sick they just want to see a doctor and try to get better. Clearly the process of seeing a good doctor has become more complicated. No one can dispute that. So many people in south Florida which is a democratic area voted for trump because of health care. Sometimes people here in Florida look at California and all its problems and find it difficult to buy into the thinking. California must fix its problems. Then people from California can say look our policies and thinking. It works. My point is I see so much anger towards Donald Trump and maybe if people from California channel that energy into making California a better place maybe the next election will turn out differently.

    • Terri Larson February 16, 2017, 6:00 am

      Not sure what problems you think California has, Neil. We are now the 6th largest economy in the world. We overwhelmingly voted for Hillary and we are still envied and respected by many in the world. What we need to do now us flex some democracy muscle and start making some positive improvements in our healthcare system, crumbling infrastructure, and lead the charge for change in Washington. Starting with bipartisan investigations into this obviously corrupt Trump White House. Because we all know if this were Hillary, heads would aleady be rolling.

  • Joanna Greenshields February 15, 2017, 10:26 pm

    Neil, plenty of unpleasant individuals manage to raise children who go on to become decent, productive adults. The really wealthy parents usually have paid, live in staff, who do the day to day parenting tasks and many of these children end up going to boarding school. Genetics also play a small part in outcomes regarding character.
    I lived in Florida for three years, so I’m not sure I understand what “issues” California has that Florida also doesn’t suffer from and needs to fix? Care to elaborate? Thanks.

  • Neil February 16, 2017, 3:28 am

    Joanna, California has financial problems from what I understand. Isn’t it true california borrows money from Texas and Arizona. I also believe that California must house inmates in other states. California needs to look at the laws that protect the elderly. The elderly flock to Florida because the laws protect them. The government in California is more involved in people’s lives then in Florida. For example. When I was living in Monterey I got a speeding ticket on hwy 68. A speeding ticket in Florida Is no big deal. In California a huge deal. I had to hirer a attorney and the cost was five times higher then Florida. Our law enforcement in broward county were I live are in a different class. Is it training or lack of funding? Look at Salinas. In 2009 there were 12 murders. Last year 40 I believe. Yes we have problems in Miami a urban city. Salinas a city of 150,000. Honestly the problems in Salinas are going on all over California. I can forward you information and statistics on all this. I am not saying one place is better then the other just different. The only thing I am saying is we do not have the problems California has and we balance a budget here.

  • Neil February 16, 2017, 3:47 am

    Regarding your first statement. I have been around wealthy families my entire life. To have 4 adult children of a billionaire and not have one end up on drugs, jail, or dead is a miracle or good parenting. When the owner of the patriots wife passed away Donald trump called Mr kraft every week for a year to see if a friend was ok. Maybe Trump isn’t as bad a person as People in California think. Putting the politics aside I believe Mr trump cares about his family and maybe if people just give him a chance he may surprise you. Either way he is our president for now and the rest of the world is watching the way we are behaving. We have it better here then most places and when other nations see us acting the way we were during and since the election it makes us look as a ungrateful nation. Please just try to keep an open mind and maybe some of the people in this forum can start to address the problems in Salinas. People there need your help.

    • Joanna Greenshields February 16, 2017, 6:45 pm

      Thanks for the response.

      We will have to agree to disagree about the character of Donald Trump. He isn’t ever going to earn my trust nor my respect. It has nothing to do with his politics. I pity him, genuinely pity him now. He seems completely unaware of the impact his words and actions have. I feel, or have an instinct, that his presidency will be short, very, very short.
      In regards to crime in Salinas. When I compared Homestead, Florida, population 66,498 to Salinas, population approximately 155,662, Homestead was considered a far more dangerous place to live. This data was compiled from FBI crime statistics. The murder rate in Salinas is high based on gang on gang violence. If you are a young Hispanic male, it’s probably a much more dangerous place to live than say, Monterey. If you are not, it’s a very safe place to live, according to the many friends I have who live there. Crime in Florida, is actually a little higher overall than in California, based on population. I am not an economist so I can’t comment on how healthy the state is financially. According to some independent studies I read this evening, California probably isn’t as fiscally sound as Florida. Based on my children’s experience in the schools system in both states, I’d say they are both slightly below average, but that’s my opinion based on experience of quality education in other states and other countries.
      I have never had a speeding ticket in my life, at least not as of today, nor been pulled over by a policeman. I’ve been in a vehicle when that’s happened but I wasn’t the driver so I can’t comment on the differences.

  • David D February 16, 2017, 10:27 am

    Your question is premised with “Freak Show” Talk about bias!
    Give the man a chance. He is definitely addressing many core issues that have been ignored for far too long. Why for instance do we do so much for all the countries of the world while the futures of our own people are slipping away?
    Give the man a chance.

  • lisa February 16, 2017, 11:02 am

    Hello Neil and All Monterey Bay Partisan Readers!
    Please consider this method of direct action: listening across political lines. My sister (a Republican) and I (a Democrat) started a system of listening that only takes 12 minutes and is tremendously positive and encouraging. Please visit our website to learn more and contact us to get involved! american_listening_project.org

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