“On Wednesday we had a Presidential Alert test. Did you hear it? Your cellphone probably started beeping madly. It was just a run-through to make sure you’d get the warning if some terrible disaster was headed your way.
You mean like Donald Trump?
No, no, no. We’re talking about hurricanes. Or maybe missiles. The Presidential Alert means he’s warning you, not shooting at you.
Are you sure? Because I was watching him at a couple of events over the last week and he seemed pretty darned … excitable.
No, I swear this isn’t a problem. The president doesn’t really send the alerts. It’s the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”
DL: Yes, and here is the top comment:
Alameda, CaOct. 3
We recently returned from three weeks in Paris, where we had plenty of chances to ask the French what they thought was going on in America. The main response was not horror, but sadness, and pity for a country whose people have to answer to someone with the mind of a delinquent teenage boy.
The French have been there before to some extent: the Bourbons, Napoleon, even Petain, Hitler’s puppet during the Nazi Occupation.
What they and most other countries have never encountered is a global leader who tells lies every day of his life, and openly fantasizes about suppressing democracy and good deeds any way he can.
Trump is such an easy target that they don’t much bother to attack him. Instead, look at us with sadness, while offering condolences.
The Republicans can do vast damage between now and 2020, and given election chicanery and Fox/Sinclair/Limbaugh, they might stick around longer. The biggest danger for the American economy is that our “brand” is now in tatters. Forget about finding allies for another failed occupation. We won’t even be able to sell Crest toothpaste or Mattel toys abroad. When that happens, it will be too late.
The best hope is a new and transformative leader in 2020, one who won’t pull punches about the horrors of Trump/Republican/corporate rule and will be willing to make drastic changes. First step: do something serious about onrushing global warming, and show the rest of the world that we stand with all of them.