Lance Simmens: The good news for the President is that he is on the verge of being able to point to a huge victory by virtue of an immense tax reduction package that virtually was patched together like a Rube Goldberg contraption right up until the 51st vote was counted.
Lance Simmens: Today there are nearly 66 million people who have left their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. That number has doubled in the past decade alone and is expected to continue to increase exponentially in the years to come.
Lance Simmens: Currently we are in danger of so altering that collective existence as to make it impossible for us as a species to continue to exist.
Lance Simmens: Chuck Grassley is an ignoramus, and Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are political drug dealers willing to numb their Republican colleagues with lies and deception.
Lance Simmens: Where racism exists, violence inevitably follows, with Charlottesville being only the latest sorry chapter in a continuing narrative that highlights its ugly persistence.
Lance Simmens: Making America Great Again means entertaining support from white supremacists, neo-Nazi’s, the Ku Klux Klan, the survivalist movement, vigilante militias, and it is all neatly packaged in a spiffy new advertising meme labelled the alt-right.
The key is that the President is not in this alone; he has capable, knowledgeable and experienced counsel to aid his decisions and he must avail himself of such expertise.
Lance Simmens: In the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, frenetic, and combustible nature of his campaign he was essentially telegraphing his governing philosophy, even if he didn’t know he had one.
Lance Simmens: If the Republican Party collectively does not take action to excise this curse from the body politic we may find ourselves in a situation where the consequences are irreparable.
Lance Simmens: Forget the swamp, forget forget the wall, and being sick of winning, we are enmeshed in a hopelessly divided nation run by corrupt officials who care more about power than party
The nonstop soap opera that is a Republican monopoly over the legislative and executive branches unable to get out of its own way only adds fuel to the fire, while at the same time exacerbating further anger and frustration.
Lance Simmens: Mr. Trump, leave the hard stuff to the professionals and stay on the golf course. In other words, STFU!
As the fortunes of the President—political if not financial—continue to spiral out of control, VP Pence has played little more of a role than Curly to the President’s Moe.