Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Tuesday Etc.

On the personal front, it appears my ankle fracture has healed, and now I can gradually wean myself out of the boot.

One of the oldest people in the world with Down syndrome has celebrated her 75th birthday.

As recently as 1980, the average life expectancy of people with this disability was just 25 years of age.

Time to take a look at Donald Trump's numerous business failures.

Trump is scraping bottom with the Khan smears.

It appears he is trying to lose all fifty states, plus D.C. and territories, this November.

It is stating the obvious about Trump, but just what in the hell is wrong with him?

Why denigrate the parents of a soldier who died serving his country in Iraq? And why keep it going for four days? Why assail the record of a decorated general who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan? Why make fun of the stature of a popular former mayor of New York? Surely Trump must know that at any convention, including his own, people get up and criticize the opposition party’s nominee. They get their shots in, just as your party got its shots in. And then you move on to the next phase of the campaign. You don’t take a crack at every single person who criticized you. And you especially don’t pick fights that you can’t possibly win, such as against a grieving Gold Star mother or a general. It’s simply not in your interest to do so.

The fact that Trump could not help himself, that he clearly did, as he said, want to “hit” everyone who spoke against him at the Democratic convention, suggests that there really is something wrong with the man. It is not just that he is incapable of empathy. It is not just that he feels he must respond to every criticism he receives by attacking and denigrating the critic, no matter how small or inconsequential the criticism. If you are a Republican, the real problem, and the thing that ought to keep you up nights as we head into the final 100 days of this campaign, is that the man cannot control himself. He cannot hold back even when it is manifestly in his interest to do so. What’s more, his psychological pathologies are ultimately self-destructive. (Disclosure: I was a guest speaker at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last month; I have no role with her campaign.)

He shouldn't even be 10 percent in the polls.

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