Christopher Peruzzi was the creator of Vikar's Rant back in the early 2000s. It was a site for rants and jokes. He has since calmed down.
POTUS Approval Survey
Donald J. Trump is President of the United States
I promised myself I wouldn’t do this again.
I thought my ranting days were over and I could sit back and relax as I tried to rebuild my sanity. Sadly, this could not be. Too much has happened. Holding back the onslaught of transitory thoughts kept at bay from my mouth and writing by my failing amygdala proved to be too much. I had to pull the steam escape valve and write about this.
Literally, contrary to popular demand, Donald Trump has won the presidential election by a greater margin never seen in US history. The people spoke and the gerrymandering silenced them. The result? We have Trump as the most powerful man in the world.
As I write this, I realize that Donald Trump will have a planet shattering orgasm reading it. He will release harder than any man who’s succeeded in auto erotic asphyxiation. And trust me, I know the amount of “mental Brillo” you’re going to need in getting that image out of your head.
I wake up screaming with that nightmare in my head.
But I digress.
The fact is Donald Trump is President of the United States. He has the nuke codes. He has the ClA, the IRS, the FBI, the NSA, and every other multi-letter acronym the executive branch can make. I don’t need to prove his tissue paper thin skin and emotional immaturity are not suitable for his office because he proves it every day with his Twitter account.
Anyone who watched him in any of the three Presidential Debates and then read through what the fact checkers found would know he’s not emotionally stable enough to deal with other world leaders. If he couldn’t handle Hillary Clinton and the press for two hours, how can he handle his peers around the world?
As I write this, Trump has been in office for three weeks. In that time, he has signed at least twenty-two executive actions and eight of those were executive orders. Ironically, he’s now angry that he wasn’t briefed over one of his OWN orders. It was the one he’d signed regarding his national security advisor pick, Stephen Bannon.
He’s already gotten a lot of backlash over signing the repeal and replacing of the Affordable Care Act. Trump Supporters are just shocked he wasn’t going to keep it – despite the fact he said he was going to remove it on his first day. Adults over twenty-six who voted for Trump have now discovered they can no longer stay on their parents’ health insurance policy.
The poorly executed and hastily written travel ban against Muslims has been internationally criticized as a bad move. Currently, it has been suspended within the courts. Trump’s failure to understand the Schoolhouse Rock video regarding the separation of powers, will prove his downfall.
All these things can be laid at the Trump’s feet.
According to the latest Gallup poll, Trump’s approval rating is under 50% which is the lowest of any incoming President. Why are Americans dissatisfied?
Perhaps it’s time to ask some basic questions. Outside of working for his father, Trump has never had to answer to anyone outside his stockholders. Most people, when they find themselves on the wrong end of a job appraisal or who are about to be fired, ask their boss three basic questions.
- What are your expectations of me?
- What is your code of conduct?
- What am I doing wrong?
Donald Trump is the President of the United States. He’s the leader of the free world. What are our expectations of him?
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Expectation #1 – We expect a dedicated effort to do the country good.
For those of you who read my articles, you know I’m really into comic books and superheroes. Spider-man is one of my favorites. The big message we get from that title is “with great power comes great responsibility.” It’s what Peter Parker learned from his Uncle Ben. It’s what keeps him going. As Spider-man he must use his great power responsibly.
If he doesn’t, he’s no greater than the villains he fights.
Yeah, I know. It’s fiction. That shouldn’t be your take away from this.
Donald Trump is the most powerful man in the world (once again, I’m really sorry about that earlier image). He is the commander and chief. As he continues to wield executive power – power that we, the people, gave him through The Constitution – he has a responsibility to use this power wisely and for the benefit of our country.
It’s implied in chosen leadership.
The tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table say the secret of the grail, according to Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory, is that the land and the king were one. As the king thrives, the land prospers. Should the king fail, the land fails. While there was a quasi-mystical element to the story, Arthur was England. The message is a simple one. The King rules to benefit the country.
Yeah, I know. It’s still fiction. The take away is our leader must want the country to do well and love it as much as himself. He needs to take the office seriously
The thing about being king is that it’s a lot like owning a dog.
I love dogs. I’ve owned four since becoming an adult. I had one as a child. The first thing my dad told me was that a dog was a responsibility. It’s true. You have to feed, walk, and care for your dog. What my dad didn’t have to tell me was something you don’t have to tell anyone who’s not a sociopath. Simply, you need to love the dog, too. Love the dog right and it will love you back. Truth being told, dogs can be pretty stupid, but they do know one thing above everything else – they know when they’re not being loved.
A master who cares and loves his dog will have a faithful, loyal dog.
When you think about all of the things the government is doing to the middle class and the lower class, it can get maddening. Like dogs, people are relatively complacent most of the time, until they realize they’re getting screwed. Even then, they’re fatally optimistic that the screwing is only temporary and convince themselves things will get better.
Until they don’t.
What we, as Americans, expect of our leader, in exchange for a peaceful transition of power from one elected leader to the next is trust. We trust the President to lead us responsibly and the President trusts us to not revolt and put his head on a guillotine before putting it on a spike.
Our expectation is for the President to actually take some time, consideration, and care to faithfully execute the will of the people in line with the Constitution we drew up. That’s essentially what the Oath of Office is about.
That’s the gig.
We expect him to serve us for the greater good. We expect him to govern the tax collected resources we give him (through Congress) to do the right thing and keep this country running properly.
So, we’re asking for his dedicated effort to lead this country responsibly for the good of the people – all the people – not just the top one percent.
Integrity and Ethics Mean He has to do the Right Thing
Expection #2 – Integrity and Personal Ethics.
As unrealistic as it seems, we expect our President to be a man of his word. When he makes a promise on the campaign trail, we expect him, at least, to try to keep it.
To use the employee appraisal analogy, these are self-made objectives. When people work for someone, many times, they are asked to set goals for themselves. So, if I were a salesman, one of my goals would be to set a personal quota. Another would be to recruit new talent for the company. These are goals and an oral contract between employee and employer.
However, keeping your word is only part of having integrity. The other is to have personal integrity which boils down to ethics. The President’s moral code should be in alignment with the norm. We expect him to be a good person and not have any conflicts of interest.
No one is drafted into becoming President of the United States. Should a man seek the office, he should be free of prior entanglements. The Ethics committee calls these “emoluments” – which in this case means “profits from another source outside his office”.
In Trump’s case, the American people don’t know if he has any current entanglements to his corporate holdings. As the President-elect, he made a huge show of a showing the press the contract he’d be signing. Whether this was the actual contract or not, is a matter of speculation.
As Americans have yet to see Trump’s tax returns it’s virtually impossible to know whether or not he is free from any foreign interests or whether or not he profits from the current leadership of Trump, Inc. – currently being run by his children – a non-blind trust. Trump does maintain a position where he said he could fire his children, meaning he has not fully relinquished control of the company.
Regarding conflicts of interest, Trump’s executive order to move forward with the Dakota pipeline is a serious ethical concern as “candidate” Trump had invested monies in the pipeline. As President, his moving forward with this is a clear conflict of interest.
There is also the issue of his stepping in as President to scold Nordstrom’s from dropping his daughter’s product line. How does it serve the people of the United States for the President to take a personal interest in his daughter’s business affairs?
We expect the President to be honest, forthright, and clean.
When President-elect Donald Trump swindled thousands of people out of millions of dollars (collectively) due to his direct involvement in Trump University (to which he pleaded “no contest” to a reduced settlement), Americans should question his personal ethics. In promising to do one thing and then failing to deliver on practically everything he promised, including his personal time with the students who paid up to $35,000 each, he has shown a deficit in personal integrity.
In addition to this, we expect him to obey the law of the land. No man is above the law, including and especially the President of the United States. That’s why we have a separation of power between the courts and the executive branch.
We expect him to not only have respect for the law but to also be a pillar of morality. While lying is not specifically illegal, we expect the commander and chief to be honest in his dealings. We expect him to keep his marriage sacred. We expect him to avoid worst in moral turpitude and to be the best among men.
This is what we expect. It is not realistic, because as human beings, we’re flawed. So, it’s more fitting that he keep trying to be a better person.
We need to know that our leader’s moral fiber has to be better than ours. We need to know the President has his moral compass always pointing true north.
This is why we the people find it abhorrent when the president tells a blatant falsehood through whatever medium or agent is available to him. The people of this country were disgusted with President Clinton for not only having an extramarital affair with his intern, but more importantly, that he lied about it in court.
When the President violates his moral code of ethics, people should wonder where else he might lack integrity.
You Have To Be Smart and in Control
This isn’t an easy job.
The nineteenth century statesman, Stephen Douglas (of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates), had made the analogy of fixing this country to repairing a very fine and delicate pocket watch with a sledgehammer. The direction, methods, and politics of being President require tact, diplomacy, intelligence, proper statesmanship, and thoughtful execution of his duties.
That said, I want to you consider Donald Trump's Twitter account.
Never before has a chief executive so impulsively used a device to intentionally antagonize more than half the population of this country and the international community. Nor has he even considered apologizing for his actions. At no point, has Trump considered restraint in relation to his new position as President.
When this country was divided during the Civil War, it took an extraordinary man to unite it again. Trump appears to be oblivious to the current divide. He continues to tweets one inflammatory statement after the last. Plus, there’s no good reason for it. Whether he’s tweeting about the numbers from his inauguration or how the cast of Saturday Night Live is being mean to him is unprecedented.
His behavior is unbecoming of his office.
Since the POTUS got access to Twitter, It’s been a friendly access point where the President can speak directly to the people. Obama used this mechanism conservatively. With Trump, it’s an addiction. While Obama’s messages were more folksy candid events, Trump tweets about anything that angers him. It is childish. We’ve seen him lose his composure during the Presidential debates.
Trump can’t understand that words matter and that the impulsiveness he demonstrates in his personal life reflects how people see him as President.
We expect to see our President in control of himself. If he cannot show command over his impulses, how can we expect him to manage this country, leave alone represent this country abroad?
In the book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, the author talks about “mastermind” groups. They are a group of people who are subject matter experts and personal models who can be called upon for self-improvement. Some of these people don’t physically exist. They are role models the individual has studied.
In a more practical case, when we talk about the President, it’s his cabinet.
The President’s Cabinet is composed of a group of experts who advise the President on issues regarding a section of government business. Typically, he fills these positions with qualified experts. These posts are ratified by the Senate as they are funded by Congress. It’s done to ensure we have the best and brightest in the places without conflicts of interest and who demonstrate proven competence.
Trump's have not been good picks.
Trump selected Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. She has no competence in education, learning, schools, or loaning money to candidates for Pell grants. As of this writing, she has been voted in with a deciding vote by the Vice President.
The Secretary of State was a former CEO for Exxon. He is a man whose corporate interests and affiliation with a militant dictator destroyed the middle class of Chad.
The Head of the Environmental Protection Agency is a man who has no knowledge of climate science and knows nothing about global warming.
While a clever debating man might argue some of Trump's cabinet choices are people without an agenda, so far what’s visible are a group of cronies. It is easier to argue this group of cabinet members has been put in place to fail.
Were it the objective to ruin this country and violate the trust the American people, putting the wrong people in positions of power is exactly how it would be done. However, if his selections were legitimate, he could certainly have done better.
Listening is Part of the Job
A President needs more than a bunch of “Yes” men.
Part of being a good leader means you’ll have to take constructive criticism. If you don’t know when you’re wrong, you need to listen to other opinions. Being President means you need to know about all of the angles. You need to know all of the options and you need to know the truth.
Especially if you’re screwing up.
This is why public opinion polls count. People will say good things or bad things about the President. There are also people who prefer to remain undecided. Political leaders know when they’re off track because their offices get flooded with calls. When a chief executive begins his term of office with an approval rating in the low forties, he needs to get his finger back on the pulse of this country.
That’s what he does if he wants to be reelected.
The President needs real facts in order to make real decisions. But this isn’t just us; this is for any government. When the term “intelligence” is bantered about, it doesn’t mean that the President did well on his SATs. It means that his agencies that act as his eyes and ears are doing their jobs and informing him on what’s going on.
The POTUS has access to one of the best intelligence networks on earth. The CIA, the FBI, and the NSA are all answerable to the President. It is that information, combined with analysis, and staff advice that helps him make informed and wise decisions used to navigate this country to greatness.
Should the President voluntarily decide not to listen to his intelligence briefings (preferably daily) or not to understand what logistical problems might arise, there could be chaos. A good leader should be brought up to speed on all issues and have a subject matter expert to explain things. When he doesn’t, bad things happen – like 9-11… like the Iraq War… like nuclear proliferation.
Presidents don’t ignore intelligence briefings because they feel they’re “smart guys”.
How Good Were They? (Best to Worst)
|TOP TEN PRESIDENTS||BOTTOM TEN PRESIDENTS|
Rutherford B. Hayes
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George W. Bush
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Warren G. Harding
William Henry Harrison
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I’m not going to lie to you. I can’t stand Donald Trump. He is the only chief executive that has made George W. Bush look good. However, for the purposes of fairness, I thought it might be a good idea to explain what the basic expectations are for doing the most important job in the world.
To summarize: What do we expect from our President.
- Emotional Stability
Now, I realize some things can be grouped with others, but I think you see what I mean. While a good leader may or may not be strong in every one of these qualities, the President needs to be perceived as that.
A good leader knows how to motivate people and gets them to do their best work consistently. A good leader shows the people who work for him how to walk the walk and to talk the talk. He has a mission. He needs his people to be on the same page.
He is honest with his people and honest in his dealings. While I can say there are some things relegated to bluffs and good tactics, overall, he should have good ethical judgement.
A good leader knows when to listen to his experts. He picks the right people for the right jobs. Those people are his extensions to run the things he doesn’t have the bandwidth to handle.
Then there are his soft skills. He needs to be emotionally stable. He does not have the luxury of being impulsive or speaking his mind all the time. He doesn’t have our luxury of being emotionally unstable. While there are some in this country who claim it is the mark of a “straight shooter”, in more practical circles, it shows more a great amount of immaturity.
We don’t need a child holding a gun.
A good leader is dedicated to his job. He is the job. It is a juggling act. He is the man who has to keep all the plates spinning on the poles. He is the guy who needs to have the ten thousand foot view. He needs to know who to delegate authority to and know, in the end, he is responsible for those people.
The buck stops with him.
I could probably list about a hundred things Donald Trump has done to show he is not competent enough to run this country. That he has ethical conflicts from his business interest to his attempts at manipulating Nordstrom’s management decisions for his daughter. There are provable falsehoods he’s fed the public in regards to not only crime rates, but the amount of people who attended his inauguration.
His emotional instability is measured with each angry petulant tweet. There is no need for his opponents to spin facts when Trump himself shows his true face to the world every day.
Our President must be who we are as a nation.
Great Britain got it right when they kept Queen Elizabeth as their figurehead. She is Britain. She is the one who represents everything Britain is. Prime ministers come and go, but she remains constant portrait of dignity until her death.
America does not have a king. That’s a good thing. We don’t want someone to arbitrarily remove our rights and privileges nonchalantly and without consideration. Executive orders are not to be taken lightly. Congress makes the laws. The Judiciary interprets the laws. The President enforces the laws.
That’s the way it works.
© 2017 Christopher Peruzzi
Brad on December 12, 2017:
The proof that you are totally wrong is that every president and congress since the 1970s has continued the decline of the US. It hit bottom in 2008 and it skimmed along the bottom for the next 8 years.
Now we are making progress and it is due to president Trump solely, because the Congress is doing nothing. Neither party is doing anything.
Where is that proof you talked about. My proof is the country today, compared to the last forty something years.
Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 25, 2017:
Christopher, I'm grateful you are not one of the loony left like PP and Cochran whose only contribution to honest debate or disagreement or criticism is to try to demean anyone they disagree with by innuendo and name calling.
They are the ones who should be apologizing to you for dragging your comment section into the gutter.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 25, 2017:
Chris: What is most upsetting about this election is shown in your poll. Some 12 percent of your readers think Trump fulfills their expectation of a president of our country? That 60 million people who are intelligent enough at least to know how to register to vote - did this to us - is so disheartening. Thank God they were minority, but still they did this. Kind of makes it hard to maintain confidence in your fellow citizen.
Also: sorry you had to meet one of our HP trolls in the comments. You did work here that doesn't deserve to be obsconded by this hubber.
Christopher Peruzzi (author) from Freehold, NJ on February 13, 2017:
A few things before I go mute.
First I appreciate all of the fan mail and compliments on my writing style. I try to things fresh and snarky. When I write for other places, I generally have the benefit of having a friend or editor to keep me from speaking like Tarzan, Frankenstein's Monster, or Tonto. With Hubpages, I have to be my own editor and things get in under the radar.
Regarding DTMB's first comment about my rants. Yes, it was. I freely admit that. And this article, despite my best attempts to keep the slavering monster I call my id at bay, was never going to be completely fair and balanced. The topic, in general, was exactly what I stated - "What are our expectations of a President?" And while I could have probably gone deep into historical examples of other presidents who flirted with corruption and had character unbecoming that of a President, bringing up the recent instances of Trump and Bill Clinton would resonate best with the modern world.
After all, who wants to hear about Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, Chester A. Arthur, Warren G. Harding, or James Buchanan? I know of too many millennials who can't identify the President on a five dollar bill - let alone the fact that he was assassinated. However, if you want to read about them, I can recommend Daniel O'Brien's "How to Fight the Presidents". It laces good historical fact with humor.
I have come straight out and said that I am not a Trump fan. This should not be a shocker. At the same time, I can honestly tell you that I've never been a Clinton fan, either. Given her violation of improper precautions with diplomatic materials, legal precedent dictated that she should have been invalidated from keeping a public office. I took the time to look up the statute at the Columbia University Law site. Did I vote for her? She was the lesser of two evils. So yeah, because, for me, Trump's platform was not to my liking at all. In that last statement, I could have used more colorful language like saying he was a lunatic fascist loofah-faced shit-gibbon, but I didn't.
See my restraint? I'm very proud of that.
While my roots run liberal, I was a Perot supporter back in the nineties, and prior to that I voted for Reagan and Bush I. This time around, I supported Sanders.
But I digress.
The entire point of this article was to establish the bar. What do the people want? To summarize, I think they just want a fair and honest man who has some serious gray matter upstairs who has some thick skin and a modicum of self-control.
Now, with that said, I would like to invite you to read my other hubs and check out my stuff on the geek site, Echobase (Echoba.se), and if you're feeling really adventurous, you can read my short stories in the anthology Once Upon An Apocalypse (sold on Amazon) and Miskatonic Nightmares edited by H. David Blalock (also sold on Amazon).
Have a nice day. I'm going back to being mute. I don't plan on engaging in this. Please continue to banter, but have some respect for each other.
Suzie from Carson City on February 13, 2017:
Mike...I L E A V E ??? Mike, I didn't leave earth. I'm still right here among the other earthlings! I do have a life though, Mike. Surely you don't envision me sitting in front of a computer all day just waiting for the next hubber to comment or pop up with some fabulous news! C'mon Mike, please get real. I won't apologize for being a very busy woman with daily responsibilities that don't include Hubpages! Often, I'm not on here for days! Suffice it to say, I did not pack up and go home to Mother. That's a relief to me because my mother is deceased & I'm not quite ready to join her.
Mike I DID read what you sent me. I won't comment on what I was able to take away from it, here.....(come to think of it Mike, if anyone has "gone away" it looks like the author has chosen to remain mute...and I don't blame him for one minute!) I feel I can discuss this on your site or mine. OK? I WILL be back, Mike. Thanks for that link. P
Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 13, 2017:
Typical of PP - name calling, change the subject, lies, loony left talking points. Not once did he dispute any of the facts about scandals I posted (because he can't) but simply tries to attack the messengers while how many hub pages I've published has nothing to do with any of this. You can't get any more intellectually dishonest than that. Hub pages welcomes comment from anyone, you don't have to even be a member. The only people who call me a troll are those who can't stand the heat of honest scrutiny which says qay more about them than anything name they call me.
Mike Russo from Placentia California on February 13, 2017:
Paula: You ask me questions and then you leave. Is that fair? I truly think that from the bottom of my heart that I don't rant in my replies..
As far as Leslie and AP go. I believe what they write. Just because it does not agree with your agenda and others, does not make it bat $hit crazy. I believe Trump appears to be delusional when he makes statements that are not based on facts or just made up. I don't have faith nor trust the man as you and others do. And I use the term man very loosely. He is more like a child and throws twitter tantrums if things don't go his way.
I also believe one can draw a parallel between what Trump is doing and how Hitler started out. If he agrees with something, it is O.K. If he doesn't then it has no validity and he will deligitimize it. Steve Bannon has already told the MSM to shut up and listen. In other words, the only valid news is from Fox News and Trump's people. When the news is controlled, it is no longer news. It is propaganda. That is a very scary thing and Hitler like.
I'm sorry to Mr. Peruzzi and I apologize as well. However, I made a very short simple reply to Mr. Peruzzi that he should send a letter to Trump. It was then blown all out of proportion
But DTMB has been on HP for four years and has published one hub. He is a troller and delights in insulting others who do not agree with him. You should read the Wikipedia link on Steve Bannon, because it will give you insight into what the next four years are going to be like. Also research Stephen Miller. These are the two people who are advising and controlling Trump behind the scenes. Bat $hit Crazy, only if you ignore it.?
Suzie from Carson City on February 12, 2017:
Thank you both, DTMB & Mike. I really do appreciate your input. There should be no one who doubts how very adherent each of you are to your political identity. I hope my comment about futility in such heated argument can be appreciated as well.
I don't believe either one of you expects for one moment that you can recruit the other to your side. The logical question that follows is, what's the point of all the vitriol? Really. In a moment of calm, can you answer this?
Mike, are you going to tell me that you don't clearly see the lunacy and idiotic ranting, whining and literal FALSE statements made by the totally "bat $hit crazy libs" like leslie & A.P (God help those pathetic screamers) prove only to cause 99% of sane individuals to write them off as sheer lunatics and at worst, be horrified and at best, simply laugh at them? Can you truthfully deny this Mike? I have no idea how AP has escaped being forcibly institutionalized! Just read that madman's Hitler-like rants~~as he refers to Trump as delusional and Hitler-like! How Totally ironic....the very epitome of his rants & behavior, he accuses Trump of! This is just complete insanity.
It causes me to feel literally sick to see that people like that walk among us~ and they VOTE.
Frankly Mike, I don't wish to read anything at this point. I will read what you have sent me because you were nice enough to do so.
Will it give me cause to change my mind about MY intentions? DT's cabinet has no relevance at all to what my purpose was in this specific election. (and you know what that was)
DTMB...if Mike deletes your comments, while I don't believe it's wise or fair, I'd certainly say you shouldn't waste your time interacting with him. You guys go at it daily. What have either of you gained?
I know this is my last response because in case you guys haven't noticed, we have rudely hijacked Me. Peruzzi's hub. I for one, apologize for this. No more for me here.
Mike Russo from Placentia California on February 12, 2017:
Paula: I don't know if you trust Wikipedia, but it is a good place to start to do research on Steve Bannon. The link is at the bottom of this reply: As far as me diagnosing Trump, the Title of my hub is, "Does Trump suffer from NPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder?" It is a question and I tried to match his behavior with the classic symptoms of the disorder. That is not a diagnoses without physically examining the patient and I'm not qualified to do that. Therefore, it is my opinion only.
DTMB: I'm not even going to waste my time with you, but everything you said in your reply, I can apply to you as well. Just change liberal to conservative.
Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 12, 2017:
Well Paula I don't have a high regard for a hubber who deletes cogent comments on his hub page simply because they embarrassingly prove what he says to be factually wrong, made up or plain propaganda talking points. PP is a cornucopia of misinformation and how he deals with me is to lie and use innuendo like "No, but we know what you are about!" Obviously his comments put on display that he is blindly prejudiced against anything conservative. Whether it is the truth or not he doesn't even care and you and I know more often than not it is the the left wing liberal media that doesn't tell the truth. PP deals in left wing propaganda and talking points and would never even know how to begin to vet anything he reads.
To him I'm sure the Clinton Crime family is a Icon of philanthropy despite the fact that for 2014 less than 3% of all donations were spent on people they claim to be helping. listen to this starting at 3:50. https://bluntforcetruth.com/?powerpress_pinw=832-p...
Suzie from Carson City on February 12, 2017:
OK...I'll take your word on this. For the record, I was asking YOU about the things you believe Trump is. I know he's got a few faults in his personality, but I haven't literally diagnosed him (which of course, I'd be qualified to do if I so chose....LOL) It's dangerous to diagnose over the Internet, not to mention unethical! LOL
I'm sorry, Mike.. I'm not familiar with what DTMB posted regarding Breitbart. I can tell you I've grown quite sick & bored with the term "Fake News." I'm not one to put much stock in any reporting by anyone....from any source. Honestly. Words are cheap. If I don't see it, hear it, feel it, experience it for myself.....I have built-in doubt in 98% of 2nd hand info.....AND IT'S ALL 2ND HAND, don't you think?
Wise or foolish, right or wrong, I'll go with my own brain, heart & soul....with a bit of intuition thrown in.
See, Mike....I don't know who Radosh is nor The Daily Beast...and I certainly wouldn't simply believe some repeated "gossip" he claimed? Mike, really? What makes one or the other any more honest, sincere or wise? I don't know & truth be told, my friend, neither do you. Isn't that fair, Mike?
On the other hand, as I confided to you, what I know about HRC is first hand via up close and personal experience. I really don't ever WANT to experience a real live politician again as long as I live. She's enough human waste in reality to last me a lifetime.
Mike Russo from Placentia California on February 12, 2017:
Paula: I said it as tongue-in-cheek as compliment to Mr. Peruzzi. I know that he knows and you know that Trump is all the things that you said,i.e. thin skinned, narcissist, twitter freak, tantrum-stomping child, and in addition, a lying, denier. Mr. Peruzzi is a smart man and I doubt he would act on my suggestion.
DTMB, on the other hand has lost all credibility with me by posting a Breitbart News piece. It is fake news and I mean really fake, not Trump kind of fake, like with CNN. Breitbart is an Alt-right wing rag, that was run by Steve Bannon who is now Trump's Chief of Staff. Here is what he is about:
Ronald Radosh claimed in The Daily Beast that Bannon had told him, in a book party on November 12, 2013, that he was a Leninist, in that "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's establishment". Time Magazine and The Guardian have also reported or discussed it as well.
Suzie from Carson City on February 12, 2017:
Mike.....UM....No, Mr. Peruzzi should not send this to President Trump. For one thing, The F.B.I. have zeroed in on a specific, crazed, psychologically unstable individual here on our prized site already. He & Madonna & Ashley Judd's (to name only a few) every sound & movement shall be followed, video&audio-taped for (at the very least) 4 years. The only thing that will change, I'm afraid, is that the "list" will grow.
Mike.....do you believe DT is thin-skinned, a narcissist (Your hub) a twitter freak...a tantrum-stomping child? No need to answer. I KNOW you do. So, here's my question dear Mike....How far of a stretch do you honestly believe it is that our POTUS will have anyone he chooses (be it an enemy, threat or thorn in his side)....to be under the all-encompassing eye .....as in F B I.?? Mike, you're a smart man. Nuff said.
Suzie from Carson City on February 12, 2017:
DTMB....At first I thought you were bitching at me about my comment~~which of course, you're entitled to do & I'm actually able to handle your criticism) Except for the fact that how I comment, to whom and why I comment what I might, is one of those very old and factual American rights none of us wish to be without. Then I see your rant was for poor (Huge) liberal Mike. Just a thought, but don't you think all this beating-up on Mike is not only painful to read but quite clearly (where Mike is concerned) FUTILE? Just a question.
I will reiterate that I find this hub superbly written.....for one thing. I also find it more acceptable (or palatable, if you insist) than most material written by DT opponents. The author's opinions of DT are hardly statements we haven't heard hundreds of times in a very short period of time.
I admit to being "open" to the writings, speeches, comments, insults, praises & all various means of media, as well as confident in my own choices, decisions and leanings.
Just as no one....not a living soul on this earth, could have forced me, gun-to-my-head, to vote for HRC.....I do not understand why everyone cannot realize this very same thing about those who could not, would not and did not vote for DJT. Frankly, I just don't care. DTMB.....guess what? We won. It's over. Relax. If "they" go forward in an attempt to impeach him, think of the energy that will be needed. Really, DT is POTUS. It's all OK.
Unlike so very many (with iron-clad attitudes, I can see why the left HATES him & what he's doing) Of course they're angry and frantic.
OK...so I'm an annoying independent. I was born this way! ;)
Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 12, 2017:
PP just the fact you call this an "excellent piece of writing" begs for (what I'm sure is a familiar phrase to anyone who read your stuff) the willing suspension of disbelief.
That is not to say, Perussi, this isn't well written. I agree with Paula when she says she likes your writing style, so do I. But writing style is not what I am criticizing.
It appears to me that if a Trump presidency which isn't even a month old has you so upset you need to rant while 8 years of Barack Obama, a narcissistic pathological liar with now an 8 year record of failed policies to judge or the Clinton crime family or the corrupt democrat colluding media doesn't stick in your craw you are so partisan nothing you say can carry any weight with an objective reader.
You launch a rant all about Trump titled "What Do We Expect from Our President" when you haven't even given Trump time to live up to any of your "expectations" yet ignore Barack Obama's 8 years of failures to live up to your expectations and it is obvious from your writing all your are doing is parroting the media spin on Trump which is no matter what he says or does they will paint it in a negative light and market that contrived persona attributing it to anything he does in the future.
I am not a partisan, I have problems with some of Trump's rhetoric too but what we expect from a president has little to do with twitter tweets or media spin or what you or anyone else in the world thinks of him personally (especially insane terrorists), what's important and what we really expect from a president is results. You totally ignore the good things he says and promises to do and without even giving him the chance to make good on his promises put so much weight on rhetoric you disagree with.
Aside from your ranting about Trump I would say I have to agree with your list of what we should expect from our president and so I marvel at the fact you never even mention how far short Obama and Hillary fall from those marks only to make Trump alone the target of your animosity. The fact that Trump has driven you to rant while you seemingly have never had such a problem with a president and candidate for president whose resume's are nothing but a list of scandal after scandal.
And yet Trump's TEMPORARY totally constitutional ban (yeah that's right despite the ruling of the 9th circuit which has had more loony left decisions overturned than any other court in history) on PEOPLE coming from countries based on the list of countries of concern from Obama's administration, is an example of what we don't expect of a president? We don't expect him to take measures to strengthen our security and protect us from terrorist attack? And you and the courts know more than he does about that?
You (and PP) really need to stop listening to the MSM and their fake news.
Mike Russo from Placentia California on February 12, 2017:
DTMB: No, but we know what you are about!
Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 12, 2017:
Nice rant Peruzzi because that is all it is. Were I to find among your writings anything concerning Barack Obama (or was his name really Barry Soreoto?) maybe I'd have a better understanding of what you are about.
Actually the fact that only Trump and not Obama or Hillary or any of the corrupt Democrats drives you crazy enough to write a hub page rant really does tell exactly what you are about.
Mike Russo from Placentia California on February 11, 2017:
Excellent piece of writing. You should send this as a letter to Trump.
Suzie from Carson City on February 11, 2017:
Mr. Peruzzi...Pleased to meet you and very glad I came upon this fabulous hub before closing up shop tonight. Frankly, this is the most sensible & fairly-presented political piece I have read in months. (Since the bulk of the insanity began to become unavoidable)
The fact that I love your writing style, I'll admit was a big part of the pull but your choice of subject matter seemed to hit me at the right time. What you had to say and how you said it?? Well, let's just say that I'm impressed.
Very seldom will I choose to follow a writer after reading only one of their works but I've done just that. I look forward to reading more and getting to know you better.
Hope the remainder of your weekend keeps you smiling....Peace, Paula