Social media mic drops

If you ever get caught in a discussion on social media that you’d like to end by referring someone to a specific article, here you go.

A lot of it is one-way traffic, politically, but scroll to the bottom for responses to your pedantic progressive pals. Yes, it’s mostly about Trump.

Some people are keeping extensive lists of Trump’s shortcomings and malevolent acts. I’ve tried to keep it short.

Need it to be shorter? OK. Donald Trump is a cruel, willfully ignorant man who places his own whims ahead of expert advice, has no interest in responding to crises, is corrupt to his core and has committed several acts for which he was impeached and should have been removed, makes empty short-sighted gestures instead of attempting to have any sort of reasonable long-term economic approach, takes credit for the momentum of the economy that was rolling quite nicely when he took office, pretends to be on the side of the working man, builds on long-standing Republican unwillingness to face up to climate change, fails to deal with health care and undermines experts in that fields as well, embraces conspiracy theorists, has abysmal character traits, appeals to racists with anti-immigrant fervor (including cruel separation of families far beyond past administrations) and an unwillingness to stand up to white supremacists, is horrible to our military, lies with the full knowledge that his enablers will never accept any rebuttal, and responds to criticism not with reasonable rebuttal but with measures any good authoritarian would recognize.

And people are dying and suffering because of it.

Suggestions welcome.


General

  • Owning the “libs,” as insufferable as they can be at times, is a poor way to go through life and elections
  • Tons of links on the impeachment (it should’ve led to conviction), corruption, hatred, dictator-ish behavior, the compliant GOP, bullshit (separate page), immigration, guns, health care, climate change, foreign policy, mock religion, debt, veterans/military and basic competence

Incompetence, ignorance and consequences

COVID-19 bungling

Get the whole story. And another.

Foreign policy

Crisis management

General

  • The Economist: Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president
  • Kevin D. Williamson at conservative National Review: “Trump is the political version of a pickup artist, and Republicans — and America — went to bed with him convinced that he was something other than what he is.”

Corruption

Impeachment / Ukraine

Mueller report / Russia

Appointees

Other Trump legal proceedings


Authoritarianism and propaganda

General

Misinformation

Vote suppression and the Post Office


Character

Sexual misconduct

Self-interest


Rising hatred

Violence and racism

Treatment of veterans and the military

Immigrants


Economics

General

Deficit

  • It was already huge thanks to a tax cut that (A) wasn’t needed and (B) didn’t help many people, and now that we have to spend a lot due to the pandemic

Growth was nothing more than Obama momentum and even lagged

  • Even before the pandemic, growth had actually slowed slightly despite the heavy deficit spending (tax cut)
  • See more numbers on growth, the deficit, the trade deficit, etc.

Inequality (especially taxes)


Climate change

Yes, it’s real

The problems are immediate

Solutions exist


Other important issues

Health care

Guns


Why conservatives should vote against Trump

Comprehensive takes from current or former Republicans

True conservative policy

  • Mark Salter: “We believe we are acting in accord with John McCain’s charge to put ‘country first’ when we urge Americans to elect former vice president Biden and Sen. Harris the next president and vice president of the United States.”
  • Stuart Stevens: Trump is “the most anti-conservative president of my lifetime”
  • Peter Wehner: For Conservatives to Have Any Hope, Trump Has to Lose
    • “(H)e has also given up on core conservative beliefs in limited government and responsible entitlement reform. He’s shredded federalism and embraced protectionism, both of which cut against conservative principles. It was also on Mr. Trump’s watch that, even before the pandemic hit, the United States set record annual deficits and exceeded $22 trillion in debt. “
    • “The president’s conservative defenders point out that he has reduced unnecessary regulations on businesses, but they overlook the fact that he has proudly embraced crony capitalism and aggressively used the federal government to tilt the playing field and pick economic winners and losers.”
    • Also: Mismanaged COVID-19, embraced “white identity politics,” used executive orders in ways for which he criticized Obama, undermined NATO, befriended authoritarians, betrayed Kurds, embraced conspiracy theories

Divisiveness

  • David Frum: The Platform the GOP is Too Scared to Publish
    • Economic policy: Take care of rich people only
    • Science: Coronavirus and climate change are overhyped
    • Foreign policy: We don’t need all these allies
  • Also Stevens: “What is happening now is the inevitable result of a party that embraced fear, weaponized xenophobia and regarded facts as dangerous, left-wing landmines that must be avoided.”
  • James Mattis, Trumps’ former secretary of defense: “Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part.”

Lack of respect for truth and the rule of law

Organizations


Why progressives should vote for Biden

Biden’s policies

  • Consider everything above — especially hatred, immigration, climate change and guns — and whether you can live with Trump
  • More progressive than you think
  • “Centrist” presidents like LBJ often usher in a lot of change (yes, LBJ failed to deal with Vietnam but also made essential progress on Medicare, Medicaid, civil rights, voting rights and fair housing)