Trump dumps Comey, trumping common sense

By Reade Brower | May 18, 2017

"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men around him.” — Niccolo Machiavelli, political philosopher and author(1469-1527)


The abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump surprised many. Comey has been a central figure in U.S. politics over the last year, surfacing into the limelight while his agency was looking into Hilary Clinton’s emails, declaring that there would be no criminal charges filed, and then reopening the investigation right before the election. Most recently, he headed an ongoing investigation on Russian meddling in our election process, looking at connections between the Russian government and Trump and his staff members.

Common sense suggests that ousting Comey should have sent shock waves; yet with this president it is run of the mill; his method of leadership defies every core principle of common sense.

Common sense suggests that if President Obama had fired Comey, a hell storm would have erupted, and rightly so. In the wreckage, we are getting a picture of Comey as a man of high morals, with an independent streak that translates to “you can’t control me; don’t even try.” His outspoken manner and the way he handled the email case irked Obama to the point of Obama's saying; “We don’t operate on innuendo and incomplete information.” However, Obama did not fire him or ask him to step aside; he let him do his job.

What irks Trump may be the elephant in the room, and one can only make a guess; most certainly it has to do with Comey’s handling of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the past election and whether there is a connection to Trump as Comey attempts to “follow the money.”

In defending the firing in an interview with NBC, Trump cited his reason as a frustration with “this Russia thing” and called Comey “a showboat.”

Really? Sounds more like a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

There is more here than meets the eye and time will help us see the light. What we do see is the continuing bluster of a president gone rogue.

I listen in amazement as partisan politics continues to play out and the Republicans continue to stand behind their man. All it will take is one or two well-respected Republicans to say “enough” and the reign of Trump will begin to unravel. Who will have the courage to stand up is the question. Is there a Margaret Chase Smith in the House or Senate today who might restore some order to our government?

The inconsistencies of our president defy logic. Trump applauded Comey and the FBI when they reopened the investigation into Clinton in the days leading up to the election, then welcomed him into the White House and made a telling quip when introducing him; “You’re more famous than I am.”

Next he asked him for a loyalty oath. Comey instead decided to rely on something a little closer to the moral high ground; whether you are with him or against him, he took a road called honesty and integrity. Common sense says you want your FBI director to value truth over blind loyalty.

Then, not liking Comey’s independence or his “fame,” Trump fired him with a letter; Comey found out the news as he was speaking at a recruiting meeting for new agents, via a television report.

If this doesn’t trouble you, you have to stand back and admit you’re simply a “homer” and that our president gets a free hall pass (like he gets an extra scoop of ice cream at the White House commissary) just because he’s the man in charge.

How do you respect someone who fires you like he’s still the quizmaster of his own reality television show? Shouldn’t he at least have the respect to do it in person, or at least by phone? Do you really think it is OK to do it on Twitter, or for someone to find out when watching a television news report?

Then, as the media begins to take him to task, he continues with his usual barrage of verbiage; this time a veiled threat about taped audio White House conversations that might come back to bite you (Comey) or put you in a bad light. Then, typical Trump, the comments are walked back, but not taken back, when he’s called on the carpet.

Finally, in what has worked for him in the past, he comes back to his old friend diversion. He begins to whine about something; fixed elections, the fake media, Rosie is ugly and fat, as he takes to attack mode in an effort to deflect the issues.

I like to switch between his Fox buddy Hannity and his MSNBC antagonist Maddow; Maddow attacks like a pit bull, questioning everything, while Hannity deflects the criticisms by echoing the “fake media” mantra and talking about the left as if they are all communists and anti-American. If you say it enough, over and over, it must be true -- this seems to be their strategy, with the hope that people will begin to adopt some of it (and many have).

Common sense, time to take a back seat, our president defies your existence. If President Trump could define you, it would probably include words like “stupid, dumb, loser, fat,or dope.”

Comments (3)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 19, 2017 15:44

"President Trump told Russian officials his firing of FBI Director James Comey relieved “great pressure” on him, calling the former FBI chief a “nut job,” The New York Times reported Friday.

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to a report based on a summary of the meeting obtained by the Times.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Trump in the White House on May 10, when the alleged conversation occurred."

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 18, 2017 09:26

When have you ever heard of peaceful protestors being attacked in Washington, DC by security forces from another country? It is past time for Trump AND HIS CRONIES to go!! How Christians stand behind this arrogant, lying, bully is way beyond my comprehension. I do know this: Their backing is driving people away from a belief in Jesus Christ.
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Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 18, 2017 06:41

""The undisciplined, erratic approach to a scandal that represents mortal peril for this presidency is not primarily the fault of bad staff work, the “lying press” or Democrats. It is primarily the fault of a president who steadfastly refuses to empower his staff, show respect for the separation of powers or exhibit patience."  -Fox News,

"It’s as if everyone but Trump is in on the joke: that he is being strung along by cannier men, a Bizarro Nixon without the intellect, whose greed and neediness and vaingloriousness have made our commander in chief a national security threat."

"His fathomless lack of interest in America's path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind." -George Will

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