Letter: New presidential expectations


We watch, aghast, as the republican congress (sic) grovels in abject subservience to trump’s probably unconstitutional, potentially criminal, possibly treasonous, daily misdeed. We get to witness trump’s sycophantic minions swallowing his every lie while happily excusing his numerous boorish, rude, immature, narcissistic acts.

Based on trump’s behavior and his lowly-subject’s responses, I have compiled a list of used-to-be-expected presidential personality, character or behavior patterns obviously no longer required by conservatives, republicans, libertarians, Jim Barber and Dale Gohr.

Recall, these expectations were heretofore emblazoned in and demanded by the American-voter’s psyche for almost every presidential election until November 8, 2016: the day Amerika went nuts.

Thanks to the far-right, a president must no longer:

Not be mentally ill;

Be patriotic;

Represent all Americans;

Have respect for the Office;

Have respect for Separation of Powers;

-- know about Separation of Powers

Understand there are three Branches of Government;

Appreciate of the Rule of Law;

Worry about Abuse of Power;

Be free from conflicts of interest;

Worry about collusion with foreign governments;

Worry about hiring family;

Have any Military acumen;

Be Socially Aware;

Be diplomatic;

Be Honest;

Have credibility;

Be trusting;

Have a Broad Education;

Be non-bigoted;

Have Morals;

Have Ethics;

Display Manners;

Show Kindness;

Have Discretion;

Show Common Decency;

Exhibit Maturity;

Share Empathy;

Have a Work Ethic;

Show Patience;

Deny having committed sexual assault;

Be Humble;

Possess Charm;

Be Thoughtful;

Worry about uniting fellow Americans;

Worry about flip-flopping;

Worry about having a 1st Lady who doesn’t slap his hand away while she looks miserable.

Think about these traits: In other words, we could have president Putin or Duterte and the far-right would be happy. Maybe ecstatic.

The list would be longer, but trump has only been mis-representing their Amerika for a little over 6 months.

Phil Falbo


(Formerly of Clarkdale)


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The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 8 months ago

Several presidents struggled with mental illness, especially in the form of severe depression: Lincoln, FDR, JFK (just off the top of my head)... Many with mental illness can cope, some can't, it is not a one-size fits all kind of thing. Frankly, if I had to choose between a candidate that was mentally ill or a candidate that believes in god, I would be inclined to vote for the former. Mental illness can be treated, belief in god cannot.


Pfalbo 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's see how mentally ill, hypocritical "christian," trump handles North Korea.

You'd best start praying as you dig your bunker.


703s10 1 year, 8 months ago

And I suppose our previous administration (Obama's favorite use of words) had all these characteristics. Find a president in the last 30 years who had these characteristics.


Pfalbo 1 year, 8 months ago

No, W was bad, too. But, not as bad as trump.

911; The Great recession; WMD's; Mission Accomplished; Torture. Shall I go on?

Like that.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 8 months ago

Is there ANYONE that fits this bill in THIS country (or any country)? Maybe Mary Poppins will descend from the heavens holding her flying umbrella and lead us all in a rousing chorus of kum-bay-ya and then run for president. We'll call her the Messiah and start some luny religion based on her. You people have impossibly high standards (that most of you don't even live up to yourselves), why don't y'all come down to reality and then maybe we can talk and get some things done.


Pfalbo 1 year, 8 months ago

The Pope? The Dali Llama? There's two.

Both, as they humbly admit, are not perfect and struggle against their human nature, but, trump isn't worthy to wash their dirty undies or be mentioned in the same breath..

Until repubs abandon fake news and alternative facts, there is no common reality in which to discuss anything.

Unfortunately, in repub-land, Mary Poppins would choke to death on her tea with jam and bread.


IzzatSo 1 year, 8 months ago

You know, Uppity, there are some folks who would argue that belief in god is itself a mental illness.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 8 months ago

In ancient times there were seldom wars over religion. Everyone had their own gods and left other people alone on account of religion. They might go to war over many things, but whose god was right or wrong was not one of them. They were much more accepting and accommodating in that way. In that way we are different.

Of course religion back then wasn't just a set of beliefs you had to assent to, it was a holistic integrated cultural system. But now that you have people convinced that their is only ONE god - theirs of course - and that if you do not believe in this one god we can torture you, kill you, burn you at the stake, or just plain make your life miserable.

Now if some fool walked into the Capitoline and started yelling "Futuo Roma!" he might get away with crucifixion (if he's lucky). Nowadays if you disobey or even just offend the cult of the State, you will suffer. In that way we are similar.


Pfalbo 1 year, 8 months ago

Truman: "The only thing new under the Sun is what you don't know about History."

Your "Seldom" is accurate if, and only if, one redefines "seldom" to mean "frequently," in an Historical perspective."

You can check out the details, yourself:

Crusades Muslim Conquest Alginensian Crusades Northern Crusade Pope Urban II's Holy Wars French Wars of Religion Thirty Years War Battle of Las Rivas de Tolosa (Spain/Berber Muslim) Today's Jihad

Now, you were saying?