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Bone Spurs in the Bunker

By Mahons On June 1st, 2020

Perhaps the most useless gift in 2020 would be a daily planner. A deadly pandemic, economic chaos and now widespread civil unrest here in the US. To meet these waves of crisis after crisis we havent produced a Lincoln, a Washington or even a Warren Harding. We have an egomaniac tweeting childish pronouncements from his bunker.

To be sure, the President is not responsible for the pandemic, the economic crisis or race relations in thd US. However he has managed to make each situation worse. King Midas in reverse.

He seems intent on continuing his twitter Presidency with tweets running the gamut from rude, to fake, to escalating tensions when leadership calls for calm resolve. Maybe he thinks chaos is helpful to his prospects for reelection. How else can one explain his actions and inaction?

At this juncture it is imperative to restore order with all legal means. Arsonists stop either when they are stopped or when there is nothing left to burn. Looters stop when they are forced to stop or there is nothing left to steal. Restoring order will require coordination with state authorities, and that coordination requires unity of purpose and not divisive pandering.

The time has come to stop playing President and to start acting Presidential. Americans will respond to the Office of the Presidency, it still has the influence built by the deeds of his predecessors. To not use that power now as a statesman is to squander that legacy.

44 Responses to “Bone Spurs in the Bunker”


  1. The time has come to stop playing President and to start acting Presidential.

    I’m afraid that this 73 year old man is not likely to change his ways. I don’t think that he has it in him to rise to the occasion, any occasion.

    Even when he called Mr.Floyd’s brother, he ( according to the brother ) he wouldn’t let the bereaved man speak, etc.


  2. The time has come to stop playing President and to start acting Presidential.

    I’m afraid that this 73 year old man is not likely to change his ways. I don’t think that he has it in him to rise to the occasion, any occasion.

    Even when he called Mr.Floyd’s brother, he ( according to the brother ) he wouldn’t let the bereaved man speak, etc.

  3. A thoughtful, balanced post.

    Trump’s leadership here has been at best incompetent and at worst inflammatory. It’s dangerously comical that for all his get it done brashness he prefers at times of crisis to throw Twitter petrol on the flames from a secure bunker rather than attempt to heal the rift by addressing the nation on television.

  4. There are views I have been reading that say that in many cases there has been a willingness by some police forces to allow the looting and destruction – even that police vehicles have been deliberately left exposed to be attacked – so that the public mood will change from a spotlight on police brutality to a demand only that the anarchy be stopped – and consequently this will feed into Trump’s calculations and bearing in mind he is in election mode now, not ‘father of the nation’ mode and he will willingly allow a ‘white fear’ mentality to be encouraged to boost his re-election even at the expense of dealing with the issues that are fracturing race relations.

  5. Colm – I wouldn’t discount that as possible though it seems unlikely. There may have been some idea to allow a bit on destruction to property to avoid physical altercation but I think most police forces know that too much restraint leads to worse rioting. I don’t envy them because breaking up a riot isn’t something you can do with flowers.

  6. Incidentally, the news here is showing a new video of the Floyd arrest where he appears to show no resistance whatsoever.

    I don’t know if what you say above is true Colm but something just struck me while watching the Floyd killing again, someone kneeling on your kneck while putting his hands in his pockets is a very powerful psychological message.

  7. //Arsonists stop either when they are stopped or when there is nothing left to burn. Looters stop when they are forced to stop or there is nothing left to steal//

    There are other ways, involving dialogue and listening. They won’t work each time, but in some they will and deescalation is are always worth trying. There are many different types of rioter and looter. Many are simply out for the thrills and excitment, but many also are genuinely aggrieved and feel that only violence will lead to real changes being made (and history often supports that assumption). You can often talk this tyle down.

    Have a look at this brave cop. Of course you can’t expect every cop to have such a personality, but it would be great if more did.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/01/us/officers-protesters-images-george-floyd-trnd/index.html

  8. lol god I love reading these tidbits Mahons thank you.

    Look at the Laundry list laid at the feet of the President. I would expect no less. Now from Under my Umbrella….. I see it a wee bit different….

    The President of the United States is totally powerless in the situations that you list….

    He can’t lead people who won’t follow, and everyone of these states and cities that are burning are Democrat States and Democrat Cities being burned an looted BY DEMOCRATS.

    The President has offered every resource, he even offered the military which would be illegal but he offered it anyway.

    The Governors and Mayors control their states and Cities, The Governors and Mayors gave the orders to allow these cities to burn, The Governors and Mayors gave the orders the first few days to not arrest anyone.

    The Governors yesterday finally activated the National Guard.

    The President has no power in this situation if you understood how your nations government structure worked you would understand that. The word is Federalism the division of power between the federal and state governments. characterized by the national and state governments working independently of each other.

    The violence we are witnessing is being allowed by the Elected officials of your Party Mahons. Your own city’s Mayor’s Daughter was arrested yesterday throwing bricks at the Cops with the rioters.

    but like all typical Liberals you have elected people whose policies have lead to this and who have allowed this and now want to blame anyone, but yourselves.

    tsk tsk

  9. That cop should be officially commended by the city Noel. That’s what policing is supposed to look like. Much like this guy:

    https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1266581004363476992

    And then there’s the other side of the coin:

    https://twitter.com/the7goonies/status/1266989439160590336

  10. The TDS is strong on here today.

  11. Trump Killed Obama’s Police Reforms. Now He’s Getting What He Asked For

    Last October, Minneapolis Police Union president Bob Kroll appeared at a Trump rally. Clad in his red “Cops for Trump” T-shirt, Kroll (who has been alleged to be affiliated with white supremacists) gloated that the president had unshackled his officers from the restraints imposed by Trump’s predecessor. “The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable,” he told the crowd. “The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around, got rid of the Holder-Loretta Lynch regime and decided to start takin— letting the cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of us.”

    The last few years of the Obama administration were one of the most productive periods of criminal justice reform in American history. The Obama administration changed sentencing guidelines to reduce the disparity in the treatment of drug crimes that had disproportionately harmed black defendants. As part of an effort to inculcate a “guardian, not a warrior” mindset, it restricted the transfer of surplus military equipment to police departments. Most importantly, it formed consent decrees with more than a dozen police departments to force them to change their practices.

    These reforms did not root out brutality and racism. They were mild both in form and intent, undertaken with the goal of conciliating police and their communities, believing that enhancing trust would ultimately create safer conditions for police as well as those who fear them. It was the epitome of evolutionary cultural change.

    This was the context for Trump’s nightmarish claims in 2016 that cities were being overtaken by bloodshed and carnage. Whatever wisps of data he could cite to support his wild rhetoric, Trump was drawing a picture borrowed from the imaginations of resentful police who experienced Obama’s carefully drawn nudges as intolerable oppression.

    He reversed them swiftly. Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ended the restriction on transferring military equipment to police, reviewed all consent decrees struck by his predecessor, and then restricted their use going forward. “It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies,” he insisted.

  12. The President has no power in this situation if you understood how your nations government structure worked you would understand that.

    We still await the day when Patrick finds fault with a single thing this least presidential of Presidents does. The worst race riots in half a century, and he says it’s the Democrats’ problem to sort out. Is a bit of national leadership too much to ask for? You sure as hell would have been criticising Obama’s response if he had been as pathetically supine as this joke of a President has over the last few days. He needs to show energetic leadership – visit the areas affected, meet local leaders, address the nation. Instead he’s watching Fox and Friends and tweeting anything the pundits say that’s faintly flattering to his own inflated ego. The more you carry on defending this international embarrassment the more pathetic it gets.

  13. Obama’s “Police Reforms” were the Federalization of Local Police and Obama himself provoked at least 2 riots himself while he was President. I wouldn’t start that debate if I were you.

  14. first off these are not race riots. second

    We still await the day when Patrick finds fault with a single thing this least presidential of Presidents does.

    When you find something he is responsible for I will, but like colluding with the Russians the only guilty parties are Democrats.

  15. All right Patrick, we’ll take out ‘race riots’ and replace it with ‘riots’ or ‘civil disturbances’, it makes no difference.

    When you find something he is responsible for I will

    Except you won’t, because your starting point is that he’s always right and his critics are always wrong. Which is why you will never acknowledge that he is guilty of a gross failure of leadership.

  16. So, when Trump released the Minneapolis Police Department from the consent decrees, to the great delight of the police union chief, that really worked out really well?

  17. Like colluding with the Russians the only guilty parties are Democrats.

    Two words: Natalia Veselnitskaya

    Your guy in the WH is also an embezzler as well as an incompetent coward.

  18. Speaking of the bunker pres:

    https://twitter.com/EricHaywood/status/1267451214255362048/photo/1

  19. The Obama Administration left a playbook of how to deal with a pandemic. The Trump Administration ignored it.

    Mitch McConnell denied that there was a playbook, and had to take that comment back.

    This administration ignored or reversed every last thing that Obama did, just to be contrary, to disastrous effect.

    https://khn.org/news/evidence-shows-obama-team-left-a-pandemic-game-plan-for-trump-administration/

  20. All right Patrick, we’ll take out ‘race riots’ and replace it with ‘riots’ or ‘civil disturbances’, it makes no difference.

    It makes a big difference.

    Except you won’t, because your starting point is that he’s always right and his critics are always wrong. Which is why you will never acknowledge that he is guilty of a gross failure of leadership.

    Masterson please pay attention to things I have said constantly for 4 years…. Find a crime or even a policy failure and I will hand out the pitchforks and torches. So far not one has been laid on the President.

  21. Wow.

  22. Phantom, on June 1st, 2020 at 2:46 PM Said:
    So, when Trump released the Minneapolis Police Department from the consent decrees, to the great delight of the police union chief, that really worked out really well?

    The Minneapolis Police Department is the responsibility of Minneapolis not the Federal Govt. The Federal Govt has no authority over State and Local Police. That belongs to the Governors, Mayors, and Local City Councils ELECTED by the people of those States and Cities.

    Minneapolis is Democrat….. they control those things. If there is a Problem it’s Local NOT Federal.

  23. So Trump’s reversal of the consent decree worked out really well this past week, right?

  24. If there is a Problem

  25. The Obama Administration left a playbook of how to deal with a pandemic.

    The Pandemic that hit under Obama killed 60,000 and he did nothing…… not a policy anyone should follow.

  26. All right Patrick, we’ll take out ‘race riots’ and replace it with ‘riots’ or ‘civil disturbances’, it makes no difference.

    It makes a big difference.

    It makes no difference whatever to my point. Which was that these disturbances, whatever their cause, constitute one of the gravest and most widespread breakdowns in public order in half a century, and a moment that calls for unifying national leadership. Saying it’s happening in Democrat states so it’s their problem is a pathetic attempt to turn a national crisis into a factional one. Your Trump-good, Democrats-evil shtick won’t wash any more.

  27. By hiding from protesters, Trump is also going against the macho persona he’s cultivated during his coronavirus response. Although he may have projected an image of being too masculine to wear a mask in public, he hasn’t shied away from staying behind the doors of the White House as unrest swelled outside

    https://www.vox.com/2020/6/1/21276676/white-house-dark-george-floyd-protests

    Hard man? Maybe hard to get up before 8am.

  28. Phantom, on June 1st, 2020 at 3:22 PM Said:
    So Trump’s reversal of the consent decree worked out really well this past week, right?

    Trumps not in charge in these areas Elected Democrats are.

  29. Trump doesn’t seem to be in charge of anything. Whenever something goes wrong in the States its always some other fella’s fault. I mean you can’t expect the mere President to be responsible for anything can you ?

  30. No Masterson the Democrats in charge of their states and cities don’t want the Presidents help, and have refused to even seek it.

    This is a problem of their making. Not the Presidents, and these are cities Run by Democrats with Democrat Mayors and Minority Democrat Police Chiefs.

    These people emptied their jails to save them the poor convicts from corona…. now the criminals are on the streets of their cities looting and burning. They want to follow their own policies Democrat Policies and this is the result.

    The President has nothing to do with it and these Governors and Mayors do not want any advice or leadership from the President.

    They made their beds.

  31. Colm the President of the United States has very little to do with how things are run internally.

    The Local Governments come first, then the State, then the Congress….. the President does not run these things.

    Each Area is controlled and run by the lower Government Officials on up, not top down. That is how the American System is set up.

  32. So revoking the consent decree with the Minneapolis PD was a great decision, right?

  33. Patrick

    I know you dismiss such things as irrelevent but apart from the technical division of powers, the POTUS is the leader and Head of State of your country and has , or should have great responsibility for how he behaves, guides, leads and responds to events and moments of crisis. His impact and authority to shape the mood is where he has power and while many people, you included no doubt might see his endless twitter spats as a refreshing form of direct communication, there are times when a President has to step back from the trivial froth that is the way twitter operates and should do something more sober and substantial.

  34. How a leader speaks in a most difficult situation.

    Notice no talk about political parties, etc.

  35. to do so Colm it takes two….. those Democrat Elected Leaders refuse to work with the President and under our system they have to ask for help the President can not take control or Lead he can only allow the Local Governments to run things as they see fit.

    If he stepped in it would be them calling foul.

  36. Did Governor Walz of Minnesota, or any Minnesota House or Senate member or the Minneapolis mayor complain about the consent decree with the Minneapolis PD?

    No, the president wanted to ” remove the handcuffs “ from that department.

    Oh, they removed the handcuffs all right.

  37. Those “Handcuffs” were never the domain of the Federal Government and YES the Local Governments did want them removed…… it was they who asked for the removal of the Federal Power Grab Eric Holder and Obama imposed on them.

  38. A President should lead by example and persuasion cretainly doesn’t abandon states and the great cities of the nation because they may have voted for a different party. The governors of states that are experiencing rioting include the Republican governors of Texas, Florida and Arizona. The President could in conjunction with the states come to their aid but he has created a toxic atmosphere, even with Republican governors.

  39. aaahhh he created it. How ?

    Did he try frame them ? Has he lied for 4yrs trying to remove THEM from office.

    Now the Democrats have created the Toxic Atmosphere not the President.

  40. NO the Democrats have created the Toxic Atmosphere not the President

  41. History shows us that when our country has a major problem presidents take the lead. They make a major address to the nation, they appoint commissions, they urge congress to pass needed legislation, they make recommendations to states and localities. They do not hide out in a bunker.

    In the case of Minneapolis it seems the union has frustrated needed reforms. The leader of the union is a white supremacist and Trump flunky. It raises the issue of how much influence police unions should have beyond the basics of remuneration and holidays. I suspect the police unions are a problem in many cities including my own.

    A disproportionate number of blacks are killed by the police and many people are angry that nothing is being done. Leadership would be making an address that recognizes the problem and steps to resolve it such as a commission to study the role of unions in the operations of police departments and remedies thereto. That is just one step of many possible ones. But not a word from the guy hiding out in a bunker.

  42. Patrick a couple of days ago you were blaming Pelosi for the lock down when she has no authority to lock down any State. Now you want to blame governors and mayors for an impeachment they didn’t vote for.

  43. someone kneeling on your kneck while putting his hands in his pockets is a very powerful psychological message.

    Here’s the picture:

    https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/georgefloyd.jpg

    As one can see from looking at the picture, Chauvin is wearing black gloves and his hands are not in his pockets. One can see what one wants to see, or one can look at what actually is.

    It looks as though the insane experiment of multiculturism is going to bring down the US, Racial-distancing worked, but only so far:

    https://irishsavant.blogspot.com/2020/05/america-failed-social-experiment.html

    America – a failed social experiment?
    I never expected anything meaningful to come from “Dr.” Cornell West, given that were he White he’d be tossing burgers in a MacDonalds rather than being a feted Ivy League ‘academic’ and sought-after media talking head. In a recent interview with carpet muncher Anderson Cooper he declared America to be ‘a failed social experiment’. He was right. But not in the way he meant. Because the social engineering project to make blacks equal to Whites has been a catastrophic failure as the current shenanigans underline. Sixty years of litigation, marches, riots, white flight, affirmative action, Section Eight sprawl, diversity training, whiteness studies, dumbing down of everything to make blacks look competent, midnight basketball, portrayals of blacks as geniuses in the media and probably a trillion dollars of White taxpayers’ money have left things pretty much as they were when the social experiment began.

    And what if blacks were to make good on their threat to return to Africa?

    (A@A writes: I’ve never heard of this ‘threat’ by blacks to return to Africa)

    The prison population would go down by 37%

    Average IQ would go up 7 points

    SAT scores would go up by about 100 points

    Cases of sexually transmitted diseases would be reduced by more than half

    The amount of people in poverty would go down by over 30% and as a result welfare costs would plummet

    More than that, millions of police, prison guards, judges and lawyers would be redirected to productive employment, the inefficiencies of affirmative action would be massively reduced while Whites would at last be allowed to settle in Whitopias without fear of Section 8 vibrancy driving them out.

    So yes, I think we can agree that Dr. West has been right for once. America indeed represents a failed social experiment.

  44. One can see what one wants to see, or one can look at what actually is

    Indeed, like trying to spoof that the muppet who clipped Richard Spencer with an elbow strike had a wrench up his sleeve or that Trump didn’t know that his TV show co host that he’d worked with for some two years was married when he ‘tried to fuck her’.

    I will however concede that the photo is a closer up image than the video that I watched and that Chauvin indeed seems to be wearing gloves.