The Ugliest American


I’m just a plainspoken Colorado criminal defense lawyer, but the way I see it…

For the first time, Human Rights Watch warns a great threat to civil and political rights is a democracy and its leader — ours. “(M)any U.S. laws and practices,” it declares, “particularly in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, immigration, and national security, violate internationally recognized human rights.”

Its World Report 2017 cites the “misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric” of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, and “Trump’s embrace of policies that would cause tremendous harm to vulnerable communities, contravene the United States’ core human rights obligations, or both.”

Human Rights Watch decried Trump campaign proposals to deport millions of unauthorized immigrants, bring back torture, and “load up” Guantanamo Bay.

Those spoilsports.

President Donald Trump was elected by only a bare three million votes shy of a clear majority of voters, and by a landslide of Russian and Klan leaderships.

At six-three, two hundred thirty-six pounds, he is the smallest man ever elected President of the United States.

His inauguration was the strangest of my lifetime, probably yours too. The President-elect walked behind a ridiculously long tie: if his pants ever fell down his privates would still be protected from his public.

His was a graceless inaugural address, punctuated with cocaine sniffling.

“We assembled here today,” he sniffed, “are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward it’s going to be only ‘America first! America first!’”

Those assembled there today included:

  • The first African-American President warmly greeting the first President enthusiastically supported — hell, even heiled — by the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazi alt-right.
  • A dour/sour Hillary Clinton, for some reason refusing to answer shouted press questions about “How do you feel?”
  • The strikingly blonde Trump woman and boys — after eight hard years at last the Aryan nation again.
  • The eight members of the Supreme Court, one shy of a full set by malfeasance of the United States Congress.
  • The authentic Stetsoned war criminal Dick Cheney.
  • G.W. Bush, looking ebullient at the prospect he will no longer be remembered as the worst president in United States history.

“Now arrives the hour of action,” the new President tooted as though introducing a new season of “The Apprentice.”

President Trump assured us, “We will be protected by God.” Presumably God too is an America-firster. She’d better be.


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One Response to The Ugliest American

  1. James A Bordonaro 31 January 2017 at 11:43 am #

    I shouldn’t be surprised but I continue to be so anyway. The latest outrage de jour is the firing of the dep. atty. general who he then claimed had “betrayed” the DoJ.

    Some / many suggested that Mr. Trump’s behavior during the campaign was an aberration or simply a new style of politics. They excused numerous examples of bullying and demeaning of individuals and entire groups of persons. They said that once he became president he would change and take on an air of solemnity. Well, as the TV psychologist Dr. Phil used to say “how’s that working out for ya?” I cannot remember whom I saw on TV recently who said that the presidency tends to work the opposite way on a person’s personality. Rather than sublimating one’s inherent nature the job tends to magnify one’s personality. Such is true in the case of Mr. Trump and his treatment of the Oval Office as a fiefdom becomes all the more grotesque a spectacle as the nation lurches and reels.

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