One might live their whole life and not read a piece by the Editorial Board of a major metropolitan newspaper encouraging protesters to flood the streets, but that is exactly what the board of the LA Times did today under the lede “Our Dishonest President”.
“The role of the rational opposition is to stand up for the rule of law, the electoral process, the peaceful transfer of power and the role of institutions; we should not underestimate the resiliency of a system in which laws are greater than individuals and voters are as powerful as presidents. This nation survived Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon. It survived slavery. It survived devastating wars. Most likely, it will survive again.
But if it is to do so, those who oppose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must make their voices heard. Protesters must raise their banners. Voters must turn out for elections. Members of Congress — including and especially Republicans — must find the political courage to stand up to Trump.”
The board indicts Hair Hitler for his lack of respect for American norms, for its people and the press. They number his lies and examine the damage they will do to the nation. They scoff at his naive consumption of the worst productions of the far right fever swamp and the maniacs who dwell therein.
And they paint a stunning word portrait of the man who would be king.
“What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.”
I would like to thank the Editors of the LA Times for their fearless and frank assessment of the mountebank and feckless bigot who has somehow ascended to our highest office.
More newspapers should follow their lead.