President Trump has always been quick to respond to press reports that are critical of him. However, he is also quick to respond to exposes of private conduct that is horrible
There is no better example than the 60 Minute Report on Sunday evening May 5. As Lesly Stahl (who got her start as the young Watergate reporter) went through how the big drug companies are ripping us off, I got madder and madder. I even cussed at the television, which is something I never do.
By the following Friday afternoon, May 11, Trump had called a White House Press Conference to denounce the big drug companies. I hope that he will follow through. Big Pharma, as it is called, spends more on lobbying than almost any other industry.
In the 1980’s a brash young US Attorney named Rudy Giuliani launched his political career by prosecuting some Wall Street officials. He used the “perp walk” where he had the Wall Street officials arrested and marched out of their offices in handcuffs. The press was notified, and the “culprits” were photographed.
I remember this because I represented the Chicago Board of Trade, and something like this happened to some of our members a few years later. Our exchange was alarmed. My president, Tom Donovan, told me and another lobbyist that our jobs were on the line. We had to do something about this injustice!
Giuliani is much like Trump. His ego is huge. Since Giuliani was hired a few days ago, he has already made some public blunders. He is only the latest of attorneys hired to clean up Trump’s problems with Stormy Daniels as well his other affairs.
I predict Giuliani will be fortunate to last one month with Trump.
I worked in both the winning and losing presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter. In a recent trip to our local Sam’s store I saw and purchased his latest book, “Faith: a Journey For All”. This is one of many books he has written since 1975, when his first book was published, “Why Not the Best?”
Until I read this book, I did not know how much theology that Carter had studied, including Reinhold Niebuhr who was responsible for such famous quotes as
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”
“Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
“Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.”
“Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.”
“Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.”
I cannot help but observe that Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter are the most different Presidents in American History
Michael R. McLeod
The greatest American hero I have ever known has been in very poor health lately. He is suffering from cancer that may prove fatal. I got to know him when he ran for President in 2008. I served on his Agriculture Advisory Committee and gave the maximum personal campaign contribution that the election law allowed.
Unfortunately, the campaign made several mistakes, including picking that flakey little woman Sarah Palin as his running mate. Another was to tick off the farm vote.
I worked hard in this losing effort, but not as hard as my old friend Will Ball, a fellow Talmadge alumnus. He gave up a thriving lobbying practice to work in the campaign full time.
I thought that McCain was a bit too irascible at the time. I would say that he was an SOB, but he was my SOB. However, he was very congenial compared to our current president. He always worked hard across party lines to achieve a compromise.
One thing that I have a problem with is Trump’s statement that McCain was not a hero because he was captured. Trump never even served in the military because he got four deferments.
If McCain loses his last battle, this battle with cancer, I hope he lays in state in the Capitol Rotunda, just as did two other heroes, General Douglas McAuthor and Hubert Humphrey.
Michael R. McLeod
There has been a lot of publicity about the book written by James Comey after he was fired by President Trump.
As one who served his coIuntry in both the military and the US Senate as a young man, I applaud Comey's patiotism. It is unfortuate that Trump subjected him to such abuse. The book is worth reading for all of those who who value servvice to our country.