Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cartman for President

It should be clear by now that Donald Trump has no more understanding of how government works, or why it works that way, than the guy who was sure his black neighbor wouldn't think a Confederate flag was racist.

I.e., he's clueless:

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

Well, less is not more, less is less, right?  And he's the President, why can't he just order up more nukes?  And more soldiers, while he's at it!  It's the same attitude as his crowds chanting "Lock her up!" and expecting Trump to waive a magic legislative wand (or something wandlike, hem hem) and make it happen.

What makes me bring this up, aside from the obvious?

Because what's the point of being President if you can't get respect for your authority?

But don't take my word for it:

We license only individual broadcast stations.  We do not license TV or radio networks (such as CBS, NBC, ABC or Fox) or other organizations with which stations have relationships (such as PBS or NPR), except to the extent that those entities may also be station licensees.  We also do not regulate information provided over the Internet, nor do we intervene in private disputes involving broadcast stations or their licensees.  Instead, we usually defer to the parties, courts, or other agencies to resolve such disputes.

"We" is the FCC, the government agency that licenses stations, not networks (which only broadcast on stations).  As I said:  the man is completely clueless.  Then again, he gets his information from cable TV, not his intelligence agencies, so what do you expect?

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