A critical mass turning point has been reached when Bob Fields goes negative on any Republican — let alone Trump ("Trump's failures far outweigh his accomplishments," The Daily News, Dec. 2).

The mystery remaining is why did it take this long?

Trump has been a narcissistic, dangerous, bragging demagogue since the '70s.

David Hedgepeth

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David Hardee

Unlike the pure politician presidents that would kiss anything they had to while jabbering politically correct nonsense and doing nothing to protect us from the financial raping by other country’s Trump is fearless and beholding to no one. His direct speech and action are refreshing. If it is your opinion that the he lies, is narcissistic, crude and dangerous at least he does it in your face and not weaseling around in the shadows.
If sneaking billions of dollars off into the hands of the Iranians, leaving our troops to be massacred in Benghazi and allowing millions of spongers’ pour across the border is your cup of tea continue your bellyaching. There will be another opportunity to vote in a slick Willie, socialist or a rhetorically pleasant pure politician.
MAGA

George Caros

Some people still do not understand

Dalton Logan

Amen David Hardee, Amen[beam]

Brian Tamney

Narcissistic, dangerous, bragging demagogue, reminds me of the last president we had. At least this one is pretty american

Brian Tamney

Should read pro american.

Carlos Ponce

David, you're entitled to your opinion. Look at the good Trump has done. The lower tax rates, the lower unemployment rates across the board, renegotiation of trade deals, talking to decade old enemies of the United States, etc..
Trump brags - on the American worker, on the American military, on American peace keepers - police and border agents. He brags on American ideals, things that make America GREAT! And yes he'll brag on himself. With the media presenting mostly negative coverage 92% of the time someone has to.
If you want to see a REAL narcissist look at his predecessor claiming he's responsible for the good economy of today. SICK!

David Hardee

Carlos Ponce - Please be specific - two David's have opposing opinions. Your statement is clear but reader do get confused. Thanks David Hardee

Carlos Ponce

It was addressed to the author of the Letter to the Editor.

Paula Flinn

Well, President Obama was responsible for the upswing of the economy when Trump took over in January, 2017. It was growing slowly and certainly was not “a mess,” as Trump loudly complained. Most of the middle class did not get a significant tax break. If you are single and make over $38,000, you pay a large percentage of your income in taxes.
Now that some people are using the word, “recession,” and jobs in certain industries are being lost, and farmers are hurting, we will see if President Trump takes responsibility for the economy in 2019.
President Obama did not brag. President Trump is the narcissistic sociopath who calls those who disagree with him “evil.”

Carlos Ponce

What did Obama do that was right on the economy? He extended the GW Bush tax cuts. Good for him!

Emile Pope

Market’s down 600 points. First year since Bush that it’s less than when it started the year. Useless trade wars making farmers apply for welfare. GM closing plants and laying off workers just like Harley-Davidson. While trump sits on the can at midnight tweeting...

Carlos Ponce

Let your heart not be troubled, Emile. Other economic factors are positive. Higher GDP numbers, Lowest unemployment rates in decades. It's a wonderful life. Don't go jumping off any bridges. And the year's not over.
Why did the Stock drop yesterday? The Canadians arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, angering the Chinese. It's not an excuse, just a FACT.

Gary Scoggin

Nice pivot, Carlos. Tout one statistic until it no longer works and then grab another. Straight out of the POTUS talking points.

Carlos Ponce

Using just one economic factor to gauge the success of a presidency is foolish. And the year isn't over yet.

Rusty Schroeder

It's useless, David has been served the Kool Aid that Bob and so many others before have whined.

Emile Pope

Most intelligent people did figure him out. More of them voted for Hillary. Trump lost the popular vote.

Michael Byrd

Which means nothing

Carlos Ponce

"Most intelligent people did figure him out."
Yes, I did Emile. Those who responded to Leftist propaganda, voted for his opponent were quick to the draw but have poor aim. He still won! [beam]
Maybe one day, you too will "figure him out". So far, no, you have not.

Jarvis Buckley

David typical socialist whiner. Starting to hurt our country with this unamerican whining.

Paul Hyatt

The author of this piece is blind and can not hear. He does see, but not the truth that is before his eyes, he does hear but can not (or refuses to ) understand it.... How sad that is....

Jim Forsythe

When someone says anything about Trump that his followers do not agree with, the response is always the same.
That person is spreading Leftist propaganda, is a typical socialist, is unamerican and is served the Kool Aid.

What most do not talk about is the problems we have with other countries. When a President tells all the countries that the agreements we made in the past are no longer OK, because we do not like the terms that we agreed too, does not generate confidence that anything agreed to, now will be honored. This includes all countries because they see what we are doing.
Other countries may agree to this because we bully or threaten them.This will work in most cases because we have power over them. The long terms reality of this may prove to be very expense in terms of trade and countries working with us.

The Saudi Arabia problem is not going away.The Senate is working on our response because Trump refuses to address this.
New pictures shows that North Korea is building new military buildings, that we think are missiles .
Trying to work with China by using tariffs as a major component is very risky. China is working to find new trade partners. One example is they are encouraging Chinese's farmers to grow more soybeans and also working with Brazil for China's soybean needs.
When a President or a party decides that they will only be for themselves, they forget that 60% of the people do not belong to that party. Just as in the House races this year, 2020 will be decided by independents
American politics is split between two immutable camps: Trump loyalists and Trump haters, and neither group ever changes its mind about anything. This is setting up a time that a true independent could become President.



Carlos Ponce

That person is spreading Leftist propaganda, is a typical socialist, is unamerican and is served the Kool Aid.
So quit drinking the Kool-aid, Jim !
As for the other countries, what part of AMERICA FIRST do you have trouble understanding? Those countries made lucrative deals with previous administrations, Democrat and Republican. They like sticking it to the US. And they have been doing that for decades. The deals cost American jobs. They cost American wages. Why do Americans have to pay the salaries of foreigners? To keep them in their own country? It's not happening.

Jim Forsythe

I guess all that do not agree with you are what you say, are guilty of what you accuse. That makes up to 60% of the American people a typical socialist!
If AMERICA FIRST means to loose respect of others, not honoring our word from the past, we will reap what we sow.

If you can get past the history of America first, good for you.
But the phrase “America first” also has a darker recent history.
The America First Committee (AFC), which was founded in 1940, opposed any U.S. involvement in World War II. At its peak, it had 800,000 members across the country, included socialists, conservatives, and some of the most prominent Americans from some of the most prominent families

Trump called Buchanan “a Hitler lover but still used his slogan,America first.
Most recently it was employed by Pat Buchanan, who used it as the slogan for his presidential run in 2000 on a Reform Party ticket. Buchanan, who has labeled World War II an “unnecessary war,” had also campaigned against free trade. Indeed, Trump, who sought the Reform Party nomination at the time, called Buchanan “a Hitler lover.”

Carlos Ponce

"America First" was used by President Woodrow Wilson, then by President Harding.

Jim Forsythe

The USMCA has many flaws that could come back to bite us. These are some of the things that need to be looked at by Congress before voting on it.
We want to be like the EU?
The USMCA contains language that will undoubtedly be exploited to merge the three countries into a regional economic union, much like the EU — language that non-globalist Republicans fought against in the past
USMCA reads, “The Commission shall”:
(a) consider matters relating to the implementation or operation of this Agreement;
(b) consider proposals to amend or modify this Agreement;
(c) supervise the work of committees, working groups, and other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement;
(d) consider ways to further enhance trade and investment between the Parties;
(e) adopt and update the Rules of Procedure and Code of conduct; and
(f) review the roster established under Article 31.8 (Roster and Qualifications of Panelists) every three years and, when appropriate, constitute a new roster.
In other words, the USMCA’s Free Trade Commission can make changes to the agreement itself, implement changes to the agreement, change the rules by which it operates, approve who serves on its lower subordinate committees, and oversee the work of those committees like an international bureaucracy or government — all without the consent or approval of Congress.

Carlos Ponce

The USMCA is flawed but far better than NAFTA.Most of what you post but not all is unsubstantiated conjecture.

Anne Reiswerg

Do you think he will put his presidential library inside of a Trump Tower? You have to wonder how history will judge him...especially after 41's funeral this week.

Jim Forsythe

Presidential library may not be needed according to what former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said
"It was challenging for me, coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented Exxon Mobil Corporation, to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot things."
Maybe a tweet library would be what's needed.

Jim Forsythe

"The USMCA is flawed but far better than NAFTA. Most of what you post but not all is unsubstantiated conjecture."
It came from the 1,809 pages — 1,572 pages for the treaty chapters, 214 pages for additional annexes, and 23 pages of side letters from the USMCA

Gary Scoggin

The Trump Presidential Library will contain the dozen or so issues of Time with him on the cover, a few men’s magazines and a TV turned to FoxNews. Perhaps it will have recordings of him on Howard Stern. But not much else.

Carlos Ponce

A Trump Presidential Library will contain what other Presidential libraries contain: papers, records, collections and other historical materials.
A myth is that Trump doesn't like to read. US News and World Report names Trump's favorite books:
1. 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu
2. 'The Power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale
3. Essays and Lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. 'The Prince' by Niccolò Machiavelli
5. 'Ideas and Opinions' by Albert Einstein
6. 'The Party' by Richard McGregor
7. 'On China' by Henry Kissinger
8. 'Mao: The Unknown Story' by Jung Chang
9. 'Tide Players' by Jianying Zha
10. 'One Billion Customers' by James McGregor
During the 2016 campaign he read:
Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary by Ed Klein
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Jim Forsythe

Maybe Stormy can give her copy of Forbes with Trump on the cover.

Carlos Ponce

"It came from the 1,809 pages — 1,572 pages for the treaty chapters, 214 pages for additional annexes, and 23 pages of side letters from the USMCA"
Part of it is, the rest......[rolleyes]

Gary Scoggin

Did he read it completely before he signed it?

Carlos Ponce

Much of the USMCA is similar to NAFTA. A flawed but better deal for the US. Trump read the changes from NAFTA that assures that the United States is no longer the floor mat.

Gary Scoggin

And you know this how?

Carlos Ponce

Like I posted before, I have friends who know. [beam]

Jim Forsythe

Another book that would be good , Whose Boat is This Boat?

Gary Scoggin

“How to win friends and influence people”

Cary Semar

Looks to me Bob Fields figured Trump out some time ago. In May of 2017 he wrote: "Trump presidency is not going to end well."
https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_3f38f5df-dfc8-5fd3-a757-1b2dcb235be3.html.

Carlos Ponce

Bob Fields was wrong then. He's wrong now.

Jim Forsythe

My guess Bob is still a Republican, but he refuses to be part of the Trump parade.
Each time a Republican decides to not be part of this, is one less vote for Trump. If Trump decides to runs and wins his party nomination the ones that have said they can not support Trump, will be voting against Trump.

Jim Forsythe

He is wrong because he disagrees with you.
He is right because he agrees with the 60%.

Carlos Ponce

Poor Jim, he still believes in idiot polls. Sad![sad]

Jim Forsythe

Not all the Registered Republicans are for Trump. The rest of the support is coming from? You would be hard pressed to get above the 40% amount.

Registered Republicans are there in the US?
Sept.4, 2008 there are 28% registered Republicans (not all Republicans favor Trump) and 29% were Republicans in 2000. The decrease will continue for both parties and Independents will increase. Why would anyone not be in favor of Trump, because they do not believe in what he does.
Trump a “populist-authoritarian,” nativist nationalism dwells on threats posed by outsiders, and revolves around “the idea that the country should come first, and that there are certain groups that are part of the people and they’re the ones who should get the benefits and rewards of that society.”
But what does often happen is that populists, when they come to power and “actually have to deal with things on a daily basis, they often become more moderate as they gradually learn that bomb-throwing doesn’t work when they’re trying to get things done,” . “And then they often lose their popularity over time as a result because they no longer have that appeal” of political outsiders.
As with most Presidents, the number of people that support them, shrink. It all depends on how much shrinkage Trump has.

Gary Scoggin

That’s because Trump, and many who support him, are RINOs. Gone are the days when Republicans stood for something. I used to be one back when they believed n things like free trade, benevolence and the proper role of government. If Ronald Reagan came back today, he couldn’t beat Trump for the nomination. Sad!

Carlos Ponce

Jim, how many Republicans are registered in Texas? None. There is no party registration in Texas. Only 31 states have party registration. 19 states including Texas have NO political party registration. So your analysis is off.

Jim Forsythe


How does party affiliation work in Texas ?
In Texas, there are two main ways for a voter to affiliate with a party: by being accepted to vote in a party’s primary election or by taking an oath of affiliation with a party.
A voter’s affiliation with a party automatically expires at the end of each calendar year, which is December 31.
A voter who has affiliated themselves with a party is unable to participate in the party affairs of a party other than the party that they have affiliated themselves with.

31% of Americans identified as Democrats (tying a 23-year low), 27% as Republicans, and 40% as independents (largest in 60 years). You can cut it any way you want, but the Independents are the one's that determine a Presidential election. if a party does not have enough support from Independents, they will not win. If Trump is the candidate in 2020, it will become clear how much support he has.

Carlos Ponce

I know you got your reply from
https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/advisory2018-15.shtml
but in reality there is NO party affiliation in Texas. Remember the last primary in Texas? It was run by the county. You voted, let's say Democrat. The next person in line could vote Republican. Neither party receives a list of who voted for which party. The county maintains a record so you cannot vote in one party's primary then another party's runoff. By your line of reasoning there are NO Independents in Texas. You told the Election clerk which party's ballot you wanted on your screen. Democrat or Republican. Try this next time. Ask for an INDEPENDENT Ballot. They can't help you.
One can guess party affiliation numbers by the number of ballots cast in each Party's primary. But there are a lot of crossovers. Democrats will ask for a Republican ballot so they can choose the more Liberal candidate on that ballot or to have a say in local politics.
Take the 2018 Primary. In Galveston County there were 10,741 people who used a Democrat Ballot. 25,278 used the Republican ballot. No Independent votes. It was not possible.
In the General Election, 72,104 votes for cast for the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate. 39,314 for the Democrat Gubernatorial candidate. 2017 for the Libertarian. But were these numbers the same across the board for every office? No. Guessing party affiliation from these numbers is a foolish measure since Abbott received more votes than other Republican candidates.
Considering the huge increase from primary to general, where did the extra votes come from? Were they independents who did not vote in the primary? Were they people who crossed over from the party of choice in the primary? Were they people newly registered and did not vote in the primaries? Were they people who chose not to vote in the primary but elected to vote in the general election?
You really cannot tell but the last entry is perhaps the most popular.
Bottom line: THERE IS NO PARTY AFFILIATION IN TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!
If you walked into Galveston County Republican or Democrat headquarters could you register for that party? They'll put you on their mailing list and ask you for donations but the idea of party affiliation is not binding because of secret ballots. Could you, as you put it take an "oath of affiliation" with BOTH parties? Yes. No one except you and God would know - unless you tell someone.
Will this ever happen? (phone call to Democrat headquarters) "We have an oath on file for Jim Forsythe as a Republican so take him off your Democrat list". No, they have no idea who's on the other party's list.

Jim Forsythe

31% of Americans identified as Democrats (tying a 23-year low), 27% as Republicans, and 40% as independents (largest in 60 years). You can cut it any way you want, but the Independents are the one's that determine a Presidential election. if a party does not have enough support from Independents, they will not win. If Trump is the candidate in 2020, it will become clear how much support he has.

Carlos Ponce

"31% of Americans identified as Democrats (tying a 23-year low), 27% as Republicans, and 40% as independents ..."
According to whom, or did they take another worthless poll.
Hint to the clueless: Republicans and Conservatives usually answer that question with "None of your business!"

Carlos Ponce

I found out your information comes from a 2011 Gallup poll - REALLY????
Gallup - five years later this article appeared on The Hill:
"Top Gallup editor: Faulty polling led to inaccurate 2016 data model"
https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/405942-gallup-top-editor-faulty-polling-in-2016-led-to-inaccurate-data

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