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    Quote Originally Posted by 57Brave View Post

    - Phillip Roth
    Here's the full article for proper context.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/philip-roth-e-mails-on-trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpx7 View Post
    I happen to believe Donald Trump is especially terrible, particularly fallen, et cetera; I think he's bad, I think his plans are mostly bad, and I think most of his reasons for doing things are bad. I believe, moreover, that I have good reasons to hold to this line of thinking—both with respect to President Trump's well-archived past, his words and actions over the course of his public-office campaign, and the policy decisions he has floated in his first few days in said office.
    I can certainly see, and oftentimes commiserate with, distaste for Trump's (and the greater Republican Party's) platform/policy positions. I can absolutely see where some might draw pause with the manner in which he often conducts his business in public. What I don't see is this unredeemable nefariousness, this unequivocal evil. Even if I look hard - at Pussygate, the purported cases of sexual assault, the unrelenting self-aggrandizement - there have been explanations provided (or psychologies explained) that, at the very least, satisfy my personal urge to pass judgement with finality. It's important to remember that a certain image must be maintained during the campaign cycle, and I do believe it's possible that we eventually see fulfillment of a long-rumored 'softening' ... hell, today he even uttered that he was an environmentalist. That's got to be measured as some sort of positive. All said, I'm a political mercenary and reserve the right to jump ship the moment I sense foul-play or overtly egregious deviation from stated goals and/or promises. I don't see why others aren't willing to extend the same contingent variety of olive branch. After all, I provided the same token of respect to former President Obama despite my own questions.

    As a final entry: I don't think Donald Trump has ever once peddled a truly worthwhile product on the sordid market—whether you're judging steaks or education or television or real-estate—so you'll excuse me if I clutch my trepidations like so many pearls, and bear little faith regarding the policy promises he's peddling now.
    That may very well be true. Although, his real-estate portfolio seems mighty impressive from a layman's perspective.

    Where I find Trump to have delivered consistently (witholding my belief that he's made his name synonymous with [excessive, gaudy] wealth) is in his resiliency - his refusal to take it lying down. Whether it be the bankruptcies, the failings at airlines or football teams, the merciful slaughtering of his Presidential dreams in 2012, or the drumming he took in the initial stages of this past cycle, Trump never once seemed to show blood or sigh in a miserable desperation. If the general positives which can be extracted from that attitude rub off on the public at large in any way, I can't help but view it as a collective triumph. Our populace seems to lack real ... drive.

    Of course, others would likely characterize my perception of resilience as petulance.
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