Uncommon Sense

December 8, 2018

The President Has an Opinion (Breaking News?)

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:20 pm
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The President has opinions. He shares them mostly through social media channels, primarily Twitter. Because he is President, people pay attention and discuss his opinions … but, should we?

There was once a series of commercials for a financial advice firm (E.F. Hutton). The basic trope involved two business types discussing their investments and one of the two would say “Well, my advisor is E.F. Hutton and he says …” which was a cue for everyone nearby to be quiet and lean in to hear this advice because “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen.” The message was that that firm’s particular opinion was valuable.

So, what makes an opinion valuable? The good ones seem to help us understand the topic, in its context, and see it for what it is. They explain, clarify, and help us make decisions about their content.

So, are President Trump’s opinions considered, well-reasoned, based upon basic truths, helpful, clarifying … ?


Mr. Trump seems to understand very little. The helpful questions he has advanced came from others and he shows no ability to actually do anything regarding those topics. He seems to have no depth of understanding of even simple issues, let alone complex ones and seems to be addicted to lying frequently. He seems to be unaware and uninterested in how our government is structured and how it works.

So, why would this person’s opinions be of any note at all?

Just asking.


  1. Of course, always interesting to find out what the next lie will be or who will be fired or appointed.

    We still haven’t seen Gary Busey appointed to anything yet so we still have something to look forward to.


    Comment by James Cross — December 8, 2018 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • It feels dirty to watch … kind of like watching a car accident cleanup or a train wreck.

      On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 12:42 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 8, 2018 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. Maybe we watch for the same reason people watch the Kardashians?

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    Comment by jim- — December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

    • And this is like the Kardashians, but with nuclear weapons.

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      Comment by List of X — December 8, 2018 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

    • I think you are on to something … famous people who are famous for being famous.

      On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 9:31 am | Reply

      • I wonder how often Donald reads his own tweets? He’s famous for being famous, arrogant, famous for being wealthy, famous for his hair, tv show, power, on and on. He’s a pretty big deal. I’m not famous at all, and here I am, mostly despising the famous, talking about the famous. Irony? A trap? No, not me. People love their kings, whether they hate them or not.


        Comment by jim- — December 9, 2018 @ 10:12 am | Reply

        • You had me at “the Donald reads”! I suggest he doesn’t drive because he would need someone to read the traffic signs to him.

          As Tillerson complained “He didn’t read his briefs!” It is called “dereliction of duty” of a Commander in Chief.

          On Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 10:12 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 10:15 am | Reply

          • From the few tweets I’ve read, it makes me wonder if he’s illiterate. Really!

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            Comment by jim- — December 9, 2018 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  3. Before being elected, I have read that as a business owner, he mostly relied on his “underlings” to “take care of business.” He simply sat on his throne (I’ll let you make of that as you will) and raked in the money … or told his lawyers to file bankruptcy if the business venture turned sour. In other words … he hasn’t a clue.

    So your comment, He seems to be unaware and uninterested in how our government is structured and how it works. fits perfectly with his modus operandi.

    And yet …. and yet … there are those who are totally convinced he’s the smartest businessman around and is going to MAGA!!

    The ignorance … oh how it burns.

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    Comment by Nan — December 8, 2018 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

    • Well, did you read his tweet stating the proceedings from yesterday have proved his innocence? What a bigly smart man. Really. Bigly smart.

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      Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — December 8, 2018 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

      • Well of course! In his mind, it’s all a big SCAM that Hillary cooked up … with assistance from Obama, of course. “No Collusion! No Collusion! I don’t even know any Russians!”

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        Comment by Nan — December 8, 2018 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

      • Did any of our vaunted news people ask if he had actually read those documents? Do they ever?

        On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 3:55 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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        Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 9:33 am | Reply

        • I’m sure it’s lost on him that “Individual 1” is referring to him. But, like you’ve suggested, it’s highly unlikely he read the papers.


          Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — December 9, 2018 @ 11:10 am | Reply

    • I have no problem with that approach to business, but one doesn’t claim to be a good business man because of it it, one praises one’s team. Well, if you are not a narcissist, any way.

      On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 1:10 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  4. No.


    Comment by john zande — December 8, 2018 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  5. His opinions are worth listening to because of the power he has as president. They give some insight in what action he will take. And actions taken by presidents, whoever they are, are significant and have lasting effect. We need to listen and use that information to plan what we do.


    Comment by OG — December 8, 2018 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

    • But he takes no actions. All actions are initiated by his minions who are self motivated (Mitch McConnell, et. al.). Trump doesn’t initiate or follow through on anything substantive, he merely distracts.

      On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 7:52 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 9:36 am | Reply

      • China tariffs? Tax cuts? Trade agreements?


        Comment by OG — December 9, 2018 @ 9:41 am | Reply

        • You think a republican president originated the idea of a tax cut? Do you think he outlined the legislation or drafted it?

          Trade agreements? Don’t you remember the “trade agreements” being negotiated under Obama? And China was accused of “currency manipulation” long ago, an idea Trump picked up and ran with. We have no idea who suggested to him tariffs would be a good idea but he clearly did not understand how they worked. He thought China paid them. he thought China would buckle under his bluster. None of these were good ideas and I suggest that assuming they originated with Trump may be quite erroneous.

          On Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 9:41 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — December 9, 2018 @ 9:58 am | Reply

          • Look up Michael Pillsbury. He is a China hawk advising Trump. I am reading his latest book The Hundred Year Marathon. Do not know if he is right but think Trump listens to him.


            Comment by OG — December 9, 2018 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  6. His idiotic opinions feed raw meat to his base.


    Comment by maryplumbago — December 9, 2018 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  7. His opinions are instructive about us, the American people. They reveal our selective listening, our prejudices. I was born during Eisenhower’s administration. My study of history confirms that the prime job of every commander in chief in my lifetime has been to lie, deflect, shade truth, manipulate reality … all in service of perpetuating the world dominance of American economics and militarism, our willingness to kill and torture, our malignant disregard for the poor, our unwillingness to change our patterns of excessive consumption. Problem with Trump??? He is stupid. And American elitists hate stupid people more than any class, race, or group. They love nothing more than mocking the stupid, ignorant, and uneducated … you know, those less than than … all the bright elitists.

    Watch the faux brawl between the paid clowns Pelosi, Shummer, and Trump in the Oval Office, and tell me, with a straight face, that American life and politics has anything to do with truth and integrity.

    As Joseph de Maistre said: “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” Face it, folks … Americans hate Trump because he is the best mirror of American hypocrisy to ever come along.


    Comment by Zach — December 13, 2018 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

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