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Even as I agree with this article, I can't help just not caring.
I have never been so appalled by a public figure in my life. Ever. I'm appalled at his supporters. I'm appalled at the Rs who continue to endorse him.
I desperately need this public shaming. This stripping away of the expensive clothes.
He is a petty man (who has brought on the whole tiny penis meme on himself by reacting to an article saying he has small hands.)
I want the pettiness to be exposed as the lie that he is.
None of this true is about Clinton. You can disagree with her policies, with her hawkishness. But she is never petty. Awkward, yes.
@7: Please, everyone in politics is petty as hell. Especially those going through presidential primaries. The attacks there can't get much pettier.
But trump will never do that. Which maybe is the point.
This king traveled to Constantinople on the shores of the Bosphorus as part of an embassy. And while he was there he entered the Cathedral Church of Holy Wisdom, the Hagia Sophia, and being so overwhelmed by its unparalleled grace and beauty, its mosaics and frescoes, its liturgies and chants, converted to Christianity right then and there.
How far art has come since those barbarous times!
Still, Trump is a horrible person, so I can't get too worked up over it. And anything that openly mocks Trump is cathartic.
That is exactly what I hate most. False equivalency.
Do politicians play "gotcha", taking things out of context, making mountains out of molehills, putting a spin on things to gain political advantage? Absolutely. I don't like it. And it works all too well in reaching voters so they all do it.
That is not what Donald Trump does. He insults. He harangues. He can't handle the least criticism without having to respond. He attacks on personal issues, with no pretense of making it about policy differences. These are facts borne out over many months.
He is a petty man who acts petty, boorish, bullying.
To put that behavior into the same category of normal stupid political games is not intelligent or discerning. Or even truthful.
Hence false equivalency. False equivalency, thy name is Theodore Gorath.
Apparently the artist was originally a Trump supporter. Like he was going to vote for him and everything. He became so disgusted by the vulgar way Trump treated everyone that he decided to install these statues. Hell hath no fury like a supporter scorned. So let that be a lesson to you, Donald no balls.
It will be interesting to see how people rationalize their support for the Trump statues if/when naked Clinton statues appear.
The entire point was show Trump as a human - an old shriveled human like anybody else.
For fuck sake. It isn't body shaming . It's to remove his invisible cloak of false power and show him like he actually is.
If you had actually read the original comment, @7/@16's original point was that Clinton is not petty, not that "no other politician" does that laundry list of yours. The subsequent comment clarified what "petty" meant in this context.
But shifting terms of the discussion, like false equivalency, is another one of your standard moves, isn't it?
Yeah, but the explanation about the micropenis is even better.
This thing totally reads like it's a high school essay.
Theodore Gorath does not understand false equivalency.
Repeating a false equivalency does not remove the false equivalency.
His last comment shows a lack of discernment of Trump's utter failings as a human being that even the most dyed in the wool Republican can see.
So.... self-deluded? Troll? Knee jerk contrariness? Lack of intelligence?
Every person who pretends/believes that there is not something seriously wrong with Trump has something seriously wrong with them and does a disservice to the public life of America.
I usually don't engage with trolls -- I learned my lesson a long time ago. It is a waste of energy. This is a waste of energy. I won't be coming back to the comment stream, so Mr Gorath can have the last word.
I predict that his last words will be false, trolling, nonsensical, and devoid of understanding what human decency looks like.
I do agree with him that political games are tiring and silly and I wish that Americans would stop believing every distortion they are told.
That isn't Trump. To pretend/believe that what he is doing is the same thing?
Meanwhile, anti-LGBT hate crimes are on the rise in the very area where this statue went up. Meanwhile, whether this statue was too "low brow" for some of you being neither here nor there, this statue is a reaction to a man who has: 1. objectified women and made it clear their main asset is their looks, 2. ridiculed fat people, 3. ridiculed the disabled, 4. makes disgusting, macho, bragging comments about his own masculinity.
Pointing out the hypocrisy of all this, not to mention how ugly and hateful Trump's attitudes are--this alone is reason enough why the statue matters and takes precedence over whatever "gender binary implications" the author has come up with. That's not even touching on the litany of things he has said and done to promote authoritarianism, suppression of the press, Islamophobia, the mobilization of the white nationalist alt-right, and his lies and posturing.
"The emperor has no clothes," or balls, is a very apropos line in association with Trump. Even if I agreed with the author's argument, the vile nature of everything he stands for and represents far outweighs whatever college essay theory you can posit about why this statue is "bad."
But, you know, there really isn't a bright line to draw between the two. Justinian published the Corpus Iuris Civilis in Latin in the 6th century. And that was wholly based on prior Roman legal sources. The whole imperial administrative apparatus didn't undergo any sudden shifts. The culture did become markedly more Christian as the centuries passed, but that too was a process rather than a sharp event.
Besides, like I said, they still thought of themselves as Romans. And Greek was always the dominant language in the Eastern Mediterranean, so even that wasn't much of a shift.
In the end, it was a figure of speech. I chose a term that was a little more off the beaten path to our modern ears when talking about this time and place. It's not wrong...there's no one correct answer. It's like calling Charlemagne the Emperor of the Romans. Sounds a bit off to us, but not at all controversial back then.
That would have made people vomit.
George Vreeland Hill
"New York City Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small."
You have every right to critique, but as a journalist, to incite the public to vandalize and deface public art is not just irresponsible, it is dangerous.