026 – Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers … and Trump (An editorial)

I highly recommend seeing the recent MSNBC special on the Pentagon Papers and Daniel Ellsberg – “The Most Dangerous Man in America”. I had recorded it and we have watched most of it, and will probably finish the rest tonight (it is 2 hours long). I was certainly familiar with Ellsberg, and generally familiar with the controversy. However, the special really puts it all into a clear perspective.

It is very interesting also because most of the narration is done by Ellsberg himself. Even allowing for some understandably self-serving commentary at times, he comes across as someone who was not just anti-war from the start. In fact, he was very much involved in the lead-up to American escalation of that war and only changed perspective when he saw what was going on first hand, much as my brother Dennis did. Deborah and I will be going to see “The Post” in theaters when it is released, and learning more about these events in advance, should help make that make more sense. “The Post” would appear to be sort of a prequel to “All the President’s Men”.

I also just watched another special on CNN on “The Seventies”. It went over the Watergate scandal.

 

What was so clear watching that special is, that whatever the obvious comparisons between Nixon and Trump, in the end Nixon reacted completely differently than how we have seen, and how we can expect Trump to react. Nixon resigned, finally, because he certainly saw the writing on the wall. However, he also chose not to challenge the Supreme Court and to throw the nation into a Constitutional crisis. Can you even imagine Trump reacting anything like that? If the Supreme Court ruled against him (while unlikely with Gorsuch now tipping the balance), there is no question that Trump would simply label their decision partisan against him, and would gleefully throw the nation into a Constitutional crisis, knowing that 35% of so of America is still behind him, no matter what.

Trump is quite simply a pathologically lying, disgusting, egotistical and narcissistic human being without any conscience whatsoever.

The following is a brief promo for the Ellsberg special (2:14) …

 

 

3 thoughts on “026 – Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers … and Trump (An editorial)”

  1. Excellent commentary. I too recorded the special from last night and will watch soon. “The Posr” looks like a god movie and I look forward to reading your review once you have seen it.

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  2. GOOD MORNING, PEARL,
    THANK YOU! I TOO RECALL “THE PENTAGON PAPERS” DANIEL ELLSBERG. THANK GOD WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY WHICH ASSURES FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
    “Trump is quite simply a pathologically lying, disgusting, egotistical and narcissistic human being without any conscience whatsoever.” is true
    When he was elected, I felt certain that with 435 Members of the House of Representatives, 100 Senators, and Nine Supreme Court Justices would “keep him in check.” Well, I may be WRONG. I feel strongly Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will provide TRUE, IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE of his “High Crimes and Treason”, and he will either RESIGN (in 2018), or he will be led from the Oval Office in HANDCUFFS. I initially held VP Pence in high regard – now, with his “ass kissing” Trump, I am in doubt.

    THANK YOU for your Editorial! History does repeat itself, doesn’t it!

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