Bird-brained Quackery Not Allowed In The Oval Office

If it has hair like the posterior of a duck (turning the misogynist's denigrating description of beauty on himself), if it waddles like a duck (reflecting a misogynist's demeaning image-obsessed descriptions of women's bodies back on himself), and if quacks like a duck (repeated ignorant, dearth-of-knowledge declarations), it must be a duck.

At the conclusion of the third presidential debate, The Donald quacked, "I'll keep you in suspense" when question if he would accept the outcome of the election. The following day he waddled deeper into the muck as he doubled down on his challenge to the very foundation of our democracy, "I'll totally accept the results of this great and historic election -- if I win!"

The Donald doesn't just quack, he tweets as well. Among his litany of bird-brained declarations, Trump tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." The Donald's 2012 tweet calling climate change a Chinese "hoax" was the most re-tweeted during the first presidential debate. Global warming is not a concept. Global warming is an observable change to the Earth system. The Chinese are becoming major anthropogenic contributors to global warming and related changes to our climate. However, they didn't invent some sort of esoteric conspiracy.

Unfortunately, "climate change" was not even mentioned in the second presidential debate and received barely a cursory mention in the third. Climate change is a civilization challenging global issue intimately connected to energy, economic, and social policy.

I laud the York Daily Record -- my home newspaper -- for its Editorial feature in this morning's paper (Oct. 27, 2016) highlighting "Climate change is the missing issue" in this presidential campaign. "Aside from the possibility that mankind will blow itself up, no issue is more important to the future of the planet than global warming." The Donald crows about his potential use of nuclear weapons. That alone should disqualify him for the presidency. Coupled with his off-handed dismissal of climate change, he clearly is not intellectually, emotionally, nor politically prepared to lead our nation. Climate change is a complex issue that requires a deep understanding of the science, a measured temperament to assess the challenges, and an ability to engage the global community, including the 195 nations who signed the Paris Agreement. Trump's Ostridge-like, head-in-the-sand approach to energy policy would cancel the Paris Agreement.

The Donald would be THE ONLY Head of State on the entire planet who denies climate change if he is elected President. The Sierra Club produced a video showing The Donald's head appropriately melting into a puddle (good for the duck) as he quacks, "It's a hoax" and a number of other climate change denials.

The Donald's fowl minded (and foul minded) quacks, tweets, and caws are well documented. Such bird-brained quackery should never be allowed to occupy The Oval Office. The President of the United States must be able to make informed decisions vital to our stability as a nation and the long-term sustainability of our planet.