“I alone can fix it.”
Forty-four previous presidents had variously called for some form of civil unity and/or the guiding hand of providence in confronting the challenges facing our nation. Not president number 45. Trump’s fatuous “I alone” promise made at last year’s Republican National Convention was a true indicator of the boiling and heedless narcissism that inevitably would hobble (and still potentially destroy) his term in office.
Trump’s morally bankrupt refusal to differentiate between the neo-nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Va., and the protesters who confronted them has essentially isolated him, with the exodus of CEOs from his various corporate advisory councils and boards being recent examples. In the face of universal and bipartisan condemnation, he is becoming increasingly “alone.”
Former Lackawanna County Commissioner and current federal inmate Bob Cordaro has mounted another legal effort to overturn his 2011 bribery conviction. Using last year’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, Cordaro’s lawyers argue that like McDonnell, the acts for which he was convicted do not now rise to the level of a crime, and that he deserves a new trial. It’s a slender reed, given the differences in the particulars of each man’s case. One can hardly blame the erstwhile commissioner — who’s roughly half-way through his 11-sentence — for giving it a go, however.