If you read absolutely nothing else the rest of this entire year, use a Google search to take you to Thomas Friedman’s op-ed “Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us” In the New York Times. The key phrase “Friedman Trump op-ed” should do it.

Friedman’s screed, published this past Sunday, lays out in the starkest of terms, just how 45 has failed to live up to his oath of office to protect our country; to engage in a blatant dereliction of duty as he says and does nothing in the form of leading against Russia’s assault on our country’s electoral process.(1)

The writer’s coda, his bottom line, is that we are experiencing a “code red” as the greatest threat to our democracy resides in the Oval Office. That judgment will come as no surprise to visitors who frequent this blogsite; i.e. that very point has been made here on multiple occasions, the latest being “Staggering and it’s going to get worse”, published here on February 13, 2018, and the companion “Blog extra”, published on that same date.


  1. In the recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray was asked if he had received any direction from Trump on dealing with Russian meddling. His response was a clear, unambiguous negative.