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If the rooster crows a wake-up call, let's hope that Americans were roused from their slumber over what constitutes a decent human being.
Donald Trump continues to debase the office of the presidency, not to mention manhood itself, on a daily basis. It should be enough to alarm most Americans.
Thankfully, Trump's approval ratings are the worst for a first-year president in modern American history.
Evidently, Americans don't credit Trump for the humming economy or the big jump in the stock market. President Obama handed Trump a rising economy and one of the longest sustained growths in the stock market's history.
With tweet after embarrassing tweet, along with his compulsive lying, Trump confounded most Americans. He obviously was pandering to his ever-shrinking base of sycophants who truly are deplorable. And, racist, too.
In a year of sexual harassment allegations that brought the firing of many high profile men, it's ironic that the worst sexual predator, "grab 'em-by-the-pussy" Trump, still prowls the Oval Office.
We can only hope that he ends up in jail by this time next year.
Robert Mueller's investigation so far paints a picture of collusion between Trump and Russia to subvert the American electoral process.
When Trump finally met the Russian despot, Vladimir Putin, it was considered his "six-month performance review," by Stephen Colbert.
That may be too kind.
Andrew Sullivan recently wrote a piece about Trump titled, "Putin's First Year in the White House."
Obviously, Trump is "Putin's Puppet."
Trump is also known as the "Mango Mussolini," "Commander in Tweet," and "Hair Fuhrer."
One thing he is definitely not: leader of the free world.
He's antagonized our allies to the point that they no longer look to the U.S. for any guidance or support.
The over-arching story, though, is Trump's ties to the gangsters running Russia.
Consider that Trump's former campaign chairman was indicted for "conspiracy against the United States," among other charges.
Other Trump associates have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and are cooperating with Mueller's investigation.
This hasn't stopped congressional Republicans from fawning over Trump like predators themselves.
It's one giant sleaze-fest.
This past year also brought us "alternative facts" from the Trump administration and its enablers at Fox News.
Ironically, the Republican-leaning Rasmussen Reports, revealed that the winner of Trump's "First Annual Fake News Trophy" was ... drum roll, please ... Fox News.
Of course, to anyone with a brain, Fox News is to news what Pravda is to truth.
In other words, we live in a world where wrong is right.
This year, thanks to Trump, "white supremacists" were given a platform to air their depraved grievances.
And, by claiming that he alone made it safe to say "Merry Christmas," Trump brought shame to the holiday season.
But, Trump's real first-year legacy was dismantling the progress the country made under President Obama.
Trump's Cabinet secretaries were tasked with destroying the departments they manage, from the environment to energy to education.
One bright spot of the year occurred when NBC was forced to clarify a report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump "a moron."
NBC obliged and said Tillerson actually called Trump "a fucking moron."
Then, Trump's national security adviser referred to Trump as "an idiot" and "a dope."
This is what the Electoral College gave us.
Any country that puts an "idiot, dope and fucking moron" in the White House deserves whatever troubles it may face.
Trump is pining for a nuclear confrontation with North Korea.
He's provoking Muslims in the hopes that terrorists attack this country again.
Trump's contempt for Hispanics means that the most productive members of our society will be kicked out.
This year showed that what makes America "exceptional" is our tolerance for the lowest common denominator in Donald Trump.
Cock a doodle doo.