Fear Uncertainty Doubt

Trump and FUD


In the 1960s and 1970s, FUD – fear, uncertainty and doubt/disinformation – emerged as a marketing strategy. IBM was the dominant player in the world of business computers. Other companies had equivalent hardware and software but, IBM salespersons would say, “They aren’t IBM.” WC represented a client that conducted an invitation for bids for business…

It’s Not a “Coup,” Donald


Donald Trump, in one of his recent tweet storms, called the U.S. House impeachment investigation “a coup.” Pretty clearly, our President is confused. WC is willing to help him understand. Coup The term comes from the French coup d’ état, literally meaning a “stroke of state” or “blow against the state”. A coup is an unlawful,…

The Rule of Law Wins Again


For WC, the single most concerning aspect of the Donald Trump presidency is Trump’s absolute disdain for the rule of law. Trump believes himself to be above the law, beyond the law. Despite Trump’s efforts to pack the federal courts with unqualified or barely qualified judges, the rule of law is still winning and Trump…

Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

Still the Scariest Hallowe’en Ever


The eight quotes attributed to Trump in Duquette’s cartoon are accurate, vetted by Snopes. We have a President who really does endorse and approve violence, who convenes rallies where he encourages his followers to use violence. This has never happened before in all of American history. The President’s spokespersons deny it. But the quotes are…

It can be perfectly legal, and still an unacceptable ethical conflict of interest

Conflicts of Interest: Two Case Studies


Few things are more subversive to the values of a democracy than conflicts of interest in government officials. At the least, they create the appearance of impropriety; at their worst, they are both corrupt and corrupting. Here are two case studies from Trump Administration appointments that illustrate the evil that is a conflict of interest.…

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

Donald Trump’s Very Bad, Awful, Terrible Week


While WC was off the grid, soaking in hot springs in the Snake River Gorge, Donald Trump managed to lose five important court cases in a single day. That’s a personal best for the President, WC believes, and likely the worst day in the federal judiciary for a sitting president since Franklin Roosevelt was trying…

Senator Lindsey Graham (R., SC)

Hypocrite of the Year 2019: The Second Nomination


Here at Wickersham’s Conscience we are swamped with potential candidates for Hypocrite of the Year. Last year’s HOtY, the despicable and appalling Mitch McConnell (R, 17th Century) is ineligible.1 As is his puppet master, the clown in the White House.2  But otherwise, WC will consider any suggestion. The first nominee was Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey,…