I know I’m a sucker for classical allusion but this is a nice summary of the situations that President Trump’s lack of finesse handled beautifully.
I know I’m a sucker for classical allusion but this is a nice summary of the situations that President Trump’s lack of finesse handled beautifully.
Here we are, believe it or not, fast approaching the first quarter mile turn on the metaphorical 2018 One Mile Trump Derby Race and Fashion Show. Currently, the favorite, God-Emperor (1) is ahead of SJW’s Last Hope (13) and JEB’s Your Daddy (17) by at least 8 lengths and his jockey has now reversed his seat and is making funny faces at the rest of the field as they rapidly shrink into the middle-distance. Abandoning the horse racing metaphor (‘cause I can’t think of anything more), we have CNN and MSNBC praising President Trump’s initiative with North Korea, the President of the Steelworkers’ Union telling Chuck Todd that Trump will get electoral support from the rank and file over his trade stance and NeverTrumper Senator Dean Heller is slobbering over President Trump in the forlorn hope that this will help him win his primary. Oh baby, the times they are a changin.
And the only real threat on the horizon, Mueller and his Russian witch-hunt, seems to be turning into a case of the besieger becoming the besieged. I get the impression that the Trump Administration is building a case against Mueller to be used to put some teeth into a tit for tat agreement to end his investigation.
And let’s look at the political environment. The Media is hanging around porn shoots trying to scare up interest in impeachment. Congressional Democrats keep insisting that 2018 is their year to win back the House and Senate. Congressional Republicans are trying to memorize the phrase tax cuts and jobs. The NeverTrumpers are becoming increasingly lonely and confused. The Dissident and Alt-Right are becoming so confident that they are almost giddy. Some of them are toning down parts of their message to broaden their appeal. Others are actually hardening their responses to leftists in the Social Media and the broader culture. In general, there is a sense that the tide is turning against the left. Whether this change is momentary or something that is gaining momentum is still unclear. But there is definitely a change going on. Good.
The Left of course is counter-attacking furiously wherever it can. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have basically expelled the Right from their sites. California has declared war on ICE and the Federal Government. And the activists federal judges are doing everything up to and including criminal malfeasance to block the Trump Administration wherever they can. But I think they know they are getting their butts kicked. Basically, these are delaying actions, scorching the earth behind their retreat. Good.
So, what about me? How do I feel about all this? I am generally optimistic. I think President Trump has shown that he can handle random catastrophes like the school shooting and deflect a lot of the media noise away from himself and his agenda. And with the extremely strong economic news and the positive foreign policy news he’s positioned to help the hapless Republicans weather the 2018 midterms.
As a sanity check I understand that bad things are going to happen intermittently throughout the Trump Administration. And some of them may be so dire that they destroy the progress currently being made. But that’s the nature of life. What Trump has done is demonstrate that we need a leader as President not a bureaucrat. We must demand that whoever is the next President gets results. He must work for us and not the global cartel. I just hope Mike Pence is taking good notes and Donald Trump will give us his honest opinion of who his successor should be.
So, there we are. Things are good and look to get even better. Maybe Justice Kennedy will do the right thing. He can vote constitutionally for freedom of religion on the Wedding Baker case and then retire to his beach house on Fire Island and allow a deciding vote Right Wing Justice to ascend to the bench. We can hope to see the Justice Department prosecuting California for obstructing the immigration laws. And we can hope to see Mueller ride off into the sunset with his tail between his legs. Stay tuned. Better days seem to be upon us.
I had a good friend who died a few years ago. He was about ten years older than I was and had served in the Green Berets during Vietnam, was a chemist, became an engineer as a second career, raised a family, was a musician and late in life took up sailing. He was also universally acclaimed an honest, hard-working, friendly and just Christian man. He kept me around, I think, as a mascot and probably, by comparison, as a cautionary tale for the young. One day after he retired he called me up and asked me if I wanting to go sailing with him on Narragansett Bay. He was in remission from cancer and I hadn’t seen him in a while so I said sure. After all I was in relatively good health and younger than him so I figured I’d go along and enjoy a peaceful and restful morning sail. Well, by the time we came back I was sun-burned, wind-burned, and aching in bones and muscles I had never known I had. Suffice it to say my knowledge of boats can be written in billboard sized letters on the narrower face of a grain of rice. I did learn that starboard probably means right. So, there’s that.
Now this is what we call foundation material for a call back later. So, hold on to the nautical theme.
There exists a range of opinions of how things will unfold in the future. The Alt-Right has claimed that the hypocrisy about race that prevails today precludes the possibility of honest relations in a multicultural society. But they go well beyond that idea. Their claim is that different ethnic and racial groups cannot coexist in harmony. They contend that the open immigration of the last fifty years has drowned out the former nation that existed in America before and that the new population shall produce a third world society closer to Brazil or South Africa than to the former United States with respect to culture, stability, prosperity and quality of life. Their draconian solution is partition of the country. The Establishment Republicans on the other hand, contend that all that’s needed to restore America is a good illegal alien amnesty bill and some inspired After School Specials.
Over the course of the last few years I have concluded that the Establishment Republicans are worse than useless. They have ignored or abetted in the steadily increasing damage done to the native population by off-shoring of whole industries along with wholesale destruction of jobs through competition from illegal aliens. In addition, they ignore the ceaseless and ever worsening assaults on the foundational institutions of a healthy society by the Leftists. In fact, they continuously adopt the latest assault as if it were a cornerstone of traditional society. You only have to watch the NeverTrumpers embrace gay marriage or transgender identity rights to see how far they’ve travelled down the road to nihilism.
At the same time, although I readily concede that the Alt-Right was correct about many critical issues, I don’t concede that it is impossible for significantly different groups of people to coexist in a society that follows the founding precepts of the United States of America. While I grant that it will differ from the nation existing at the Founding and even the country that existed fifty years ago I have not surrendered all hope that it could maintain the traditions and institutions that have existed here. And as a practical matter I even think I can outline a program that will answer the most pressing issues afflicting the American people while allowing a fair test as to whether something short of apartheid will preserve the character of the country as it was two generation ago. This is my olive branch, such as it is, to the Alt-Right. Having been right about so many things that everyone else got wrong, I feel they deserve it. Here is my modest proposal.
And so, I unveil the Allegory of the Sinking Ship. Plato eat your heart out. See how I came back to the sailing theme?
Let’s compare our present situation to an ocean-going ship striking a reef. What are the steps needed to save the ship? Let’s enumerate them.
Step One – Plug the hole.
Step Two – Pump out the water.
Step Three – Repair the damage.
Step Four – Review cause of crash and take measures to prevent recurrence.
Now let’s identify the analogous steps to save our “Ship of State.”
The first two steps are self-explanatory and for the most part only require normal executive and legislative actions to proceed. President Trump has taken the first baby steps toward these actions. Much more is needed but part of that process is his moving of the Overton Window on what can and what needs to be done on illegal immigration. Hopefully some gains in the midterms and possible improvement of the conservative leaning of the Supreme Court will accelerate the actions being taken by the President and Congress.
The third step is an enormous task. So much needs to be repaired that it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t be easier to start from scratch. But I’ll throw some things out here for consideration. One of the requirements is the re-establishment of the freedom of association. Basically, the government has to get out of the business of telling people who they associate with. And that means eliminating affirmative action and all of the protected groups that have been created. This is an enormous change. And basically, it will decriminalize being a straight white man. It is the cornerstone of getting back to a functional America. Another requirement is reducing the overreach of the federal government and stifle its impulse to redistribute wealth. And finally, we must restore Constitutional authority. This means the Supreme Court is going to have to strike down all the unconstitutional over-reach that has occurred in the last fifty years (and in some cases more). This overlaps the first requirement because a number of the anti-free association rules were court mandated. But there are many more that impinge on the rights of the various states to follow the will of the people in their states.
The fourth step is completely unknown territory. How do you protect the United States from nihilists? Perhaps a number of Constitutional Amendments can be put in place to protect us from the Marxist ploys we’ve run up against but it seems that you can’t legislate common sense. This step will require a lot of thought.
So that’s the outline. And throwing in one last analogy to the sinking ship is my point about it being a way to test the possibility of restoring the country. If at any point along these steps the ship starts to sink you can always resort to life boats and escape. In our situation that equates to the situation where we fail to stop illegal immigration and the Democrats achieve a permanent majority and immediately institute the full Marxist program including functional elimination of the First and Second Amendments. At that point it will be obvious that I was wrong and the Alt-Right civil war can commence. See, no fuss no muss. My plan is just an interim step if you’re convinced of Armageddon.
The way I see it, following a plan like mine is no worse than waiting for the apocalypse and depending on outcome could be a whole lot better. Now as I alluded to earlier, my maritime knowledge is less than comprehensive but anyone who has dealt with a busted pipe knows that the first order of business is shutting off the supply. After that comes the cleanup. But we need to start at the beginning.
So I’ve repeatedly called the Trump presidency “the greatest show on earth.” Honestly, it really is. I watched the President’s address. My only objection was having to hear one or two minutes of Shep Smith yammering in the background before the broadcast. But that faded out of my mind right away. One of the first things that struck me was that President Trump was having a good time going through the ritual. He shook hands with Pence and Ryan more than once before he got started. He always added something at the end of a sentence to intensify or personalize what he was reading off the teleprompter. He applauded all of his guests very vigorously and he seemed at certain points to be speaking directly to the Democratic Congress as if to chastise them for their lack of enthusiasm about undeniably patriotic and sympathetic topics. At one point, his expression and his hand gestures seemed to be saying to the Dems, “Come on applaud!” The news said it was one of the longer SOTU addresses but honestly it seems to go quickly for me. And I’m not just comparing it to the torturous Obama addresses. Even W was too long for my tastes. Probably because it didn’t entertain. Trump was fun to watch. The hand gestures, his claims to non-partisan motives and the general appeal to a patriotic agenda were highly effective. I especially enjoyed his rhetorical shot at the NFL Anthem Kneelers right before the Super Bowl. Masterfully done. And, of course there was the kill shot, “young Americans have dreams too.” Gold, Jerry, gold.
I’m sure there were some right wingers who were upset about the 1.8 million dreamers being brought up as a pillar of Trump’s four part plan on immigration but honestly, there isn’t a prayer in the world of Cryin’ Chuck accepting the wall and all the rest of the good stuff Trump loaded into his plan. I look at it as a poisoned pill that the Dems will refuse to touch. What other choice will Trump have than to go to the American people and tell them to give him more Republicans in November to get his job done correctly. I’m guessing a few years ago I would have been one of those complaining about this offer. But I have learned my lesson. Ann Coulter was right, “In Trump We Trust.”
Some of the other facets of the experience were the cutaways to people in the audience. Pelosi was the most consistent. Her expression seemed to be saying, “That egg salad sandwich I just ate must have gone bad.” Honestly she looked like she had to throw up but was gritting her teeth to stop it. Schumer was draped over his chair like it was a recliner. He was just sitting there taking it all in. Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus looked enraged, especially when he talked about historically low black unemployment. One of the highlights was when Trump mentioned the presence in the audience of Congressman Steve Scalise, recovered from the gunshot wounds he received at the hands of a crazed Democratic supporter last year. That was a feel good moment that Trump seemed especially to relish. First Lady, Melania Trump was in the gallery with the guests and looked typically dignified and lovely. I read this morning that CNN claimed that Melania wore white as a protest against her husband’s alleged dalliance with a porn star, although why white would be an effective protest color is beyond my meager understanding. Honestly, these people really have lost what little minds they had. Several of the guests were associated with MS-13 gang related violence. There were the four parents of two murdered Long Island teenage girls and an Hispanic law enforcement officer who ignored death threats to lock up a large number of these gang members. These were highly emotional moments that made a deep impact. However I believe the most charged moment came when Trump said that American heroes lived not only in the past but also today and the Republican audience started chanting USA, USA, USA. At that point Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez literally got up and walked out of the assembly. Good times, good times. So what else could you ask for? Well, actually, if you remember my recent “Trump vs SOTU” spoof, I included Trump insulting his enemies and having the FBI “Secret Society” members frog-marched out of the House of Representatives in the middle of the address and hauled off to jail. Well, sure that would have been cool. But you can’t expect reality to be as cool as my imagination. But, then again, this is Trump so maybe he’s just saving something for next January.
Tonight I’ll put together a post on this topic but watching the speech it occurred to me that no more improbable event has happened in my lifetime. And I include 9/11 in that list. This man truly is a gift from heaven. Maybe it’s not too late to hope for miracle. Enjoy the day.
Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 1 Note: this is a link to the first installment of this story.
President Trump (PT)
Sargeant at Arms (SAA)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (PR)
Toffee Bredwell – An upper class British journalist from the BBC (TB)
Newt Gingrich (NG)
Melania Trump (MT)
Scene 1: US Capitol Building, 8:45 pm, directly before the State of the Union Address
TB – Good evening everyone and welcome to the BBC coverage of the American Presidential State of the Union Address. I’m your reporter Toffee Bredwell and with me here is former Speaker of the American House of Representatives, the Honorable Newton Gingrich. Welcome Mr. Speaker or may I call you Newt?
NG – Certainly Toffee, all my friends call me Newt.
TB – Thanks. Now as a former Speaker of the House you are intimately familiar with the protocol, let’s call it the nuts and bolts of this event. Can you share a little insight with our listeners about how this evening will progress?
NG – Well, normally the members of the administration and the Supreme Court will be announced by the Deputy Sergeant at Arms and when The President arrives at the Chamber door the Sergeant at Arms announces him to the Speaker. This is followed by a long walk filled with cheers and handshaking and embraces and when the President reaches the Rostrum the Speaker announces him to the Congress and after another lengthy round of applause the President begins his address. And during the address depending on the particular subject and the party of each of the attendees there could be applause, stony silence or recently even some booing. In fact, during one of then President Obama’s addresses, a Congressman shouted out “You lie!”
TB – Oh dear, how embarrassing. Do you expect we’ll experience any such breaches of civility tonight?
NG – Well Toffee, unless I miss my guess, I think we might see something a little more exciting tonight. Let’s just hope there won’t be any fisticuffs.
TB – Quite. So, I can see that the Sergeant at Arms is positioning himself so let’s shift over to the floor microphone.
SAA – Mister Speaker, the President of the United States!
TB – Well Mr. Speaker, you weren’t exaggerating. What a terrific up swelling of applause and ovation for this President. These congresspersons certainly love this President.
NG – Oh, far from it, Toffee. Most of these people despise Donald Trump but he’s just initiated a gigantic uptick in economic growth. Something that hasn’t been seen since Ronald Reagan. As long as he’s the stronger horse they’ll applaud. If things turn sour the knives will quickly come out.
TB – Ah, it’s good to see politics are the same everywhere. Well, it looks like Speaker Ryan is about to introduce the President to Congress. Let’s go to the Rostrum microphone and we’ll return after the address to review the high points.
PR – Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.
(Long and loud applause.)
PT – Thank you Mr. Speaker. Thank you, Paul. It feels strange to be thanking you Paul. Up until the tax overhaul bill I was ready to write you off as a total loss. I was going to have you primaried by some kind of radical and who knows maybe you wouldn’t have made it. But now I’m almost fond of you. You’re still a spineless weasel but you’re my spineless weasel, so you’ve got that going for you which is nice. And Mitch McConnell, what can I say? You’re like some kind of petrified fossil that exists outside of the world we live in. It doesn’t seem possible that anything as weird as you could still exist but you do. If we could replace you with an animatronic character like a talking walrus or porcupine I believe it would increase our popularity with the voters but anyway I can’t be too mad at you either because of the tax bill.
Now, you Democrats are a different story. You all are without a doubt the lowest form of pond scum to ever successfully masquerade as human beings. Every time I think you’ve hit the ethical bottom you somehow dig a little deeper and go even lower. Let’s take for instance Dick Durbin. His lying double-crossing behavior at the DACA meeting has convinced me that if I saw Dick Durbin and a Great White Shark in the waters off of Mar a Lago I’d immediately warn … the shark! And don’t get me started on Pelosi and Schumer. The way people are leaving California and New York, pretty soon their own votes will be sufficient to guarantee their re-elections. That’s right Cryin’ Chuck, the Statue of Liberty is crying over your lousy party’s inept governing of both the City and State of New York.
But it’s not all bad, I want to congratulate Al Franken for striking out for women’s rights. He harassed enough women to ensure that a woman would replace him. Quite a tribute. And I’d also like to congratulate Maxine Waters for being so crazy that she now makes Rosie O’Donnell seem sane in comparison. When Maxine said she wasn’t a Millennial but used to be I think she meant that she was born in 1000 AD. That would explain her looks and the fact that she mostly speaks gibberish. Back then English really hadn’t been invented yet so everyone sounded like she does. And I know I shouldn’t make fun of a woman’s looks but honestly Maxine is so ugly she makes Pelosi and Hillary look decent by comparison.
And I’d like to thank the press for being so dishonest. By lying at every turn you’ve made my job so much easier. At this point I can almost guarantee that anything I say will be disputed by you folks in such ridiculous terms that even the least intelligent person will be able to tell you’re lying. You’ve become an exaggerated parody of yourselves. Well done and congratulations for ensuring the long tem demise of your own jobs.
And I’d like to thank all those federal judges both at the Circuit and Supreme Court level who keep usurping the constitutional power of elected officials. You only make it easier for me to get the electorate to understand why I need to replace as many of you as I possibly can.
I’m going to take a short break while the Secret Service frog marches the Secret Society of Comey, McCabe, Strozk and Mueller down the center aisle on their way to the hoosegow but before I do I’d just like to give a shout out to one of our guests in the gallery. I’d like to welcome Miss Stormy Daniels coming and for confirming that I have not had sex with her. But if I had she knows it would be the best sex she’s ever had and that my hands are ample and highly capable.
MT – Kurba!
PT – And Melania welcomes you too. Trump out.
(Returning to the BBC broadcast location)
NG – Hello and welcome back BBC listeners. This is former Speaker Newt Gingrich again. Unfortunately, Toffie Bredwell has passed out. Apparently kurba is Slovenian for whore and that was just too much for Toffie. Stay tuned and I’m sure he’ll revive before the President continues on with the substantive portion of his speech. But first a word from our sponsor.
Some historians have dubbed the 20th Century, “The American Century” because of the dominance of its military, industrial, financial and cultural power. Assuming that the 21st Century will be a muddled mess, it may be that history will declare the 20th century to have been the golden age of the United States of America. So, barring the God Emperor restoring us to our former dominance it looks possible that the 20th century will be remembered as our high point. I was thinking about who can be considered the greatest and most representative fictional American hero of the 20th Century? If this were Ancient Greece or Rome we would look to epic poetry. For Modern European countries we might look to novels, plays or possibly Grand Opera. In addition to these, for Twentieth Century America we also have to consider several newer arts. Motion pictures and comic books appeared during that time period. Several interesting candidates come to my mind from some of my favorite stories. From comic books there are obviously Superman and Batman. Movie characters that I can think of are Sam Spade from the “Maltese Falcon” and Peter Warren from “It Happened One Night.” Both characters reflect the rugged independence and confidence that typify the self-image of American men from the time period. There are, surely, another dozen well-known characters from American books and movies of last century that represent the qualities that American men recognize as the archetype. I’ll let the reader add some names to the list. But there is another artform that blossomed in the 20th Century, animation or cartoons. It is from this artform that I have selected the quintessential 20th Century American Hero, Bugs Bunny.
Some may say that my roots in New York City have irrationally biased me in favor of this wisecracking lagomorph who sounds like he should be selling newspapers in Times Square or hot dogs at Yankee Stadium. But I’m willing to provide a rational accounting. As I mentioned above, the characteristics of the American male (up until the snowflake generation) were self-confidence, optimism, independence, competitiveness, pride, egalitarianism, ingenuity and a sense of humor. Now, certainly no one normally displays all these virtues to the highest degree at the same time, in the real world but these are the characteristics that identify the ideal. My thesis is that Bugs is close to that ideal.
I’ll start with the last quality first. I defy anyone to deny that Bugs Bunny practically defines mid-century American humor. The Looney Tunes were among the most popular things shown at the movie theaters across the country and Bugs was the most popular character in the cartoons. Bugs had a wise crack for every occasion and every antagonist.
All the rest of these qualities are on constant display as the “wascally wabbit” battles any and every rabbit hating adversary from Elmer Fudd all the way up to Hitler and Mussolini. His intrepidity extended all the way up to Martians wielding disintegrator guns and gremlins sabotaging the very aircraft that Bugs is flying. And one last quality he exemplified was patriotism. In one episode he competed with various other characters to see who was the true “superman.” But at the end he abandons the competition to become the true superman by donning the dress uniform of a US Marine. Of course, this was at the height of World War II. I think I’ve made my case.
So, here’s to you Bugs, the Greatest American Hero.
That’s All Folks.”
If there were any doubts about President Trump’s abilities as a negotiator, then the last couple of days have put them to rest. As soon as the President announced his intention to negotiate a bipartisan agreement to extend the DACA status all the usual suspects started denouncing his seeming betrayal of his immigration promises. But after seeing how artfully Trump has outmaneuvered both the Democrats and the spineless Republicans it should be obvious how competent he is at defending our interests against this duplicitous but sophomoric bunch. Because of the uncertain nature of life, everything Trump hopes to accomplish during his term may yet be frustrated and undone. But to me it is apparent that we have stumbled upon a competent man who may accomplish great things. Is Trump the first leader for the Republicans since Reagan? Well, he’s definitely the first one since Reagan who wasn’t a catspaw for the leftists.
Hopefully the imbeciles in Washington will understand what Trump has done even if they are too cowardly to openly agree with his reasons. He is forcing the Democrats to reject the deal he is offering. They can’t possibly accept the conditions he is imposing. So now it allows him to put the blame on them. And Congress is learning that there is a price to be paid for not playing ball. And with the midterms sneaking up on them the Republicans realize that Trump is the key to making them look good. And the Democrats realize that Trump isn’t going to let them buffalo him. He’s not George Bush Senior or Junior. With the economy roaring along the republicans have a very good chance of running on their record. If they hold onto their majority in Congress (especially in the Senate) they can assist President Trump in dismantling the liberal apparatus in the judiciary and the executive agencies. My hunch is that Justice Kennedy is hanging on to his seat on the bench this year to inflict one last betrayal of conservative principles in the gay wedding cake travesty. Once he’s satisfied with selling out the First Amendment, he’ll retire. Then Trump will replace him with a man who can help undo all the damage done in the last forty years of unconstitutional judicial tampering. After that I’d say the biggest challenge for the administration is undoing the federal government’s excesses such as the Patriot Act and the various NSA and other bureaus’ programs that essentially spy on the American people for no apparent reason. Maybe we can finally stop paying Google for spying on us. That should keep President Trump busy until at least 2025.
And I’ve brought this up before but it really is an urgent concern. Trump should hand pick his successor. For the good of the country, he needs to either find or train someone in the “Art of the Deal.” The odds of another billionaire Game Show Host being a conservative are just too minute to depend on. At worst, maybe he can put the most likely five candidates through a sort of “Apprenticeship.” Hopefully it will be televised and the ratings will be huge. I have a feeling Pence won’t win. But being Vice President should at least guarantee him a slot in the competition. But my bet is it won’t be a career politician but an entrepreneur or military man instead.
What does it mean when Donald Trump is elected President? It means we’re almost done. When Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania vote Republican something is starting to happen. Now maybe Trump will relieve some of the anger that’s building up. He has re-ignited the economy and given people hope. Maybe that will lower the pressure and allow things to return to a simmer. But maybe not. The full court press by the Democrats, The Media, Liberal Federal Judges, Corporate America, Hollywood, Blue State Governors and the Deep State to undo the results of the election is all encompassing. The cowardly republicans, when they’re not actually working against the interests of their constituents, are almost entirely useless. Trump has some good instincts and knows how to negotiate with bureaucrats and scoundrels. But will it be enough?
Trump’s election is akin to the Hail Mary Pass. America has been bamboozled for the last sixty years. Our politicians are a combination of the inept, the corrupt and the just plain evil. We’ve allowed these people to corrupt us and our children and now we’re hoping that a reality TV star and real estate entrepreneur is going to magically set the clock back to 1958. That’s not going to happen. To undo what has happened will take years, maybe decades.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m praying for the Hail Mary Pass to succeed. And who knows? It could. But I’m daunted by the sheer number of things that have to go right. The midterms have to go for the Republicans. Justice Kennedy has to retire while we hold the Senate. That idiot Mueller has to go away without causing damage. The Congress has to wake up and grow a backbone. Trump has to deport millions of illegal immigrants and build the wall. Affirmative action has to be eliminated. Religious liberty and decency need to be defended by a conservative Supreme Court. The culture and traditions of this country need to be restored to what they were.
I think of Trump as a pressure relief valve. Things are starting to boil and the pressure is in the danger zone. Trump can relieve some of that pressure in the short term but if the situation doesn’t improve even that relief won’t be enough. The whole thing is going to explode. And that isn’t something I’m hoping for. I’ve got kids and grandkids. I’d like them to live in a happy and good place, not a war zone. But honestly as time goes on I see less and less that reminds me of the country that I grew up in.
So that is how I read the meaning of President Trump. He is the Hail Mary Pass from the 50-yard line with 1 second left on the clock and four defenders standing in the end zone waiting. If he wins, I’ll live to see this country return to being a shining city on a hill. If he fails I expect the alt-right will be proven correct in their premonitions. We will see the fracture of this country into separate tribes, one against the other.
Victor Davis Hanson has a very well written analysis of the actual significance of Trump’s agenda vs. what the left and Never-Trumpers and even some Trump followers think it is. As usual give Hanson a few sentences to get around to his point. He likes to paint a picture and this can sometimes make you think he’s going the wrong way. Hanson is a very smart guy but also very grounded. I liked the article a lot.
Since my readers don’t always stop by every day I figured I’d paste this poll on each post for a while to see what folks call themselves. This is the post the poll came from Who Are We?
… And that got me thinking. Who are the people who read my blog? I thought it might be fun to see what the cross-section looked like. If you feel like saying what you believe in, feel free to leave a comment and/or pick a label from the poll below. I think it might be interesting.