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Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump

Against the odds, and in defiance of the polls and the predictions of our political savants, Donald Trump has become the President of the United States.

Few gave his campaign any hope of coming close to clinching the GOP nomination not to mention the White House. The science was settled: he could not win the GOP primary battle. Even once he did become the Republican candidate, beating a crowded and even impressive field of other candidates, it seemed that every week the media pronounced him DOA, announcing with 100% certainty that Hillary Clinton would be President 45. The science was settled: he could not win the Presidency. Even once he won the election, the opponents would not stop: Popular vote! Russians! Faithless electors! Stop him in Congress! Riots in the streets! One major media organization even ran a piece suggesting that were he and Pence assassinated, personnel of the Obama administration would remain in power and run the country. The progs have no shame.

Well, Donald Trump is President. Let the progressives run off to therapy--maybe what they really need is rehab. Donald Trump is President thanks to a wave of revulsion and disgust with what progressives have done to our country over the past 25 years.

Trump's inaugural address? I thought it was just right: terse, to the point, no flowery empty phrases. Minimal use of "I."

Many prog and some conservative commentators--the same who thought he would never become President--criticize his address as just another campaign stump speech. Yep. They're right. That's why it proved so powerful. I saw no sign in that speech of him backing down from the themes and the promises of his campaign. That is very good. He seems intent on trying to do what he said he would try to do: drain the swamp and return our country to its people. That's a tall order, and, frankly, I don't think he will succeed 100% . . . but, but, but he is going to try and, bold prediction, he will make some major progress in that direction. I liked how he had no reluctance to tear into the disaster that has been "establishment" rule, with the major representatives of the establishment sitting right behind him. The man has guts.

All the best, President Trump.

42 comments:

  1. My favorite clip is one of Ann Coulter. They ask her which candidate she thinks has the best chance. She says Trump and they (and the audience) laugh hysterically. I guess Ann gets the last laugh.

    It's going to be a constant battle the next four years, but we have a real leader again.

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    1. Are you sure that wasn't the clip of Kellyanne Conway from late 2015/early 2016?

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    2. I think he's referring to Ann Coulter on the Bill Maher show.

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    3. It was Coulter.

      Barry

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    4. Yes it was Coulter. And I love the look on Joy Reid's face after Ann's prediction; it was a 'Can you believe how stupid Ann Coulter is?' look about it.

      Yeah, Joy...who's laughing now?

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  2. I am honestly looking forward to see what he can accomplish. We have a lot of problems that need some solutions. And we have too much government/bureaucracy that needs some trimming. I hope he is able to make America great again.

    I do fear the far left. It would not surprise me to see cities burn as they did in the summer of 67 and riots etc. The left wing rabble-rousers are gonna come out of the woodwork.

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    1. "Look look!! Trump's destroying our countries!! Our cities are burning because of Trump! We must impeach!! psst... toss me that gasoline can would you?"

      - reader #1482

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    2. Fear the left? Which part? The %99.99 percent who are tools? The very few who care nothing for the nation but were born with the money and connections to others' of their ilk?
      Haw! Fuck lord Ha Ha and his ilk.
      They come to a gun fight with dust bunnies.

      All their are base belong to us


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn9Xsmj942E

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ0LlN7WCAo

      let the triggering commence!

      leaperman

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    3. If the riots continue it is time to use RICO, which I dislike but it is the law, against the financial people, like Soros, who supports the anarchists. I hope the media reports on the rioters which were charged with rioting in DC which can get them 5 years. That is not what usually happens. No bail too, to keep them off the streets. We keep seeing the same core of people moving from flash point to flash point. Time to break this cycle of anarchy in American cities.

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    4. dang.. yes.. RICO would apply... vandalism for hire... tacitly

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  3. Well the first thing I noticed, in the stores today, is a shortage of diapers.
    I guess the lefties have been going through them at record speed!

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  4. Greetings from Downunder.

    One of our papers carried a note recently which indicated just 4% of Washington DC voters voted for Mr Trump. If so, he will have a hard time overcoming the many saboteurs hiding in the bureaucracy.

    Good luck Sir!

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    1. One solution I hope he considers is to transfer the offices of EPA and Dept of Education to suitable locations out of DC. Detroit and St Louis would be nicely central and diverse. The UN would do well in Zimbabwe. Plenty of parking.

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    2. I kept hearing comparisons today about Trump's mall crowd next to Obama's in 2009. Clearly your mentioned voter differential in DC would easily account for any Trump deficit. Going to the mall from a local home is a lot easier than coming in from afar.

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    3. Personally I've had a found thought of moving some of the government departments to Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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    4. I think there is a bit of rigging of the turnout numbers. They showed a picture of Obamas turnout and then showed a picture of Trumps with only half the seats full. On a different channel I saw video with Trumps seating full. The media number games continue...They have learned nothing.

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    5. The inauguration was on a Friday when many Trump supporters were working.

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    6. We were stranded in the side streets in our thousands because there was only ONE entrance to the Mall for non-ticket holders.
      So, yeah, that. (Deliberate on the part of DC Police.)

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  5. I took particular amusement (as I flipped thru the MSM TV coverage) of many attempts to push back at Trump by saying he is entering office with the poorest popularity polls - ever. Dumb schmucks have learned nothing and are still using the same pollsters and the same backdoor oversampling of dumbocrats.

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    1. There was a very good analysis of this. I have to find it. This is it.

      A very good analysis of the Democrats' problem.

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    2. Fake news media conducting rigged polls. Why who would have thought it?

      The only pollster (of mainstream pollsters using normal methodology) close in the election was Rasmussen. Who reports the non fake number of 56% approval:
      http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_jan20

      Barry

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    3. (From that Real Clear Politics piece) - these two charts pretty much explain the election (don't know if the trend can go further, but even locking in the status quo would be a good outcome):

      http://images.rcp.realclearpolitics.com/398102_5_.jpg

      http://images.rcp.realclearpolitics.com/398105_5_.jpg

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  6. Seems like Trump has produced more with just his twitter handle than Obama has been able to produce with the entire executive branch.

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  7. Perhaps Diplomad will disagree, and if so, I hope he will explain, but the one thing I thought Trump should have clarified in his inauguration speech - which the world listened to and is parsing - is that "America First" does not mean isolationism. All the commentators/pundits talk about him wanting America to "leave the world stage." I don't hear him saying that at all, only that our international actions will be in our own interests, that nation building and "exporting democracy aren't and no more free loading off us. In the speech, he alluded to allies, but should there have been a couple of more sentences about what role he now sees America having? I for one don't know when he thinks America should take a leadership role (assuming others contribute their fair share) or whether he rejects such role altogether. To my knowledge he has never addressed this question. E.g., yes NATO is obsolete, useless and we are paying for it -and it becomes more of a farce as the EU decides to create a "European Army." So does Trump want to just walk away or does he want America to force it to reform -i.e., America to take a leadership role?

    Another example, I don't know if he understands Five Eyes yet (4 eyes? Canada in or out?) I can't imagine wanting to give up leadership of that, which would mean Germany in and Isreal as an unknowledged partial participant out.

    I don't think we or the rest of the world know yet what his views are on American leadership of the West. Rejected in full or drastically reformed to fit our national interest? So I thought a couple of clarifying sentences today would have been good. (I realize if Europe keeps taking Muslim immigrants/migrants and doesn't stop the multi-culti pandering to Muslim minorities, there will soon be no "West.)

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    1. "We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world — but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilised world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth."

      Maybe the commentators/pundits didn't hear this part. It doesn't make me think he wants the United States to leave the world stage. I think it's a good idea to speak in these general terms now, and let these general terms be the principles to which our nation's role in the world must adhere.

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    2. To Jeffrey

      Thx. You're right, he did seem to indicate we will take the leadership role against jihadism - I think. I think that's what "we will unite the civilized world" means. But what does that mean specifically and is that the only area of our leadership? I agree this wasn't the time to get specific re jihadiism. But are we still the leader of the West or not? I don't know. Don't we need to let the world know? What are the advantages of leaving that unclear? Or it may be that Trump himself doesn't know and the answer will only evolve over time.

      P.S., I am a Trump supporter and I think he's a fast learner. Especially on foreign policy, I think he may make some early remarks that with more knowledge he can walk back or restate or clarify.

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    3. These are the same Pundits who demand to know exactly how President Trump (I love writing that) will "Make America Great Again."
      The exact same Pundits who accepted "Hope and Change" and could care less what that meant (beyond 4 percentage points as a great slogan).

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    4. My one criticism of the speech is that I wish he had spent just a minute or two more on foreign affairs, including the UN and Israel.

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    5. That's your déformation professionnelle, old horse.

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    6. "But are we still the leader of the West or not?" Does The West still exist? Our Elites in Universities, Hollywood and Media think Western Civilization needs to be fundamentally transformed. Germany seems well on the way to civilization suicide. If Europe chooses to live...to believe in itself and fight for Western Civilization, I'm sure they will find a strong partner in a Trump Administration. IF they only want a partner to defend them so they can build their postmodern utopia, we need to leave.

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  8. Rehabilitation? How about Pol Pot style re-education? That's my preference.

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  9. I'm waiting to see what Mad Dog will do about putting men sexually excited by other men -- some to the point where they geld themselves and cosplay as women -- in the showers and latrines and barracks and slit trenches with healthy American men. Given the way he soft-soaped the issue during his confirmation hearings, I'm not holding my breath. The incidence of same-sex rape has damn near trebled just since DADT ended. He has to know that.

    You can't win the culture wars if you don't fight.

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    1. Showers, latrines, barracks, and trenches?
      When we get to that point, things will certainly revert.
      For now we're going to have a dramatic rise in couch-surfing drone pilots... The issues you raise certainly identify a conflict, but we may not have to address it.

      Our culture has been about *enabling* the next generation, but now it's about *coddling* the next generation. This goes all the way from the small scale (helicopter parenting) to the big scale: "ohhh... we might be imperceptibly messing up the environment... and our future generations need to be pampered idiots who are never required to face any challenges.. so let's try to PLAY GOD by pretending to be able to control our own development and pretending to be able to predict the friggin long term macroscopic climate trend... we'll do this because our children are going to be hopeless idiots who can't solve problems!"

      Our forefathers invented the nuclear bomb (or at least mine did)... they didn't stop and say "hey.. this is too dangerous for our idiot kids to have, why don't we just surrender to the japanese instead?" Instead, they *graciously* left that challenge to future generations, and we seem to have handled it. If only *progressives* had such confidence in THEIR children.

      Sorry for my diatribe!

      - reader #1482

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  10. I believe it was Coulter who said, months back, "Trump's foes do not take him seriously, but take his words literally. Trump's supporters take him seriously, but do not take his words literally."

    Sums up what we have been through, and will continue to have to endure.

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  11. Do your part; Trigger the snowflakes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn9Xsmj942E

    http://imgur.com/a/08OQ3

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  12. Just found your blog and it surely looks interesting. I wasn't a Trump supporter either (preferred Bernie) but I'm very glad Hillary didn't make it. Great to see that the inauguration day went smoothly.

    I was curious, what is your view on the plausible pedophilia scandal (aka pizzagate)? The story seems to be spreading wider and wider. Just asking because you understand the inner workings of the government and probably have a ton of sources.

    Anyway, please keep blogging, I will certainly keep tabs

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  13. The big deal with the inauguration is that it wasn't that of President Hillary Clinton.

    Good old God, eh?

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    1. Maybe, as Bismarck said, God looks after drunkards, fools, little children, and the USA.

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  14. "He seems intent on trying to do what he said he would try to do: drain the swamp and return our country to its people. That's a tall order, and, frankly, I don't think he will succeed 100%." I agree. Will he have the guts to go against the civil service/bureaucracy in the manner needed. As former President of Bechtel, SoS George Schults found out how hard it was to change the direction of State. Good luck Mr. President

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