We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Deplorables grew furious as amnesty Democrats and especially corporate Republicans preached about the values of open borders and unchecked illegal immigration—but never quite experienced first-hand the effects their policies had on distant others. Influential advocates of lax border security tended to put their kids in private schools, lived in mostly apartheid communities, saw illegal aliens largely as cheap labor and personal servants, did not have any personal desire to live among, befriend, tutor or mentor those they championed—and assuaged their guilt by blasting their own fellow conservative with charges of xenophobia and nativism...
Yes, Centrist. It's only in contrast to Obama that he seems conservative.
And, in international affairs, he has been better than most of his predecessors. Obama, for one, was an embarrassment to the US. Even China humiliated him by making him get out the rear of his airplane with no big welcome.
Some of us who are actually following what he has been doing rather than the Fake News would give him rather high marks. He's done better than any president since Reagan, especially in systematically and quietly dismantling all of Obama's illegal actions and trying to get our economy moving again after 8 years of depression.
"And, in international affairs, he has been better than most of his predecessors. Obama, for one, was an embarrassment to the US. Even China humiliated him by making him get out the rear of his airplane with no big welcome."
I lived in Asia for many years, and the proper response to that slap in the face by the Chinese government should have been to refuel and fly back to the US without ever getting out of the airplane.
One thing I will give Trump, he understands the importance of 'saving face' when dealing with the Chinese - in both directions. Trump talks up China even as he explains that the US will be changing direction in terms of international trade policy. Hence the dinner in the Forbidden City and the military parade.
And a centrist is probably what't needed more than anything.
He can appeal to most of the Republican base, and probably to a good chunk of the Democrat base as well if only they get to realise what he really is rather than what the communist press makes him out to be (which may well be happening as real results are having real positive effects on their lives).
The hardline left that now forms the core of the Dem party is never going to be swayed by anyone right of Bernie or Joe, they're unsalvagable. But weakening their influence on the voter base is just what the doctor ordered.