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Sunday, February 9. 2020
From an interview:
" I think that people feel that for a variety of reasons—cultural, social, political—that Trump is not deserving of the respect that most presidents receive, and therefore any means necessary to get rid of him are justified. And for some, it’s the idea that he’s had neither political or military prior experience. For others, it’s his outlandish appearance, his Queens accent, as I said, his Rodney Dangerfield presence. And for others—I think this is really underestimated—he is systematically undoing the progressive agenda of Barack Obama, which remember, was supposed to be not just an eight-year regnum, but 16 years with Hillary Clinton. That would’ve reformed the court. It would have shut down fossil fuel exploration, pipelines, more regulations—well, pretty much what Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are talking about right now. That was going to happen. And so for a lot of people, they think, “Wow, if Donald Trump is elected in 2020”—and he will be, according to the fears of Representatives Al Green or [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez or Nancy Pelosi; remember, they keep saying this impeachment is about the 2020 [election]—“we’ve got to ensure the integrity.” That’s what Nadler said today.
But if Trump is elected, that would mean eventually in five more years, [we’d have a] 7–2 Supreme Court, 75 percent of the federal judiciary [would be] conservative and traditional and constructionist. … We are the world’s largest oil and gas producer and exporter, but we probably would be even bigger. And when you look at a lot of issues, such as abortion, or identity politics, or the securing of the border, or the nature of the economy or foreign policy, they think America as we know it will be—to use a phrase from Barack Obama—“fundamentally transformed.” So that’s the subtext of it. Stop this man right now before he destroys the whole progressive project—and with it, the reputation of the media. Because the media saw this happening and they said, “You know what?”—as Jim Rutenberg in the New York Times or Christiane Amanpour have said—“… you really don’t need to be disinterested.”
Trump is beyond the pale, so it’s OK to editorialize in your news coverage. And so the Shorenstein Center has reported that 90 percent of all news coverage [of Trump] is negative. So they’ve thrown their hat in the ring and said, we’re going to be part of the Democratic progressive agenda to destroy this president. But if they fail, then their reputation goes down with the progressive project. And that’s happening now. CNN is at all-time low ratings, at least the last four years. And the network news is losing audiences, and most of the major newspapers are, as well. So there’s a lot of high stakes here. And if Donald Trump survives and were to be reelected, I don’t know what would happen on the left. It would make the 2016 reaction look tame in comparison."
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from December 12th 2019
One of the things that Pete Zeihan talks about as the background to Trump is the disengagement of the US from the post-WWII global order, and the rising nationalism and populism that we see all around the globe. That's going on not because of Trump but independent of him. To paraphrase him, a lot of the same things would be happening if Hillary had been elected just with PowerPoints instead of Tweet-storms. Until the American Left (and neo-cons) get it through their heads that the post-Cold War realignment is happening whether they want it to or not, they are going to be very unhappy campers.
I hope Trump wins again. But it's kind of funny that neither party actually has a platform. Nobody is promising lower taxes. Both parties are promising higher taxes. So is that really a choice?
You have to look at all the ingredients of your sausage before you vote.
That's funny, I've heard both Trump and Pence talking about round 2 of Tax Reform. Sounded pretty definite. Haven't heard any Republican talk about increasing taxes at all. Guess I'll have to listen a bit more.
The traditional news sources are indeed losing influence. But the ability to manipulate social media is picking up their leavings more than the conservative news sources are. If NBC and the Washington Post go the way of Time magazine, we are still not out of the woods if Twitter can control too much of the narrative with its censorship.
Trump would be - what? - 79 at the end of another term. If he doesn't complete term 2, we get Pence. Suits me. Keep them disorganized liberals out in the cold. I'm happy about the economy and DJT's record so far.
I like the Trump agenda. He has the wall under construction, immigration is getting cut, and now I would like to see the visa program shrunk. Americans filling American jobs. He is getting a handle on the administrative state and now everyone recognizes the deep state administrative state and that it MUST be accountable for administering what the PRESIDENT wants and not what they want. Cutting red tape and cutting taxes will allow the youngest generation to make a decent living instead of surviving. A conservative court will quit legislating progressive programs and likely cut back the micromanaging of life in this country. If all of this threatens the new world order/globalism then I couldn't be happier.
Man drove a van into a Trump voter registration booth in Jacksonville FL...so the Lefty political terrorism has started.
So that's nice...
Those could all be reasons that people don't like Trump. I think that the single largest reason is Trump represents an end to their power and plans. The left hates him because he is right of center and is actively reversing some of their socialist and anti-American agendas. The rino's hate him because he is exposing them for what they are and this diminishes their power. And many in the deep state hate him because they have committed crimes and he is slowly but surely exposing them and going after them. I don't think it's his looks or his accent or his brusque manner those are just things they can use to try to insult him in hopes that it weakens his base.
This is true of the hard-core bureaucratic machine, and the hard-core ideological Left. Both are focused on power.
But the academic and media worlds are full of unserious grasshoppers in thrall to status and fashion. There is also a layer of politicians who confirm the adage that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people. For these true believers it is enough that the tastemakers have put Trump on their imaginary B-list.
The impeachment farce and the Kavanaugh clearly show what the Left will do and how the Left will treat the country if ever in power again. Virginia shows how the Left demolish the 2nd Amendment.
Remember this moment if you begin to doubt our present course.
You, know, a quick observation about the SOTU address.
Trump handed out his bound speech to Pence and Pelosi before he started speaking. This should have been the first time Pelosi would have had an opportunity to see it.
This is verified as the speech unfolded, by Pelosi's facial expressions, shock and outrage or anger in reaction to the words, and occasional eye contact with (presumably) some of her fellow Democrats in the crowd.
Video clips have emerged that Pelosi surreptitiously tore several pages of the speech below table level, before Trump got started, apparently to test that it could be done successfully later.
At the end of the speech, Pelosi ostentatiously ripped the pages in have in 3 or 4 batches and discarded them on the dais top in front of her. On her way out of Congress, she told the Press that she ripped them because it was a "Manifesto of Mistruths" and so forth.
Question: If Pelosi was hearing the speech for the first time, and ripped it up because she was outraged about its content - then why was she practicing before the speech even commenced? Or did she [i]lie?
I am going with Pelosi lied and not for the first time.
I suspect part of the Media's problem is that they thought they controlled the narrative, they could tip the scales depending on how they wanted things to go, and they are finding out that just isn't the case. They may have some superficial influence with certain cohorts, but fundamentally they are seeing how little power they really have, and how quickly the nation's population discounts and discards them. And that is really damaging to their business model.