are now nearly a quarter of the way through the entire Trump presidency
— and, depending how the 2018 elections go, we could be at the halfway
Here are some headlines from that presidency:
“Defying Turkey, U.S. Decides to Arm Kurds in Syria”
“Iraqi Leader, in Washington, Gets Trump’s Assurance of U.S. Support”
“Trump Administration Lifts Sanctions on Sudan, Citing Progress”
“Trump Plans Visit to Asia to Buttress Korea Policy”
There are thousands of ’em, day after monotonous day.
the last 10 months, has a single manufacturing job been created in
Trump’s America? Has there been one opioid death avoided? Has 1 foot of
the wall been built?
No, just more of this:
“Trump Praises Philippine President in Call Transcript”
“Trump’s Attempt to End the Saudi-Qatar Stalemate Ends in Recriminations”
realize that Trump’s main campaign issues, immigration and trade, were
kryptonite to his opponents. The Democrats, the media, even Republicans
threw everything they had at Trump — a Russian dossier intended to sway
the election, an illegally obtained hot-mic tape, 100 percent negative
news coverage for 15 straight months.
He still won.
Democrats know how Trump did it — and, unfortunately, they also know how to use the same kryptonite against him.
You will notice that smart liberals are NOT saying, We need more pussyhats, more angry rhetoric, more Rachel Maddow conspiracy theories!
No, the smart liberals are begging Democrats to steal the central
components of Trump’s death-defying campaign: immigration and
Andrew Sullivan recently wrote in New York
magazine: “I don’t believe it’s disputable at this point that the most
potent issue behind the rise of the far right in America and Europe is
mass immigration. It’s a core reason that Trump is now president.” He
called the Democrats’ sudden decision to treat illegal immigrants as a
beloved constituency “political suicide.”
this week, former Obama administration official Steven Rattner called
on Democrats to abandon liberal shibboleths and focus on winning the
votes of “white working-class men.” Wage stagnation, he wrote in a New
York Times op-ed, is “our most pressing economic challenge.”
of course, several months ago, the Democrats’ meticulous pollster,
Stanley Greenberg, produced a report telling Democrats that, to beat
Trump, they need to win back “the nation’s working class communities,
starting in the formerly industrial states and Upper Midwest.”
What does a laid-off steelworker, his town drowning in Mexican heroin, think when he reads daily headlines like these:
“Trump Suggests Bigger U.S. Role in Syria Conflict”
“U.S. Warship Approaches an Island Claimed by China”
I’m glad we elected Trump! I haven’t been able to sleep at night,
worrying about the Syrians and that island claimed by China.
What do the Angel Moms, whose kids were murdered by illegal aliens, think when reading these bulletins:
“As Trump’s Peacemaker, Kushner Finds Common Goals, and Friction, in Mideast Trip”
“Trump Won’t Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Yet”
Well, we didn’t get the wall, but thank God it’s pedal-to-the-metal on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!
the end of Trump’s term in office, I promise you, the Israelis and
Palestinians will not be living in peace and harmony. Kim Jong-un will
not have called for democratic elections. ISIS, al-Shabaab, al-Qaida and
the Muslim head-choppers du jour will not have suddenly become
The rest of the world will still be a godforsaken cesspool.
why Trump’s campaign slogan to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” was such a
hit. Beyond the self-evident attractiveness of a president caring about
us, instead of the rest of the world, fixing our country is at least
something that’s achievable.
Our tender ministrations in Iraq,
Afghanistan and 200 other countries Congress is unaware we’ve even sent
troops to has accomplished nothing good, and all too often a lot that’s
We haven’t been able to get our leaders to focus on America’s
problems for 30 years. The seduction of foreign policy is too great.
War, military strikes, treaties — if you’re president, these are the
antidote to whatever ails you! Presidents wear the mantle of national
security like an amulet.
Any international conflict means a
president can’t be criticized abroad. His short-term poll numbers will
go sky-high. Even a dunderhead can feel like a master strategist when
threatening to deploy the full force of the U.S. military. (See Nikki
The rest of the world’s problems will never be solved, but it seems so adult and serious to be “working” on them.
We need to go into the Situation Room, sir. The Democratic Republic of Noos
Noos has sent a disturbing cable.
Yes, absolutely! Cancel the rest of my day that I was going to spend fulfilling my campaign promises.
ever there was a presidential candidate who seemed immune to the siren
song of “foreign policy,” we thought it was Trump. We voted for a
reality TV star. We didn’t want “gravitas.”
Instead, the smart
set’s contempt for Trump seems to have sent him headlong into a fevered
obsession with the goings-on in North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia,
Pakistan, Guam, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Qatar, Niger and
little Burkina Faso.
No one cares enough to read past the
headlines. There won’t be any snippy lower court judges issuing
frame-worthy rebukes of Trump’s travel ban or thousands of women showing
up on the National Mall in pussyhats.
So there’s peace.
But there will be no change. Not in the rest of the world and not in the country Trump promised to make great again.
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