Friday, 9 December 2016

Democrats aren't afraid Trump will be terrible but that he'll succeed

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Democrats aren't afraid Donald Trump will be a terrible President but that he'll succeed. 

Not succeed in their terms, but in his. If he does so he will change the zeitgeist and the limits of acceptable discourse. In fact whether he succeeds (let's measure it by winning reelection handsomely, though at 74 he might be better advised to be a one term president) or even if he fails badly, his election has changed things hugely. For Democrats (apart from the ones who voted for Mr. Trump) it's a case of never glad confident morning again.

So far, judging by his appointments, this looks like it might be a very good administration. I am pleased that the President-elect took a call from the Taiwanese leader. And like the fuss by Democrats who fear this will arouse Chinese wrath. So what? 



I love the appointment of Marine General George 'Mad Dog' Mattis as Secretary of Defense. It gives me hope, simply because he's called Mad Dog. If that weren't enough, he produced this piece of life counselling:
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room.
I do hope, though, that the Neo-Cons will be kept out. 

An Englishman wrote to me today saying,
I have just got back from the US and I am beginning to think Trump will be seen as the equivalent of a disruptive new entrant in the business environment. Time will judge his success, but his approach reminds me of Jack Welch of GE, forthright and straight to the heart of the matter; and it is gaining wider appeal, even from his opponents, where one can sense grudging respect.
And I saw this on Facebook:
For those of you freaking out about "how do we explain that mean Donald Trump to our children?" I submit the following:

"Mommy, Daddy, is it true President Kennedy ordered the assassination of the Vietnamese President? Is it true President Johnson wiretapped Martin Luther King to try and blackmail him? Is it true President Nixon hired burglars to ransack his political opponent's office?"

8 comments:

  1. It's been an interesting time over here since his election. I live on the far left coast in a college town. The reaction of the folks who felt Hillary was inevitable and laughed at us "deplorables" reminds me of Lincoln'quote on Rosecrans following his defeat at Chickamauga. Lincoln said, "confused and stunned, like a duck hit on the head". Can't beat that descriptive poetry of Lincoln's.

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  2. I agree with your view of his appointments - his selection process is making it quite competitive and also lines up deputies if the chosen one(s) fail. Smart succession planning. Your professional eye must be enjoying this. George S

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  3. Mr. Wood

    "is it true President Kennedy ordered the assassination of the Vietnamese President?"

    No President Diem of South Vietnam was killed by Officers in his own Army who carried out a coup on behalf South Vietnamese Generals. Every coup attempt before that the Americans had said no too, but this time they didn't say yes or no, thats hardly ordering an assassination.

    Is it true President Johnson wiretapped Martin Luther King to try and blackmail him?

    No, that would be the Director of the FBI Hoover.

    Is it true President Nixon hired burglars to ransack his political opponent's office?

    And no again, as he didn't know about the burglary until afterwards. The reason he resigned was because he tried to protect those who took part. Guilty after the fact, not before.

    Mark Moncrieff
    Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future

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    1. Thank you for that helpful information.

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    2. I have read that JFK was appalled at the killing of Diem. He also discounted the first theory that Diem had committed suicide, on account of his (Diem's) Catholic faith.

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  4. Better to put gloating and whining aside and to focus on what can be achieved during a Trump presidency. As usual, Bernie Sanders adopted the right attitude.

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    1. Well said. We none of us know what is to come. My colleague Raluca, who always has very good sense, when I asked her about trump said: We needed a change.

      Of course it is a fallacy to say'We need a change. This is a change, therefore this is what we need.' I heard Michael Stewart, the former British Foreign Secretary, say that in a debate in the House of Lords. But I am hopeful.

      Niall Ferguson lets his imagination run very wild in this very good article. He hopes we'll have Teddy Roosevelt after Woodrow Wilson. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/11/21/donald-trumps-new-world-order/

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  5. Yes Ferguson, a second rate historian, is renowned for his flights of fancy.

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