Sunday, 29 January 2017

Trump's first ten days

Donald Trump is very scary.

Only 1989 was a more extraordinary time in my lifetime. And even 1989 made much more sense than Donald Trump.

The next four years will be hair raising for us all but for those who hate even mild conservatism they will be very gruelling.

Trump's strategy is to do something that outrages progressives each day until they simply don't know how to respond to the different shocks or to remember what they are outraged about.
They will be continuously on DEFCON 1, the highest state of alert for
the US forces during the Cold War (COCKED PISTOL - Nuclear war is imminent - Maximum readiness.)

Someone on Facebook said:

Why am I so angry, why so many posts, how tiring to everyone, why am I exposing my views for all my network to see? Ugh! 
And then I start reading the news. And then I get angry again. And then I post more, I need to share, I need to say it loudly: resist this man and his administration! Resist his policies! 
...and then...
I feel like I'm living in weird loops, that are quickly spiralling out downward. 
Scott Adams, as ever, puts it best.

You’re probably seeing the best persuasion you will ever see from a new president. Instead of dribbling out one headline at a time, so the vultures and critics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the playing field. You don’t know where to aim your outrage. He’s creating so many opportunities for disagreement that it’s mentally exhausting. Literally. He’s wearing down the critics, replacing their specific complaints with entire encyclopedias of complaints. And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?
He sure got a lot done.

The latest shock is that he did what he promised and everyone assumed he would not do and, with various exceptions, stopped immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the US, for three months.

The seven countries were countries previously targeted by the last administration for visa restrictions, he did much less than the complete temporary ban on Muslims entering the US which he mentioned at one point in the campaign, but outrage is everywhere.

No-one has been banned from entry. It's a three month delay.

Mr. Obama quietly reduced to a trickle the number of refugees admitted from Iraq for six months in 2011 and no-one complained.  But he tried to be very discreet and Donald Trump intends to stir up fury.

I don't see anything racist about a temporary (or even permanent) stop to immigration. No one has a right to enter a foreign country, so it seems to me. 

But I am not sure what the point of the ban is except to keep his opponents dazed and furious and racket up support in his base which he can use to control the Republicans in Congress. 

In fact the ban itself is trivial, but the reaction is fascinating and very important. Historians will struggle to understand it. 

This measure will cause inconvenience to a certain number of people but I am amazed that British politicians, including Tories, are carrying on as it it were a second Kristallnacht. 

Boris Johnson, who loudly opposed Trump when he called for a temporary suspension of Muslims coming into the USA, is once again vocal. What issue of principle is involved?

Meanwhile Donald Trump does other things unnoticed. Including preventing political advisers going into lobbying until 5 years after they leave government.

So scary times but hopeful too, for anyone who thinks the developed world is in desperate straits. 

Especially hopeful for Britain. Trump thinks Brexit paved the way to his victory so has an emotional attachment to it and to Nigel Farage, whom he told was his friend for life.

The next four years will determine US politics for decades to come, like 1933-37 did. And change the world too. I am thinking of 1933-37 in New Deal America not Germany, just in case anyone is in doubt.

Will Mr. Trump move the zeitgeist away from internationalism and towards national identity, or will he revitalise the left?

He will unite the left for sure. Can they find new ideas for new times or will they stick with identity politics and anti-discrimination? And if the latter, will those old songs still woo the crowds?


  1. Nice article. I do wonder how much outrage is fuelled by social network. Before we had to wait until a rock star sang a protest song before we were galvsnised.

  2. First Trump's opponents were accused of taking Trump literally, but not seriously. Now they are criticized for not taking him literally? How about taking him seriously and literally?


    1. This is the best explanation I have read of what he is doing.

  3. Islamic "refugees" are raping European women. Raping children. Raping grandmothers. In Sweden a woman in a wheelchair was gang raped for four hours. Another was gangraped and the savages posted it on facebook. Every week its rape, murder, rioting, arson, defecating in churches. Non-stop. Leftists don't give a crap. They want more of these people to keep coming. Until all of The West is destroyed completely. They are evil despicable traitors. There is no ''middle ground'' possible with such people, there's nothing left to discuss. They're enemies and should be treated as such.

    Trump needs to arrest the female judge obstructing his executive order and have her charged with treason. If other judges try to protest, he should declare martial law and have them all rounded up and interned.

    1. Please leave martial law for week 2. It took God 6 days to create the world.

  4. Interesting comment about the future of the left: the class struggle is out, since trumpers are 'un-educated' and blue collar workers. The identity politics is loosing ground in part based on the cry wolf phenomena and the tiredness syndrome. What is to be done indeed? For now, I see the many outrages/marches as media orchestrated, and financed crowd manipulation exercises. They cry nothing new, other than advance on the scale of vulgarity. Will these crowds hold? But there is no new message. It will be interesting to see what comes next.

  5. I have taken part in marches against Trump. "Financed/Soros" = bullshit. If you know about a paid protestor job, please send it my way. Marches have taken place in red states where people do not even know who Soros is.
    More than to policies, people marching are experiencing a visceral reaction to Trump: the stupidity, cruelty, and disgusting behavior. Today he was on a national prayer breakfast crapping on rivals and boasting about his TV ratings. Don't those who claim to be religious object? If they do not, there is something wrong.
    Trump was a surprise. I think opposition to Trump is going to be a surprise. Do not write it off.

  6. Sad the main theme is lost to you. It is the theme of liberty as a gift from God, the message of religious liberty and tolerance, and the message of faith in God. Quite a move out of the empty hope years. The more 'resistance' and opposition, the more disappointment in the left's message.