As David Brooks says, the anti-Trump folks are getting dumber, and that is saying something. Some people, en masse, have just lost their minds with regard to Trump.
Look, he’s not a Nazi. He’s not a white supremacist. He DOES have a big mouth that gets him into trouble. He does tweet too much. He rightly believes (as do many of us) that the deep state fears him and would go to almost any lengths to take him out. The economy is doing about as well as anyone could expect. Black unemployment levels are at the lowest levels in HISTORY. ISIS is decimated. (Not that Middle East adventurism is a good idea, but some will like what we pulled there.) North Korea is at the negotiating table.The gloom of the Obama years does seem to be lifting.
Trump needs to get rid of the retrograde Sessions. Resurrecting the drug war is stupid, very stupid.
But generally speaking, Trump’s done pretty well. Especially considering the maniacal opposition.
And this maniacal opposition just keeps getting weirder and indeed, dumber. There is a whole part of this country, encouraged by an #oldmedia that fears for its future, that has just spiraled down into bizarro world.
If you were for George Soros backed, corporate backed Hillary Clinton who rigged the primaries in violation of everything the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for, you’re not part of any “Resistance.” You are just doing the bidding of your government and corporate masters. The “resistance” bumper sticker brigades are mostly just a bunch of compliant serfs who don’t realize they are being manipulated.
In many respects, even though he is not the “resistance,” that is/was Ron Paul and the libertarian constitutional movement, Donald Trump is way closer to any “resistance” than most Democrats.
Obama was for the TPP. Obama was for undermining American sovereignty for the benefit of international corporations and organizations. Clinton was for the neoconservative empire and had many neocons on her side (including David Brooks). Clinton was sponsored by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Her son-in-law blew up a hedge fund. The Saudis and the Qataris (and the Russians?) lined up to do business with Clinton Inc.
But some people get bent out of shape because Trump referred to someone as “Miss Piggy.” Interesting how many of the people who hate Trump probably lionize one of the great misogynists of the presidency JFK. Not to mention “Bro-Choice” Bill Clinton. “Me, bro-choice? Yeah you better believe it. I would have never made it out of Little Rock if it wasn’t for you know what.”
The truth is the anti-Trump folks have gotten dumber and more desperate. First it was they were going to get the electoral college to overturn the election. Then it was Russia. Then that didn’t work either. Now it’s that Trump is nuts.
Trump is no more nuts than any president. JFK was on pain drugs (for his back), and took anti-anxiety meds too (Stelazine). LBJ had horrible fits of depression. Nixon, many people believed had similar issues. Carter, was stable but clueless. Reagan was probably not as mentally sharp as he should have been in the second half of his presidency. George Bush, was probably reasonably stable, though there was an argument that he dealt with depression too and didn’t really want to win in 1992. Bill Clinton? The guy obviously has a sexual compulsivity issue. (A mental disposition that could be exploited if there ever was one.) GW Bush was an alcoholic. Obama used cocaine in his youth, was addicted to Marlboro REDS (serious cigarettes), and once said that he’d visited “all 57 states” in the union. They were all nuts to some degree. Trump is just one in a long line and on the whole probably no worse than many of these guys. Shoot, in some regard probably significantly better.
BUT he did call out Obama, the golden child of a certain group of people in the media and within the bureaucracy. They hate that Trump is unwinding what little (thankfully) Obama was able to achieve in his 8 years. That’s what gets them. And as more and more gets unwound the anti-Trumpers seem to get a little more disconnected from reality.
(From The New York Times)
First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected from his tweetstorms or the media coverage. They generally say that he is affable, if repetitive. He runs a normal, good meeting and seems well-informed enough to get by…
…I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information. More anti-Trumpers seem to be telling themselves a “Madness of King George” narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us.
I’d like to think it’s possible to be fervently anti-Trump while also not reducing everything to a fairy tale.
Indeed. If many of the the anti-Trump people didn’t seem like they were wandering around is some sort of delusion, muttering to themselves about the 25th Amendment, and stretching their pu–y hats over their eyes like 4 year olds many of us would take them much more seriously.
When you want to get serious we are here, ready to engage. There are lots of reasonable, thinking people, ready to engage. But if you continue to indulge in delusion you will only find yourself more marginalized.
You guys are wasting an opportunity with the craziness. There are many issues that concern conservatives and libertarians with regard to Trump. But as long as the tantrum continues we HAVE to put you in a corner, at least some of the time. For all our sakes.