Off and Running…

So here we are, two days into a Donald Trump administration, and divided as ever. Following are some observations. Hopefully you will find something of interest herein!

The President is thin skinned. This hardly makes him unique. He replaced a man who could not countenance any viewpoint but his own. Mr. Obama not only eschewed Republicans on the Hill, he spent the better part of eight years ignoring members of his own party. Barack Obama came to Washington on a mission to change our country. There are those in mourning because his time ran out. There are also those who were counting the days until he left office. You can put this author in the latter category. History will judge and, of course, history is written by the winners. It will take time before history does its judging.

President Trump’s thin skin seems to lean toward the trite and insignificant. He is a showman, and any criticism aimed at him or his audience will draw an immediate response. The most recent example of this is the mainstream media’s suggestion that the inaugural crowds may not have been all that large. President Trump took umbrage and spent most of his first full day in office attacking the media for its outlandish lies. I fervently hope our new President grows a thicker skin. If he doesn’t, he will be like a 95 year old on coumadin who falls and cuts himself.

The March on Washington. Ummmmm, ok…but just a few questions for all y’all. 

  1. Do you feel horribly treated by the United States of America?
  2. Can you think of another country where you have more rights and a better ability to pursue your dreams?
  3. How much time have you spent trying to help millions of Muslim women who aren’t allowed even a semblance of freedom?
  4. Are you focused on human trafficking and what you can do to help those lost souls?
  5. Has Donald Trump hurt you and prevented you from living your life? I mean, has he already done so much damage that a march protesting him in advance of day one has an iota of rational thought behind it?
  6. Once and for all, stop using every excuse under the sun to talk about your right to do whatever you want with your body. Nobody in 2017 is telling you what you can or can’t do with your body. There are laws written and millions of Americans who believe that you cannot decide what to do with another person’s body that happens to reside within you. So let me be clear. I am not touching the “A” word here. I am simply saying that the majority of people are tired seeing a false argument become the premise for yet another demonstration against anyone, anywhere, anyhow.

OK, now some of you are mad at me, because those are obnoxious questions, and I am touching the third rail of political discourse. I get it, but here’s the deal. You have your right to protest, and you have your right to disagree. And we Republicans support your right to do so. But here is a news flash. We are allowed to disagree with you. What we implore you to do is recognize that people have different opinions and its time for those on the left to engage in civil discourse and not immediately disparage all those who disagree with them. Republicans have been banished from the playing field of expression for the past eight years. We’re back. Deal with it.

As for all you anarchists who broke windows and destroyed property across the country, we Republicans have no time or sympathy for you. You are law breaking muckrakers, and the sooner you spend some time in the crow bar motel, the better. Try this on for size; get a job and become a productive member of society. And when you go for your interview, take the nose ring out; boogers get stuck on it, and it can be off-putting for the person interviewing you.

I remain solidly behind the vast majority of President Trump’s cabinet choices. The irony of democrat criticism is rich! Did any democrat protest the personal wealth of John Kerry when he was approved as Secretary of State? The answer is “no” and the point is that that they shouldn’t have! Since when is personal wealth a crime? Since when is it wrong for people to succeed in our capitalist system? The world has been turned upside down when personal success and the wealth that comes with it are deemed to be unworthy. Shame on the democrats for incessantly playing the demagogue game. Politics of envy are insidiously evil and destructive.

The mainstream media lambasted Mr. Trump for his failure to address all Americans during his inaugural address. Say what? You can read the text of his address here. Following is an excerpt. 

“At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

I’m sorry, but you you tell me how Mr. Trump was excluding some Americans in his speech? Give me a break. Here’s the deal folks. The left will never give this man a chance. To the left, we are doomed and we will be until another democrat is elected President. So buckle your seats belts, because the ride will be bumpy from day one. The interesting thing is that President Trump and his press secretary aren’t going to take this lying down. They will be on the offensive from day one, and they will take their message straight to the American people if they feel they are being stymied by a biased press. It’s a whole new ballgame.

Back to the cabinet, the choice who seems to be taking the most heat is Betsy DeVos. She supports school choice and myriad forms of voucher programs. Her vocal support for alternatives to failed public schools that have left so many of our inner city children behind has put her right in the public teachers’ union bullseye. Ladies and Gentlemen, Betsy DeVos does not advocate dismantling our public school system. She wants to create choice and alternatives when and where our public school system has failed us. We can’t do any worse than the status quo has managed to do for us, so for crying out loud, let’s see what she and the Trump administration  can do to help the people who most need to be helped!

I could go on, but researches say readers start losing interest after 1250 words, and I am at 1243. 

More to follow!

Comments

  1. Ralph Mucerino says

    Jim

    Well written and on point,as usual. You are touching upon a major issue relative to the liberals disparagement of anyone with a differing opinion. Another point to consider is the frequent use of profanity in public statements on issues. Some of the signs in the march were disgusting. The Madonna comments relative to the White House crossed the line and sound criminal to me. The truth is that the liberals will seek to delegitimatize the Trump Presidency as the 2020 reelection strategy. The Republican response is to work with President Trump to deliver jobs, improve healthcare and education and deal with threats to our national safety.

    • says

      You are spot on Ralph. And re Madonna, can you imagine if a Republican celebrity had uttered such nonsense when Obama was twice elected? He or she would have been prosecuted!

  2. john palffy says

    Exactly. Very Rational Discourse. Accordingly it will be to no avail to those who need to hear it most. I am concerned that the combination of myopic violence on the left combined with the worst traits of Steve Bannon and POTUS could lead to a stalemate or anarchy. The left is yielding the higher ground to POTUS, he is defending it better, but still too thin skinned

  3. John J Segreto says

    Hi Jim:
    Fantastic article and great read. Totally agree with your comments. Warmest Regards, John Segreto

  4. Cousin Quirk says

    First, great photo of your Father’s Sister and trust her and President Bush’s recovery continues in a strong fashion.

    Love him, as I do, or hate him, as Meryl Streep does, one must admit that President 45 is doing exactly as he said he would do. The best news is the demise of the”Main Stream” media, they are totally unhinged. With press approval at 14% and new technology allowing direct communication, “Main Stream” media will soon be in the garbage heap of history.

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