This morning (November 11) I read Greg Sheridan and Paul Kelley in The Australian. It was the first I time remember when the name Trump was not accompanied by a personal insulting descriptor. The irony to me was that no commentator (even putative conservative ones) could resist personally insulting him in the basest of terms, while decrying Trump’s crass language. Stuffed to the gills with insufferable moralising know-alls, the MSM have been temporally put in their place. But, don’t be fooled, they are sharpening their vituperative PC pens, waiting the opportunity to continue the anti-Trump tirades.
Some aren’t waiting. Peter van Onselen is keeping up the vituperation. In fact, he said that he was on the verge of tearing up his US passport. ‘On the verge’ is the operative term. Don’t expect those US entertainers who threatened to leave the country if Trump were to win to actually leave — unfortunately. They will be just ‘on the verge’ of doing so. The word ‘pathetic’ comes to my mind.
The problem I found with all of the coverage of the election in the US and here was that so many column inches where devoted to bucketing Trump personally that his policy proposals hardly got a look in. When they did they were distorted to make him look bad. For example, he is going to tear up free trade deals and put a large tariff on Chinese imported goods. How naive can journalists get. Trump is a negotiator. First there is no such thing as free trade. Free trade deals are the end result of horse trading. Second, he wants a better deal for US companies. He won’t get that by simply asking for it with no sanctions in his back pocket.
Another example, he is going to desert allies. No, he wants them to stump up their ‘fair share’ (should appeal to liberals) of military spending. Again, they are not going to do that it as a result of simply being asked.
Trump’s policies of appointing Supreme Court justices who will follow the Constitution, repealing and replacing Obamacare, negotiating better trade deals, securing the border, chucking out felonious illegal aliens, stopping immigration of people from countries which breed Islamic terrorism, building up the depleted military, defeating ISIS, tearing up or improving the Iranian deal, repairing the relationship with Israel, lowering business taxes, lessening regulations, freeing up the production of conventional energy, giving school choice to people in the inner cities, giving hospital choice to veterans, and repairing broken infrastructure all seem pretty sensible to me, and consistent with a conservative agenda.
A reminder, we — the whole of the Western world — are in a mess. We are in a financial mess and our cultural values are under attack from within. The universities and the media have been completely infiltrated by the open-borders, national-self-loathing, unpatriotic left. The public services have been taken over by the self-interested left. The fact that Washington DC voted so overwhelming Democrat (93 % for Clinton and 4% for Trump) is a stark barometer of the state of play. And perhaps the most sinister development of all, the rapid growth of Muslim populations, which wish to live inside Western nations but by anti-Western values.
Trump will not succeed in draining the swamp. The swamp is too deep and extensive. The game is probably lost. And yet, and yet, he is the last, best hope. Maybe he can lead not only a US movement but, by his inspiration, a movement throughout Europe and Australia. A take-back-our-country and our-values movement.
I became totally impatient with those who reluctantly supported Trump because he was better than Clinton; who expressed a need to hold their noses while voting for him. He is the only person who can change the game. He is the only person who has any chance at all of rolling back history. He is a disrupter par excellence when the times are crying out for a disrupter.
We are heading for disaster and some prissy folk worry that he might have touched up a few ladies in his time. I have a shock for them. I have long suspected that something is going on between men and women, which has men and women, but more often men, acting like jackasses at times. Jack Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Bob Hawke et al, et al.
Let me give my view. Trump is a decent man – as shown by his children and his loyal friends and employees drawn from all backgrounds – he is a highly competent man who knows the value of having good people around him, and he sees through the elites who are tearing down America. He is the only man for the times. God is obviously looking after America by putting him in the right place at the right time.