As the hugely consequential Trump presidency enters its second year we have much to be thankful for. America got the change-election it voted for and though Trump continues to be vilified, the nonsensical barbs roll off him because Trump is making an enormous difference and plenty of Americans respect his ability to get things done.
Still, 2018 roared in with a devious tell-all Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury containing an abundance of Bannon-sourced Trump criticisms that make Bannon’s inconsistent behavior appear loopy if not manically unhinged. Bannon has lost his credibility. In Ben Domenech’s review, he describes Fire and Fury as Bannon’s book. “The book begins and ends with Steve Bannon, who Wolff makes no effort to disguise as his primary source for, well, virtually everything in this book.” Its intent is to portray Trump as a sleazy, marginally competent, unstable demagogue but this is no worse than the disgraceful MSM whose agenda, promoting the Russia Collusion narrative, has collapsed. What’s thought provoking here is Bannon’s not so insignificant involvement in this book.
Hard to assess Bannon’s bizarre narcissistic approach to politics, his attempt to sabotage the Trump administration and his inability to present a cohesive picture that makes sense. He seems confused or maybe disturbed.
Didn’t Bannon tell us he’s got Trump’s back? Who is Steve Bannon?
The book will likely pass into the Trump-bashing netherworld – a place where such drivel will be disregarded by the American public as they see their job opportunities expand. We’ll see an uptick in attitude, quality of life and well-being that the left will find unacceptable though they seem to be the likely losers in their scenario-of-hate that pits leftism against the people of America.
The left is running out of ammunition. Dinesh D’Souza tells us their progressive circus tent is collapsing.
Yet in spite of ongoing attacks, Trump has an uncanny ability to use the press and social media to his advantage and as vicious as his enemies are, he seems able to override it with accomplishments that make him an intriguing if not highly talented and engaging individual we should never underestimate.
Here’s how it works: Trump has approximately 80 to 90 million social media followers – a large swath of electorate who go straight to social media to learn what he really means. It’s Trump’s direct connection with the people that shrewdly obviates ‘fake’. Many criticize Trump for his unconsidered tweets but he uses social media brilliantly employing ridicule not so different from Saul Alinsky who encourages it. The left’s bible, Rules for Radicals, lends itself to Trump’s natural style. His tweets are objectionable only because they’re highly effective.
Trump’s first year delivered plenty and because of it, 2018 is likely to reveal its stunning potential. Trump gave us a new tax law not seen in 30 years; we have an all time stock market high with a GDP of 3% that screams prosperity; we see a stricken Pakistan whose U.S. allowance has been severely cut. The message: you accommodate terrorists we write you off; ISIS once governed substantial territories at the start of 2017 and is now a diminished version of its former self; Jerusalem is Israel’s historical capital which Trump made official. Ideologically lame American Jews are scrambling to make sense of how Trump managed to sanction Jerusalem while being branded an anti-Semitic president. Perhaps they should think and look again at the Obama administration. Then it might make sense.
Neil Gorsuch is an associate Justice of the Supreme Court who cements a conservative majority on the Court. Trump will likely see more SC vacancies which will stabilize the court for decades.
Regulations have been slashed enabling corporations to conduct business with greater economic freedom. They’re bringing jobs back to America with a significantly reduced corporate tax of 21%. New tax laws, job creation and rising growth are kicking off unprecedented optimism. High consumer confidence is in evidence and this year promises to be no exception.
The nimble cadence with which Trump has delivered is unprecedented and tells us presidents can get things done but it’s never happened before, not like this! We are shocked to see him implement policies that really make America great. Previous presidents kept America tied up in bad policies. The two Bush presidencies changed little. They were Islam apologists, Saudi Arabia chums, open border supporters with a trade and tax status quo that showed no initiative for change, We hope future presidents can act similarly to get things done. We know what we don’t want – more Romney, McCain, McConnell and the wretched list of self serving politicians who now monopolize much of our congress.
Our electorate contributes to bad congressmen when we see Orrin Hatch’s congressional seat sought now by Romney. Romney thwarts progress with his no-go ideas and hate Trump agenda. Clueless Utah will deliver his brand of nothing.
There are other considerations. The insufferable deep state skates along, their smug complacency predicated on their seeming invincibility. This writer speculates their comfort zone may splinter this year as the noose against rule-of-law-flagrant-abusers and outright law breakers begins to tighten. If we don’t punish wrongdoers, they will proliferate. That’s a message Trump has yet to send but he needs more time to pursue justice against previous leaders whose corruption and crimes are now emerging front and center with plenty of evidence.
Things are escalating. The Trump concocted Russian collusion never existed but Hillary’s pay-to-play did along with her Russian Uranium One deal. Hillary’s now under two investigations. Comey’s been exposed as a leaker of classified information. The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS for the Steele anti-Trump opposition dossier used to spy on Trump associates and adopted by FBI leaders who willingly conspired to get Trump. The dossier went first to the FBI who deemed its intelligence credible. It wasn’t. Then to the press. Christopher Steele has been referred to federal law-enforcement officials for criminal investigation by Judiciary Committee senators Grassley and Graham. The Dossier bank records are now revealed, Cautious Republicans seem motivated to finally fight back and firemen recently extinguished a fire in the Clinton’s Chappaqua house. Intentional? That’s anyone’s guess.
The American public is itching for comeuppance – the kind that puts bad people behind bars.
We see Trump doing things no one else does. Pardoning Julian Assange – if you were hunting lizards you’d want Assange on your team; effectively calling out the ‘fake news media’ which has taken a toll especially on CNN; confronting rogue North Korea, a hideous third world country with its own nuclear arsenal, starving its people and intimidating the world for decades that no country has had the courage to oppose, not even South Korea.
Trump’s agenda is significant with enormous ramifications. He’s America’s first wartime president in this culture war. We’ve got a man in the White House who knows how to fight and he’s crushing it!
Townhall’s Evan Sayat says it brilliantly: So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.
In comparison, Wolff’s book of sordid Bannon tales will titillate but for most of us, it won’t matter a lick.
Stay tuned! 2018 is here!!