Trump ‘s Enemies on Right and Left–A Plague on Both their Houses
The Trumpster is in trouble again. In this week’s tempest in a teapot, he is: A) Derided for apparently backing off on the promise to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem—Mark Levin is livid, and I can’t imagine why! B) Accused of sharing information with the Russians on how to fight ISIS—the news room of the Washington Post is said to have cheered the report. C) Deserted by the professionally dumb blond of the conservative press, Ann Coulter.
In reverse order: If you have ever cared about what Ms Coulter—a perpetual adolescent who will not act or dress her age, or even get an age-appropriate haircut, then you have my condolences. Think of her as the GOP’s answer to Lady Gaga or as Kim Kardashian with a law degree, and your delusion will pass. All that matters to Ann is getting her name in the news, and neither facts nor decency has ever got in her way. I hope this is the last time I see her name on this website.
As for Trump sharing information on terrorists with the Russians, this is not only defensible but right and proper. The Russians have tried to help us in the past—and we ignored them to our cost. Yes, there are frictions, some of then caused by Putin’s overweening ambition and part of it stemming from the dishonesty and bad manners of the Obama and Trump administrations. But any member of Congress who seeks to make hay out of this alleged indiscretion is morally a traitor to his country, especially since there is no evidence to persuade us that the charges have any validity. As much as I despise the Republicans, the party of Maxine Waters and Chuck Schumer needs to be forced into exile.
And, when the Washington Post's staffers cheer a partisan news story, they give up the lest shred of decency, which was the leftist news media's pretense of objectivity. It was always a lie, of course, but some hypocrisy is necessary in public life. What the American media apparently cannot understand is either the fact that they are despised by half the population of the United States or why.
Finally, the Jerusalem kerfuffle. Listening for a few moments of Levin, I thought I had slipped into Glen Beck’s parallel universe. For “the great one,” Donald is not only betraying the most important campaign promise; he is committing a grave injustice. Using the language of the ultra-Zionists that I have heard ridiculed in Israel by senior policy experts, he insisted on referring to Samaria and Galilee and claimed they were the perpetual possession of Israel in the ancient world. In fact, Solomon gave up Galilee, which was only recovered at the end of the Second Century B.C. Thirty years ago, I was opposing such moves, but after decades of Islamic terrorism, I do not see any practical policy but to support Battleship Israel, Europe’s last great colony. This is a difficult situation, and Trump is right to walk delicately. Netanyahu is looking for a big victory, but it may be premature. Whatever he does, he should nothing precipitously.
Let me say it again: Like many people, I voted for Donald Trump, knowing that he is more or less a buffoon. By this I did not mean to suggest he is stupid: Far from it, he is probably intellectually the sharpest man in the White House in many decades, maybe since Herbert “Wonder Boy” Hoover, and I have no doubt he will be a better President than Hoover.
No, he is not stupid, but he behaves like an irrational spoiled adolescent—and gets away with it. I don’t know him personally, thank goodness, and I don’t have to watch him on TV or listen to him on the radio, and I don’t. His courage makes Trump the President America needs; his bad manners, lack of dignity, and childish lack of self-control make him the President this country deserves.
I voted for Trump for two reasons. The second reason is that he promised he would implement policies that any sane American should applaud: Halt or at least dramatically slow down the invasion of illegal immigrants from South America, crack down on terrorism, dismantle trade and tax policies that are costing the United States hundreds of thousands of decent jobs. The first reason, however, is that he is not only not Hillary Clinton but that he is nothing like her and her Republican clones, John McCain, Lindsay Lightfooted Graham, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz…..
I figured from the beginning, a Trump administration would be a great success if it delivered half of what it promised on half the major issues. We knew perfectly well that any other candidate—especially any candidate favored by the so-called religious so-called right—would act out the biblical story of Rehoboam : “Bush and Obama scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”
But even if Trump does not deliver 10% of one promise, I still support him. In the 1970’s many political mavericks tried to put “None of the Above” on ballots. For the most part they failed. But in 2016, Americans were given the chance to reject the entire political class. That is what dummies like Ann Coulter and the editors of the Washington Post do not understand. A plague on both their houses!