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President Trump

Hard to believe it has finally happened. Trump is the President of the United States, and Obama is just some guy living in a mansion in Kalorama with a newly-built imposing brick wall surrounding it.

The mainstream media didn’t like his speech and said it wasn’t a uniting speech, when in fact the speech was devoid of issues, he didn’t even mention immigration. It was an attack on the Washington establishment, but for 95% of people watching the speech on television who aren’t part of the establishment, whether they are well-off or poor, regardless of their race, could see themselves as among the Americans who Trump promises to help. Trumpism is a big tent in which everyone is welcome except for the mainstream media, Washington politicians and government bureaucrats. Trumpism is far superior to the pre-Trump Republican Party which was a small tent in which you weren’t welcome if you were pro-choice or for various other sins against TruCon orthodoxy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

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  1. I loved the whole thing, but my favorite part is how he put the terms “America First” and [variations on] “protectionist” front and center, to make it absolutely clear he’s not afraid of nor interested in compromising with the Davoisie who throw them around as pejoratives.

    he didn’t even mention immigration.

    This is the kind of counterintuitive semantic technicality that lawyers love to point out, but at least two of the three references to “borders” are obviously about immigration and one is ambiguous. Speaking in terms of counterintuitive semantic technicalities, he also didn’t mention tariffs or renegotiating trade deals, or anything about the Iraq War or the campaign against ISIS.

    snorlaxwp

    January 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    • Dittoes. President Trump spoke again and again of putting Americans first. That implies he will NOT put any tird-world immigrant’s desire to invade America, go on welfare, and commit crimes above the safety, security, and prosperity of Americans. He will build that wall.

      hard9bf

      January 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

  2. I’m really glad Trump is president. But feeling slightly sad, as a Canadian. we need our own Trump. Our current prime minister is a complete idiot.

    Rosenmop

    January 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    • Isn’t the Mr. Wonderful guy from “Shark Tank” going to try to overthrow Trudeau? That guy is pretty funny and sharp, at least on the TV. I have no idea if he is a protectionist or anti-immigrant or whatever.

      Gozo

      January 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      • O’Leary is no Trump, and if he wants to attract the conservative base, he’s going to have to seriously retract or disavow some of his past offhand comments. Still, as long as he can spank Trudeau Jr., I’m all in for him.

        SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J).

        January 21, 2017 at 8:17 pm

  3. “The mainstream media didn’t like his speech and set it wasn’t a uniting speech, when in fact the speech was devoid of issues, he didn’t even mention immigration. It was an attack on the Washington establishment,”

    Exactly. They only say it’s not uniting because he didn’t agree to roll over and pander to the political establishment and special interests the way every other sell-out politician does.

    “Trumpism is far superior to the pre-Trump Republican Party which was a small tent in which you weren’t welcome if you were pro-choice or for various other sins against TruCon orthodoxy.”

    Trumpism is indeed superior to the pre-Trump Republican party. But you’re mistaken about the rest of it. First, this was a victory of nationalism over globalists, classical libertarians, neocons, etc. Second, catholics and evangelicals are still the largest segment in the GOP base. So Trump will do exactly what Cruz would have done about abortion had he been elected. Which is absolutely nothing. And, third, you still don’t know what a TruCon is. TruCons are really just classical liberals who wave the flag and jerk off to the constitution. REAL conservatives are ecstatic that Trump won.

    destructure

    January 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    • Speaking of abortion – if Trump can get two or three conservatives nominated to the Supreme Court, which by all means I hope he does, I don’t see how abortion rights won’t be overturned to some extent. However, I don’t think this will affect the female vote as much as some think. Die hard pro-choice feminists already hate the Republican Party. And the women who do vote Republican are married with children and rarely get abortions anyway. As prenatal technology improves and unborn children become viable at 4 or 5 months abortion will become increasingly indefensible. The focus will eventually be on much more effective and readily available contraception.

      B.T.D.T.

      January 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      • I agree with you. I personally think that the senate Dems lack the political will and ability right now to Bork any nominees, and Trump will appoint only SCOTUS a justices willing to overturn Roe. Therefore, we are only a Ginsberg death away from the regulation of abortion going back to the states where it belongs. Of course, if the Dems are able to get back the senate in 2018 the calculus changes significantly.

        Two in the Bush

        January 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

    • I dont like Trump and I thought the speech was good so I dont know how much legitimate complaint there is.

      His framing was too zero-sum game for me and I dont think the general economic of wealth being destroyed because of foreign factories is a bit naive. But no one expects specific details in a high level inauguration speech.

      I did see one complaint that the speech didnt try to throw an olive branch to journalists but that is ridiculous.

      And over turning Roe v Wade would just return the legality of abortion to the states. California would be free to make it mandatory.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      January 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

    • ” Second, catholics and evangelicals are still the largest segment in the GOP base.”

      Catholics and evangelicals are the largest segments in the USA as well as in the Democrat party.

      With the exception of expressly non-Christian groups like Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, etc., you will find pretty much any group has catholics and evangelicals as its largest segments, from the PTA to the SPCA to the garden club.

      not too late

      January 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

  4. Rachel Maddow called Trump’s speech “dark” which is the same term they used when talking about his nomination speech. What was dark about it? It’s like they have a list of buzzwords and just pull them up without thinking.

    Mike Street Station

    January 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    • I welcome Maddow’s hate.

      Trump just signed an executive order to “ease the burden” of Obamacare. I don’t know what that means. Things will be happening very fast.

      gothamette

      January 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      • “Trump just signed an executive order to “ease the burden” of Obamacare. I don’t know what that means.”

        Yes, it is impossible to know what the meaning of that EO is. Must be entirely symbolic, right?

        Two in the Bush

        January 21, 2017 at 10:20 am

      • I think it means if you lie on your taxes and say you did have insurance even though you didn’t, the IRS won’t go after you.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    • Marketing BS; lots of people listening to music on the radio while driving around or working won’t hear or read the text of the speech, but may hear a brief description of it from a newsreader. If the pinkos can successfully label the speech as “dark,” get the newsreaders to use that word, it may be the only thing many ordinary people ever learn about the speech.

      When I heard about the speech today on radio news “at the top of the hour” they played a clip of the “if you are patriotic you have no room for prejudice” line, so maybe the pinkos failed in painting the speech as bigoted this time.

      Gozo

      January 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    • It was “dark” because the sentiments about “carnage”, “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation”, and “crime and gangs and drugs” don’t resonate with people who live in Washington, Boston, Brooklyn, Portland or Silicon Valley. Trump just sounds like he’s delusional to those people. That is why Trump lost the popular vote – we live in two countries. One country that has been doing very well the past 20 years, and has never been richer or safer, and another country that is the one Trump is talking to in places like central Pennsylvania, Ohio or West Virginia.

      Where I think Trump is going off the rails is talking about how “the wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.” Bullshit. the wealth of our middle class has just been redistributed upwards within our own country. The US as a whole is wealthier than it has ever been. The problem is inequality. This is where Trump is veering into pure demagoguery – instead of fixing our problems he wants to direct anger at phantom enemies in China. Those jobs in China are never coming back. If China disappeared tomorrow cheap low-skilled manufacturing jobs would just move back to Mexico or Eastern Europe.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

      • For the most part, you’re right, except here: “Those jobs in China are never coming back.”

        Peter, Boeing should not be building airplanes in China. That’s a bridge too far. China is a frenemy. They steal our technology.

        Pots and pans, kitchen electronics, OK.

        Also, we should be very careful about certain Chinese imports, esp. drugs. Chinese drugs have killed people, look it up. And look up what happened with Lumber Liquidators.

        gothamette

        January 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    • Scott Adam’s blogged about the use of the word “dark” to describe Trump’s nomination speech, and that it was probably the work of Robert Cialdini, who used behavioral psychology to help Obama win re-election in 2012. He speculated (and I agree) that Cialdini stopped advising her some time in September, because the Hillary camp kept recycling the same “linguistic kill shots” on Trump without anything new. Notice in the debates, she kept using the word as well: “dark money” to describe campaign contributions and Wall Street, for example.

      Dark is a very persuasive word that triggers strong feelings in most people, because it reminds them of their childhood and the imaginary monster under their bed.

      Bilbo Baggins

      January 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

    • Everyone on MSNBC called the speech “dark,” and said that Trump made no effort to reach out to the Democrats. Left-wing news outlets used to get their talking points from Media Matters (a Soros-funded outfit). I don’t know if they still do.

      Lewis Medlock

      January 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

  5. Hey Otis, how are your friends on NeoGAF?

    IHTG

    January 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    • They weren’t doing well during the inauguration but now are feeling better. The protests plus the low inauguration turnout have raised their spirits.

      You have to keep in mind these people are really delusional and think that Trump’s base is starting to turn on him.

      Otis the Sweaty

      January 21, 2017 at 5:43 am

  6. Screw the MSM. I’m tired of even hearing about them.

    “President Trump” is a completely surreal thing to me. I have to admit that even though I voted for him, won money betting on him, he’s so un-Presidential that I’m having a hard time getting accustomed to the concept.

    Ivanka and Melania looked fabulous!

    gothamette

    January 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    • “Ivanka and Melania looked fabulous!”

      So it’s now okay to wear white after Labor Day?

      Joe

      January 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      • You and I thought Ivanka’s dress was white but the MSM noticed it had very dark overtones to it.

        Jokah Macpherson

        January 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

  7. Where is American idealism in his speech?

    No “democracy”, even “freedom” was only mentioned once.

    Is this still America?

    bandw

    January 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    • He proclaimed a fully Trumpenated and MAGA’d United States as a nation that other nations will admire and emulate (I’m paraphrasing). That’s pretty idealistic.

      Democracy is retarded, it’s mob rule — the US is a representative republic. There’s no way an intelligent, high-IQ man like President Trump would publicly praise democracy when he supposedly lost the popular vote by a couple mil. Remember: Trump plays 4D chess 24/7/365, definitely the smartest prez since Nixon.

      You’re right, I don’t remember any mention of freedom.

      hard9bf

      January 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

  8. I am still kind of surprised Trump lost the popular vote. I remember when Bill Clinton won I thought it was like a really unpleasant kind of reality TV show. This is a lot more normal than that was. In fact, Trump is a totally normal president, presidents usually come from two groups – kids of politicians with elite political connections (Kennedy, Bush, Clinton (depending on who you think his father was), Bush, Obama -albeit in Obama’s case he was the kid of a Kenyan politician) and people who made it to the top of some field like the military or business or show business (Eisenhower, Reagan, Trump). Nixon started without connections but he was a potentially super-elite lawyer with a military background – the only reason he wasn’t almost as rich as Trump by the time he was 40 was because he did the whole running for congress thing a couple years after the coming home from WWII thing and joining the VFW thing, which impressed a lot of people. The total pool of kids of politicians is probably about 10K people and the total pool of successful people at the top of their field long enough to be president is like 1K. Steve Jobs and Gates and 998 other rich businessmen would not have been totally surprising presidents, for example, So Trump should be no surprise. I guess another group is people like Carter or Johnson who were very Machiavellian. Those guys were surprises, bad surprises of course. Johnson may have been the weirdest human being ever to serve as president.

    howitzer daniel

    January 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    • Trump is our first outsider president in pretty much forever. Even Ike got his start in the military-industrial-government complex he knew all too well, even if the presidency was his first elected office, and Reagan was governor first of a little backwater state called California before he was president. President Trump went straight to the top with zero insider experience. Epic!

      hard9bf

      January 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      • “President Trump went straight to the top with zero insider experience. Epic!”

        Well..he hasn’t been a real estate developer for 25 years but in order to do huge commercial projects in NYC, you seriously have to be on the inside.

        gothamette

        January 20, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      • Trump is the only(!) POTUS who was neither a politician nor a general beforehand.

        snorlaxwp

        January 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      • hard9bf – what you said is true … he is also the first president to understand why High-Pitched Eric is a more valuable member of the wack-pack than Crackhead Bob ever was, and the first one with a wife born and raised in a traditionally Catholic country, the first one with Orthodox Jewish grandchildren, and the first one to openly and repeatedly mock pro-choice Supreme Court Justices as the hacks they are!!! So yes he is an outsider….!

        howitzer daniel

        January 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      • Carter was considered an “outsider”, and he was singularly ineffective. Obama also became President too young and with too little experience to have any real leverage over Congress. No one owed him any political favors, and they had no respect for him. Trump will have an uphill battle, but he does have age on his side and devoted supporters.

        Peter Akuleyev

        January 21, 2017 at 5:09 am

    • “I am still kind of surprised Trump lost the popular vote.”

      Why? Trump not surprisingly lost in the big cities, because life in LA, San Francisco, Washington, New York or Boston is actually pretty good for most people and getting better. Life in the rest of the US sucks, and those people voted for Trump.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 21, 2017 at 5:03 am

      • That isn’t why he lost the popular vote. He lost the popular vote because #NeverTrump either voted 3rd party or for Hillary.

        Trump’s popular vote loss was extremely fluky because he didn’t have a united party behind him. 2020 will be a better gauge.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      • I strongly disagree with that, it’s just that people are too hyper partisan and focused on status signalling to care. College students with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt from college, facing a shaky economy and a real estate bubble re-inflated to protect the wealth of the elite should in no way be liberal.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        January 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      • Three reasons why I overestimated – First: I overestimated shy Trump voters (people who planned to vote for Trump but wouldn’t tell a pollster in front of their spouse). After the second debate had been settled, I figured the IBD poll (eventually, Clinton plus two) was an accurate reflection of what people were saying, but I also figured that the “shy” Trump voters were more than one in fifty. They almost certainly weren’t more than one in fifty (unless they were, but they were counterbalanced by lots of the pollsters’ Trump voters not showing up, which is also possible)……Second: the Democrats I know were more anti-Clinton than Democrats in general. Several of my Democratic party friends flat out said they had voted for Obama but they couldn’t vote for Clinton because of her moral flaws (her mistreatment of Bill’s accusers and the Clinton Foundation were mentioned). Not a single one had said anything like that about Obama. Third: locally, the pro-Trump swell was bigger than nationally. In my local big-city suburban area Trump took 33 percent where Romney had gotten 25 percent, so locally the pro-Trump swell was much bigger than in the country as a whole.

        howitzer daniel

        January 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      • White urban lifestyles are subsidized by the financial economy which has grown far beyond proper limits. Trump will reign it in again and these people will be forced back to reality. They may end up blaming Trump for taking away their punch bowl, but Trumpism will be their only way forward at that point. They’ll be required to produce real value rather than transferring it.

        Andrew E.

        January 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  9. Trump’s speech was very nationalistic and populist, very pro-worker, filled with promises to create manufacturing jobs in America. Unfortunately there was no policy detail of how he was going to do that.

    The problem is Trump’s cabinet doesn’t believe in those policies. Trump’s cabinet is filled with wall street bankers and Republican big money contributors, most of whom are pro-big business, pro-globalization and anti-labor. Congress is hard at work repealing Obamacare and replacing it with something that is much worse for people who actually are using it, some of whom are Trump voters. Next up is big tax cuts for the wealthy and business tax reform, all of which will make fat cats wealthier but not help ordinary working people.

    Meanwhile Trump’s staff is talking to Congress about a budget that cuts $10.5 trillion out of government spending over 10 years (to make room for those tax cuts for the 1%). The details of this budget have not been released yet, but it is described to be based on a Heritage Foundation report. That report proposes the cutting Medicaid by 47%, Medicare by 41% and Social Security by 8% by 2026.

    Now I don’t for a minute think Congress will pass those kinds of cuts to Medicare, but what this shows is the total disconnect between what Trump says in his speeches and what his cabinet and staff are saying and doing. Republicans in Congress think they can just pass whatever they want and Trump will sign it because he is not a detail person.

    It remains to be seen whether Trump just does speeches or whether their is any policy behind his speeches.

    mikeca

    January 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    • ” Unfortunately there was no policy detail of how he was going to do that.”

      It was a speech.

      Agree w/you about the Cabinet, but he’s President. Maybe, and I realize this is a hope, they are there to bend them to his will.

      “It remains to be seen whether Trump just does speeches or whether their is any policy behind his speeches.”

      Yes. But at least it’s a start. At least we have someone in the White House who acknowledges the problem. If it had been your girl, we would have gotten…I can’t stand to think of it. I just can’t.

      gothamette

      January 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    • Mikeca. That is why I like trump a lot more after the elections than before. Before the election with his rhetoric it was like sky was falling. His cabinet appointments on the other had removed some of the fear.

      Wt

      January 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    • “The problem is Trump’s cabinet doesn’t believe in those policies. Trump’s cabinet is filled with wall street bankers and Republican big money contributors, most of whom are pro-big business, pro-globalization and anti-labor.”

      Well the problem is that there are not any Trumpist Republicans waiting in the wings. There was only one Senator who reflected Trump’s views, Jeff Sessions, and he got the all important AG job. Other than that, the ground is thin for people who actually grok Trump’s agenda. Those people will have to be grown, and that takes time. In the meantime, Trump is going to have to do a lot of firing and bend people to his will.

      Mike Street Station

      January 21, 2017 at 9:53 am

      • David Perdue of GA is quite Trumpist; Trump just appointed his brother Ag. Secy.

        snorlaxwp

        January 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      • There are plenty of Trumpist Republicans, they just aren’t pursuing a career that is actively contrary to their ideology. Why would you, after all, when standing up for yourself gets you branded as racist, sexist, homophobe … ? It’s no shock that leadership in government has disappeared because we have actively begun persecuting the people who traditionally have been leaders. Instead they’ve turned away to areas where there is less hostility and more reward.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        January 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    • If we keep believing the dispatches from the Ministry of Truth then I’m sure we’ll have suitably chicken little-ish declarations of doom and gloom from you soon enough.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      January 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  10. Trumpism is far superior to the pre-Trump Republican Party which was a small tent in which you weren’t welcome if you were pro-choice or for various other sins against TruCon orthodoxy.

    Hilarious thing is the “woman’s march” is attacking the old, TruCon, pro-Life Republican Party. As many have noted, Trump couldn’t care less about that stuff.

    Tarl

    January 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  11. well said, lion.

    rivelino

    January 22, 2017 at 6:06 am


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