Lion of the Blogosphere

Only Trump, a retrospective

Rather than write a very long and time-consuming retrospective on how well Trump has done as President, let’s keep it simple.

1. Only Trump could have beaten Hillary Clinton. Do you think Jeb Bush would have won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin? No way.

2. Only Trump could have fought back against the false religion of climate change and pulled out of the Paris Accord (an important symbolic act). Would Jeb Bush have done that? No way.

3. Only Trump could have appointed anti-immigration people like Jeff Sessions to top government positions. Would Jeb Bush have done that? No way. Under Jeb Bush, our immigration policy would have been business as usual, and he’d be pushing Congress for a massive amnesty deal.

4. Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Jeb Bush might have appointed a conservative like Gorsuch, but the Bush family has been extremely unreliable with Supreme Court appointments. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would be an extreme liberal on the Supreme Court instead of Gorsuch. And only Trump could have beaten Hillary Clinton.

Despite all of this “only Trump” goodness, Trump has disappointed me as President. He has not become more presidential. He has not been able to get control of the Deep State or keep his own people from leaking stuff to the media. He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism. If the voters wanted conservative hacks running the country, they would have just voted for Ted Cruz in the primaries and not Trump.

And finally, his atrocious and shameful public dissing of Jeff Sessions is what has inspired me to make this post.

Trump is the best president we could have hoped for, but it’s sad that our political situation has degraded to such a state that Trump is the best president we could have hoped for.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

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  1. What Trump really needs is a politically astute fixer than believes in Trump(ism), and can get shit done. I think Gingrich could potentially fit the bill. Trump does not like policy stuff; as CEO the policy is make deals and money.

    Trump has flaws, as do all presidents, but I’ll take his uncouthness over Hillary any day.

    JFK smashed every piece of fine ass he came across, coerced women into having sex with others, but to the Left he is a hero and Camelot and all that crap. Just how it goes.

    ASF

    July 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

  2. Sessions lost me yesterday when he promised to ratchet up federal civil forfeitures, even while many states have enacted legislation to rein this practice in. Too many people are getting caught up in this form of legalized piracy. No seizure of property without a conviction.

    sestamibi

    July 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

    • Forfeiture is a fine weapon that should be used against NON-citizens. In fact, 100% seizure of ALL your assets should be standard procedure for any immigrant caught in a crime. Your home, your car, your bank account if any, all your worldly goods. All of it should be taken by the state and you should be left with literally the clothes on your back.

      peterike

      July 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      • But Sessions hasn’t targeted forfeiture as a weapon targeted exclusively against NON-citizens. And I don’t smoke or care about pot, but Sessions is targeting citizens with his pot crackdown. Trump was elected to crackdown on NON-citizens. That should be Sessions main priority, but it isn’t.

        MEH 0910

        July 20, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    • He lost me, too. As a regular pot smoker, I’ve had my reservations about Sessions, but it seems improbable that he’ll do anything other than raise a little hell there. There’s too much money working against him, along with public opinion going in the opposite direction. Civil asset forfeiture enrages me and that little little little Keebler Elf needs to go.

      Horace Pinker

      July 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

  3. Can Sessions un-recuse himself and shut the investigation down since there is nothing damning?

    This Mueller thing really is turning into a witch hunt. They are expanding the probe into Trump’s finances generally. With a huge, high-powered team of Trump haters on Mueller’s staff and a massive global business empire by Trump, they would surely find something…

    They are doing justice Soviet Style. Instead of investigating the crime, they are choosing a target and digging and digging until they find something.

    Witch hunt indeed.

    Dan

    July 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    • Bloomberg reports the investigation will also include “the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.” It’s absurd.

      I’m surprised that Lion gives Sessions love here. Isn’t Sessions responsible for this witch hunt? Isn’t Trump right about that?

      steve@steve.com

      July 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    • Bloomberg reports the investigation will also include “the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.”

      Now Mueller is just daring Trump to fire him.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      • Sessions is part of the cuckservative wing of the republican shake down operation masking as a political party.

        He just happens to dislike immigration, which is the worst of both worlds because it means he just has some personal hate for the issue as opposed to being principles.
        I had high hopes for him but he has been extremely disappointing (Sessions). Trump is a one man army and it’s hard to find good help.

        The US simply doesn’t have any good men left. Correction: the west has no good men left to pick up the torch.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

        July 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

  4. Let Sessions or Rosenstern shut this thing down now that it is straying from its mission. And then they should be willing to take the heat.

    God knows Trump takes enough attack all the time.

    Dan

    July 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

  5. It is important for all Trump fans to recognize that Trump will always be a boorish, incompetent buffoon because those are innate features of who he is. There is no need for us to get angry and frustrated about it because it is what it is and we just need to accept it and move on.

    The leaks are never gonna stop, the gaffes are never going to stop, the mind bogglingly stupid and nonsensical statements and tweets are never gonna stop and the general incompetence that seem to afflict every aspect of this administration are never going to stop.

    These things limit Trump’s ability to get is agenda through and hurt Trump’s approval ratings, but that’s life. The bottom line is we elected Trump to destroy the immigrant community, appoint right wing judges, cause liberals emotional pain and move the Overton window in a right wing populist direction. So far we are getting that from Trump.

    And as for re-election, that is going to come down to the economy. If the economy remains strong Trump will win and if it doesn’t Trump will lose. It is out of our hands now.

    Greasy William

    July 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    • I basically agree. The chances of Trump being some kind of messiah were always pretty low.

      Electing Trump buys the country a few extra years before we continue our slide into the abyss. And a lot can happen in a few years.

      fortaleza84

      July 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      • 2020 will be Trump’s last, if America lasts!

        JS

        July 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      • Two years ago I figured the best I could hope from Trump was a shift in the Overton Window on immigration. Well I got that in spades! Mission accomplished! But yeah, Trump is a holding action, not victory. If Hillary had won this country would have been so packed with illegal voters that no future victory would have been possible.

        Mike Street Station

        July 21, 2017 at 6:29 am

      • Whenever I manage to fabricate an iota of optimism about the country’s future, something happens that reminds me I should not.

        Justine Damond. Betsy Hodges. Somalis.

        Unnerstand?

        gothamette

        July 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    • Leaks will stop when Trump starts finding leakers and putting them into prison.

      peterike

      July 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    • Trump has the power to end the investigation by firing Mueller and/or handing out Presidential pardons to his advisors.

      Now that it’s becoming clear this is just a prosecutorial clown show, Trump has a responsibility to shut down the investigation so can focus on his agenda.

      The short term polling hit Trump will take if he ejects Mueller from his taxpayer funded witch hunt will be temporary and forgotten by New Year’s, certainly by the time votes are counted for the summer 2018 primaries. Georgia’s special election proves voters in swing districts don’t care/don’t understand what’s being investigated.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      • The problem is that Trump’s collusion with Russians is real, and quite obviously so. The “mitigating” factors are that Trump is not trying to turn the US into a Russian colony the way the leftists did, he just wants money and is too ignorant to realize that you shouldn’t ask foreigners for political kompromat. But I am not comfortable with a US President who is willing to suck up to Putin.

        Peter Akuleyev

        July 21, 2017 at 3:04 am

      • Real what? Meeting with a bunch of lobbyists for 20 minutes is NOT collusion, otherwise every single member of Congress is a colluder with everybody.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 21, 2017 at 6:44 am

      • Lion’s synopsis is an excellent if depressing synopsis of Trump’s presidency and its prospects.

        Our fellow citizens — the normies, not the Coalition of the Fringes enthusiasts — seem happy enough with the contempt they (we) get from our betters. Happy enough to vote for them, buy their newspapers, respond to their advertisements, etc.

        “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard,” as Mencken quipped.

        TUJ, I clicked on your name and browsed your blog. Your post of May 23rd, “Was Comey Building a Bogus Obstruction of Justice Case to Setup a Run for President?” is a good perspective piece for thinking about Today’s Washington and the Mueller investigation.

        amac78

        July 21, 2017 at 6:59 am

      • Trump cannot terminate Mueller. Only the Attorney General (or acting A.G.) can do it, and it must be for cause. See 28 C.F.R. § 600.7(d):

        (d) The Special Counsel may be disciplined
        or removed from office only by
        the personal action of the Attorney
        General. The Attorney General may remove
        a Special Counsel for misconduct,
        dereliction of duty, incapacity,
        conflict of interest, or for other
        good cause, including violation of Departmental
        policies. The Attorney General
        shall inform the Special Counsel
        in writing of the specific reason for his
        or her removal.

        Anthony

        July 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

      • It’s a unitary executive. Trump is President and head of the Executive Branch. Legally, he can fire Mueller any time he wants, otherwise the special council is unconstitutional.

        Andrew E.

        July 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      • The problem is that Trump’s collusion with Russians is real, and quite obviously so.

        It’s obvious to Mueller if he’s diverting the investigation from the election the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

        But I am not comfortable with a US President who is willing to suck up to Putin.

        How is he sucking up?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      • TUJ, I clicked on your name and browsed your blog. Your post of May 23rd, “Was Comey Building a Bogus Obstruction of Justice Case to Setup a Run for President?” is a good perspective piece for thinking about Today’s Washington and the Mueller investigation.

        Trump’s impulsiveness saved him again.

        If he had waited to fire Comey for a bit longer Comey might have had enough “disturbing patterns of behavior” to go forward with an obstruction of justice charge against Trump.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      • Trump cannot terminate Mueller. Only the Attorney General (or acting A.G.) can do it, and it must be for cause. See 28 C.F.R. § 600.7(d):

        He has just cause now that Mueller is probing business dealings before Trump’s campaign started in mid-2015.

        And, according to Powerline, the DoJ rule can be changed unilaterally by Trump so that the president can shut down special counsel.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      • Mueller’s personal friendship with Comey is a major conflict of interest.

        Richard

        July 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm

  6. All correct. At least we are making marginal progress on immigration, but that’s about it. Though you have to balance that against what would have been the wide open door of the Clinton administration.

    And actually, Trump’s war against the media, while sometimes descending into stupidity (the Morning Joe stuff), has been HIGHLY useful and way, way overdue. None of the Republicucks would have assaulted the media as Trump has. But he should go further and start bringing anti-trust actions against massive media conglomerates. Action, no more talk.

    Another potential winning issue Trump could take up: foreign students. There are over 300,000 Chinese students in America, to say nothing of all the other nations. Cancel all student visas, while at the same time announcing that for every foreign student visa cancelled, the government will provide a four year, free tuition package to an American.

    peterike

    July 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    • A Herculean task regarding the Chinese — America will once again become a great nation, if it can do all of this:

      1) No more incoming immigrants

      2) No more preference for NAMs in gov’t work

      3) No more AA measures for minority job applicants

      4) No more H1Bs and Investor Visas

      5) Free tuition for the 1st four year of college

      7) All student loan debt cancelled

      8) Basic rent subsidy for those with a four year degree

      JS

      July 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    • The foreign students pay a much higher tuition rate than domestic students, which helps the economy. And either way, giving a four year free tuition package is not going to suddenly make the midwest prole inbreds go to college. To be honest, they don’t need a college education anyways. They are better served learning some kind of trade in a vocational school.

      mpt

      July 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      • How does high college tuition costs help the economy? Similar to the idea of trickle down economics, this allows colleges to build more campus housing (even luxury housing for certain faculty members), state of the art, recreational centers, and dole out hefty salaries to upper echelon administrators and top professors.

        As I outlined above, a basic rent subsidy would entice homegrown prole inbreds to go to college.

        JS

        July 20, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    • The student visa issue is tough – you have a small group of organized people who reap tremendous immediate rewards from Chinese students spending big bucks to attend college in the US, vs. a large group (most Americans) who is hurt by Chinese students taking American spots, but indirectly. Special interests almost always win those fights in a democracy.

      Peter Akuleyev

      July 21, 2017 at 3:06 am

  7. The only thing Trump cares about is himself. That is what the public dissing of Jeff Sessions shows.

    Trump has been the President/CEO of the Trump family business all his life. He did not have to answer to anyone. He set policy and directed people to carry it out. If he did not like the job they were doing, he fired or demoted them.

    The president of the United States simply does not have the same kind of executive authority. In the military area, the president has board authority, but in most domestic areas the presidents authority is limited by law.

    To accomplish most of his agenda, Trump needs Congress to pass legislation. I don’t think Trump understands this very well. He has delegated this to the House and Senate Republican leadership. They don’t really support Trumpism and on top of that have no experience as a governing party. Since 2011 when Republicans took over the House, the Republicans have had to turn to Democrats for votes to pass important bills to keep the government working. When Obama was president, Democrats in Congress had an incentive to keep the government working. Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress have chosen a salt the earth strategy as far as working with Democrats. That is going to make passing the must pass legislation hard.

    Most people are assuming it will be easy for Republicans to agree on tax cuts, but in reality it will not be. Republicans are planning to use reconciliation to pass their tax cuts. That means all the tax cuts will need to be balanced by tax increases or spending cuts. Any tax increases are going to be non-starters for conservatives and big spending cuts are going to be non-starters for moderates. The work around for this would be temporary tax cuts that expire in 10 years, like the Bush tax cuts. Temporary tax cuts would ballon the deficit which might lose the deficit hawk Republicans.

    Then there is the debt ceiling increase that has to pass by October. Republicans have never been able to pass a debt ceiling increase without Democratic votes.

    mikeca

    July 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    • “Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress have chosen a salt the earth strategy as far as working with Democrats. ”

      Nice narrative you have there. The democrats are stalling every Trump appointee and voting no on 100% of everything. Ordinary cabinet appointments which Obama filled with almost unanimous votes are getting basically zero votes from Democrats. It is six months in, and huge portions of Trump’s cabinet await approval. Obama was able, with many votes from republicans, to push through a huge trillion dollar stimulus package that was basically just a giveaway to Democrat constituencies the moment he took office.

      I am sure your side will eventually get back to turning the country into the crime-ridden third world hole where Republicans and white Americans have no rights and are second class citizens, but for the time being I welcome a respite, you who favor decivilization and decay. MikeCA, since you and your ilk push civilization downhill, in the direction of entropy, you have an easier ride and are likely to succeed in your wreaking mission, but spare us your moral superiority. You have none.

      Dan

      July 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      • Well said, Dan. You saved me the trouble.

        destructure

        July 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      • If a grifter and buffoon like Donald Trump is the savior of Western White civilization, you have to wonder why it is worth saving.

        mikeca

        July 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      • I have never seen a president under such relentless attack. They even gave up any pretense of a republican government to go after him.

        map

        July 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      • “If a grifter and buffoon like Donald Trump is the savior of Western White civilization, you have to wonder why it is worth saving.”

        By any chance, do you live in a country which was built by Whites? Do you take advantage of institutions and advances which were created by Whites? Do you ever wonder why people all over the world are so desperate to move to countries which were built by and are run by Whites?

        That’s why White Western civilization is worth saving.

        fortaleza84

        July 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      • “That’s why White Western civilization is worth saving”

        You’re only talking about the White Anglosphere, which is not worth saving as a racial consciousness, and its fall is due primarily to this:

        White Americans and Brits do not deserve any primacy in their homelands, simply because of their prole behaviors of what I call the 3Is, namely, indolence, insolence and ignorance.

        “Do you ever wonder why people all over the world are so desperate to move to countries which were built by and are run by Whites?”

        Yes, but only non-whites flood America in droves, simply because it’s a haven for cheap 3rd world labor. I’ve come across more Spaniards in a week in French Speaking Canada than in a year in New York City.

        JS

        July 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      • “By any chance, do you live in a country which was built by Whites? Do you take advantage of institutions and advances which were created by Whites? Do you ever wonder why people all over the world are so desperate to move to countries which were built by and are run by Whites?

        That’s why White Western civilization is worth saving.”

        I live in a country that was 20% created by the slave labor.

        Morals change over human history. Slavery was considered moral at one time, but beliefs changed. By 1776 courts in England had ruled slavery illegal in England and Wales. These court orders were not enforced and slavery continued until Parliament made it illegal in England in 1807. In 1833 Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire.

        Many of the founders knew that slavery was immoral but it took decades and a war that killed 600,000+ before slavery was made illegal in the US. it took another 100 years to end forced segregation of descendants of slaves.

        The United States is a great country because it allows people to succeed or fail based on their own abilities and accomplishments. For hundreds of years people with darker skins were not allowed to succeed in the same way. When that changed and more people with darker skins became successes more people with darker skin colors wanted to immigrate to this country.

        Come out to silicon valley and look at the work force. There are Caucasian’s like me, but there are lots of Chinese, Japanese and Indians. China has set the goal of being the world leader in AI by 2030. It is likely that AI will be an important part of the future economy (although I think it will take far longer than many other people currently believe). To keep the United States the technology leader in the 21st century we need the best and brightest from around the world. That is how we became leaders in the first place.

        Donald Trump is an embarrassment to Western Civilization. He wants to rebuild 19th and 20th century industries so he can take the country back to a previous era. Donald Trump may not realize it, but he is trying to make the 21st century the Chinese century rather than an American Century.

        mikeca

        July 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      • This country wasn’t created by slave labor.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      • mikeca — are you married? and, if so, what color is your wife?

        destructure

        July 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      • i think destructure is coming around.

        he admits to himself that his position on economics is secondary, tertiary, quaternary, etc.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      • according to Trading Economics…and its source is The World Bank…

        in terms of per capita gdp (PPP)…

        cuba is the richest country in latin america except for chile, but only by a little.

        if true how can this be? despite the embargo, despite central planning?

        cuba is 70% european by ancestry?

        when europeans become a minority in the US…

        there will be blood. so to say.

        the US has always maintained its color line much better than latin america has maintained its.

        much much better.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 21, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      • euro-amaricans will become a block.

        euro-american males already are.

        if only they voted there’d’ve been no dem president since LBJ.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 21, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      • …your side…

        it appears dan believes professional wrestling is real.

        sad!

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      • destructure,

        it’s sadly obvious that mike is just another immigrant lecturing americans on america.

        it’s also sadly obvious that mike’s grand parents weren’t americans.

        both hildebeest and trump had one immigrant grandparent.

        this should have disqualified them.

        perhaps if euro-americans could stop fighting over economic issues they could form a block sooner than they inevitably will.

        this would bring the inevitable violence forward in time and reduce it.

        the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural state is unstable.

        no amount of propaganda can change this.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      • “it’s also sadly obvious that mike’s grand parents weren’t americans.”

        Wrong. My grand parents on both my father and mothers side were natural born US Citizens.

        mikeca

        July 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      • Beverly — My position on economics has always been pragmatic. I think free markets are more efficient. But they’re also nihilist. I’m not nihilist. Therefore, squeezing every last dollar out of the economy has never been my goal. Some things are more important.
        **

        mikeca — My grand parents on both my father and mothers side were natural born US Citizens.

        Can your grandkids say the same?

        destructure

        July 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      • Tiffany Trump is the only Trump offspring who can say that both of her parents are natural-born citizens.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      • Leon — That wasn’t the point. I suspect his views are skewed because he has mixed kids or grand kids or something. He still hasn’t answered the question. And, at this point, I don’t think I’d believe his denial anyway.

        destructure

        July 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      • i would take self-professed libertarians seriously if they also claimed to be pragmatists.

        if libertarians actually thought that a calvin coolidge govt would be the best thing for the least (among us), i’d take them seriously.

        but afaict they don’t think this. in fact, they think the opposite. they want the poor to suffer.

        social darwinism is libertarian. it’s also inefficient and cruel. eugenics is very un-libertarian.

        destructure has already expressed very un-libertarian support for work houses.

        it seems “libertarian” means many things to many people.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      • Beverly Hills Ninja — Anglo Prole Societies do not functional as unified racial/cultural entities, they never did and they never will.

        Latin America has one culture and one language, this is what we call Hispanicism.

        Anglo Prole-North America is a just a polyglot and a multicultural entity that functions as mercantilism.

        And proof that White Americans aren’t really intimidating:

        There are significantly more Jews in North America than there are Jews in Latin America, simply because Latin America is more prone to violent anti-semitism. They are significantly more Jews in Anglosphere North America than there are Jews are in Québec. And Québec has seen more Fascism than anytime in White Anglo America, and French Canadians are the majority in their province. A French Canadian managed to massacre a group of Muslims inside a mosque not too long ago.

        Reactionary Whites only care about money and status, not racial identity. Just throw them money, give them a job where they get paid and get laid, and they’ ll be happy.

        JS

        July 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      • of course i’m such an anglo-prole i should’ve said “bloc” not “block”. sad!

        listening to the msm one would think that “white nationalism” is marginal.

        overtly it is marginal. covertly it is as mainstream as it gets.

        whether this should be the case or not is irrelevant. no amount of propaganda can defeat it. in the end ideas don’t matter.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 22, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      • Latin America has one culture and one language, this is what we call Hispanicism.

        JS is an example of partiinost in latin america.

        the line that “we’re all mixed” is for the poor in latin america, though some of the rich believe it.

        latin america is just apartheid south africa but de facto rather than de jure.

        spanish supremacism is the most ridiculous ideology ever.

        Anglo Prole Societies do not functional as unified racial/cultural entities, they never did and they never will…Reactionary Whites only care about money and status, not racial identity. Just throw them money, give them a job where they get paid and get laid, and they’ ll be happy.

        you’re contradicting yourself.

        and btw latin american societies do not functional as unified racial/cultural entities, they never did and they never will…

        this is the YUGE lesson of latin america to the world.

        Beverly Hills Ninja

        July 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      • Beverly — “destructure has already expressed very un-libertarian support for work houses. it seems “libertarian” means many things to many people.”

        What can I say? I’m a man of contradictions. An agnostic who argues with atheists in defense of religion. Does that mean I believe in the supernatural? No. It means it doesn’t bother me to take a position that goes against my beliefs (aka feelings) if it produces results.

        I ~lean~ libertarian. I think freedom should be the default setting. But I’m not a freiheit über alles kind of guy. I’m perfectly willing to put on hobnail boots and trample all over freedom if there’s a reason to. I’m driven by goals and objectives not ideology. And I’ll support whichever policies achieve those goals and objectives irrespective of ideology. Ideology is never my goal. My goal is my goal. I still think freedom should be the default setting. But it doesn’t take precedence over results, quality of life, etc.

        destructure

        July 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

      • Beverely Hills Ninja — Unified in the sense that Latin America has Mestizo majority nations, most of them are dysfunctional, and Euro majority nations like Argentina and Chile, although many of their residents aren’t pure bred, but passable White. Just as many French Speaking Canadians exhibit Amerindian traces in their faces, and pass off as European.

        Anglo Prole based North America is just a multicultural polyglot society that passes off as an unified mercantile entity with a dull, yet disagreeable White majority and contentious non-white minority — the only solution would be a Latin American style of secession of states forming mini-nations separated by race and perhaps language (now that Hispanics dominate the states of Texas, New Mexico and Florida).

        Clearly, Latin societies’ far right groups have a healthy dose of expression, due to their political incorrectness and laxer police state, and Anglo societies are politically, sexually and socially repressed with a draconian police force watching them. Reactionary American Whites are all 3 and have repressed silent anger, because of this heavy police state. Despite America’s touted 1st Amendment – Freedom of Speech, these groups have absolutely no mainstream voice and no unity.

        Latin based extremism becomes almost an artistic and intellectual diatribe worthy of study, because it is out in the open. No one in America become scholars of the KKK and the Alt-Right, because these groups have nothing to show forth, only a lot of hot air. Québec has several extremist groups hellbent in harming Muslims (and Jews), and the media knows about it, but it doesn’t stop them, unless they have reasons to believe they are an immediate harm to society.

        Not in America of course, where reactionary Whites are dull, well fed, obedient, but frustrated:

        JS

        July 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

    • Trump has destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees without any legislation. He will have ruined millions of lives of immigrants by the end of his first term. He doesn’t need Congress to cause huge amounts of suffering to immigrant populations.

      Greasy William

      July 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • It’s true that Trump is limited in what he can do. Obama could fire off unconstitutional executive orders willy-nilly or have the bureaucracy impose new law-via-regulation and get away with it because the media would never make a peep, and Republicucks are the fake opposition party.

      Trump, the only true opposition, can’t get away with it because everyone, even his own party, is against him.

      peterike

      July 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    • The only thing Trump cares about is himself.

      Trump’s campaign strategy was to fuse his name, his brand with America, with the American people, with the American worker, with America First. And he was successful. So just like he ruthlessly protected his name, his brand against all challengers and enemies as CEO he’s doing the same as President. Except now his brand and America’s brand are one so when he defends Trump, he’s defending America. And when he defends America, he’s defending Trump. So when he deflects (possible) failures and accepts victories for Trump, he’s simultaneously doing it for America. It is a very good thing to have a President go all-in like this.

      Andrew E.

      July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      • And, remember, nothing that has happened so far has hurt Trump. Congress is busy beclowning itself.

        map

        July 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm

  8. I agree with your last two posts. He’d be more effective if he could get it together. But if he weren’t like he is then he probably wouldn’t be doing the things I support anyway. So, like everyone else, I overlook it. As long as he’s pushing immigration restriction, protectionism and conservative justices I’m on the Trump train.

    The domestic agenda was always doomed. The GOP may have a majority but it’s too slim to pass anything. It only takes three senators to scuttle a policy and the GOP has too many factions to satisfy all of them. As long as they work on immigration, trade, foreign policy and justices I’m happy.

    By the way, I actually consider the climate treaty to be a trade issue. Not only was it a fraud but it was specifically designed to screw America.

    destructure

    July 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

  9. I strongly agree with Trumpism as an ideology. I’m less sold on Trumpist positions on trade than I am on immigration and military intervention abroad, but I more than understand that Trump’s position on trade helped flipped Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Works for me.

    What I’m less confident about is Trump the person as president. I agree completely that Trump’s comments on Sessions were the equivalent of shooting himself in the foot and were completely disgraceful. It shows he’s not thinking ahead.

    It is too bad we needed a complete neophyte in politics to bring about changes in our immigration policy, but that’s just how it is. Putting Gorsuch on the Supreme Court means that, unless Trump screws up in a catastrophic way, I won’t regret voting for him.

    Sid

    July 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

  10. Good post. I agree with all your points.

    gothamette

    July 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

  11. Good post. I agree with all your points.

    gothamette

    July 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    • You can say that twice!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      • OK.
        OK.
        (Sorry – what happens is that if I tap my phone 2x the comment goes thru 2x. Can’t you just not approve one?)

        gothamette

        July 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    • What are you agreeing with? We only have been offered a couple of strawmen here.

      Jeb Bush was not the only candidate running. You can say “Only Trump could have done x” and then your only proof is that it seems unlikely that Bush would have done x. There were a lot of other- actually qualified and sober- candidates and yeah I can imagine Cruz, Rubio or Rand Paul doing a lot of those things.

      Secondly, Lion is is saying who else could have beaten Hillary when we now know the Hillary he is comparing against does not exist.

      Hillary is no juggernaut, but her campaign tried to carefully cultivate that image to scare people off and apparently it stuck to HS’s current analysis despite what we now know to be true.

      Hillary got taken to round 12 in the primary by a crazy old codger who isnt even a member of the same party. The enthusiasm of her voters was very shallow. On the other hand she motivated a lot of people to vote against her. If you look at the exit polls, amazingly she had more her votes earned by “vote against the opponent” vs “for vote in favor of your candidate” than Trump did.

      My conclusion is that Hillary was always going to have a large block of people voting against her, hence she needed to be up against a candidate that that she could gin up rage against. Trump is the only one that fit that bill. Against anyone else she would have gotten fewer votes (since this isnt zero sum).

      Hillary lost because:

      1. The more people saw of her the more she wore on them

      2. Trump’s high energy rallies that were highly entertaining. I cant imagine anyone else doing these. Cruz would never go off script.

      3. Trump shut up for 7 days when Hillary’s email blew up for the last time. This isnt a tick in the Trump column because every other sane candidate would have focused on her weakness all summer. Instead, every time Hillary got in trouble Trump would do something stupid and move the focus back to his weaknesses- the judge, the gold star family, his law suits, the miss universe woman, the Access Hollywood tape. Can you imagine Jeb Bush having a damaging tape come out?

      Hillary was a fake facade the whole time so I can imagine several candidate beating her and then going on to be more successful Presidents.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      July 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      • You have no idea what you are talking about. Did you even watch the Republican debates? The only reason why Cruz and Rubio were even in the running was because Trump took out the bigger, deadlier opponents out earlier…like Jeb Bush. Trump systematically wiped out every Republican opponent, starting out with the strongest candidates and working his way down.

        Cruz and Rubio…jeezus.

        And Hillary was a formidable candidate…simply because the whole establishment propaganda arm was on her side. She would have completely wiped out Ted Cruz by simply pumping the imagery of Cruz’s radical evangelical church…you know, the one with the prominent Star of David on the podium.

        Anyone who thinks someone other than Trump could’ve beat Hillary Clinton is a complete idiot.

        map

        July 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      • Sorry but you are completely insane.

        Cruz consistently finished in the top tier of the debates. So much so that Trump refused to debate anymore when it would have been head to head instead of 10 people on a stage. Cruz is much smarter than Trump and more informed than Trump and it would have shown. Rubio stumbled going into New Hampshire but he also would have defeated Hillary in the general election.

        Dont forget that one reason for Trump success is that he picked up Cruz’s Cambridge Analytic team.

        “She would have completely wiped out Ted Cruz by simply pumping the imagery of Cruz’s radical evangelical church”

        Good thing she didnt try to demonize Trump then since you seem to think that is game, set, match.

        “Anyone who thinks someone other than Trump could’ve beat Hillary Clinton is a complete idiot.”

        You have offered zero evidence. Why was she unable to put away Bernie Sanders?

        As it turns out Hillary was the Republican Guard of the Gulf War. People talk about her being formidable and having legions of battle hardened veterans but whe push came to shove her strength most evaporated.

        Lion o' the Turambar

        July 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      • Cruz and Rubio were much stronger candidates than Jeb. Cruz is a talented debater who always made it clear why Alan Dershowitz thought Cruz was his best student at Harvard Law. Rubio was a bit of an empty suit, but he can still give impressive prepared speeches and has a likable demeanor.

        What were Jeb’s strengths? He was Governor of Florida, but you wondered if he could’ve gotten that far if his dad hadn’t been a GOP superstar. “Please clap.” Give me a break, there wasn’t anything appealing about Jeb as a candidate.

        Jeb was the only candidate who could’ve matched Hillary for being awkward and off-putting. I mean, sure, he’s a much nicer person than Hillary is, but by the end of 2012 Obama convinced half of America that Romney of all people was two degrees away from Hitler, so I’d bet my right lung that Hillary and the media would’ve had all the same people believe the same about Jeb. You would’ve seen tweets like: “The fact he has a Mexican wife just proves he’s a RACIST SEXIST CHAUVINIST HOMOPHOBIC TRANSPHOBIC ISLAMOPHOBIC WANNABE CONQUISTADOR!!!”

        Could Rubio or Cruz have defeated Hillary? I’m not sure. They would’ve shot themselves in the foot less than Trump, but the MSM was proved by the WikiLeaks to be an active, unabashed arm of the DNC. Trump found ways to mock, expose, and get around the MSM that no other Republican has been able to. I sincerely doubt Cruz or Rubio would’ve flipped Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin the way Trump did, but Rubio might’ve had a better shot at Virginia, Colorado, and maybe Nevada. I don’t think Cruz would’ve done better in those places.

        Sid

        July 21, 2017 at 12:10 am

      • Cruz literally has negative personal charisma. Even his family squirms to get away from him. There is zero chance a R-candidate who elicits such a visceral negative reaction would be elected president.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        July 21, 2017 at 12:47 am

      • No…. only Trump could have won. That was obvious to me even back in 2015. No other Republican was going to win Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Sure, maybe another could have one of the four, but all four? Never saw that candidate other than Trump…

        Mike Street Station

        July 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

      • “but Rubio might’ve had a better shot at Virginia, Colorado, and maybe Nevada.”

        Rubio was and is dead set on ending legal marijuana in all states by using federal cops to prosecute legal shops and users. He campaigned on it in the primary. Rubio would have lost to Hillary in Colorado by 20+ points; even Republicans in Colorado smoke a ton of weed. And Nevada just legalized in 2016 by popular referendum so there was no way the same voters would have elected Rubio; Nevada is less and less a swing state anyway.

        And the Virginians know Rubio’s budget ideology and what that would mean for their jobs.

        To win the presidency, Rubio would have needed all three of those states. He had near zero chance in any of them.

        Rubio’s chances to beat Hillary were even lower than Ted Cruz’s. And Ted Cruz was hopeless in a general election. Jeb! had better chances than those two and Jeb! was pathetic.

        Lion is right: Only Trump could have won.

        Or Kasich, I guess, but Kasich wasn’t ever going to win the nomination.

        owentt

        July 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

      • “What are you agreeing with?”

        Lion’s post.

        You’re delusional. Trump won by 77K votes (I’ve also read up to 110K). We’ve been thru this repeatedly but I guess being delusional it never sunk in.

        All the other candidates would have been buried by Hillary.

        The Republicuck plan was to run a bunch of losers against Jeb in every state to give him the plurality. But Trump tore up their playboodk. We’ve also been over this repeatedly but I guess you were in the hospital then.

        As far as the “crazy codger” is concerned, he’s been making cogent points about US overstretch and economic inequality for 20 years. His socialism is loony but a President can no more make American socialist than he can stop abortion or fracking.

        gothamette

        July 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      • Kasich was disappointing because he previously opposed illegal immigration, but by the 2016 election had gone all in on amnesty:

        http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/21/kasichs-immigration-views-have-evolved.html

        If Kasich had started a month or two earlier, had worked on his communication skills, and had run against immigration, he could’ve eked out a win in the primaries (especially if Trump hadn’t run), and could possibly have flipped Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin the way Trump did, and maybe even win Minnesota because he has a more amiable personality than Trump.

        Good point about Rubio’s stances on marijuana costing him Nevada and Colorado. Ultimately, I think that Reaganite conservatism (a combination of economic neo-liberalism and religious conservatism) has become unelectable. Reaganism, which started with the man himself and was adhered to by virtually every Republican presidential candidate up through 2012, was viable when Republicans could win California. George W. Bush was able to scratch together narrow wins, but now that Nevada has so many Hispanics, the Denver metro area has expanded so much in Colorado (and there are more Hispanics in the state to boot), and the DC metro area has gotten so big in Virginia, Reaganism is nothing but superannuated in Republican electoral politics.

        Sid

        July 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

  12. I agree with your last two posts. He’d be more effective if he could get it together. But if he weren’t like he is then he probably wouldn’t be doing the things I support anyway.

    As long as he’s pushing immigration, trade, foreign policy and justices I’m on the Trump train. I consider the climate treaty a major trade issue. Not only was it a fraud but it was specifically designed to screw America. That alone was worth voting Trump.

    I also think he genuinely likes the middle / working class. As opposed to the establishment of both sides who clearly hates them. I won’t abandon the one guy who’s not trying to screw the middle / working class even if he is a bozo.

    The domestic agenda was always doomed anyway. The GOP may have a majority but it’s too slim to pass anything. It only takes three senators to scuttle a policy and the GOP has too many factions to satisfy all of them.

    destructure

    July 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    • Trump really isn’t the right person to draft and pass huge, sweeping pieces of legislation. Even if he were the right person for it, it’s doubtful that anyone could build a suitably bipartisan consensus, given how divided and partisan our country is today.

      That said, the areas where we want Trump to deliver on easily fall into his executive purview. Trade? He has the power to withdraw or renegotiate unsatisfactory ones, and no one will force him to get into one-sided trade deals. Foreign policy? He just needs to not pull the trigger on regime change. Immigration? The laws in the books are good enough, and he can win funding for the wall in September. Judges? Gorsuch is great, and he will likely have 2-3 opportunities in the near future to get originalist judges on the bench.

      Trump can be a successful president not by creating new monuments, but rather by righting the direction we’re going.

      Sid

      July 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

  13. I think the real issue is that the constant wall to wall media onslaught is finally starting to take its toll. People are getting burned out on all if it. I’m not excusing all the dumb shit Trump does because it’s all very appalling, but I think he’s doing a pretty good job all things considered. And one should never rule out the possibility this is all some kind of 11D chess.

    Two in the Bush

    July 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

  14. Hah!

    IHTG

    July 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    • 2016 was really Rand’s to lose. All he had to do was take the popular bits of his father’s platform and be against immigration. That’s basically what Trump ultimately did. Instead Rand triangulated as some flavor of heritage foundation neocon happy about immigration.

      bobbybobbob

      July 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      • 2016 was really Rand’s to lose.

        Rand Paul is not electable at a national level. And he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades of even winning the GOP nomination. Pretty much anybody named Bush could trounce him with ease.

        Strict libertarianism appeals to a certain sliver of white males, and that’s it.

        Camlost

        July 21, 2017 at 6:46 am

      • If you think 2016 was Rand’s to lose, please post your future political predictions. They should be a hoot!

        Mike Street Station

        July 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

      • I don’t believe for a second either of you thought in 2015 that Trump had a “snowball’s chance.”

        Trump capitalized on a backlash against the GOPe, running as an outsider. The other candidate that *could* have credibly done that and with similar positions was Rand Paul. The numbers are in and a major reason Trump won both the primary and general is foreign policy. But I doubt you knew that.

        bobbybobbob

        July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      • “I don’t believe for a second either of you thought in 2015 that Trump had a “snowball’s chance.””

        Well sorta. I did predict correctly that Trump would win the nomination, but only thought he had a chance to win the Presidency. However no other GOP candidate had a chance. So my reason for thinking he wouldn’t win boiled down to this:

        Trump is deliberately using language that can be construed in the worse possible way in order to generate publicity. With decades of experience at being a celebrity, he has taken to heart the publicist adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity. And in terms of generating publicity, he’s been an outstanding success if you count it by minutes of airtime or lines of copy in print. Certainly there would have been zero media coverage discussing poor decisions by the Obama administration leading to the creation of ISIS without Trump. Getting those issues out there and forcing a hostile media to talk about issues they don’t want to discuss is also a success.

        However in politics, that isn’t reflected in the polls. Kanye West is great at generating publicity for him, but at the cost of it being almost uniformly bad publicity. This may be a great strategy for getting on Page 6, but it’s a terrible one if your goal is to win a general election. So my reason for not making a prediction on the election earlier was because I thought that Trump could easily fix his problems; stop attacking other Republicans, stick to prepared speeches and stump speeches, ease off twitter, and his polling would go back up because after all, people really don’t like Hillary Clinton and would love for an excuse not to vote for her. But Trump thinks that generating unfavorable publicity is the ticket to success, and as long as he both thinks and acts like it is, Hillary Clinton is the next President.

        I’m happy to admit I was wrong about that, but it was a close thing. Comey reopened the investigation in the last week and Trump really did lay off twitter for the last 10 days of the election.

        Mike Street Station

        July 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

    • The point is that discretion is….oh never mind.

      gothamette

      July 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

  15. “..his atrocious and shameful public dissing of Jeff Sessions…”

    Yes, that seemed unnecessary and counter-productive and an annoying distraction. But, given the fact that he truly believes that the Special Counsel could have been avoided, and assuming its true that he was not given a head’s up by Sessions, then it was only a matter of time before he expressed his displeasure again , given the latest developments. He literally cannot help letting everyone know his true feelings.

    Interesting that he picked the NYT, and those particular journalists.

    Trump thrives on chaos and this sort of thing. If it’s not a leak, then it’s something of his own creation – like this bizarre interview. It is what it is, and that’s what you get with Trump.

    We all paid lip service to the fact that the powers that be were going to try to get Trump. But the extent of their hatred of this usurper and their absolute determination to get him by hook or by crook was, IMHO, not fully comprehended.

    The fact that Mueller is apparently turning his attention to his finances and delving into 10-year-old matters means that they WILL get him (what major real estate magnate is ever squeaky clean?).

    Can we really blame him for pointing the finger at someone who accepted the job under (Trump’s interpretation) false pretences, which then led to the Mueller fiasco? Entirely avoidable in his eyes.

    Just hope he hangs around long enough for 1 more SC nomination +++. Contrary to optics, he has done a tremendous amount to put us in the right direction already. Hopefully some more legislation gets done as well.

    gda

    July 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  16. Only Trump would have talked about enforcing our borders so zealously that potential illegal immigrants would give up trying to sneak in.

    Half Canadian

    July 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

  17. Sessions never should have recused himself, Russia is a witch hunt designed to delegitimize and perhaps even bring down the President. Sessions should have been protecting the President from that. But he wimped out. Also, where are the indictments of all the swamp rats, like Loretta Lynch,Susan Rice, Huma Abedin, Hillary, etc? Why are public universities like Berkeley being allowed to deny civil rights to conservatives? Why are masked, violent antifa not being treated as domestic terrorists? If Trump is going to drain the swamp he needs a strong active AG with balls of steel, not some wimp who runs from a fight.

    Jimbonobo

    July 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  18. Trump was our only hope and the best choice. Congress will continue to wallop in BS and will solve nothing. Lion, you got it right, man.

    Yakov

    July 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

  19. iirc lion has said he believes trump doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    but what about the people around him? if they knew what they were doing shouldn’t trump’s incompetence be concealed?

    Beverly Hills Ninja

    July 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  20. i guess lion’s theory is that at least some of the people around trump do know what they’re doing…but what they’re doing is anti-trump-ism.

    Beverly Hills Ninja

    July 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

  21. Evan Sayet: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.
    https://townhall.com/columnists/evansayet/2017/07/13/he-fights-n2354580

    Schlafly

    July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

  22. Jeb Bush might have appointed a conservative like Gorsuch, but the Bush family has been extremely unreliable with Supreme Court appointments.

    David Souter’s shadow looms large over the Bush family.

    What’s worse about Souter is that there were enough Conservative and Moderate Senate Democrats in the early 1990s to approve Edith Jones.

    He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism.

    Trump views orthodox Conservative stances on health care and taxes as a business deal: he may personally prefer Democrat-lite policies in those areas, but since he ran as a Republican and he needs the Republican going forward he has no problem pushing tax cuts and privatizing health care (relatively speaking) because that was the “deal” he made with the Republican base.

    And there is no politically rational reason for tax hikes as far as Trump is concerned. Hikes only anger GOP base voters (tax hikes were a prime reason GHWBush lost in 1992), don’t win over more Democrats, and mostly hurt the economy.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    • Trump’s big error in healthcare was listening to Ryan and McConnell. I’m sure they told him they were the experts, they knew how to move legislation, they knew what their caucus would vote for, yada yada yada.

      I’m starting to think know that the Congressional GOP leadership is so anti-Trump that they would burn their own bill to give Trump a failure. I think at this point Trump should form his own commission to put together a healthcare plan and then see what Congress does.

      Mike Street Station

      July 21, 2017 at 8:15 am

      • That’s probably what it will come down to. The republicans don’t know the beast they have unleashed there because once someone with half a brain does some investigative digging they will immediately find the monopolies need to be prosecuted under 100 year old law and quickly solve trumps healthcare woes.

        The republicans fucked their own insurance and pharma lobby up he ass.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

        July 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

  23. He has not been able to get control of the Deep State or keep his own people from leaking stuff to the media.

    To clean out the entrenched bureaucracy, Trump needs legislation to convert FedGov employees from highly protected government workers who can disobey his orders without being held to account (essentially making them a 4th branch of government) into at-will employees who can be fired for any reason by Trump.

    It’s one thing for Supreme Court Justices to enjoy lifetime appointments. There is no reason to make Progressive global warming bureaucrats at the EPA lifetime employees.

    A return of the spoils system is in order.

    https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/civil-service-reform-legislation-mitigating-the-worst-habits-of-the-spoils-system/

    We have previously explored the need for legislation to convert all Federal government workers (except for those serving in the military, Federal law enforcement, and the Judiciary) from hard to dismiss unionized employees to at-will employees dismissable at the whim of the President.

    Exemptions should be granted to military and law enforcement personnel because they already have adequate, if not perfect, hiring and firing rules; the Judiciary is exempted to maintain its Constitutionally defined status as an independent branch of government.

    Aside from these exemptions, the power of the President to remove Civil Servants should be fully restored in order to bring the FedGov bureaucracy under the strict control of the Executive, which is how the founders intended the bureaucracy to fit in the Federal system, and to break the Bureaucratic State’s present freedom to act as a Technocratic Fourth branch of government acting independently of the other three branches and the voters.

    Any restoration of the, now completely broken, chain of command between the Executive and the Civil Service brings with it the potential problem of restoring the corruption produced by the Hamiltonian Spoils System of Golden Age America. This corruption was the result of President’s excessively using Federal government positions to reward political cronies. Although I would without hesitation prefer the worst political scandals of the Golden Age over the best of today’s politics, it is still preferable to mitigate the potential for excessive Spoils System cronyism if only to prevent unnecessarily handing the Progressives scandals they can hold up to justify making the Civil Service again independent of the Executive.

    To head off this problem, our ideal Civil Service legislation would include the following items –

    All new Civil Servant candidates must be approved by the Senate just as Cabinet Secretaries are.
    Because the above would require the Senate vote on potentially thousands of candidates at once, to save time the Senate could, for every vote, vote on slates of multiple candidates on a single list submitted to the Senate by the President.
    A single Senator will have the power to block any nominee they find objectionable from appearing on a candidate list that is to be voted on for Senate approval.
    All candidates must meet certain requirements before they can take their Civil Service job, such as having no criminal background, passing drug tests, etc.
    Forbid the President from nominating bureaucrats who have had personal financial dealings with the President in any capacity over the past 20 years (or some other span of time).
    To avoid running afoul of Supreme Court rulings forbidding the President from making unilateral cuts to the Federal budget, the President will be required to nominate a replacement for every vacancy made by his dismissal of an existing Civil Service bureaucrat instead of just letting the position (and the money budgeted for that position) go unfilled.

    The advantage of these policies rests in that they would make it harder for the President to seat very objectionable candidates for government jobs while at the same time giving him great freedom to remove any government bureaucrat from a previous administration.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 20, 2017 at 7:20 pm

  24. The only person Trump has shown loyalty to is Mike Flynn.

    Vince

    July 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

  25. Lion,

    What you mean to say is that Trump is necessary, just not sufficient.

    map

    July 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm

  26. Mueller is ramping up his investigation and needs big money to pay his legal team. Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation but not the DOJ budget or supervision of his assistants. Trump wants to exert political pressure on the special prosecutor without firing him.

    cesqy

    July 21, 2017 at 5:54 am

  27. Sessions knows what he is doing on marijuana. He’s just trying to hold a line.

    Legal marijuana is fine in places like Colorado and Nevada or wherever, they have the right Demographics.

    If legalized weed spreads to the Southeast with our 20-40% black populations it will be mass chaos forever.

    Camlost

    July 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

    • Won’t legalized weed just mellow out the blacks, rather than cause mass chaos?

      MEH 0910

      July 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

      • Yes, I agree with the mellow idea. Pot smoking should be encouraged!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

      • Yes, marijuana usage is popular among certain value transference parasites on Wall St, where it mellows out their stressful state.

        JS

        July 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

      • No…. weed is not cheap

        You have to realize that some black men are mid 20s and have literally never held a job. What happens when baby momma #3 gets tired of their cap and kicks them out?

        Robbery, drug dealing or other petty crime. A good fraction do straighten up by age 30 but in our changing economy that is way too late, you are locked out of the labor force permanently with no steel mills or manufacturing that will employ rougher characters any more.

        Camlost

        July 21, 2017 at 10:04 am

      • Won’t legal weed be cheaper than black market illegal weed?

        Here’s an idea – free federal weed issued to blacks as a form of reparations.

        MEH 0910

        July 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  28. One thing that Trump’s daily fighting and “controversy” is accomplishing is waking up a lot of complacent white voters who are coming around and realizing that this is NOT their country any more.

    They can fight or die. But we know which of these two options the Democratic Party would like to see for them.

    Camlost

    July 21, 2017 at 6:48 am

  29. We were all hoping that Trump would learn some political skill on the fly once in office. But no one learns new skills at his age, especially when they’ve never been told “no” even once in their life.

    At this point, we need as much conflict as possible if Trump is not going to learn how to brown-nose his agenda through. Trump is a change agent and a firebrand.

    Obama came too early for the Democrats, they tried to make their move before they had adequate electoral/Demographic numbers.

    Camlost

    July 21, 2017 at 7:00 am

  30. Is there no other populist personality with an ability to be elected ? Trump has shown celebs they dont need to have spent their life as politician to get elected. So there will be wild choices in the liberal side – perhaps Orpah Winfrey. Maybe there is a widening for 2020 … More to fear and more to hope.

    Bruno

    July 21, 2017 at 10:04 am

    • Oprah isn’t a populist; she’s a standard issue liberal Democrat. She would be a likable version of Hillary.

      The problem with populists in the US system is that there’s no money in it. In the Republican primary field there were 16 candidates who were all variations of a theme, and then there was Trump. No regular politician can be in favor of a populist message of restricting immigration and trade because that goes counter to donor interests, so it won’t be funded. It takes someone who is a rogue billionaire to do that. Before Trump, that was H Ross Perot, back in the 90’s. So if you’re lucky, you get a populist once a generation. After Trump, I’m not sure there is party structure that is going to support Trumpism.

      Mike Street Station

      July 22, 2017 at 7:59 am

  31. Disagree with #1. Kasich would have wiped the floor with Clinton. Trump only won cause of the electoral college. Kasich would have won both the college and the popular vote.

    SC

    July 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    • It would have been nice if he could have demonstrated that by winning the nomination.

      Mike Street Station

      July 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

  32. […] I agree that the Trump campaign changed the zeitgeist, and that only Trump could have done it. See my only Trump post. […]


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