President Donald Trump

May 29, 2017

It’s time for me to tackle the anti-Trump craze before this Memorial Day passes into history. Trump won the election even though the reigning clergy (see Bill’s Blogs, pp. 74, 78, and 103) did not approve. Now they are desperately trying to reverse the will of the people with a Special Counsel. He claims it is a witch-hunt. Trump has a point.

Harsh critics say Donald Trump is “a liar, rude, manipulative, ignorant, arrogant, evil, a  chauvinist, paranoid, an abomination, etc, etc.” Many add that he is a racist and a sexist. My good friend and regular reader from the UK wrote, “How a man of your intellect could possibly have been hoodwinked into voting for such a charlatan is beyond me. Do you now feel any remorse?”

No, I don’t feel remorse. I do have some reservations. The insults directed at President Trump are eerily similar to the insults directed at Jefferson, Lincoln (he was called constantly an ape!), FDR, Nixon, and Reagan. All of them survived (Tricky Dick resigned rather than being impeached, but he went on to be the very model of an elder statesman). My bet is The Donald will survive the witch-hunt. Whether he will go on to be a good president I can’t really say at this point.

There is little doubt that the establishment clergy (academics, teachers, social workers, media reporters and pundits, celebrities, activists, intellectuals, and assorted Democrat bureaucrats and leakers) are united against anyone not politically correct. Donald Trump fits that description. I join the contrarians in begging to differ.

I’ll start my defense by admitting The Donald does have flaws. For one thing he is no doubt blissfully ignorant about philosophy, literature, arts and sciences, and many important ideas. Probably he has not read many important books. He is also arrogant. Of course, the same thing could be said of almost any past president (maybe with a few exceptions), or the CEOs of large corporations (a few exceptions), or small ones like Hawkhill (present CEO excepted!). Or for that matter, leaders of many non-profit and religious groups, including the Democratic and Republican Parties, the Catholic and Protestant hierarchy (and for sure Muslim Mullahs). The list includes leaders like Barack and Michelle Obama, FDR, JFK, Nancy Pelosi, Bill and Hilary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, George Bush, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pope Francis, Osama bin Laden; supporters like George Soros, Warren Buffet, and the Koch brothers; and business innovators like Bill Gates, Sundar Pichai, and Steve Jobs.

I also admit Trump is often petty and rude to inferiors, superiors, media critics, and competitors. Trump’s excuse is they are very rude to him. Trump does have a point, but in all honesty, one cannot say this about the vast majority of past presidents and corporate CEOs.

Unlike Lincoln, Jefferson, or JFK, Trump is no master of the English language. I too am personally offended by his poor language skills. As shown in his impulsive tweets and his feeble repetitions in mediocre. But then I have to admit, his campaign speeches have been very popular.

As to policies though I spring to his defense. As I wrote last week I think he is absolutely right to trump environmental and safety regulations with job creation. Of course that assumes his policies will work to create real jobs. Not just any jobs, but efficient jobs. Jobs that add, or at minimum support, and don’t subtract from our wealth as a nation. In short jobs that do not make us poorer. I predict his efforts will bring such jobs.

He is also more right than wrong on his immigration and environment ideas.

I’m aware that Progressive Greens like Barack and Michele Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer are busy touting the job creation benefits of alternative energy (solar cells and windmills) jobs as well as jobs to better control people and subsidize movements with government charity—especially ones that are designed to help minorities but more often these well-meaning and charitable subsidies bring alcoholism, drug and sex abuse, crime, looting, murders, and suicide in their execution.

As constant readers can guess I also applaud Trump’s frequent attacks on the clergy, which includes the fake news media. Draining the swamp as Trump likes to call it. There is no question in my mind that the swamp (what I call the clergy) is desperate to get Mr. Trump. You can almost hear the sharpening of knives in the newsrooms of the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, CBS, NBC, CNBC, ABC, PBS, and most pundits, as well as most college professors and government employees. Add to that Democrat-appointed left-liberal judges, and any and all bureaucratic leakers who viscerally despise the man. At least they are open about it as they eek ways to bring him down, impeach, or even imprison him. Hardly a wonder that he is fighting back? Hardly a wonder that I have some sympathy?

On the down side again, it’s true that Trump is not yet eager to adopt some of my pet Libertarian ideas. A trait he shares with most politicians and most people. I remain hopeful that he will be on board in the near or distant future to libertarian ideas like freedom—freedom in any and all senses including food, farms, and drugs; black power; women power; strong law and order enforcement— without which no ideas can work; better universal heath care (actually Trump may be in favor of single-payer systems, though the devil may be in the details!), and finally; guaranteed minimum income (Social Security and Medicare for all). I admit this last idea is a long shot. So far as I know Trump has not discussed or endorsed it but based on his idea history I think he just might be sympathetic in the future.

As I said before Trump has already announced his strong support of law and order, a minimum requirement for literally any idea, and a strong belief in inner-city rebirth with jobs and welfare reform. As he said in the campaign, “Can it get any worse for poor blacks?” I might add, “Can libertarian solutions be far behind?”

In summary I will say, “relax good people wherever you are, Trump is not so crazy. In fact he may yet turn out to be one of our better presidents.”

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. For more details and evidence please buy and read (full disclosure: Trump is not mentioned in any of my books)—a Little While Aware< /em>, Twilight or Dawn: a Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street/em>t, or Bill’s Blogs.”

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