During the Kavanaugh debacle, I've been thinking a lot about what really motivates politicians to say the things they say and do the things they do.
Can Democrats possibly actually believe some of the outlandish things they have said about Kavanaugh.
Or how about the Republicans? Can they really possibly believe some of the outlandish things they said about Obama.
I think the answer to this is predominately no. Sure, some on the fringes of both sides do, and many of their fervent followers do (we have some here on the CF), but I've come to the realization that everything these people do is about stoking passions and raising money. Why do you think it is that they can't even wait until they are away from a microphone before the fundraising emails go out. They know that it is the radical fringes on both sides that raise the money, and unless they talk the talk, they aren't going to get any.
Take the thought of impeaching Kavanaugh for an example. In my heart of hearts, I don't think anyone with half a brain actually thinks this is possible, but it sure will raise a ton of money. Impeachment is nothing more than carrot the Democrats will use to get the lemmings to donate money, and get people to the polls in November.
The Republicans do it too. Many of them really never had any intention of repealing Obamacare, but they knew that by threatening it, the money would flow in, the emotions would run high and the people would get out to vote.
Trump has proven that he really doesn't give a damn about what is going to raise money or not. I truly believe that money, at least the kind that is meant to influence his decisions, means nothing to him. Right or wrong, he goes by his gut, and takes it directly to the American people, with the MSM being his unwitting co-conspirators. the things he says, (again, right or wrong) he truly believes. This is why people are so astonished that he is actually doing, piece by piece, line by line, exactly what he said he was going to do during the campaign...as outlandish as they may have sounded during the campaign.
It's what happens when a non-political person holds the highest political office in the land.
What is this going to mean going forward? I actually believe you are at least starting to see Trump's influence rub off on some (ie: Lindsey Graham and others).
Trump made campaign promises to the people and actually KEEPS them... all too uncommon in politics, and refreshing. He's a Boss, but works for us, and is in fact making a positive difference... and more and more folks are appreciating it.
How Kavanaugh was treated by the left and MSM hit home for a lot of folks, and I wonder if they'll make the connection with how President Trump has been treated too. It would be nice if more unity continued to come about, in his own party, like with Graham and others, and more independents and moderate dems 'walked away' and got aboard, and our effort to make the country great grew exponentially. These midterms might be interesting. Heck even CNN had a positive report on Trumps accomplishments recently. So who knows. Time will tell, and it's early yet.
I was in the group that didn't think Trump really wanted to win. Though I have remained optimistic about our country's future, there were many, including here, that believed our nation was in decline and following some sort of natural life cycle, and to some even Biblical phophesy at play.
What to believe now with a conservative SC? Certainly only God knows His plan and who He will use to accomplish it. Is the Don was of His appointees?
We certainly live in interesting times!
Much of what I thought about him was viewed through the prism or conventional "politics" and "politicians." That is where I think most people, including myself, have erred.
Trump is a whole new paradigm, and needs to be seen as such. Unless and until we (society in general) are willing to see him that way, the conventional political animals will continue to be confused, frustrated, and always a step or two behind.
Only a brash talking street level thinking billionaire with enough negative baggage to fill Newark Airport and no political capital could have pulled this off. The most dangerous man in the world is the man who has nothing to lose, in this case politically.
Promises made/Promise Kept will be his epitaph.
When people fall for such things and engage over the ridiculous they look daft. Like they just fell for a fake punch and cried foul ref., foul. And the bystanders ( the watching public, at ringside) know that the big guy in the ring is running his opponent scared.
Just think what goes through our mind when we see a candidate fall for something stupid... How the heck will they handle the wacky world leaders if they fall for that silly jab. And that's one of his simple tricks... Suckem in and leave em arguing with themself looking all miffed and stupid. Gotcha.
He has a few tricks that telegraph to his audience that he is in command. He is a skilled negotiator ( I grew up under one , it makes it easy to spot ) He doesn't flinch when attacked and is prepared with the big guns when needed. He likes the battle and is well prepared.
He knows when to shut up and he does it loudly. Then he drops the KO punch.
And of course he is actually delivering on the promises .
One thing that cannot be overlooked, or underestimated is Trump's willingness, as cringe worthy as it might be sometimes, to completely eviscerate the main stream media.
Without the willingness (not to mention the ability and the intestinal fortitude) to expose the media for what it is, nothing else could have worked or will work in the future. Unless he keeps his boot squarely on their throat, they will eat him alive.
It's going to be very uncomfortable as long as he's in office.
Uncomfortable, but absolutely necessary.
They say things in soothing tones which disarm the listener like a hypnosis. Even this, "we will fundamentally screw you folks" and "you deserve it". And they somehow make it sound desirable to us and themselves, magnanimous. Waite, what?
The Trump charm is his speaking on the level of the lowest of us, not the highest. In a humble and simple matter of fact way. A common man tone. The less sophisticated mind gets it, the middle guy accepts it and the brilliant can figure out why he does it. But all of them/us recognize its not "that other tone".
We have learned "That tone" is the death of us...
He seems to remind us that it is the content and actions that matter. And yes, we do deserve it, because we did build it, we do honor it and we have no shame for it...
Americans are sick of that guilt trip. And we come roaring back with the right coach and a little pride in what is great about out Homeland.
He has been pummeling them but good. And they deserve it. It's become a propaganda machine in cahoots with Hollywood. I read the NYTimes headlines just to be sure of the opposite. ( To be in constant reminder of how they spin. ) I puke and move on.
After 2 years that opinion has been REVERSED and from now on if candidate has ONLY been in public office their whole life then IMO they are LEAST qualified. I would prefer a businessman with no political/government experience who knows how to chose and utilize people who DO know than someone like Obama who was about as qualified to lead a nation as I am to do brain surgery or program computers.
If noting else Trump is re-writing the rules on what a leader is. Hopefully his own party will begin to realize what many of us already have.
If we hadn't had someone like Obama for the past 8 years, I don't think Trump could have won the Presidency.
X-2 on that.
I would also trust someone with a long track record of not cheating people when they could have. Or someone who has made a vow of poverty. Not too many to choose from there.
I am not convinced that he just bumbled into this though. Too many lucky strikes smell more like intention and a good read on this societal temperament. He did say that " not to worry when he is president he can be just as refined as needed". or something to that effect. Like a wink to those who were concerned. Showing self-awareness during the performance aspect of that process.
I think he knew that he needed to motivate the lower rung and that was key to winning. He also knew that he needed God in the picture but not too heavily. He played it just right. And when it came down to the last moments he pushed in just the right places. He kept the news about him and kept adjusting. That shows command of the situation and to be consistent with his total performance and continued navigation, it would have to be a fluke inside of a brilliant design and method. That lucky twist would be inconsistent with his continued success. He knew what he was doing and why he needed to do it. That's what he is exceptionally good at.
He has played in the big time long enough to know how to dance as he does. A mix of Ballroom and the Hokie Pokie I think. That's him and it works .
I do believe however, that a political neophyte does need to know what he doesn’t know and get the right people in place to advise him.
In my opinion, Mike is correct. There is much to be said about not allowing lobbyists to buy your decisions.
When you don’t take the money, you don’t owe the favors.
Same here. In retrospect, I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out...all things considered.
Unfortunately, we live under a political class that looks down upon us that we are their subjects. POTUS Trump by his actions is illuminating that particular perception and regular joes are noting this. Most on this site recognize these things and the suppressiveness the Democrat leadership and many #nevertrumpers will employ at any cost to demean and destroy anyone who support POTUS Trumps actions and accomplishments that are based upon original intent of our Founding Fathers..... old white men..... in the mean time..... best political theater I could have ever imagined.....
You're right - I admit I was one of those pointing out Trump's past connections to the democrat party, his reality show persona, etc., etc.. Trump was not what I wanted in my candidate of choice. My candidates in the Republican race lost to Trump but I voted for him because the thought of HRC in the White House was so physically revolting.
I was wrong, and willingly admit to it - turns out I'm pretty happy about being so wrong. Two conservative leaning judges recently appointed to the SC, with a strong possibility of a 3rd......, unemployment at lowest level in decades, NAFTA, etc.. I never thought he had it in him.
Slept with a porn star? No surprise.
Paid hush money? No surprise, so no change in support from those who supported him.
There are many other examples that would have destroyed any other republican.
No other republican would have stuck by a SC nominee just because they were the best person for the job. Accumulating unsupported allegations? Dump him and nominate someone less controversial (conservative) who would get confirmed.
Like many others here, I did not like him from the beginning and thought his candidacy was at best a joke. None of us can say what his actual motivation was, but here is some evidence. How true to his other words (campaign promises) has he remained? That is (to me) evidence that he actually had an agenda for America - the very one we he campaigned on and has been working to implement in spite of reisitance from democrats, press, D.C., and far too many republicans.
He may have believed he was a long shot, but probably thought that even if he didn't win he would at least change the narrative. However, watching how he operates, it probably never occurred to him that he wouldn't win.
The same could be said about hilary, but her belief was out of ignorance and a sense of privilege. His may very well have been from a sense of "If America is going to survive, I have to step in and save Her."
I have said it here before, but he has done a better job of working toward reviving a constitutional America than I could have dreamed.
Are there things about him that I still don't like? Of course. However, overall his agenda is almost 100% what I think it should be.
He was commissioned by God.
You mean Trump is a Blues Brother, on a mission from God?
Remember during the primaries, all the criticism? Trump was not that conservative, gave to Dems, very unmoral etc.
How to explain the change? Difficult for me to believe it happened on his own or this was always him.
Of course Paul will say he is a con man extradonaire. I remain cautiously optimistic, he is accomplishing great things for now. I will wait for his term to be over before fully deciding.
I will be maybe the only one here that feels it is important how we play the game. Yes, winning is great, and the left deserves to eat some crow-a lot of it. But if both sides keep fueling the division, I think we can guess where this is headed. While some may claim they are ready, read some history of the 1860s first. Focus on the human toll. I struggle with those who say they are pro-life when it comes to babies, but clamour almost for open conflict.
If that makes me soft, so be it.
"...he doesn’t give a rat’s azz what the media says about him."
Both true, but in my opinion, what makes him different is that he doesn't have to care." That was more my original point.
Many of the Democrats that are currently talking "IMPEACHMENT," don't really give a "rat's azz" about that either. However if they don't say those things, they won't get the money attached to the groups that do want that.
Same with Obamacare. There were a number of Republicans that were screaming "REPEAL," not so much because they really cared about repealing it, they just desperately wanted the money attached to the groups that wanted it.
He actually ran on the issues that he truly believed, not the issues that brought in the money.
It's taking some time, but I'm hoping that Trump's successes are beginning to empower some of the conventional political animals to feel the same way. Without Trump's rock solid support of Kavanaugh, I don't think you would have ever seen McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, even Collins take the stands they did.
It's taken them a while, but even they are beginning realize that Trump is different.
“?‘The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.’ Daniel 4:17 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/dan.4.17.NIV
I agree with KPC... bottom line is Trump doesn't need swamp money and can do as he sees fit.
The Trump administration has transcended failure conservatively speaking, seating another SC justice. The court and the nation is safe for the near future. Most presidents could only aspire to what he has accomplished and in break neck speed. He has won the game but as Trump says " too much winning is not enough". He will always be "just" Trump to most vs. President Trump, and I believe he likes it that way. The man instigates and likes to fight throwing you off your game and on your heels. He is your neighbor, the corner bartender, the car salesman, the crazy uncle that makes you laugh, but when the bell rings he is a deadly serious adversary in private when he is not smiling. Politicians do not have control over him in any quarter, allies included. He operates from first thought and belief which he knows he can always amend. The world has more than its share of scary people at the helm who wantonly threaten the U.S. day and night with deep seated hatred. Well the U.S. has countered that fear with a hired gun of its own, regaled in black and silver spurs and the gun he carries emits the biggest bang of all, notches prominently displayed. They can talk all they want but not much can make this man's face turn red. Make a move and this man is going to reach and you WILL realize he is unlike any other president most notably Obonzo. World leaders sit a little straighter in their seats and local politicians have picked up his swagger. I agree with the DEMS. Trump does not fit nor fits the mold to be the POTUS. He is a CEO of a " new" company whose product is "results" specifically for the bottom line which will be inscribed forever in American History. Everyday businessmen across the nation have now taken to politics following the blueprint laid out by "Trump"and realizing that the American people have been given the boost they needed by a loudmouth NYC Titan. A man who awoke one day a much different man than the day before with the blueprint for America's future.
"...he doesn’t give a rat’s azz what the media says about him."
Yes and no. In many ways he's one of the thinnest skinned presidents we've had in my memory. He reacts to the smallest slight with guns blazing. So yes.... I think he cares very much.
Where he differs is he refuses to let any negative slip by not just unnoticed, but publicly punished. He wants to make sure he gets his shots in. He goes on offense as a defense.
So yes, he doesn't care so much what anyone thinks of him...... so long as they know what HE thinks of THEM.......
Count me in the camp of held my nose to vote for him. So many planets had to align for him to win it was amazing...... the largest planet being the most disgusting, dishonest, unappealing candidate to ever run for office in HRC.
I've cringed more than a few times..... but the wound's have just been minor scratches. Overall I am very happy and pleased with how it's all unfolding. And the entertainment value is off the charts..... seeing the left and the politically entrenched reaction to it all is fun..... and ..... illuminating....
He’s loving it when the media go after him because it gives him an opportunity to go after THEM.
So they are dancing to his tune and they don’t even realize it.
He owns them and plays them like a fiddle
From "John Adams" by David McCullough...............
The old, stubborn independence of his forebearers kept playing on his thoughts. It had been the bedrock of their integrity, and he was resolved to see it sustained. When his son Thomas wrote, expressing an interest in public life, Adams felt he was answering for generations of their line; "Public business, my son, must always be done by somebody. It will be done by somebody of other. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not. A young man should weigh well his plans. Integrity should be preserved in all events as essential to his happiness, through every stage of his existence. His first maxim then should be to place his honor out of reach of all men. In order to do this he must make it a rule never to come dependent on public employments for his subsistence. Let him have a trade, a profession, a farm, a shop, something where he can honestly live, and then he may engage in public affairs, if invited, upon independent principles. My advice to my children is to maintain an independent character."
Come on...of course he is. I can't remember a public person who cares as much as Trump does, President or otherwise, in my lifetime. No slight goes unaddressed. It's why his base loves him. His vanity is unparalleled and it's why he reacts so strongly to any criticism, be it from a Senator, a foreign head of State, the media, a CEO, a beauty queen, a pastor, a judge, an actor, a day-time talks show host, a late-night talk show host, a football player, a basketball player, a gold-star Mom, etc etc. I can pull up the tweets if you need the receipts. The man never lets anything go - and, again, it's a big part of the reason his fan base loves him so much. You can feel free to argue that it's all calculated and all part of the game.
He's different because he's not a politician. He's a reality TV star, and he's running his Presidency as such. He's a brilliant marketer, and he knows how to market and sell a product to his fans. He says things that no other politician would ever dare say (even if they are thinking it behind closed doors). Another thing that is different about him is how bulletproof he is. He's done and said things on a regular basis that would have destroyed anyone else and it's fascinating that he is more-or-less immune to it.
On the other hand when it comes to policy, he truly does not care what other people think, even the people in his own orbit, and even the people an groups that traditionally fund Republican causes. For the most part, when it comes to policy, he is beholden to no one except his own gut...and is more than willing to take the arrows that are slung his way. Heck, he relishes in it.
For the most part, he says what he is going to do, he does it, regardless of what others say or believe, and he lets the results of that action vindicate him.
When Constitution written, Founding Fathers envisioned citizen government and NOT the tenured professional politician who makes a career out of being in office. All one has to do is look at the likes of Pelosi, Schummer, Mad Maxine, etc. to see how they have used their elected office to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense.
The professional politician puts party and self interest ahead of the country's. A citizen officeholder puts the country first.
Trump threatens to cut off funding to California over its forest mismanagement
October 18, 2018 MJA Uncategorized 6
DC: ‘You Better Get Your Act Together’: Trump Threatens To Cut Funding To California Over Massive Wildfires.
President Donald Trump threatened to restrict funding to California if the state does not improve the way it manages forests to prevent more large wildfires, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Trump made the comments during a cabinet meeting Wednesday. The Trump administration has been critical of California’s “bad environmental laws,” blaming them for exacerbating wildfires.
“I say to the governor, or whoever is going to be the governor of California, you better get your act together,” Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re just not going to continue to pay the kind of money we’re paying because of fires that should never be to the extent.”
“It’s a disgraceful thing. Old trees are sitting there, rotting and dry. And instead of cleaning it up, they don’t touch them,” Trump continued. “I think California ought to get their act together and clean up their forests and manage their forests.” < href="https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/18/donald-trump-ryan-zinke-california-wildfires/">read more