The Significance of Donald Trump

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“I appealed to Lincoln for his own sake to remove Grant at once, and, in giving my reasons for it, I simply voiced the admittedly overwhelming protest from the loyal people of the land against Grant’s continuance in command. I could form no judgment during the conversation as to what effect my arguments had upon him beyond the fact that he was greatly distressed at this new complication. When I had said everything that could be said from my standpoint, we lapsed into silence. Lincoln remained silent for what seemed a very long time. He then gathered himself up in his chair and said in a tone of earnestness that I shall never forget: ‘I can’t spare this man; he fights.’

Alexander McClure

 

 

Interesting analysis from Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts on how Trump is perceived by Trump supporters:

How most Trump supporters really see Trump

And his conflict with the the Left:

Yep.   Most see the Left playing with a stacked deck; a rigged game.  The press and the Left is, to them, one and the same, like Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  They see the duplicity, collusion, dishonesty, arrogance verging on hubris, and the naked propaganda and lies dedicated to tearing down what they value and replacing it with tyranny, nihilism, debauchery, bigotry and a wanton disregard for the consequences of its own ideals.  They see the grandstanding and falsehoods, the BS and idiocy, and those foolishness of those on the Left as they sit around and congratulate themselves for their unwarranted moral and intellectual infallibility and superiority.

They see in Trump someone willing to play as down and dirty and mean as they’ve watched progressives and the Left play for decades.  It may take a few beatings.  It may take a few punches.  But they see Trump come back swinging and, in many cases, winning.  And like Elmer in the cartoon, they’re hoping when it’s all over, he will win and put the grand conspiracy against the Christian West in its place.  Given what’s at stake, at least on this side of heaven, that’s not bad considering the opposition to God, life and liberty that this emergent Left represents.

Go here to read the comments.  Every now and then a figure comes along in a society whose function it is to shatter illusions, and that is the function of Trump.  In their over the top reaction to Trump winning the Presidency in 2016 the media, academia, the Federal bureaucracy, Federal courts, professional politicians of both parties, etc, have demonstrated that the rules most Americans thought governed their society do not matter at all if the Establishment feels threatened, and they feel very threatened by Trump.  He is reordering priorities and customs that have governed this country for decades.  He dines daily on sacred cows and loves it.  In short, Trump isn’t afraid of the vested interests and is thus far thriving on their hatred.  It is ironic that a figure so deeply Establishment as Trump has had this role thrust upon him, but there it is.  When Trump first appeared on the political scene in 2015 I thought his run was a publicity stunt and a bad joke.  I only reluctantly supported him in 2016, holding out until the end of September.  I completely missed his significance, but that required his enemies to go insane, that is your cue Mark Shea, which they did after Hillary lost, and to stay insane.  The crazy Russian collusion investigation put the seal on this attempt to overturn the election of 2016.  Elites willing to do this are a standing danger to our Republic, and the revelation of this alarming fact is why Trump will go down in history as a very important President.  In 1860 the election of Lincoln led to the secession movement and the beginning of rapid changes in our society.  As we are now in the midst of a Cold Civil War, the election of 2016 marked the end of one era in American history and the beginning of a new one.
For each age is a dream that is dying,
    Or one that is coming to birth.
Arthur O’Shaughnessy

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12 Comments

  1. I couldn’t vote for Clinton, and I wasn’t happy with Trump. What settled the matter for me was the support of some solid pro-life leaders who said they believed Trump would actually back up his promises with solid pro-life actions (judges, etc.). And Trump did just that – and I pray he gets reelected so that he can solidify the return of the judicial branch to its proper role in our government and away from the inappropriate and unconstitutional activism of the past 30+ years. I am grateful for his pro-life stance and commitments. I am admittedly also befuddled by many of his other political actions and public comments, some of which are cringe-worthy. I can’t tell if he is a genius or lucky or a bit crazy. But, again, as best as I can tell, he is the most pro-life President in the history of this country. I can’t imagine voting for someone else.

  2. Part of me wants to make an archive of all these reactions so when the NEXT republican president is in office, I can enjoy the laugh at all those people who begin talking about how much they miss Trump. How whatever his faults, he still wasn’t as bad as the new guy.

    And if you find it unlikely, I will point out (and someone did archive it) that they hated George W Bush back in the day. In fact “Bushitler” was a common online slang easily found.

    As someone else said, Trump could have been easily beaten – if they had just treated him like a normal politician. Honest, basic reporting of his actions would have ended his run. Instead they go crazy and… well this comedy sketch is nearly a documentary now:

  3. “I can’t tell if he is a genius or lucky or a bit crazy.”
    Maybe a bit of all three?
    I know what he is not however. He is NOT a politician and I say amenn to that. We have been groomed with decades and decades of political speak from our elected officials saying one thing, meaning another, and doing something else altogether. They have spit and polish in how the look and saying different things to different people they preach to. Clinton used to dye his hair gray when speaking to a crowd of retirees. Phony baloney.

    Trump is not spit and polish. He does NOT speak like a politician and it throws a boatload of people off balance. He is crude, offensive, but loves this country and will stand up to those wanting to destroy it and when they crap all over him he hits them back without reserve. Professional politicians do not and have not done that before. They do not know how to handle him.
    He speaks for the unborn like no other and as far as illegal immigration he is upholding the immigration laws that were in place before he came into office. In another words he is defending the constitution and the laws he is sworn to uphold.

    I also could never had voted for Moloch/Billery Clinton. We don’t have a saint in office but we have a President.

  4. In the movie “Gettysburg” there is a scene where Private Bucklin presents the grievances of the Maine mutineers to Colonel Chamberlain. His descriptions of the officer corps can very easily be applied to many of the do nothing establishment Republicans, who regularly caved in rather than fight. President Trump may not be as polished as Chamberlain, but Trump’s willingness to fight was and is a breath of fresh air when compared to the empty talking points of so many of the inside the beltway political ranks. For many the sternest act that they could bring themselves to do was the threat to make something a campaign issue.

  5. In agreement with all of your comments.

    “When Trump first appeared on the political scene in 2015 I thought his run was a publicity stunt and a bad joke.”
    DM.

    I recall the Trump Steak sale. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was pitching his steaks and wine and tied it in to his bid for the oval office perch. It was almost a joke. As mentioned above…a vote for the salesman was one against Hellreee.

    He has been a great voice for the oppressed…the unborn.

  6. Trump makes me cringe every time he speaks. He’s got no rhetorical ability whatsoever. And he really doesn’t understand the Constitution, or history or anything like that. But I think he loves America. And the Democrats hate America. I have nothing but contempt and loathing for them. That’s the bottom line.

  7. You all are some of the most vile apostates I’ve ever seen comment. You all think Jesus was a conservative? Or would vote for Trump? You are all just appallingly nihilistic abominations of human beings.

  8. Seventeen years old and we are the most vile apostates he has EVER seen comment.

    Another Jesus approves in mortal sin fella.

    Must be a Pelosi or Biden relative.

    Yes. Prayers for the kid.

  9. You are all just appallingly nihilistic abominations of human beings.

    No, Thomas, we’re all just old enough to have now lived through enough failed liberal predictions to realize it’s all snake oil.

    Trump is just the latest “hitler” – like every republican president before him, and every republican president that will follow. He’s no more fascist than Reagan or either Bush were (arguably even less). Like the boy who cried wolf, most of us have stopped believing the liars. (well, I guess in this metaphor they’re not so much liars as a poor kid who keeps mistaking random shapes in the woods as wolves)

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