“The Donald” Is President… Now What?

The dog days of the Summer of 2017 have been especially brutal, with sweltering heat and humiditydc summer turning Washington, D.C. into a miasma.

The election of 2016 was one for the books. The expected “coronation” of Hillary Clinton never took place, her ambitions for election to the highest office of the land crushed when the FBI investigation into her emails resulted in her indictment on federal misdemeanor charges. Only a last-minute pardon granted by outgoing President Obama saved her from a lengthy trial and probable conviction.

When self-avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders became the official Democrat party nominee due to a rabid outpouring of support from the ultra-left fringe, the GOP – now insulated from the threat of a Hillary candidacy – reverted to form and coalesced around Establishment candidate Jeb Bush.

Defeated in the primaries, Donald Trump declared himself a candidate as an Independent. On election night this dynamic played itself out to its finale, with Sanders getting little support from other than the ultra-left, Bush getting little from any other than the GOP loyalists, and the remainder going to Trump. In an election cycle with a record-low turnout, that happened to be enough to give Trump the win.

trump in officeNow, six months after the inauguration, Trump sits at his desk in the Oval Office brooding over his next moves. He’d tried to push through his promise to build a border wall between the US and Mexico with the stipulation that he’d stick Mexico with the bill, but he’d immediately run into another “wall” he hadn’t anticipated.

Congress had refused to create any legislation authorizing such a project, and with no ties to either of the parties in control of Congress, Trump found himself with no leverage at all with which to proceed. His request for such legislation was simply DOA. The only thing he got was a gift from the President of Mexico of a bottle of fine agave tequila, with a sardonic note of congratulations.

Along similar lines, when he’d tried to find some way to suspend the automatic granting of US citizenship to “anchor babies”, there was no actual way to effectuate his efforts. He couldn’t do it by executive order, because citizenship is a state of being, not a document issued by a government agency to which he could issue orders. He again asked Congress for appropriate legislation, and ran into the exact same problem he faced regarding his proposed wall: Congress ignored him.

In August of 2015 he’d said that he’d support a tax increase on the “ultra-rich” – heresy to conservatives – and when he’d proposed the idea to Congress he got strong support from the Democrat side of the aisle, and strong opposition from the GOP, again with the same result: no action from Congress.

Last month’s meeting with Putin had gone badly. They didn’t click on a personal level, a problem right out of the box. He’d tried to insist that Putin call off his dogs, but the Russian just stared at him with those beady eyes. It was infuriating! “All right, so he got a little annoyed at what I said”, Trump thought. “But I was calling his actions ‘stupid’, not him personally. Can’t he tell the difference?”

He’d tested another policy initiative a couple of months ago, a sort of trial balloon. He’d instructed our ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to present to those countries bills for our costs in protecting their countries militarily, including from the Saddam Hussein invasion. After all, they have virtually unlimited wealth from their oil production, and we provide their military support. It was for only $1.5 trillion! Who’d have thought they’d react the way they did? The Saudis even insisted Trump recall our ambassador to that country. Imagine! Looks like that balloon popped…

Which, Trump mused, means the odds of doing the same thing anywhere else look pretty slim…

The backlash from his announcement last week that he was sending the 82nd Airborne Division to the82 airborne Middle East to fight ISIS utterly confounded and perplexed him. If there was any actual personification of actual evil on this planet, they were it. So how could so many people – not only in the electorate, but in Congress – not see that we had to send in the troops?

“Quagmire?”, he grumbled to himself. “What does that even mean? I can tell those generals how to win that war. And anyway, if they don’t do it my way, and win that damn war, I’ll just fire them.”

Seeing that the sun was setting, he rose from the chair and left the room. Tomorrow was another day.

©Brian Baker 2015

 

(Published in my local newspaper, The Signal, on 3 Sep 2015: http://www.signalscv.com/section/33/article/141834/ )

 

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93 comments on ““The Donald” Is President… Now What?

  1. Buck says:

    I don’t see a scenario with him running as a 3rd Party Candidate. I see him having a solid support from all the heretofore timid GOP who would no longer fear Boehner or McConnell. I see him going to the people and telling them he cannot do without their representatives’ support thus getting the ground swell behind his “Silent Majority” to pressure their elected representatives to shit or get off the pot. I see him as the best chance to rid our country of the illegal invasion plague since he does not have to depend on the employers of illegals for campaign funds.
    We have spoke of Trump’s political expertise or lack thereof. I don’t believe a man who has been able to amass a multi-billion dollar fortune and run a real estate empire can be totally devoid of political acumen.
    Trump, or anyone else occupying the Oval Office, would be on the grandest scale of a fool to think about sending our military into the Middle East without a full declaration of war and a scrapping of the deadly Rules of Engagement.
    The fence would be no problem getting Mexico to foot the bill. Simply cease all aid to the country and ask Congress for a law taxing money going to Mexico via Western Union at a percentage.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, that’s the great thing about this country: we’re all entitled to our own opinions. I respect yours, as I know you do mine, and we happen to vastly disagree on this topic.

  2. Betty Arenson says:

    Great Satire, Brian; however, the content is exactly as you present it, if Trump doesn’t get past his ego and realize there are other brains besides his and they will have to be in the game.

  3. Kathy says:

    Good piece Brian, and I see we’ll carry our disagreement forward a while longer, in a friendly kinda way, of course, until we see how and where the Trump thing goes.

    On the one hand, I really like that he’s shaken up politics as usual because that woke up a lot of people who weren’t really paying attention. On the other hand though, I’m still wondering when the other shoe will drop and what the fallout will be for the other candidates.

    Another thing I’ll have to disagree with you on is all the gold in Trump’s Oval Office – he wouldn’t do that because it minimizes the golden & endless swirl of hair. 🙂

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks, Kathy. As I mentioned to Buck, there’s nothing wrong with disagreeing. I’ve often said there’s only one person in the world with whom I agree 100%… myself!

      Yeah, on that office pic: that was the only Trump/Oval Office pic I could find. But your reason was hilarious!

      Also, I do agree that he’s shaken things up. Right in my first essay on Trump I said that the GOP has brought him upon themselves. If only it were a person who was actually QUALIFIED for the job, or who’d do a good job of it, who wasn’t so in love with his own mirror reflection, I probably wouldn’t be so hostile about him. My problem with Trump is Trump: I don’t like him, I don’t respect him, and I don’t trust him.

  4. Saltwater says:

    ‘Tis a dismal portrait you paint. Yet, I fear that even if Hildabeast survives until the general election, and T-Rump manages to to garner the GOP nomination, the situation you present may still come to pass.

    However, I suspect it will be driven less by The Donald’s ego, than an all out rebellion by butt hurt Republicrat Beta-boys. They have clearly demonstrated their hatred for conservatives is on par with the DNC.

    That T-Rump has further riled up an already angry group of disenchanted patriots only has the party royal court soiling their Depends with worry Prince John Ellis may not ascend to the throne. They fear the torches and pitchforks would quickly surround their little castles if the uprising is not quelled.

    • BrianR says:

      Hi, Salty!

      You’ve raised excellent points, I must say. My scenario was one possibility, and you’ve certainly raised another.

      One of the things that swayed me to write it the way I did was the idea of The Hildebeeste being indicted for federal crime. I indulged in some wishful thinking there…

  5. clyde says:

    EXACTLY, with some minor differences, of what I have been thinking. A Trump win WILL ensure one thing: GRIDLOCK, which may not be a bad thing. As far as foreign policy, all I’m hearing is crickets from him. NOW is the time for letting the electorate know where he stands on that little matter. Good one, as always, pard.

  6. Terry says:

    ” If only it were a person who was actually QUALIFIED for the job, or who’d do a good job of it,…”

    Unfortunately, the ones you consider ‘qualified for the job’ WON’T do ANY of the things Trump wants to do. It will be politics as usual, nothing ventured, nothing gained. All campaign promises to the people will once again take a backseat to all the promises to the financial backers
    At least he would have tried. At best, he might actually get something accomplished.w/o fear of backlash from anybody and their shadows.
    These are desperate times, and I’m willing to take that risk.

    • BrianR says:

      I disagree, Terry (though thanks for taking the time to comment).

      For once, the GOP actually has some good candidates to offer in Cruz, Jindal, and Walker. But Trump is making it impossible for them to be heard because of his obnoxious showboating.

      If this were 2008 or 2012 I wouldn’t be nearly as POed. In fact, in 2008 I might well have gone along with him. But it’s not.

  7. gunnyginalaska says:

    Gotta stand with Buck on this one brother. Either Trump or Cruz. I’m sick of the bullshit from DC. Empty promises and lies. I actually got a letter from the GOP, asking for money, and saying that we now need to take back the WH to fight Obama’s agenda. What a crock. I want someone who is going to fight, is willing to put the blame where it lies, and isn’t afraid of his own shadow. Good post though, as usual.

    • BrianR says:

      But again, Gunny, the problem is that you guys actually TRUST Trump. I don’t. Not as far as I can throw my house. Trump’s not a statesman in any way, and never has been. He’s a huckster. If you guys want to trust a huckster, that’s up to you. It’s how they make their livings, and the good ones can make a GOOD living at it, Trump being a great example.

      Cruz is my guy; I’ve been plugging him for a couple of years now. Jindal, Walker.

  8. Hardnox says:

    Fess up Brian… you’re jealous of his hair! I already know you fessed up to it already at our place so you might as well spill the beans and come clean at here for all your peeps to see. 🙂

    I’m with Buck. I like that Trump is pissing off the establishment on both sides. He’s got people paying attention that normally wouldn’t be engaged this early on.

    I disagree that he’d run 3rd party. He knows the end game.

    I know your beef with him is that he’s not a bonafide 100% USDA conservative with a history. OK. Fair enough. Who is? Even our hero Ted Cruz has waffled. Rubio did an about face, Walker is looking squishy, Perry is invisible and obviously pro-establishment. Remember when GW was in and we had hoped that he’d tac right?. They all claim conservative chops and then tac left when elected because of special interest call in their markers. Trump has no such allegiances… yet.

    Will Trump flame out? Maybe. I thought he’d step on on pee-pee already but he’s picking up speed and support. His messages are resonating with middle America. I’m meeting with people everyday campaigning for Cruz and all I hear is Trump, Trump, Trump. You might want to get used to it.

    Truthfully, I think you underestimate him. He knows how the game is played, and he’s playing it well so far. Time will tell. In the meantime I like that he’s friendly with Cruz and Carson.

    Good satire.

    • BrianR says:

      Dammit, Nox, I still don’t know how you figured that out! I HATE it when a guy has better hair than I do!

      Thanks for the good words on my “satire”, though it wasn’t exactly satire.

      IMO, there’s a huge difference between a guy “waffling” and a guy who hasn’t established any history at all of being conservative in any way, until all of a sudden this year he tries to claim that mantle. And for what? A run for Congress? Or a Senate seat?

      But n-o-o-o-o-o-o…… Only President, the highest office in the land and the most powerful single person on earth.

      In fact Trump’s history isn’t one of a “waffle”. The guy was a Democrat who contributed heavily to other Democrats including Chuckie Schumer and the Clintons, who was anti-gun, who supported single-payer healthcare, who ran for Prez in the Reform Party, and who just this week proposed raising taxes on the “super-rich”.

      Where do you see ANY history at all of any “conservatism” up until this latest scheme of his to get attention?

      Sometimes I feel like Cassandra in The Iliad, blessed by the gods with prophecy while cursed that no one will ever believe her. I keep telling y’all that he’s conning you, but you won’t believe it. As I just wrote to Gunny, that’s how con men make their livings, and they’re good at it.

      • Hardnox says:

        We could argue this until the cows come home. Trump’s democrat affiliations and support was probably due to his business ambitions. I doubt it was philosophical. Take his projects in Las vegas, Atlantic City, New York, Chicago for example. If he were a republican he wouldn’t have gotten those projects approved. Greasing the political skids is commonplace. Play to play. That’s how it’s done. Trump probably knows the really ugly side of the lefty vermin better than most out there.

        Trump proposed removing the loopholes for the super rich. I agree with him.

        Time will tell if he continues to resonate with voters. It’s still early.

        What I find telling and disturbing is how the left and the GOPe have allied themselves to take out Trump, and it has backfired so far. In the meantime, other than Cruz and Carson, the others are dying on the vine. Their messages are old and pretty much the same shit-different-day that we’ve been hearing for decades and nothing ever gets done.

        Our official/non-official N&F poll is an indicator of what our readers think: http://hardnoxandfriends.com/nf-polls/

        On a side note: I don’t see Hildabeast surviving her email scandal or the Benghazi hearings in mid-October. She’ll suffer another knock on the head episode or something and step out. The Dims know they are in trouble if Crazy Joe is now looking like their guy. I read a piece yesterday that claims that only 81 of the 750 big donors have committed to Hildabeast. That spells trouble for her.

      • BrianR says:

        You: “Trump’s democrat affiliations and support was probably due to his business ambitions. I doubt it was philosophical.”

        So why would you assume his current “beliefs” are “philosophical”, rather than just a play to get the power of the presidency? And in what way does support for gun control and single-payer healthcare advance his business ambitions?

        “Trump proposed removing the loopholes for the super rich. I agree with him.”

        Gawd, Nox! You guys twist yourselves into knots to rationalize Trump… really. If Bernie Sanders or the Hildebeest made the same proposal you’d be screaming “Tax Increase!!!!” at the top of your lungs.

        I agree that the Hildebeest is probably toast. Which, again, is why Trump’s clown show is especially egregious given that this is the election most likely to result in an actual conservative winning.

        Of course, as I’ve said so often, never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If the GOP nominates Jebbie, my vote goes somewhere else. Could be Trump if he runs Independent (wouldn’t that be ironic?), could be Jim Webb if the Dems nominate him (my first vote ever for a Dem for anything!), could be the Libertarian again, as I did in 2008.

      • BrianR says:

        BTW, I’ll add one more thought here, which seems a propos. If Trump does pledge to abide by the GOP policy — which IS the policy of the party he claims to be running in — and promise not to run as a third-party candidate if he gets knocked out in the primary, then I will acknowledge his legitimacy as a candidate.

        Now, that doesn’t mean I’d actually VOTE for him. I still don’t like, trust, or respect him. But that would go a long way toward addressing many of my problems with his candidacy.

      • Buck says:

        C’mon, BB. The guy SAID on the tube he’d supported Democrats… Actually I think what he said was he had BOUGHT politicians of both ilks.
        He was just proving a point we all knew. Rich folks buy politicians. Lobbyists are mere gateways to bribe money.
        At least Trump doesn’t have to take money from folks who’d expect something once he’s in office.

      • BrianR says:

        Buck, you can try to rationalize and spin it any way you want, but the bottom line is simply factual: he contributed LARGE amounts of money to Dems, including Schumer and the Clintons.

        That’s just a fact.

        “Actually I think what he said was he had BOUGHT politicians of both ilks.” Or in other words, he was “proving” he’s a guy with no morals, ethics, or principles.

        What about when he was all in for gun control and single-payer healthcare? Was he trying to “prove” something then, too?

        Was he lying then, or is he lying now?

  9. Buck says:

    And Reagan was a New Deal Democrat, too…

    • BrianR says:

      There was nothing “New Deal” about Trump’s being a Dem.

      Really, you guys need to stop with the very lame attempts to draw parallels with Reagan and this doofus. It’s an insult to Reagan, and offensive.

  10. Buck says:

    ““Actually I think what he said was he had BOUGHT politicians of both ilks.”
    Which just proves what we all know that the current class of politicians are corrupt.
    He bought Schumer, which we all figured could be bought. He bought the Clintons which we all knew could be bought.
    I just wish he’d tell us which Republicans he’d bought.

    • BrianR says:

      Buck… I don’t care WHO he claims to have “bought”, and you didn’t even respond to what I wrote. If he was donating to Dems because he claims he was “buying” them, then he’s corrupt. Period, the end.

      As to his support of gun control and single-payer healthcare: Was he lying then, or is he lying now? Which is it?

  11. Sgt Relic says:

    I love the “what if” genre! I don’t see it happening but I’ll play along. Buck has a good take. I think we can all agree that politicians are for sale. The Corn-Husker kickback comes to mind immediately. It is also fairly well established that most legislation in DC is written by lobby groups, which is why Red Nanny couldn’t tell us what was in the Obamacare bill.

    What if a now president(lower case denotes my lack of enthusiasm) Trump puts his money in a blind trust, sets up his kids to administer it, and directs them to set up lobby groups and purchase the necessary votes to advance his idiotic agenda? HaHa! I’m just having fun with the speculation!

    I have a brother-in-law who is kind of a mini-Trump. Same business model on a smaller scale. He donates to both sides and holds no political convictions. He is convinced, and is sadly usually right, when he says that he can buy his way out of anything.

    I’ve been starting to dig into the current crop of candidates now that summer is winding down. Cruz is probably the best of the bunch, the rest seem to bear the “Mark of McCain”, and now Cruz seems to be snuggling up to Trump. What a mess!

    Question: If Obummer can rename mountains, can a president Trump rename the White House?

    • BrianR says:

      LOL, Sarge!

      Maybe he’ll name it the Rainbow House. After all, the night of the SCOTUS Obergefell decision, he had it lit up with rainbow lighting.

      Like Buck, you’ve focused in only on the contribution aspect of Trump’s history while ignoring the political positions he very vocally took at the same time: pro-gun control, pro single-payer healthcare, pro-climate change BS. Those are pretty significant issues to be on the wrong side of the aisle on!

      That’s why, when considering his ENTIRE history, I don’t trust one word coming out of his mouth now.

  12. Sgt Relic says:

    After all these years of chatting about politics, you should know that I don’t give anybody a pass on taking loonie lefty positions. I focused on the bought and paid for pols simply to advance my small attempt at humor.

    I don’t see a scenario where Trump gets my vote. In fact, I’m having trouble warming up to any of the current field of candidates. You may recall that I voted for the Constitution Party candidate because the libertarian(Barr) works for ACLU.

    I guess in this age of billionaires it was inevitable that one of them would try and buy the presidency for themselves. I mentioned by brother-in-law who is by no means as wealthy as a Trump, Gates, Buffet,or the internet moguls, and yet he wouldn’t care about gun-control, healthcare or Gorebull warming. Why? Because he lives in a gated community with a private security force, is self-insuring and gets tax credits investing in birdy cusinarts. He doesn’t see those issues as problems.

    Trump, and those like him, don’t feel threatened by the left wing agenda. My in-law has a place in the Greek Islands where he can hide, you can bet Trump is an order of magnitude ahead of that. I don’t trust anybody that doesn’t have any real skin in the game.

    JMO!

    • BrianR says:

      That wasn’t a critique, Sarge. I was just ‘splainin’ why I don’t believe one word from Hairboy’s mouth.

      Yeah, the Constitution Party wasn’t on the ballot out here in Commiefornia, so I was stuck casting my protest vote for Barr. But in his defense, he WAS president of the NRA at one point, or at least a Board member.

  13. Nee says:

    Well, If Hairboy announces that he’s signed the pledge, they’ll be some people waiting for ya to treat him serially, er, seriously!! 😛
    Just wanted to post this…a copy/paste because the link is nuts. You’ll enjoy it…

    ” A few days ago the user behind the Twitter account ThomasHCrown began tweeting out sarcastic explanations for why he votes Republican, using the hashtag #WhyIVoteRepublican. Here are some of them. No, you don’t need to read them all but a good skim is rewarding:

    So Mitch McConnell can be Majority Leader and help the Democrats to victory.

    So John Boehner can fund President Obama’s usurpation of power.

    So Planned Parenthood can continue using tax dollars to butcher the unborn and sell their parts for profit.

    So Fortune 100 Companies can be shielded from the free market.

    So yet another Clinton or Bush or whatever can be President.

    So Supreme Court rulings that clearly exceed any possible basis in the Constitution can be quietly accepted.

    So that we continue to turn perfectly useful corn into energy-inefficient and starvation-causing ethanol.

    So the regulatory state will continue to grow without even pausing.

    So Christians can be forced to materially cooperate with evil as long as Wal-Mart is happy.

    So my children can be forced to learn how all the heroes of the twentieth century were Democrats.

    So sugar subsidies can increase.

    So every bank about the community bank size is too big to fail.

    So every major investment firm is protected from any downside risk to gambling with shareholder money.

    So that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may live forever.

    So that Iran will be in a position to destroy Israel utterly within a handful of years.

    So that China will have de facto hegemonic control over East Asia. Or a war. Whatever.


    So that our immigration laws are merely code for “whatever the Chamber of Commerce wants.”

    So conservative Republicans can be called racists basically whenever.

    So that John McCain will be a Senator until 2136.

    So that one million children, give or take, will be aborted per year, and I’ll learn about it in fundraising letters.

    So the Federal Courts become our de facto ruling class.

    So the President becomes the Princeps.

    And so on. And on and on.

    The Trump thing is scary to the GOP because they know they’re failing and f***ing over their voters — so the prospect of an Escape Hatch (whether you find that Escape Hatch clownish or not) is frightening.”

    Whoop der it is….

    • BrianR says:

      Well, Hairboy did sign that pledge today. So, here’s what I wrote on the thread of comments in my local paper on this column (they ran it today):

      “Now that Hairboy has pledged to not run as an independent, I’ll acknowledge his legitimacy as a candidate.

      “However, that still doesn’t address all the many other issues I have with the guy. I don’t like him; I don’t respect him; I don’t trust him. Other than that, how’d you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln, right?

      “This is a guy who liked gun control big time, was all in for single-payer healthcare, and was all over the “climate change” nonsense. I guess that was until he pulled a Kerry, and was all for them until he was against them.

      “I still see him as a bloviating opportunist who’s interested in only one thing: Trump. I don’t see any real commitment to anything here except Trump. I don’t buy him as a guy driven by ideological passion to try to “save” the country.

      “Further, POTUS isn’t the job to take to learn the ropes. We all blasted Obozo for his lack of experience, and now we’re supposed to go all gaga about a guy with even LESS?????

      “No sale.

      “Believe me, I would LOVE to see the GOP out of the hands of the Establishment hacks, with someone like Cruz or Jindal at the helm. Trump? Not so much.

      “In fact, not at all. ”

      I like those comments by that Twitter guy. I’m sure pretty much every conservative (as opposed to GOP cheerleader) does.

      • Nee says:

        I tend to be right behind you on this. I loved Hairboy’s shock and awe to the GOPe but instead of using Trump’s treasure trove of hits, they are bent on his destruction- thereby completely missing what THE PEOPLE are looking for in the person who should be running the country!!!

      • BrianR says:

        Yeah, exactly.

        Super-glued on stupid, as usual.

      • captbogus2 says:

        BB, sometimes I think you believe in a professional political class…
        And that is kinda like the aristocracy who ruled England, Europe etc. You know, Born to the Crown….

      • BrianR says:

        LOL!

        Nice try, Buck.

        No, I believe that someone should actually KNOW what they’re doing before being handed the keys to the Oval Office. It’s not the job to have when you’re learning the political ropes.

  14. captbogus2 says:

    “The political ropes,” is what has got this country in the mess it is in now.
    CINCINNATUS, WHERE ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah…. I heard all the same things when Schwarzenegger was running for Governor. What a disaster he turned out to be.

      BTW, you keep dodging the question. Gun control, climate change, single-payer healthcare: was he lying then, or is he lying now?

  15. captbogus2 says:

    I’m not dodging. I have never heard him opine one way or the other. I admit if he doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment that would be water on the fire right there… I’m waiting for someone to ask him. As far as what he said previously, I would not put much stock in it.

    • BrianR says:

      You can look it up for yourself. It’s well documented. Those were his positions: pro gun control, pro climate change, pro single-payer healthcare.

      I’ll help you out. ( http://www.ontheissues.org/donald_trump.htm )

      •A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015)
      •For assault weapon ban, waiting period, & background check. (Jul 2000)

      •ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced. (Jun 2015)
      •We must have universal health care. (Jul 2000)

      I can’t find his climate change flip-flop right now, so let’s just stick with those two. Lying then, or lying now?

      • captbogus2 says:

        Okay. Trying to keep this to one subject (then we can go to other).
        He was against assault rifles until he was shown what assault rifles were.
        He is being judged on his thoughts as a business man before he started thinking about leading the country.
        Remember Churchill, “If you are 21 and not a liberal you have no heart; If you are 40 and not a conservative you have no brain.”
        The man has spent his life in business, amassing a fortune. Sure, questions to him in those years he answered from what he had gleaned off Fox, CNN, MspCnn, etc. But when, one day, he looked up and saw what was going on he possibly re-evaluated.

        I SAID POSSIBLY so don’t get yer panties in a wad… It is possible that as leader of the free world he would have a different outlook than he did as business tycoon amassing a fortune.

      • BrianR says:

        Hahahaha!

        Ah, I see… he was FOR gun control before he was against it.

        How very John Kerry-esque of him. Or would it be McCain? “They want a wall? We’ll give ’em their damned wall!”

        See, Buck, this is what I meant a couple of essays ago when I said you Trump people are no different from the Hillary people. All logic and reasoning has left the building.

        And for the umpteenth time, I couldn’t care less about his business experience because it’s absolutely irrelevant. I’ve heard all this before, exactly the same shtick, when Schwarzenegger ran for governor, and he was a damned disaster.

      • Terry says:

        Give it up, Buck. Brian is as adamant about hating Trump as libtards are about loving obozo.. NOTHING you can say will change his opinion. The blinders are on.

      • BrianR says:

        “Blinders”?

        Pot, meet kettle.

    • Terry says:

      Liberals will do anything to make him look bad. Even say they like him.
      Why not wait until his actual plan is announced before making a judgement.

      • BrianR says:

        “Liberals”? So… you’re saying that “liberals” are praising Hairboy’s tax proposal — which he himself announced back on Aug 29, and which I mentioned right here the day he did — just to make him look bad?

        Really? They’re that devious, and they think that EVERYBODY else is so stupid as to fall for such a trick?

        Dude…. C’mon…. get real.

        I’VE criticized his moronic “tax the rich guys” scheme, the moment I read about it. Why the hell wouldn’t they praise it? It’s right out of THEIR PLAYBOOK!

        Wow. You guys really are deep in denial, and I ain’t talking about a river in Egypt.

        Now, I will add that Jebbie’s upcoming formal proposal is at least as bad. He not only wants to “tax the rich”, but he wants to cut back the home mortgage deduction, too.

        Reminds me of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”:

        RINOs the right of them (we wish)
        RINOs to the left of them (reality)
        RINOs in front of them, volleyed and thundered (with bullshit)
        Stormed at with shot and shell
        Boldly they rode and well
        into the jaws of tyranny
        into the mouth of Hell
        rode the screwed conservatives.

  16. captbogus2 says:

    …you never changed your mind on anything of value?

  17. captbogus2 says:

    Now, BrianR. You didn’t call anyone a douchebag that slammed Nancy Pelosi……..

    • BrianR says:

      There weren’t any candidates calling her schoolyard names. It’s legitimate to slam someone based on their positions or beliefs. But to resort to acting like a kid in junior high school?

  18. captbogus2 says:

    But he’s right. Every politician has made disparaging remarks about his hair and no one in media has stepped up but as soon as he said anything about any of the other candidates they are all over him.

    • BrianR says:

      I haven’t seen ANY candidate talking about Hairboy’s hair. Who and when? I’ll be more than happy to condemn them for the same behavior.

  19. Buck says:

    Sorry. I didn’t document the times and places.

  20. Nee says:

    Brian…I have tried to find links to the reporters who have dissed Trump’s hair and tan…but EVERY single thing must have been scrubbed. I saw it, too…but I cannot prove it!

    • BrianR says:

      Nee, the issue wasn’t reporters who’ve done it. Hell, I do it all the time. It was other politicians. Hairboy’s the ONLY one who’s sunk to that level about an opponent. No class at all.

      • Nee says:

        I think HRC has said it, but that’s all I found. You right, Rabbit, you right! 🙂

      • BrianR says:

        I think it also underlines his hypocrisy as a person, and his underlying wussiness.

        At and after the first debate, he was whining like a little girl about not being “treated with respect”, though I certainly thought he was treated no differently from anyone else. But what does HE do?

        Disgusting personal insults aimed at everyone and anyone in sight, starting with Megan Kelly. That’s the hypocrisy.

        And it sure seems to me that, if he’s whining about being treated with respect while insulting everyone else around, he can dish it out but he sure can’t take it. So, in addition to being a hypocrite, he’s a girly-man. That’s the wussiness.

        The guy’s a loud-mouthed New York jackass born with a silver spoon in his gaping mouth. The kind of person I absolutely DESPISE.

  21. Buck says:

    Megan Kelly deserved it.

    • BrianR says:

      Why? For asking perfectly legitimate questions?

      Hairboy’s a pussy.

    • Nee says:

      Buck,
      I cannot agree with you. Trump was a total pansy on that one coming out and talking about it for days. He can’t go crying to his Mama, when he is constantly debasing others. How he acts is not what I want reflected in a President and least of all to lead us, no matter how effective his potential policies can sound. The ONLY thing he’s got is that he is beholden to no one, so why can’t he catch more bees by being sensible and attacking policy not people, more specifically Obama’s/democrats failed policies and not those up and coming? He doesn’t have to be PC for that, but he MUST show some common courtesy to others. We’re supposed to be on the same side, but it shows the democrats that they’ve effectively and yet again, divided conservatives! (inasmuch as Trump is a conservative.) Do unto others or at the very least, take the high road.

  22. Buck says:

    ’16 is gonna be a fun year, ain’t it….

  23. CW says:

    Trump embodies the latest proof that Republicans are incapable of ever learning their lesson. Every election cycle we have at least one or two good candidates who are inevitably rejected in favor of someone whose greatest qualification for POTUS is high name recognition. In Trump’s case it seems people are so shocked to see a Republican candidate who doesn’t immediately buckle and apologize for speaking his mind that that they have turned a blind eye to some glaring problems.

    As you said, Trump has a history of being on the wrong side of issues that are central to conservatism. That might be forgivable if he explained that he’s since had an epiphany and awoken to an understanding of why conservative principles are right, but that’s not what happened. With characteristic non-apology Trump essentially explains his changing positions as a matter of what happens to be practical and serve his needs at any point in time. I, for one, would rather not put my future and the future of my children in the hands of someone like that.

    While I applaud Trump’s determination to unapologetically speak his mind, such a trait loses its charm and defensibility when the truths he’s uttering are rude, crude, childish and unhelpful to advancing a conservative agenda. The remarks he made about Carly Fiorina a while back fall into that category and showed me that Trump isn’t a man who thinks before he opens his mouth. That’s not a good quality in a POTUS. Worse than that was his phony claim about referring to Fiorina’s “persona.” That obvious lie was an insult to everyone’s intelligence and reminded me of something Obama or any other leftist might do. So much for being honest to a fault.

    You were right to compare Trump to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the comments above, Brian. I’ve been reminded of Schwarzenegger as well, and how he blew a rare opportunity to show California a clear contrast between democrat and republican leadership. Trump would be a tragic choice at a time when we have some pretty good alternatives.

  24. Buck says:

    Okay, Guys. Here is the scenario: It is November 8, 2016. Your choices are Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
    What’re you going to do?

    • BrianR says:

      Same thing I did in 2008. Vote third party.

      There are ALWAYS more than just two choices.

    • CW says:

      Buck, I make it a point these days not to commit myself to voting for the “anyone but Hillary” candidate, as time has demonstrated that such a strategy allows the RINOs and those who support non-conservatives the comfort of knowing they just have to wait us out and they win. My vote will not be guaranteed, whatsoever. If it comes down to a contest between Trump and Hillary I will weigh the risk associated with each option.

      Right now, though, this is a contest between Trump and other Republicans, some of whom possess most of the conservative principles I hold dear. While I appreciate that people relate to the righteous anger Trump embodies, I don’t understand why a conservative would choose him over someone like Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina. I will, however, give Trump great credit for recognizing that illegal immigration is our most serious problem as a nation, and for having the fearlessness to speak frankly about it. I especially like that he has started a discussion about the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, forcing the wimpier candidates to use terms like “anchor babies.” That alone is almost worth giving him my support.

  25. Buck says:

    Mr. Trump is not a politician. Everyone in the world of the political aristocracy, with the exception of one, have done their damndest to torpedo Trump’s campaign.
    I understand Mr. Trump’s popularity with the American people. He is telling them he understands what they are pissed about and he is telling them he will fix it.
    What I cannot understand is why does not at least the more astute in the political aristocracy pick up on this instead of continuing the Donald Trump Dog Pile On. It’s almost like each is vying to lambast Trump the most. Then giving each other the ‘high five’.
    Should Donald Trump secure the nomination I will support him.
    With only one other in consideration at this time. That would be the one candidate who has not joined in the Trump Dog Pile. And while his numbers are not impressive at this time, November 8, 2016 is still a long way off. And Reagan’s numbers were not that impressive in 1979.
    That one candidate would be Senator Ted Cruz.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, I’ve been saying for over a year that Cruz is my guy, so we agree on that.

      As to the rest, you’re pretty much just repeating yourself. And over the last three essays I wrote here, and all the comments, I’ve now written thousands of words telling everyone why I disagree with you guys.

      But let me address one thing you wrote: “He is telling them he understands what they are pissed about and he is telling them he will fix it.”

      But he never says ONE WORD about HOW he’s gonna do that. You’re buying a pig in a poke, my friend.

      Or, as the old saying goes, “Where’s the beef?”

  26. Buck says:

    And which politician tells you HOW he’s going to fulfill his campaign promises???

    • BrianR says:

      Pretty much all of them EXCEPT Hairboy, Carson and Fiorina have been very specific about HOW they’re going to advance their policy proposals and agenda.

      Further, all of them except the newbies have actual records by which we can judge their actions and histories of living up to their promises in the past, as well as their efficacy and methods of carrying out their promises.

      To make matters even worse, the only real, actual policy Hairboy’s even proposed is to raise taxes on “the rich”.

      “Raise taxes on ‘the rich'”????

      Does that even SOUND like anything a REAL conservative would propose? Sounds to me like EXACTLY the same thing all the Dem/socialists — including the Hildebeest — propose all the time.

  27. Buck says:

    If you look back, his proposal is almost identical to Reagan’s tax policy.

    • BrianR says:

      LOL!

      That’s ridiculous! There are a couple of elements that are similar, and a whole lot that has no similarity at all.

      Plus, it turns out that, according to his 60 Minutes interview, he’s still all in for “universal health care”. You know… like Obozocare?

  28. garnet92 says:

    Just came over to check The Island and found that I never commented on your latest post. I remember checking it shortly after you published it, but was apparently busy and figured to comment later.

    Well, now it’s later … much later.

    As we’ve discussed before, I hold many of the same opinions about Trump as you, but not quite as vehement. Simply said, I don’t trust him either.

    He makes too many outlandish statements that he’ll fix whatever is wrong and we just have to trust him that he’ll do as promised. My problem is that he makes these statements in response to a question and it’s obvious that he hasn’t considered all of the ramifications of the problem before simply stating that “he’ll fix it.” Overconfidence isn’t necessarily a good thing in a president.

    It’s entirely possible (even likely) that HE can’t fix the problem – at least not without legislation coming from Congress and if he thinks that he can bully Congress into doing what he wants, he may be disappointed when real conservatives and/or democrats oppose his solutions.

    In short, his massive ego requires him to state that he can “fix it,” regardless of what “it” is. While I do respect what he’s been able to accomplish as a businessman, he’s had failures there too. His four Chapter 11 bankruptcies are not indicative of success, but of failures. So, there is evidence that he is not always right – at least a smidgen of humility would be refreshing, but alas, I doubt that there is even a speck of humility in The Donald – if there is any, he’s never let it loose in public.

    I am glad that he’s been so outspoken on several issues and it’s obvious that he’s struck a nerve with the public. At least, he’s raised issues that others are reluctant to talk about and made them hot topics. For that, I’m grateful.

    The guy has skills. He is apparently a skilled negotiator and he’s not short on confidence. If I could be sure that he was really committed to solving the country’s problems – at least some of them – I’d be more inclined to vote for him. He’s got to convince me that he: 1) understands the problem (whichever one we’re discussing), 2) he has a solution (as well as a Plan B, Plan C, etc.), and that we’ll see a fully committed President Trump who is dedicated to executing his promises and won’t give up when Plan A doesn’t work.

    Well Brian, that’s my Trump rant – at least the one that’s active today – tomorrow, depending on what he does/says, it’s subject to change.

  29. Buck says:

    I have often thought Trump says he’ll do so many things he cannot do alone. Instead he should say, “I’ll ask Congress to give me a bill so we can do..(so and so).
    That would sound much less obamaesque.

  30. Buck says:

    Maybe it is just political inexperience in the nuance.

    • BrianR says:

      “Political inexperience”?

      Is that the same political inexperience I’ve been criticizing for months, now, and which all of you have mocked and dismissed?

  31. Buck says:

    Read my lips…
    Prez-eh-dent…Trump….

    • BrianR says:

      Read my lips: Pfffffftttttt…

      Dude, I never said it can’t happen. If this lame country can elect Obozo, I guess it’s stupid enough to elect Hairboy, too.

  32. captbogus2 says:

    Surely you don’t think…. No. I’m sure you don’t. Must be a kink in the computer cable…

  33. captbogus2 says:

    …you….you can’t????????

  34. Nee says:

    Heh. Newt Gingrich…MIke Lee…What are the chances? 🙂

  35. captbogus2 says:

    A whole month and nothing! Wassamatta? Hair Boy got you tongue tied????

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