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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:37 pm    Post subject: Rex Murphy: Trump's Speech to Congress Reply with quote

Note: The bolding was added to hit the high points.

Rex Murphy: Trump delivered a plain, serious and monumental promise to give Washington back to the people

Donald Trump is not an orator. Rather he’s a man with a plain message, which he delivers plainly.

Donald John Trump delivered the starkest Inaugural Address of modern times. It was so far out of the mode as to be unique: unembroidered, direct, with little flourish, one message and brief. The government belongs to the citizens was the message.

It works for the citizens. It does not exist, is not for the benefit of, nor is it owned by those who practice politics, or who live off the administration, practices or management of politics.

He is in Washington, the dew-fresh president said, to serve Americans first. And most particularly those Americans who have not, to a just extent, in the benefits and wealth of 20th– and 21st-century technological and communicational advances. He calls them, rightly, the forgotten Americans. And pledges they will not be forgotten again.

Now it is a large question whether a pledge of this magnitude and emotional depth can really be fulfilled. In a very real way it is a larger promise, a larger summons than was ever made by Barack Obama, ringing so perfectly, as the orator he was, the chimes of Hope and Change. Trump’s promise is visceral not rhetorical; it is particular — it is reaching down to the jobless, to the gang- and murder-torn inner cities, to those in economic torment, and saying this is really going to change for all of you.

This is a steel yardstick he has set for himself.

For to the people listening for just that message, and by virtue of the emphatic, convicted tone he adopted in making it a fundamental pledge, he has made what I will call a real promise. Either the anxieties, the disenchantments, the woes of the many left behind and forgotten are, to some extent, dispelled in the next four years, or they will not be. His success will register unfailingly, or not.

Trump has no cloud of semantics or rhetorical overflight to hide behind. He has given himself no cover. This is not the famous blank slate of Barack Obama. Trump, in his bare 15 minutes or so made a commitment that reaches to the particular lives and welfare of individual Americans, and the measurement of that commitment is thereby in the hands and hearts of every American to whom he made it. Their lives will either be better in four years or not, and there is no pillar behind which Mr. Trump can hide, nor I suspect will he seek to hide, if he cannot keep it.

The brevity of the speech had one unintended obscurity, or rather acted to obscure how momentous the Trump ascendancy threatens or promises to be. Just how much of a radical shift, a convulsion, that the moment of its occasion represented. Trump has virtually cleared the table of politics as it has been practiced and played for over a generation. He has bulldozed the old verities of political practice. He has shattered the codes of party politics, routed the tired mages of the political panels, the think tanks and NGOs. And he has utterly bypassed the hollow practices of virtue signalling and the insidious tribalism of identity politics. And as for the claustrophobic thought-amputations of political correctness, he has, correctly, shown nothing but scorn and dismissal. This is a wholesale reworking of the mode and understanding of modern American politics.

Most heretically, he has fervently embraced that most basic and condign of civic emotions: patriotism. It has been the style of enervated liberalism to decry, even to shame, the principal virtue of any serious polity: faith and pride in one’s own country and fellow citizens. Trump is not ashamed to be American. He glories in it. For a whole great swath of American opinion, certainly for the enlightened swamis of Hollywood and academia, for all the stale, tired and wearisome activists and professional grievance farmers, this is a radical perspective. His address amounted to a noble, though forgotten, truism. The purpose of a government is to serve the people of that country whose government it is.

I should remark the incidental serendipity that — were you to subtract from Bernie Sanders his conspiracy theories of business and capitalism, and his Soviet honeymoons — Sanders could have given Trump’s speech. The emphasis on the ordinary citizen, on work, on the forgotten middle and lower class — these would have rolled with different rhythm but much the same emphasis from Hillary’s upstart socialist rival, as easily as they fell from the newly presidential tycoon. Bernie and the Donald have more in common than either might have guessed.

Donald Trump’s address was, finally, as I’ve said, less a speech in the grand vein, aiming for the quotation books, ripe with balanced antithesis and clever formulations, than a distilled declaration of serious intent. The slogan of a campaign, Make America Great Again, has become the guiding theme of the new administration. The new president will have the very fight of his life to bring into governance what he brought to his campaign. All the forces of condescension, comfort and high place are against him. But he has a connection to all those others who are not in that cocoon.

This will be a turbulent time, but it has its promise.

Canadians will only be a spectator at this event, which opens a new phase in American politics. There is no going back to what evolved from the Roosevelt's New Deal America. The coalitions are changing.

It will affect us, whether Trump succeeds or fails, and whether we like it or not.

I think the biases of our media have not served us well. What 'narrative' shall we use to give meaning to the Trump administration? Is it the rise of a new fascism, with Trump playing the part of Mussolini? Or is it Mr. Smith goes to Washington?

Perhaps, better, is it Daddy Warbucks goes to Washington?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a new poll from fox , says people are tired of the protesters and say its time to move on and accept the election results but someone I think there going to keep protesting anyways )

Fox News Poll

Fox News Poll: A majority says 'move on' from protesting Trump

By Victoria Balara
·Published March 02, 2017
· FoxNews.com

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets since Donald Trump won the presidential election.

But a majority of voters would tell protesters: “it’s time to move on.” That’s according to a Fox News Poll of registered voters released Thursday.

The poll asks, “What message would you like to send to people who are protesting President Trump and his policies?” Over half, 53 percent, would tell them “it’s time to move on,” while 44 percent would implore them “don’t give up the fight.”


Not surprisingly, these results are highly partisan. Fully 81 percent of Democrats want the protesters to keep fighting, while even more Republicans (87 percent) say it’s time to move on.

Some of the most widely publicized protests center on women, who voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump by a 13-point margin (54-41 percent), according to the Fox News exit poll. Those rallies include the Women’s March the day after President Trump was inaugurated and next Wednesday’s, “A Day Without A Woman” strike.

However, women are split on protesting Trump: 49 percent would tell protesters to move on and 48 percent would say “don’t give up.” That divide comes from 83 percent of Democratic women falling in the keep fighting column, while 88 percent of Republican women feel the opposite.

By a 57-38 percent margin, men say it’s time to move on. Men backed Trump in the election by an 11-point margin (52-41 percent).

Overall, about one in seven voters (14 percent) say they’ve taken part in a protest or demonstration since the election.

More voters have taken action in other ways. One in three has contacted a public official (33 percent) and about one in five has contributed money to a political cause or candidate (22 percent) since the election.

About three in ten Democrats (29 percent) and those backing Clinton (31 percent) have participated in a protest versus hardly any Republicans (2 percent) or Trump voters (1 percent).

Democrats are about twice as likely (30 percent) as Republicans (15 percent) and independents (17 percent) to have made a political contribution. Similarly, 43 percent of Democrats report contacting a public official compared to about one-quarter of Republicans (24 percent) and independents (26 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,013 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 11-13, 2017. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The polls tell us the kind of thing that Americans think is going on. There are a lot of protests, perhap, but to what point?

Americans are being convulsed with the idea that the Russians have stampeded them into making the wrong choice in backing Trump. There is little evidence of that. What little there is consists of a joke Trump made, where he whimsically hoped that the Russians would release the other 30,000 emails that she's been hiding. And that Putin welcomes a change in regimes because of the dangerous stupidity of the Obama foreign policy.

Why would Putin want another administration when this one opened the door in Syria, thus giving Russia hegemonic power over Syria, and losing control of the eastern Mediterranean?

The Democrats think a special investigator will get to the bottom of the case.

Meanwhile, Trump is taking apart the web of executive orders that Obama left in force, after he lost control of Congress, and began re-writing law. From immigration to Obamacare, regulations are being changed, relaxed, or thrown out entirely. Trump seems to be methodically ticking off the promises he made, and getting things started in an orderly way. He is attracting first-rate people to his cabinet, and the stock market is booming. There's lots to love.

The media instead focus on these demonstrations, many of them on university campuses, and many of them just big enough to fit into a TV screen and made it look like it's a big crowd. Some of the protesters will be paid organizers, others will have been recruited into it. Some of them will turn out because they are so disappointed that Hillary lost.

Obama is making preparations to organize against the administration. But where are the Clintons? Rush Limbaugh suggests that they are in hiding. on the advice of their lawyers, while the FBI continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

You can say there's a lot of drama in American politics, but the media are trying to divert us, to take our attention to more important topics such as how Kellyanne Conway sits on the couch in the Oval Office.[/list]
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