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You have of course heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome. That manifests when, in conversation with someone, you say something approving of our President, and the party of the second part turns purple and starts shouting while lurching from side to side, with steam coming out of his ears.

I don’t of course have Trump Derangement Syndrome. One year on from Trump’s election victory, I’m still offering up libations in thanks to the gods that we got him and not the other one.

I am, though, afflicted with a distantly related condition. A character in one of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories observes of another character that “I could see that, if not disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” Well, Trumpwise I am that character.

I’m not quite ready to declare myself disgruntled with President Trump, but I’m far from being gruntled.

To put it slightly differently, I am teetering on the edge of Trump Disgruntlement Syndrome.

That is of course much milder than Trump Derangement Syndrome. In the ten months Trump has held office, many good things have happened. The stock market’s up, we got a conservative Supreme Court justice, and people who know about federal regulations tell me the administration is working wonders in that zone. We have Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department … although, if persistent rumors I’m hearing are well-founded, perhaps not for much longer.

Along with these good things that have happened, there is a corresponding number of bad things that haven’t happened. Plus, we haven’t got into any new wars.

I happily acknowledge all that. I acknowledge, too, that—to adapt a remark of Dr Johnson’s—when a man is working the campaign trail, he is not upon oath.

Still there is a dismaying gap between Trump’s words, that so cheered and encouraged us last year, and his actions, which in some cases directly contradict those words.

Case in point: The President’s nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Just to refresh your memory: General John Kelly was DHS Secretary until President Trump tapped him to be White House Chief of Staff following Reince Priebus’s resignation at the end of July. That left the DHS post vacant. A civil service lifer—I beg her pardon: a Washington veteran—has been keeping the seat warm this past three months. [Meet the woman set to lead Homeland Security, By Melanie Zanona, The Hill, July 29, 2017]

General Kelly recommended his own DHS Chief of Staff to be the new DHS Secretary, and President Trump followed the recommendation. The appointment as DHS Secretary needs confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Last Wednesday this week the nominee appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the appearance was painful to watch.

The nominee is 45-year-old Kirstjen Nielsen. Under questioning by committee members, she said that Trump was just kidding about building a wall along our southern border: “There is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea … There’s a lot that we can do with technology to secure our borders.”

How about the so-called DREAMers: illegal aliens given two-year working visas and relief from deportation by Obama via executive order? Trump promised to rescind that order. What does the nominee think?

Quote from her, in a pre-hearing written document:

Congress has a clear constitutional policymaking authority to change immigration law in order to develop a permanent solution for those individuals that were [DACA] recipients. If confirmed, I will stand ready to work with Congress to provide any technical assistance needed towards a permanent, legal solution.

Donald Trump’s DHS Nominee: Americans ‘Owe’ Amnesty to DACA Illegals, By John Binder, Breitbart.com, November 8, 2017

Executive summary: She favors Amnesty.

At the hearing itself Ms. Nielsen said, when asked about the DREAMers, “We owe it to them to find a permanent solution.” [Donald Trump’s DHS Nominee Ignores His Immigration Principles, MAGA Agenda, By John Binder, Breitbart.com, November 9, 2017]

We owe it to them! It’s our fault they’re in such a pickle, so we owe it to them to set it right!

If indeed we owed the DREAMers anything, surely we’ve paid off the debt with the untold billions we’ve spent on them by way of education, health care, law enforcement, welfare, and other public provisions funded by U.S. citizens through taxes. Our own Ed Rubinstein has estimated the tab could rise to 750 billion dollars—three-quarters of a trillion. Why do we still owe them?

In fact, we never owed them anything in the first place. They’re in a pickle because they broke our laws. Yet President Trump’s nominee thinks we owe them.

To the contrary: they owe us. They owe us an apology for breaking our laws, and they owe us restitution of the money we’ve spent on their public provisions while illegally present in our country.

I can’t improve on Ann Coulter’s observation, tweet: “Other than being very pretty, Trump’s DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen is Chuck Schumer.

I can’t improve on the second part of that, anyway. The first is open to dispute. “Pretty” is not a synonym for “blonde,” though a surprising number of people of both sexes seem to think it is.

What on earth was the President thinking when he agreed to this nomination? Ms. Nielsen’s views are totally contrary to the clear positions on border security and Amnesty that—does he not know? —got him elected.

You have to think that the President just doesn’t really give a fig about the National Question. If he does give a fig, this nomination is a very peculiar way to show it. Was Janet Napolitano not available?

ORDER IT NOW

The Senate committee is set to vote on Ms. Nielsen’s appointment Tuesday. But some Democrats want more hearings, on the grounds that the “Washington veteran” I mentioned above, Elaine Duke, has apparently leaked to the press her threat to resign if the White House insisted that she treat the expiring “Temporary Protected Status” of Hondurans here since 1998 (!) as, well, temporary—and require them to leave. The Democrats claim this shows the White House is interfering in policy.

Wait—what? Interfering in policy? Isn’t that why we have elections?

Then the entire Senate gets to vote, reportedly before Thanksgiving.[ Democrats want DHS nominee to return to Senate panel for more questioning, by Nick Miroff, Washington Post, November 10, 2017]

Well, I vote NO!!!! on Kirstjen Nielsen.

If you care about the National Question, call your Senator and urge him to vote No on Kirstjen Nielsen too.

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John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com:FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. I’m into full Trump Disgruntlement Syndrome and the increasingly obvious caving on the DACA Occupation Forces is just one more reason. (Watch for extensions of TSP for Haitians laters this month). And while Trump hasn’t started any new wars (yet) he’s ordered more troops to Afghanistan, a war he said was unwillable even before he became a candidate. Steve Bannon put it well: the Donald Trump of 2016 ended and we’ve got basically another GOP mainstream president. Or, as I thik Winston Churchill said of the Anzio invasion: “I was hoping we’d throw a wildcat ashore. What we got was a beached whale.”

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  2. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    What on earth was the President thinking when he agreed to this nomination? Ms. Nielsen’s views are totally contrary to the clear positions on border security and Amnesty that—does he not know? —got him elected.

    I expect he knows, but he’s a very practical man and he also knows that he’ll survive more readily by appeasing the partisans of unlimited immigration than by pleasing his base. Said partisans, after all, pretty much run the entire show in this country and became apoplectic at the merest hint of actual action on this issue.

    So we’ll get some “Wall” prototypes built as window-dressing for the Deplorables, and the Forces of Reaction will gather their strength and deliver some knockout blows in the elections next year on their way to resuming the Narrative.

    Remember, the ‘demographic transition’ responsible for everything is ongoing in the background, and effectively irreversible. Facts on the Ground make all the difference, as our Israeli friends have demonstrated.

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  3. Brabantian says: • Website

    Full-scale optimism about Trump persists in some quarters, arguing he is playing a grand game of rope-a-dope that will in good time take down the Bush-Clinton & paedophile etc mafias, & that perhaps even Robert Mueller has been secretly sworn in on this game, pretending to be against Trump whilst he lulls the Clinton & other mafia clans into false confidence … People like investigative journalist Liz Crokin, & ‘Lord Feverstone’ of Dystopia, take this view, the latter recently highlighted on Zero Hedge

    Trump at the swamp … photo capturing the ambiguity

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  4. RBlake says:

    Trump has not gotten us into any new wars… Have we left Afghanistan? Are we still in Yemen? In Niger, and how many other African countries? I don’t believe Trump is playing 4 Dimensional chess, at an advanced level beyond comprehension by lesser beings, and I don’t believe he is a naif surrounded by evil advisors. I believe he has chosen these Cabinet people because they share his views.

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    Either that or he is more stupid than I thought.
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  5. Trump is who he always is. A lazy spoiled con man with excellent instincts for self-promotion and self-preservation. Trump has never been much of a populist in the past, and his approach to healthcare and taxes are still pretty far from populism. The reasons for optimism are that Trump must understand that his base is the only thing preventing his connections to Russia from undermining his Presidency. Given the unprecedented hatred Trump faces from both the Democrats and the old guard of his own party, I don’t think he has any choice but to stay strong on immigration and keep his base riled up.

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  6. It’s amazing how many people who say a wall is stupid and will never work really, really do not want a wall to be built.

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  7. So where is the DACA deal you gruntled are talking about. I hear lots of talk about it, but no deal.

    Additionally, a very large percentage – I read almost half – of the 800k DACA’s failed to register, perhaps due to some law breaking.

    It still may happen, but the Stupid Party has to agree to do something. Not believing it.

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  8. Dutch Boy says:

    Trump is also going to go after the Pharma swamp by appointing a Pharma exec as his new HHS Secretary. Is Trump using a ouija board to make appointments?

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    "Is Trump using a ouija board to make appointments?"

    Nothing that logical.
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  9. I wonder how Donny is going to like living out his twilight years as a one-term loser.

    You hear that, Donny? L-O-S-E-R. You are doing your best now to become a single-term president. We will throw you out on your ass. Do you even care?

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    I am afraid that if I am to choose between Trump and whoever the Democrats serve up, my vote will be firmly for Trump. We can't take a repeat of Obama's eight years (but probably worse).
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  10. At the hearing itself Ms. Nielsen said, when asked about the DREAMers, “We owe it to them to find a permanent solution.”

    We sure do. Deport them. Permanently.

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  11. T’his ain’t “very pretty:”

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  12. Sean says:

    The civil servants who have risen by serving an old consensus cannot be expected to suddenly change just because that consensus is dying.

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    "The civil servants who have risen by serving an old consensus cannot be expected to suddenly change just because that consensus is dying."

    There is a great deal of draining in a swamp.
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  13. @Buzz Mohawk
    I wonder how Donny is going to like living out his twilight years as a one-term loser.

    You hear that, Donny? L-O-S-E-R. You are doing your best now to become a single-term president. We will throw you out on your ass. Do you even care?

    I am afraid that if I am to choose between Trump and whoever the Democrats serve up, my vote will be firmly for Trump. We can’t take a repeat of Obama’s eight years (but probably worse).

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    On issues that affect the middle class.....no difference.
    , @MBlanc46
    Corey Booker? Deval Patrick? Kamala Harris? As disgruntling as DJT has been, none of the above are likely to create great enthusiasm among the white working class.
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  14. Truth says:

    I can’t improve on the second part of that, anyway. The first is open to dispute. “Pretty” is not a synonym for “blonde,” though a surprising number of people of both sexes seem to think it is.

    Atilla, please cut and paste and leave a comment.

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  16. Realist says:

    “That is of course much milder than Trump Derangement Syndrome. In the ten months Trump has held office, many good things have happened. The stock market’s up, we got a conservative Supreme Court justice, and people who know about federal regulations tell me the administration is working wonders in that zone. We have Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department … although, if persistent rumors I’m hearing are well-founded, perhaps not for much longer.”

    The stock market has very little affect on the middle class. The labor participation rate has headed down again after minor improvement this year. The stock market is much more beneficial to the rich.
    It is way too early to tell if Gorsuch will be a positive.
    And as all Justice Departments in the past this one refuses to prosecute recent political crimes.

    “I happily acknowledge all that. I acknowledge, too, that—to adapt a remark of Dr Johnson’s—when a man is working the campaign trail, he is not upon oath.”

    Then what is the point in voting, since you do not know what a candidate will do?

    “Still there is a dismaying gap between Trump’s words, that so cheered and encouraged us last year, and his actions, which in some cases directly contradict those words.”

    I refer you to the second quote of yours listed above. You’re looking through rose colored glasses. And as I said a few days ago, to a different article of yours….you are lacking in situational awareness.

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  17. Realist says:
    @RBlake
    Trump has not gotten us into any new wars... Have we left Afghanistan? Are we still in Yemen? In Niger, and how many other African countries? I don't believe Trump is playing 4 Dimensional chess, at an advanced level beyond comprehension by lesser beings, and I don't believe he is a naif surrounded by evil advisors. I believe he has chosen these Cabinet people because they share his views.

    Either that or he is more stupid than I thought.

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  18. Realist says:
    @Dutch Boy
    Trump is also going to go after the Pharma swamp by appointing a Pharma exec as his new HHS Secretary. Is Trump using a ouija board to make appointments?

    “Is Trump using a ouija board to make appointments?”

    Nothing that logical.

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  19. Realist says:
    @Cloudbuster
    I am afraid that if I am to choose between Trump and whoever the Democrats serve up, my vote will be firmly for Trump. We can't take a repeat of Obama's eight years (but probably worse).

    On issues that affect the middle class…..no difference.

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  20. Hail says: • Website

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    From a practical point of view, all we need to do is remove them from the swing and rustbelt states right now. It'll reduce job competition and allow native whites to enter the workforce in greater numbers, raise wages as employers compete for workers, and it'll also take the pressure off the housing market in those areas. Oh, yes, it'll get rid of illegal voters who would normally vote Democratic. That would give Trump another four years to get rid of them, and likely put more Republicans in state and local offices in the swing states. We need them there because that'll mean Republicans will be counting the votes where it matters.
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  21. Trump Disgruntlement Syndrome is exemplified in a song, with a sampling of lyrics as follows:

    ♫ Anyways, I hope you get this, man,
    Hit me back, just to chat,
    Truly yours, the only one who cherished ya,
    It’s white America ♪

    Dear Donald
    by Mr. Bond
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4W4D9giUO8

    More info here: http://www.en.malemonarchswiki.org/wiki/Dear_Donald

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  22. John

    America is now in the midst of a Civil War….between two Nations:one White….one Nonwhite.

    So it’s really not a Civil War….it’s a bona fide Race War, and don’t pretend that it’s anything else. You got family in the US Army….so do I now. Poll came out today that a majority of nonwhites in the US Military view the Alt Right-White Nationalist as a greater threat to America than ISIS and Al Queda….I am sure Khiza Khan’s son felt the same way…

    This is isteve material…and Steve should be writing about this….

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  23. MBlanc46 says:

    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine. And apparently another swamp creature that DJT is appointing rather than draining.

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    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine.
     
    A very Scandinavian trait. I once heard a Finnish women opine about the beautiful Gypsy people, in contrast to the "ugly" Scandinavian features.

    Elke Sommer and-- for awhile-- Ann-Margaret had pretty faces, but the rest of those statuesque Fifties, Sixties and Seventies sex goddesses-- Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Julie Newmar, Sophia Loren-- weren't that much better from the chin up than your average cheerleader, and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.

    The face, and voice, that broke my heart was that of Françoise Hardy.

    Sacre bleu!
    https://www.nuovatlantide.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/francoise-hardy-motorcycle.jpg

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  24. MBlanc46 says:
    @Cloudbuster
    I am afraid that if I am to choose between Trump and whoever the Democrats serve up, my vote will be firmly for Trump. We can't take a repeat of Obama's eight years (but probably worse).

    Corey Booker? Deval Patrick? Kamala Harris? As disgruntling as DJT has been, none of the above are likely to create great enthusiasm among the white working class.

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  25. You have of course heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    Yes. But they don’t hate him, they hate us.

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  26. @MBlanc46
    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine. And apparently another swamp creature that DJT is appointing rather than draining.

    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine.

    A very Scandinavian trait. I once heard a Finnish women opine about the beautiful Gypsy people, in contrast to the “ugly” Scandinavian features.

    Elke Sommer and– for awhile– Ann-Margaret had pretty faces, but the rest of those statuesque Fifties, Sixties and Seventies sex goddesses– Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Julie Newmar, Sophia Loren– weren’t that much better from the chin up than your average cheerleader, and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.

    The face, and voice, that broke my heart was that of Françoise Hardy.

    Sacre bleu!

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    and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.
     
    The "y" chromosme they shared couldn't have helped much.
    , @Ivy
    As a lifetime Francophile, I can assure you that there are many benefits to studying the French tongue. Vive la différence!
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  27. Truth says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine.
     
    A very Scandinavian trait. I once heard a Finnish women opine about the beautiful Gypsy people, in contrast to the "ugly" Scandinavian features.

    Elke Sommer and-- for awhile-- Ann-Margaret had pretty faces, but the rest of those statuesque Fifties, Sixties and Seventies sex goddesses-- Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Julie Newmar, Sophia Loren-- weren't that much better from the chin up than your average cheerleader, and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.

    The face, and voice, that broke my heart was that of Françoise Hardy.

    Sacre bleu!
    https://www.nuovatlantide.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/francoise-hardy-motorcycle.jpg

    and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.

    The “y” chromosme they shared couldn’t have helped much.

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  28. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Sean
    The civil servants who have risen by serving an old consensus cannot be expected to suddenly change just because that consensus is dying.

    “The civil servants who have risen by serving an old consensus cannot be expected to suddenly change just because that consensus is dying.”

    There is a great deal of draining in a swamp.

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  29. Ivy says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    She has a rather harsh face. Not pretty at all. Not that she’s homely, but not very feminine.
     
    A very Scandinavian trait. I once heard a Finnish women opine about the beautiful Gypsy people, in contrast to the "ugly" Scandinavian features.

    Elke Sommer and-- for awhile-- Ann-Margaret had pretty faces, but the rest of those statuesque Fifties, Sixties and Seventies sex goddesses-- Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Julie Newmar, Sophia Loren-- weren't that much better from the chin up than your average cheerleader, and most of them were too stiff to be truly feminine.

    The face, and voice, that broke my heart was that of Françoise Hardy.

    Sacre bleu!
    https://www.nuovatlantide.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/francoise-hardy-motorcycle.jpg

    As a lifetime Francophile, I can assure you that there are many benefits to studying the French tongue. Vive la différence!

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  30. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Hail
    https://twitter.com/HarmlessYardDog/status/930113362863804417

    From a practical point of view, all we need to do is remove them from the swing and rustbelt states right now. It’ll reduce job competition and allow native whites to enter the workforce in greater numbers, raise wages as employers compete for workers, and it’ll also take the pressure off the housing market in those areas. Oh, yes, it’ll get rid of illegal voters who would normally vote Democratic. That would give Trump another four years to get rid of them, and likely put more Republicans in state and local offices in the swing states. We need them there because that’ll mean Republicans will be counting the votes where it matters.

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