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It was only two years ago that then-candidate Trump avoided the annual Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC] because it looked likely he would be booed by “true conservatives.” At this year’s CPAC, both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were treated as conquering heroes, leading the Main Stream Media to declare the president’s victory conclusive [Trump’s Takeover of Conservatism Is Complete and Total, by Tim Alberta, Politico, February 25, 2018]. But there are still real dangers for National Conservatives aiming to use the GOP as a vehicle to achieve patriotic immigration reform. Chief among them: the possibility that President Trump will continue to show weakness on immigration. With midterms approaching, time is running out, and Trump simply has not yet given his base a compelling reason to follow him.

This is inexcusable given President Trump’s remarkable capture the GOP . Pat Buchanan correctly observed on the most recent McLaughlin Group that the “Bush party has become a Trump party” on immigration, trade and foreign policy [Pat Buchanan: The Bush Party Has Become A Trump Party On Immigration, Trade, Staying Out of Foreign Wars, by John Binder, Breitbart, February 25, 2018]. The rank-and-file conservative activists at CPAC showed utter contempt for Bush-era talking points, lustily booing the ritualistic references to Hispanic immigrants as “natural Republicans.” An astonishing 93 percent of CPAC attendees gave the president a favorable approval rating, with almost 80 percent demanding the GOP Congress do a better job of working with him [Trump tweets CPAC straw poll showing favorable approval rating, by John Boweden, The Hill, February 24, 2018].

With any other Republican, this could simply be dismissed as the grassroots backing their leader. but with Donald Trump, it shows that much of the official Conservative Movement has bent the knee to a man they regarded as a usurper during his candidacy.

But the supposed “nationalist takeover” of the Conservative Movement may be overstated in triumphalist articles from outlets such as Breitbart [Mainstream Media: Trump Victorious At CPAC, Economic Nationalist ‘Takeover of Conservatism Is Complete, by John Binder, February 25, 2018]

And those who would dethrone Trump and, more importantly, Trumpism, are still rallying their forces. Thus Alberta began: “If you’re a conservative with something critical to say about President Trump, watch your back”—implying the conservative faithful will ruin the careers of anyone who attacks the Commander-in-Chief. But attacking Trump is in reality a great professional move for ambitious conservative mediocrities, who can become more prominent in the Main Stream Media by trashing the president.

Witness the celebration of neocon pundit Mona Charen (pictured right) a marginal talent whose career of purported conservatism while actually accepting liberal clichés is endangered by the rise of nationalism in the GOP. Her condemnation of CPAC as a “disgrace” because it invited Marion Le Pen of France led to gleeful celebration in the MSM. Charen was promptly rewarded with an op-ed in the New York Times, where she got to brag about how she was “glad to be booed at CPAC” [CPAC panelist reveals in NYT op-ed that she was happy to be booed, by Alessia Grunberger, CNN, February 25, 2018]. Charen thus joins the ranks of people like Charlie Sykes, Rick Wilson, and Jennifer Rubin, professional “conservatives” who, somehow, never have anything positive to say about Republicans but instead validate the MSM line of the day.

Of more interest was National Review’s celebration of Charen. Yuval Levin praised her and presenting her antics as a Time For Choosing: “Mona’s comments and the ugly reaction of some in the audience lay out before us two possible paths for the Right,” he said sanctimoniously. “Let’s hope we ultimately choose the right one. It certainly isn’t the one we have generally been choosing lately” [Speaking Truth, February 25, 2018].

Yet what Levin is urging is not some return to an idealized intellectual conservatism, but a turn back to the lame slogans which marked the George W. Bush years and a refusal to confront the issues of today. The Islamization of Europe is occurring before our eyes, and has even been described in National Review itself [Europe in Crisis, by David Pryce-Jones, July 10, 2017]. Marion Le Pen (pictured right) also offered, by far, the most intellectually sophisticated and authentically conservative address of the conference, which even Rod Dreher admitted avoided the usual “conservative boilerplate” that passes for wisdom at these increasingly embarrassing junkets [Marion Marechal Le Pen’s Dynamic Speech, The American Conservative, February 22, 2018]. Yet even at this moment of existential civilization danger, the parasites of the Respectable Right are determined to make sure there is no effective resistance until it’s too late—just as they purged everyone who warned of America’s immigration disaster which now threatens the entire GOP with annihilation.

But, of course, what do they care? After all, it’s increasingly clear that many Conservatism Inc. functionaries, such as Bill Kristol, always regarded their fellow American citizens as the real enemy anyway.

This intellectual bankruptcy won’t prevent Conservatism Inc. from simply retaking the movement once President Trump is gone, or politically defeated. While the grassroots is with Trump and CPAC could not openly oppose the president, the panels were still ultimately controlled by the Donor Class, which pushed cheap labor, mass immigration and resistance to America First trade and immigration policies [Wanna Be a Player at CPAC? Write a Check First, by Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast, February 23, 2018]

2/ was somehow responsible for those wage increases, not increased immigration enforcement and thus a tighter labor market with less cheap, foreign competition. This assertion seems to be common among the Reagan-nostalgic wing of the GOP,

— John Binder (@JxhnBinder) February 26, 2018

And Mitt Romney is also clearly setting himself up as the “anti-Trump,” denouncing identity politics from the crypto-ethnostate of Utah. Once he gets his chance, he’ll go back to making sure Republicans continue politely losing the way they did over the past decade [The Coming Clash of the GOP Titans, by Daniel Depetris, The American Conservative, February 23, 2018].


And Romney may get his chance soon. Rasmussen has President Trump’s approval rating at 50 percent, but it only polls likely voters. Groups that poll all registered voters have the president’s approval rating as far lower, even in the mid 30’s [Trump Hits 50% by Dick Morris, WesternJournalism, February 25, 2018]

This is significant because in 2018 there is likely to be far more voter turnout than usual in a midterm election, as the Main Stream Media has whipped the Democrat base into a frenzy. Democrats are also scoring a number of special election victories in districts President Trump and the Republicans won handily in 2016 [Kentucky Democrat wins state House in Trump stronghold, by Maegan Vasquez, CNN, February 22, 2018]. The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama (albeit due to his betrayal by a terrified GOP Establishment) should also be considered a warning sign.

Yet Republicans appear complacent—and this includes the “nationalists.” And with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow DACA recipients to stay in the country until the issue is litigated through the appeals court level, President Trump’s peculiar decision to try to pose as a pro-DACA moderate on immigration no longer makes any sense because Democrats will not be under any pressure to “save the Dreamers” [In blow to Trump, Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of DACA ruling, by Pete Williams, NBC News, February 26, 2018]. The March 5 “deadline” is now gone for good.

Trump needs to change the equation on immigration and find new sources of pressure to put on the Democrats. One of the easiest moves: advocate a remittance tax to pay for the border wall. With the Supreme Court’s DACA ruling, an action like this practically becomes a political necessity.

CPAC shows the conservative grassroots are with the president and that the Beltway elites are cowed. But they are still hostile. They will only accept the president while he is strong. Today, he appears weak, as even foreign leaders such as former Mexican President Vicente Fox are mocking him, saying Mexico will never pay for the wall.

It is time for President Trump to show leadership and strength on his signature issue. And if he doesn’t act soon, the anti-Trump wing of the GOP will join the incipient coup against him.

And everything that has happened since 2015 will have been for nothing.

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  1. CuckPAC has never represented any conservative values and has always been a display of Zionist ass kissing. That they now love them some Donald just shows what a worthless Israel firster Trump has shown himself to be.

    “This intellectual bankruptcy won’t prevent Conservatism Inc. from simply retaking the movement once President Trump is gone, or politically defeated.”

    When Trump is gone or politically defeated it will be due to the efforts of Conservative Inc. for which CuckPAC has always been the showcase.

  2. Dr. Doom says:

    Mona Charen didn’t want Trump. She wanted Idi Amin. Don’t blame her, she still wants Idi Amin.

  3. CPAC shows the conservative grassroots are with the president and that the Beltway elites are cowed.

    I was good with Kucinich and Nader. I’m neither Conservative nor Republican. I voted for McGovern. Yet I am a card carrying deplorable. Bernie is a fraud and Trump is the only real opposition to the entrenched thieves and murderers in Washington. Your Conservative grass roots have a significant cohort of fellow travelers. Trump could not have won the upper midwest without us.

    I thought Trump’s offer of amnesty in exchange for moving toward a sane immigration policy WAS leadership. It’s easier to stop immigration than to reverse it. And he exposed the Democrats. They have lost the dreamers as a political tool.

    Where Trump is losing me is with his stupid and dangerous foreign policy. That’s where I would like to see some leadership.

  4. Trumpenthal is a lifelong

    (((NY))) liberal demoncrat and Zionist stooge.

    he has Jew’d us on every populist, pro-White promise he made while running for Prez.

    And, once again, the (latest) “Republican base”

    seems to be enjoying the punishment.

  5. llloyd says: • Website

    I looked with a shudder at the worst anti immigration documented case of a Dreamer. All I found was a Dreamer had murdered a gang member. I saw un intentional irony in that. There can be an extraordinary hold over the Dreamers. Commit a serious felony and you will be deported.

  6. A, I suppose, good, description of the present power struggle in the USA Part 1 Part 2

  7. @WorkingClass

    In his life and death battle with Deep State, a coherent foreign policy is next to impossible, I fear.
    The battle is to a large extent over foreign policy, in my opinion.
    Trump sees, I suppose and hope, that the USA can no longer control the world, Deep State wants to expand USA control to the whole world.
    In the thirties the British empire had comparable differences, a coherent policy was impossible, the guarantees to Poland and Balkan countries made Hitler attack Poland, WWII destroyed the British empire faster than had been necessary.

    • Agree: SolontoCroesus
  8. Renoman says:

    They don’t want him they just realize that he ain’t goin away so they’re trying to suck up to him. I hope he gives them the hard merciless fucking that they all deserve, the filthy worms.

  9. KenH says:

    I thought Trump’s offer of amnesty in exchange for moving toward a sane immigration policy WAS leadership.

    It was more like cucking. Not only did be more than double the number qualifying for amnesty but we got very little in return and chain migration would not end until 2025 and would have easily been overturned by a Democratic Congress before that time.

    That was no art of the deal and for being a legendary negotiator Trump has yet to impress me.

  10. I’m always amused at the way the same Americans who preach “America First”, “non-intervention” and the rights of white people can’t seem to write two sentences without taking at least a passing swipe at the EU. The vast majority of ordinary Americans don’t care a hoot what we do in Europe for the obvious, common sense reason that they (correctly) don’t see how that affects them, one way or the other. The common sense of the common people! Even if Europe was being “Islamized”, why should that bother Americans? Indeed, what business is it of Americans what we Europeans do in our own countries? Have white Europeans no rights? People like Mr Kirkpatrick are going to have to choose: are they defenders of national sovereignty or of US global hegemony? If they are defenders, then they need to respect our national sovereignty in Europe and they could usefully start by respecting Ukrainian national sovereignty.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @RadicalCenter
  11. Trump is under Zionist control just like the U.S. government which is ran by dual citizen Israeli Zionists who have America going down the road to a communist One World Government that will be under communist Zionist control.

    If anyone doubts that Zionists control the U.S. gov, just remember , Israel and the deep state did 911 and they got away with it, and tried to sink the USS LIBERTY and got away with it, and that is control in spades.

  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Trump promised to make South Korea and Japan deal with North Korea, but lied and now has spent billions against a tiny nation that most people couldn’t find on a map. Who voted for all this theft? No choice in a police state, the rich rammed it down the throats of the rest of the people. Stealing from the hard working taxpayers and giving to the parasitic rich.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  13. Joe Hide says:

    It’s a game. A huge, unimaginable, all encompassing game. Trump is playing it really well. Many Americans are not smart enough to recognize this or that the “deep state” is unimaginably evil. It will lie, manipulate, and kill millions without remorse. You don’t play this game by being a nice guy and signaling your true intentions. It’s a war, so a smart General misleads his enemy with misinformation so they become vulnerable to stealth attacks.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  14. it’s easy to come away from CPAC energy and enthusiasm thinking your headline is an accurate description of what is happening in the GOP. I am more conservative thankfully in my views than most members at CPAC. And while I may not be the typical voter. I can say categorically, that :trumoing” is not in my blood. Let’s look what a consevative had to consider when evaluating Pres Trump:

    1. He has spent most of his life supporting the murder of children.

    2. He supports a national healthcare policy

    3. He supports same sex relations and marriage of the same.

    4. He ha absolutely little or n o knowledge about scripture or its intent in practice.

    5. He is by nature a situational leader — not typically a conservatives methodology of leadership

    6. He can’t reconcile historical criticism from deciphering a realistic image of the country.

    7. He thinks that the country has disadvantaged whites and the previous executive that indication.

    8. He mistakes support and loyalty for agreement.

    9. He seems too weak to stand his ground on key issues. Syria, (missile attack)

    10. His willingness to ignore – Israel-US problematic relationship.

    11. He thinks that keynsian policy is a substitute for economic growth.monetary policy.

    12. I am leary of anyone who says tough things about immigration, but quietly backpedals or openly does the same — DACA.

    Now his other supporters might say, considered against all the other candidates — he’s better. Hmmmm, well, that’s why I voted for him. But that vote is not unconditional or inconsiderate of where this executive and my conservative principles part company. On a personal note — someone who does not grasp celibacy in theory and practice — is probably not going to have a conservative bone in his core. There;’s one aspect of Pres. trump that makes me leary — but I will bite my tongue. What I have noted is on the record.

    The fact that he says things that amount to standing up to democrats and liberals is one thing, but what he engages in as to policy in many respects may not be that far off from their own. Laugh — he does think someone should stand up for people of faith — that’s a relief.

    Note about Miss Mona Charin: the two agree on so many points on foreign policy, especially Israel, it’s hard to see her disdain. I think she rejects his troublesome demeanor and attitude. Presidential decorum is a big deal to many.

  15. MarkinLA says:

    They have lost the dreamers as a political tool.

    No they haven’t. This is a group of useless parasites like a large part of the Democrat base. The Democrats will never lose them. In fact Trump probably lost more of his base by his stupid proposal than he ever gained from the other side.

  16. MarkinLA says:
    @Michael Kenny

    It matters because we see this nonsense happening here. It matters because the boiling point is being reached in Europe and the US will ultimately get dragged into it when the native Europeans start evicting the invaders. We will be sanctimoniously braying about multiculturalism and talking about “sanctions” on EU countries.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  17. MarkinLA says:

    Trump was actually right when he said he knew more than the generals. He didn’t realize that by knowing nothing you were light years ahead of most of the people in the military. Someone who knows nothing at least has the sense to stay out of it. Someone who thinks he knows but really doesn’t like our military leadership is far more dangerous.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. MarkinLA says:
    @Joe Hide

    You also don’t play it by constantly cucking. You have to expose the evil when you can and stand up to it when you can.

  19. How do we save Trumpism from Trump? Who will be able to sneak a copy of his inaugural speech past the Deep State members and oligarchs he surrounded himself with and put it on his desk. And would that make a difference? We ought to become better at picking our leaders and I’m not sure the American people have the brains to do this any more. America does not have much time to come to its senses and its luck is fast running out.

  20. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Hard to argue with a zombie. Some of the voting zombies like to make a myth of the selected puppet: “Puppet has magical powers”. NY liberal Trump belongs to the Ruling Class. If he didn’t, the rulers never would have selected him as executive actor. His base loves him. Just like Obama’s base loves him despite all his lies. Only zombies vote for Trump, Obama, W, Clinton, or any other of the war criminals who have led the USA. Voter = Low Grade Moron.

  21. Jedi Geek says:

    Can you post a URL that offers an explanation of “…(grasping) celibacy in theory and in practice…”?

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  22. @Jedi Geek

    Laughing. Not at you. I am just not sure if you are serious.

  23. Alden says:

    When conservatives come out against affirmative action discrimination against White Americans I’ll donate some money. Until then, conservatives are part of the problem.

  24. Alden says:

    It wasn’ t Trump who back pedaled on DACA. He issued the executive order that would rescind it. But in accord with Marbury vs Madison 1804, just 2 low level judges, one in Hawaii and one in Brooklyn NYC overturned the executive order.

    The DoJ appealed it went to the Supreme court last week. The Supreme Court refused to hear it.

    So the rulings of just 2 low level judges prevailed over the executive order of an elected president.

    It wasn’t Trump who back pedaled. It was our ridiculous judicial supremacy legal system that ruled that the DACAs can stay. It’s nothing new, it’s been that way since 1804.

    Only 2 presidents defied a Supreme Court ruling: Jackson in his order to expell Indians and Lincon’s Suspending haveas corpus for the 4 years of the civil war.

    Face it, this country has been ruled by judges from the beginnning.

    Abortion? If it were not for abortion the black criminal affirmative action neighborhood and school destroying demographic would be at least 25 percent of the population instead of 12 percent.

    No city or school has been able to withstand more than about a 10 percent black population. 25 percent is totally destructive.

    The anti homosexual thing is in the Jewish part of the Bible, not the Christian part. I for one can’t understand why so called Christians are so obsessed with the sex rape polygamy lie cheat steal and massacre Jewish part of the Bible.

    The 2 parts are total opposites. One is kill slay massacre lie cheat and steal. The other is be good and generous sexually chaste virtuous and avoid war and massacring a defeated enemy.

    Don’t blame Trump for losing on DACA. Blame our judicial supremacy system of government

    • Agree: mark green
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @EliteCommInc.
  25. MarkinLA says:

    He backpedaled on DACA by not rescinding it on his first day in office like he promised. He did so by creating a deadline and asking Congress do fix it rather than just take it apart like he promised.

    This district court judges do not have the power to tell a President that he must maintain a clearly unconstitutional program that was created with nothing but the stroke of the President’s pen. He can and should simply ignore the lower courts ruling and force the Supreme Court to get off their butts and reign in these lower courts that think they have the power to make law.

    The only reason the courts think they have this power is because everybody defers to them. It is one thing for the court to rule that some law is unconstitutional but quite another for courts to determine how those laws are implemented and what powers the executive has – even when they have nothing to do with those enumerated in the Constitution.

    The framers of the Constitution expected men, with all their lust for power, to jealously guard their power and in so doing make it hard for any one part of the governmnt to get too strong. However, now we have cowards in Congress ceding their power to the President so they don’t have to make tough decisions that they will be hels accountable for on election day and we have weak Presidents hiding behind ridiculous rulings from unelected judges.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
    , @KenH
  26. The betrayal has absolutely with a court ruling. His offered compromise is the issue and make no mistake that was no compromise.

    I could get in to some other choices the Pres could have chosen on the law created by DHS. But we’d be having a discussion issues pertaining the use of government agencies to in effect make laws without Congressional approval or the consent by the executive. Clearly with the DACA memo, it’s clear that its existence rests on the discretion of the executive’s enforcement of the law.

    But as with most people, I get the excuse but the courts made me do it or wouldn’t let me do it. government. He could have issues his memo for his current DHS head to amend the document, period. But I am dipping my toe where it need not be dipped to remain where I came in — this president caved as he has on several issues. His supposed deal is exemplary of his choice to lob missiles and send troops into Syria.

    He gets convinced he is being a “good guy”. His hand ringing about a situation he himself created is further indication of his willingness to betray principles come as to why people like myself voted for him.

    I have gone to bat for this executive even at the expense of my own moral codes for the sake of fairness. No. His offerings were a betrayal with or without the cover of a court ruling.

  27. @MarkinLA

    I rarely express agreement — but on this occasion —

    I think the above is substantially on point.

  28. @Alden

    Correction: The betrayal has absolutely nothing to do with a court ruling. His offered compromise is the issue and make no mistake that was no compromise.

  29. @Michael Kenny

    Almost all the people you’re referring to, including me, are largely of white European genetic and cultural background, and we naturally feel affection and concern for our people back in Europe.

    If you see a friend or family member destroying himself, it is right to feel sadness, anger, exasperation, to want to shake him back into some sense for his own good. All those sentiments lead to the well-deserved “swipes” we take at the EU.

    We also, admittedly, need to shake OURSELVES back into common sense here in the USA — for many of the same reasons.

  30. Funny, isn’t it, that “Trumpism” turns out to be something created in the minds of people who accepted Trump as their political savior. Trump has nothing to do with Trumpism, obviously. He doesn’t have any inclination to uphold anything dreamed up by his supporters, and assumed by them to be his ideas and values.

    Trump is going to go along with the gun grabbers and support disarmament of the citizenry. Just watch. That’s what he’s about now. Trump is a lifelong liberal NYC Democrat who managed to fool an awful lot of people into thinking he’s a conservative. Never mind that he pisses off all the right people. He’ll piss you off too, pretty soon, if you’re not totally brain dead.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  31. KenH says:

    Trump’s blatantly betraying his base by looking for every excuse in the book to keep DACA on the books. At CPAC he recently said he and the Republican party were the party of DACA. Had I known that in November of 2016 I would have simply stayed home.

    Trump’s spent a great deal of time pandering to groups who didn’t vote for him and never will no matter how much he embraces DREAMers or signs resolutions condemning white people who don’t hate themselves.

  32. My issue with articles of this embrace is that they don’t define conservative ethos. That left the GOP some time ago. Even CPAC is more “republican” than conservative. Their direction now is more about winning than advancing a conservative philosophy —

    Note: my comment concerning my values or personal morals does not mean that I abandoned . But rather that I had to place them in a context for someone who most likely did not hold them as I do. There were A lot of uncomfortable situations one had to tread to defend Pres Trump during the campaign. His opponents made it easier.

    But it was at times a very tough slog.

    And as with others remain unconvinced he delivered or seriously attempted to attend to his agendas of the campaign. I keep an iron handy to get hos wrinkles out.

  33. @Twodees Partain

    Trump has one thing. And that thing is sound mind in sound world. The professional politicians have insane mind in a dream world.
    That is a big difference.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  34. @EliteCommInc.

    Now his other supporters might say, considered against all the other candidates — he’s better. Hmmmm, well, that’s why I voted for him.

    Thank you. My bullet points would differ from yours but in the end I also voted for Trump. The sixty plus millions of people who voted Trump are politically diverse. They have one thing in common. They were not persuaded by the loud, continuous and shameless lying of the corporate media. Rather they were motivated by it.

    The deplorables, having found one another, need to hang together until we find real leadership. Trump, whatever he is, is not a leader.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  35. renfro says:

    Don’t worry about republicans…..democrats are ruining themselves all alone ….every time the deplorables see something like this they will double down on anything but a Dem.
    Regardless of one’s view on blacks or whites this is a major Stupid for a politician.

    Chuck Schumer votes against South Carolina federal judge nominee because he’s white

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected President Donald Trump’s nominee for a long-vacant South Carolina federal judgeship not because of his qualifications but because of his race.
    The decision drew the quick ire of South Carolina’s two U.S. senators and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, a former federal prosecutor.

    Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in a Senate floor speech Wednesday he would not support Greenville attorney Marvin Quattlebaum for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in South Carolina

    Voting for Quattlebaum, he said, would result in having a white man replace two African-American nominees from the state put forth by former President Barack Obama.

    Schumer said he would not be a part of the Trump administration’s pattern of nominating white men.

    “The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump’s selections for the federal judiciary,” Schumer said.

    “It’s long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents,” he continued. “Having a diversity of views and experience on the federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice.”

    South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the Senate’s sole black Republican, pushed back on Schumer’s rationale and urged other Senate Democrats to instead address diversity issues by starting with their offices.

    “Perhaps Senate Democrats should be more worried about the lack of diversity on their own staffs than attacking an extremely well-qualified judicial nominee from the great state of South Carolina,” Scott tweeted Thursday morning.

  36. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    His mind may be sound, I can’t say because I don’t know him personally. My observations are based on what I see of him, which I admit is probably controlled by the writings of other people. I could be very wrong about him and I hope I am.

    Professional politicians do seem to be deranged, all of them. I regard the desire to hold political office as a sign of mental derangement, which would also have to apply to Donald Trump because he did run for office. He doesn’t really act deranged otherwise, but his public behavior is pretty odd, IMO.

    He’s obviously acting as though he wants to bans the private ownership of guns. Have you noticed that?

  37. Time for Trump to Follow Suit

    There would be no point in being a Trump if you had to follow suit, unless the hand was being played in no trumps.

  38. @WorkingClass

    Pres Trump is a leader. His style is that of a situational leadership. That’s a very tough style to comprehend. It is transformation, but it can also be without clear consistent agendas or goals. At the moment his appears to be in my view appeasing those who might do him harm and that Russia investigation is rife with land mines, even if one is innocent.

    My positions were on policy and direction. He opposed policies I thought were destructive and misleading. He was fairly plain spoken, even if off the beaten path. I was concerned about his cioces for staff. But those are his choices. are his choices. We are just a year in, so the judgments I am making may be premature. I hope so.

    Because of where I stand on issues of faith, there are some policies I could never support. But this is the man I voted for and it will more than what has been proferred thus far to move me.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  39. @EliteCommInc.

    He was fairly plain spoken, even if off the beaten path. I was concerned about his choices for staff. But those are his choices. We are just a year in, so the judgments I am making may be premature. I hope so.

    Because of where I stand on issues of faith, there are some policies I could never support. But this is the man I voted for and it will take more than what has been proferred thus far to move me. And the matter of celibacy is small deal to me, so I take exception to anyone mocking it or attempting to make a case undermining its value or anyone who so practices.

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