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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Trump the Owl Critics

Friday's failure of Ryancare has drawn the wrath of a raft of owl critics of President Trump, much to my amusement.

You don't know what an owl critic is? Let me explain.

I refer to a poem by James Thomas Fields, a 19th century poet and publisher who wrote about an expert on taxidermy:

“WHO stuffed that white owl?” No one spoke in the shop:
The barber was busy, and he couldn’t stop;
The customers, waiting their turns, were all reading
The Daily, the Herald, the Post, little heeding
The young man who blurted out such a blunt question;
Not one raised a head or even made a suggestion;
        And the barber kept on shaving.

The owl critic continues to deride how unrealistic and poorly stuffed the owl is, “I’ve studied owls,
and other night fowls!”

And the barber kept on shaving.

Finally, the owl speaks up, much to the surprise of the expert on owls, and other night fowls, who thought it was a stuffed bird. The poem ends:

“Your learning’s at fault this time, anyway;
Don’t waste it again on a live bird, I pray.
I’m an owl; you’re another. Sir Critic, good-day!”
        And the barber kept on shaving.

So it goes with the critics of President Trump.

Saturday morning, after the fall of Ryancare, the recommended readings at Real Clear Politics were:

Republicans Fold After Years of Vowing Obamacare Repeal Russell Berman, Atlantic
Nine of the 17 links are to the crash of Ryancare. None of the nine pieces are by supporters of Trump, but rather they are a collection of people who thought he would lose Bigly last November.

How many times now have we heard of the eminent political demise of Donald Trump?

The cant of can't from people who cannot understand Trump's rise to the presidency is a Symphony of Stupidity.

Russell Berman of the Atlantic and the rest seem to think this is the end of any effort to repeal and replace Obamacare -- that after two months and four days of a four-year term, President Trump has quit. Just like that.

They claim victory at the top of the first inning after the first batter swings and misses because even after proving them wrong in primary after primary, and in the general election, these owl critics still fail to acknowledge his competence.

Indeed, Nicholas Kristof's headline was "Trump's Triumph of Incompetence."

Trump won -- in his first time out -- against an opponent who spent twice as much money and was more liked -- and despite nearly universal opposition in the press.

From Kristof of the New York Times:
Of all the national politicians I’ve met over the decades, Trump may be the one least interested in government or policy; he’s absorbed simply with himself. And what we’re seeing more clearly now is that he has crafted an administration in his own image: vain, narcissistic and dangerous.
Kristof is one president behind because he perfectly described Barack Obama -- vain, narcissistic and dangerous.

They are paid to be observers of the political scene, but they missed the magnitude of the dismay, disappointment, and disillusion with the past two presidents by the country.

But what these writers miss in insight they make up for in poison prose. Kristof wrote a column last August 13, "Donald Trump Is Making America Meaner."

A month later, Kristof wrote, "When a Crackpot Runs for President," followed by, "That Seventh-Grade Bully Is Running for President," both capped on November 3 with this comparison of Trump to Clinton:
This historic election thus presents a choice: To decide how to cast our ballots, do we rely upon our reptilian brains or our human brains? To put it another way: Are we fearful, instinctive reptiles? Or nuanced, reasoning humans?
That is not cognizant dissonance.

That is flat-out hypocrisy.

Kristof complains about the meanness of Trump will implying Trump's supporters are not only sub-human but sub-mammalian.

This tenor permeates throughout the land of the owl critics.

When I see the words National Review, I think of its description of Trump as an ape and a clown in its "news story" covering Trump's announcement that he would indeed seek the presidency.

Why do we bother with these people? What are they experts in? Certainly not Trump.

And the barber kept on shaving.

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  1. Obamacare has already been changed by Executive Order -- which, at the least, will have consequences to the insurance companies. And, while it's true Coulter has a point about Obamacare not being the prime issue that excited voters about Trump (that would be the MAGA business policies and the wall and illegal criminals especially), health insurance is going to have to be addressed. It's not over.

    In fact, as frustrating as all the Media hate and criticism has been (that it never lets up in the least and that Comey turns out to be the King of the Deep State devoted to undermining Trump at any cost), and which is unbelievably even worse that Bush Derangement Syndrome, I have been encouraged greatly by the Scott Adams take and prediction. Oh please let him be right before the left pepper sprays us all and kills Trump.

    1. Nice post.

      Can someone explain to me why the Secretary of Health - Dr. Price - cannot start changing Obamacare via the powers given to him by the law. Granted, future (hopefully not in my lifetime) liberal secretaries can reinterpret. But why not have changes made as the law allows and then have the disfinctional congress be led by the nose by our president to kill the law?

      Thank you for your opinions.

    2. Comey may be the current King of the Deep State, but I think it was John Brennan who left the stink bomb for Donald Trump and will end up being indicted for leaking stories about Michael Flynn to the press.

  2. What are they "expert" in? The obvious. Too bad the obvious is not always true! -- BJ54

    1. An ex is a has been. A pert is something under pressure. What you have is a bunch of has beens, under pressure.

  3. "Woo" Dat! Well said, Don, well said.

  4. The Donald was my #4 pick back in 2015. When he entered the race he had no experience as an elected official, had been a registered democrap at one point, and I had paid little attention to him so knew little about him. I liked Walker, as you did as well. We've both come around.
    I put exactly zero of this debacle on President Trump. All he did was look Lyin Rino Ryan in the face and say "the American people whom I serve want Obama Care repealed, please fulfill your campaign promise to do so." He then let the Chamber of Communist owned failure fall on his own sword. So nice to see the Kook cabal beclowning themselves as well.

  5. Obamacare was a mistake for the Democrats as Schumer himself said after they lost the Senate and it's repeal became a temporary mistake for Trump. He should have gone for tax reform as he says but Ryan wanted to cut out Obamacare taxes first, actually not a bad idea. That it didn't work out was probably because repeal had never been actually intended long enough in the House to work it out in reality. Ryan and his colleagues never considered that Trump would win. They instead planned to use the health issue against Clinton to get some concessions for whatever would have been important at the moment to keep them in power. Real compromise work to get a huge entitlement actually functional had also not been done because there was never enough grass roots political heat, in spite of polls to the contrary. Obamacare had became a little popular among some as jobs faltered. They feared being left out of free stuff if it failed. Why Trump pushed on it I do not know. Perhaps in his world action is a given while in politics it carries risks that are often too high for timid clock punchers​.
    Trump has a chance to recover but he will have to overcome his party's myopic deficit hawks by cutting taxes in mega fashion and spending a massive amount on infrastructure. Basically he has to disappoint conservative fiscalites for awhile.The only motivation a politician has is fear of losing his job. Will there be too many constuents who fear some imaginary​ harm to their great grandchildren more the benefits of a job in the present for their neighbor?
    As for the always wrong media​ schweine, they want more than anything to wear again the purple robes of the Oracular preists they always pretended​ to be instead of the shit stained rags the election revealed to be rightfully theirs. They would have written with the same hate even if the bill had passed, only used different complaints. Indeed, They have now made up a new starring role for themselves, warriors in a civil war. They are eager to pin medals on their empty chests, earn a little more gruel from their angry corporate generals, avoid his cruel lash. Trump promises the gift they always dreamed of,the glory of respect without the necessity of courage. Irresistible to the low and mean of heart.

  6. They are doing what they learned from their master, Obama. They draw a line in the sand. Their opponent walks across it. They draw another. And another.
    I just finished the chapter on the end of Trump in your book, so the theme fits right in.

    An aside: I've been comparing the wiretap/Russia stuff with the episode of the mutilation of the Herms in Athens during the archonship of Alcibiades. Really weird set of events. Alcibiades was immediately suspect because he ran with a bunch of guys who were very irreligious, but he avoided early prosecution by asking for an immediate trial right before the Sicilian expedition, and he knew that his popularity would carry the day if people could be forced to vote on it before they had a chance to think or examine evidence. Just like the "prove Obama did it" crowd. The idea is to challenge those who suspect him into making a serious misstep in making a serious but precipitate formal accusation. Alcibiades was allowed to leave for Syracuse, but after friends of his were found to be involved he was recalled, and rather than stand trial, he went into a self-imposed exile. One of his friends ended up taking the blame upon himself and attributed the event to foolhardiness, rather than any worked out conspiracy, and this explanation has been accepted by historians on the basis that the simplest explanation is usually correct.
    I'm hesitant to accept this. Alcibiades and his friends acted the same way our modern leftists act. He was at the height of his power, having put together the largest naval armada in the history of classical Greece and was an apostle of the creed of Callicles that those in power make the rules on everything. It is very possible that he and his buddies decided to go for the throat of the Greek religion and see if the people had enough respect for tradition to call off the expedition or let it go after such an event. Indeed, they were right. But they underestimated the ability of folks to see past the moment.

  7. "Of all the national politicians I’ve met over the decades, Trump may be the one least interested in government or policy"

    Kristof doesn't see that's a good thing.

  8. Also, that "defeat" proves (PROVES) Trump ain't "Hitler}". GOP, take the time to get this right.

    1. Speaking of which, even Hitler wasn't insane enough, a hundred days later, to still think D-Day was another Dieppe.

  9. Unfortunately, only phase 1 had any details to get through the Senate with a majority rule reconciliation vote instead of its 60 vote rule; only 52 Republicans. The Senate rules to obtain a majority rules vote are strict unless the nuclear option is utilized. Phase 2, regulation changes, and phase 3, finalizing the changes to make the plan more free market, were mere promises and could be upset by the Democrats and the 2018 election.
    The Democrats put in many traps to prevent changes to ObamaCare unless Trump uses unconstitutional EOs as did Obama at least 42 times or Senate rule changes. The MSM would tear Trump a new rear end if he did that, unlike their cover up for Obama.
    So design a law that incorporates all the free market issues, pass it in the House and then see what happens in the Senate. It will fail unless the rules are changed because reconciliation CAN NOT be used for that type of bill. That is reality. Get it in stages or most likely nothing.

    1. "It will fail unless the rules are changed because reconciliation CAN NOT be used for that type of bill. That is reality. "

      BULLSHIT. On Steroids. It was passed with reconciliation and it can be repealed the same way.

  10. The all or nothing crowd are short-sighted and selfish. You can't dismantle something as huge and complex as Obamacare in one fell swoop. By childishly demanding everything noooowwwwwwww! they may have screwed the pooch but good.

  11. In all of these columns I read by Kristoff, Dionne, Krugman, et al, when they describe Trump they obviously don't realize they are describing Obungler perfectly. It's truly amazing!


  12. "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
    6:21 AM - 26 Mar 2017 "

    Though I am no expert, this statement certainly sounds like something a RINO Elitist Republican politician would say in order to protect the corrupt Washington DC swamp.

    Those darn RINO REPUGS, they sound like Obama, Clinton and Pelosi!

  13. That Kristol bit about Lizards reminded me of this:from the
    "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series:

    Douglas Adams > Quotes > Quotable Quote
    Douglas Adams
    “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
    "You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
    "No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
    "Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
    "I did," said Ford. "It is."
    "So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"
    "It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
    "You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
    "Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
    "But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
    "Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in."
    Kristol's thinking exactly and he simply projected...
    TG McCoy

  14. I keep hearing that "repeal and replace" wasn't a mantra of all those Republicans just waiting to grab the brass ring, and I've never heard bigger bullshit. And I heard Liz Peek suggesting that America has really gotten behind the notion that every American is entitled to health insurance (it's not even health insurance anymore), and I guess what she didn't say was at the expense of the American taxpayer. So many on what we thought was the "right" have completely come undone. Have they always been this wishy-washy, or is there some under-current that is turning them all into complete piles of shit. It's enough to make me want to be done with the entire mess.