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Monday, January 23, 2017

Noonan: "He really has no one but those who voted for him"

"In the Bible, David used a slingshot and slew Goliath, the giant who protected the Philistines. Our modern media Goliaths protected the federal government."

-- "Trump the Press," 2016

Our 21st century David slung his biggest shot yet in his inaugural address on Friday.

The Philistines are nervous. They beg their Goliath to save them.

From Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal:
The inaugural address was utterly and uncompromisingly Trumpian. The man who ran is the man who’ll reign. It was plain, unfancy and blunt to the point of blistering.
A little humility would have gone a long way, but that’s not the path he took. Nor did he attempt to reassure. It was pow, right in the face.
Most important, he did not in any way align himself with the proud Democrats and Republicans arrayed around him. He looked out at the crowd and said he was allied with them.
He presented himself not as a Republican or a conservative but as a populist independent. The essential message: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.
How dare Trump say in front of the Philistines: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered—but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.”

That's just not polite.

From Noonan:
It was an unmistakable indictment of almost everyone seated with him on the platform.
No, the indictment was in July at the Republican National Convention when he accepted the nomination, transforming the Republican Party into The American Party.

The conviction was on November 8, when the jury came back with its verdict: President Trump.

On January 20, the sentence of four-to-eight years of Trump officially began.

Noonan wrote:
We have never had a political moment like this in our lives. We have never had a president like this, such a norm-breaker, in all the ways we know. We are in uncharted seas.
Had she paid attention, she would have known the norms have failed the American people.

Failure has consequences.

This rebellion came from the geographical -- if not genealogical -- heirs to the Whiskey Rebellion, when the frontiersmen stood up to President Washington.

As a Virginia plantation owner, he was all too happy to have the people in the wilderness pay taxes on their corn instead of levying a property tax on his slaves.

Albert Gallatin negotiated a settlement, and Appalachians have been moonshining ever since to avoid the tax.

The rebellion surfaced from time to time over the next 225 years.

When the political heirs to Washington fail the people, Appalachians rise. This led to the election of presidents Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and now, Donald Trump.

Otherwise, these voters go with the flow. Take care of their modest needs, and they will leave you alone.

Noonan wrote:
Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party.
Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing. The mainstream legacy media oppose him, even hate him, and will not let up. The columnists, thinkers and magazines of the right were mostly NeverTrump; some came reluctantly to support him.
His party is split or splitting. The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites.
He really has no one but those who voted for him.
Do they understand what a lift daily governance is going to be, and how long the odds are, with so much arrayed against him, and them?
How divinely clueless. 
He really has no one but those who voted for him.
Guess what?

We are all he needed.

He won without "the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang."

In fact, Donald Trump won because of "the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang."

The mainstream media (her words, not mine) may be the least trusted institution in America.

He faces long odds now?

Mainstream media poll guru Nate Silver once gave him a 2% chance of winning the nomination.

On Election Night, Nate Silver gave him a 22% chance of winning the presidency.

Betting against Donald Trump is like betting against the Road Runner.

As for the heavy lifting of daily governance, the man has run a corporation for 45 years. He is not some community organizer plucked from Chicago by the Democratic Party to front eight years of socialism and the corruption that goes with it.

But as a figurehead, Obama had all that insulation from his party, from Congress, and from "the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang."

Trump has none of that.

David stood alone on that day 3,000 years ago, a shepherd boy with a sling. Reciting what we now refer to as Psalm 23 ("The Lord is my shepherd...") he twirled his sling like a lasso, and then let the rock fly.

One shot. Whoosh. Down went Goliath.

The modern David made a promise to the modern Philistines in Washington on Friday.

It is my hope that they are going down.


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  1. Noonan's always eventually figure it out.

  2. I'm glad you took her to the woodshed with a 2X4 that has been soaked in water for a few days.

    Both of the sites I tried to comment under her post were locked up on my client (stingy Linux) end.

    Archetype pearl clutcher.
    That is all.
    Nothing to see here.

  3. Noonan is showing her carefully studied ignorance. She writes what those who pay her want. She forgets history when it is convenient. She could read Remini's Jackson books but it would interfere with her lunch dates and visit to the beauty salon.

    1. And her evening at the soiree held at the Kuwaiti embassy to mark Trump's inauguration, where she could mix with high society. Apparently that's where she gets the inspiration for her columns.

  4. MORE fine fulminating, Big D! At this point, it's clear that people like Peggy would rather lament than rejoice. It takes a lot of courage to win. I guess she never played sports. No accident or coinkydink that both Belichick and Brady are Trump fans.

  5. Noonan's comments are exactly why the existing system needs to be destroyed. In her world, voters and citizens are an afterthought, and a group of peons to be lorded over. If a leader had only support of these peons, and not the media, the pundits, the know-it-alls from the faculty lounges -- they would have no chance, should stay home, and would have no business running in the first place. The arrogance of these people knows no bounds.

  6. I gave up on Peggy years ago. The few occasions I have read a little of her columns has convinced me to "stay the course".

  7. "He really has no one but those who voted for him" is much like Sam Donaldson's line about Reagan, "Nobody liked him but the people".

  8. To this deplorable nobody, your prose is fantastic....

    The indictment (convention)
    The conviction (election day)
    The sentence (inauguration day)


  9. I've been saying this for years: Peggy Noonan is the world's oldest valedictorian. She's even older now.

    - Mark S.

  10. You left out the best part. David doesn't have a sword, so he goes up and draws Goliath's own sword and slays him and cuts off his head with it. Then he takes the head to Jerusalem. Point to remember: Make sure your enemies are dead. Then show the fact for everyone else's benefit. - Elric

  11. "Noonan: "He really has no one but those who voted for him""

    Apparently, no-one else's opinion matters to him, Peggy.

  12. Noonan lost it in 2008 when she, and other "conservative" pundits (Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, and others) came out in favor Of Obumbler and voted for him. In spite of him campaigning as a liberal, Peggy and others somehow thought that he would govern as a moderate. Even I, an insignificant blogger from Georgia knew that he would govern as a liberal and that any opposition to any of his policies would be deemed racist. How could these "pundits" miss something so obvious? Why does she still have a job? Why do people still read her columns? I sure don't. "Conservative" Mona Charen is still writing anti-Trump columns. Bah! A pox on her as well.

    1. Because she can claim that she worked for Reagan and wrote a book of memories about him. She doesn't mention that she was the speechwriter who kept removing Reagan's references to the Evil Empire and "Tear Down This Wall" in his speeches and RR had to keep re-inserting them. She doesn't mention that she wrote "Read my lips, no new taxes" for GHW Bush, a Republican obviously far more to her liking.
      She's the media Madonna---her big hits were 30 years ago and she's been living off them ever since. Her sell-by date is so long ago it was written in Roman numerals.

    2. "Her sell-by date is so long ago it was written in Roman numerals".

      Outstanding !!!!!

    3. She backed Obama because her contempt for the "snow-billy" Palin was as great as her hate for Trump. And for most of the same, elitist reasons.

  13. Hey Donald J! Donald S. has got yer back!

  14. Wow, talk about clueless. She doesn't seem to realize the things she wanted Trump to do are the things that Republicans had been doing for years with loss after loss.

    I quit reading Peggy when she wrote an article about what a nice man Jimmy Carter is. From all accounts I have read that is far from the truth. But it probably gave her cred with those in power.

  15. "the proud Democrats and Republicans arrayed around him"

    What on earth do they have to be proud of? We elected Trump to fight these people!

  16. Methinks thou doth protest the Lady too much. I read Ms. Noonan as being particularly clear eyed in her assessment of the Donald.

    1. Oh she's clear-eyed alright.
      She clearly sees the danger to the elitist form of government she prefers.