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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Donald John Trump is still our president

Between videos for National Accordion Awareness Month (June) and Patriot Month (July), I have not been opening the daily "Highlights of the News" with the sentence, Donald John Trump is still our president.

But he is and he will remain our president by remaining cool, calm, and respectful to the 62 million people who elected him. His re-election has a major challenge; covid 19 restrictions hamper his ability to hold mass rallies. However, he sees problems as opportunities. He will come up with a better method.

As Sun Tzu said, "In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity."

The president's message, though, is as crisp and as clear as the sky after a good rain: Keep America Great.

Newt Gingrich wrote, "President Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore may be the most important and historic speech of his career. If he continues to echo and reinforce the message of this profound speech, he will become as essential to the preservation of freedom in America for the 21st century as President Abraham Lincoln was in the 19th century and President Ronald Reagan was in the 20th century."

Gingrich the historian pointed out that Reagan fought communists in their homeland: Russia, while President Trump must battle the enemy within.

What impressed Gingrich was President Trump's willingness (I would say eagerness) to take on the press, which staunchly opposed Gingrich throughout his nearly two decades in Congress.

He wrote, "When President Trump said, 'Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,' he was guaranteeing the further bitter hostility of the propaganda media, which has replaced the news media."

That Gingrich wrote this for the post-Roger Ailes Fox News should not be lost on readers.

President Trump is a student of Sun Tzu who is well versed in the master's 5 essentials for victory:
  1. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
  2. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
  3. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
  4. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
  5. He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
The sovereign for President Trump are the American people, specifically the 62 million of us who took a chance on him in 2016. We were rewarded with the best economy in 50 years.

President Trump knows when to fight -- when to hold them and when to fold them as The Gambler advised Kenny Rogers.

The Donald handled Jeb! and Hillary with ease last time, and Biden should be easier; we shall see.

In this fall campaign, Essential No. 3 is of greatest importance. Sun Tzu said, "Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley."

The loyalty of the president's supporters exceeds anything I have witnessed in my 66 years as an American. Ronald Wilson Reagan's fans came close but the combination of the patriotism of his supporters and the way Democrats demonize us created a powerful adhesive.

But it is President Trump's ability and willingness to reach out to us on our terms that seals the deal.

He is a freaking billionaire. Why was he doing commercials for McDonald's? And yet he did and he still will have a Big Mac now and then.

Gingrich believes the Mount Rushmore speech set the tone for November, and who am I to disagree?

He quoted Trump as saying, "They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history and culture, to be taken from them."

Then Gingrich wrote, "This passage is historically significant because it places President Trump squarely in the middle of the cultural war on the side of America. He is fighting against those like Joe Biden, whose July 4th statement was the most anti-American of any presidential candidate in our history. Where Biden in a recent tweet said he did not want to rebuild America but transform it, President Trump clearly believes America is a country worth saving and rebuilding. The gap could not be wider."

There also is a gap of passion.

President Trump's message is it is Us Against Them. You either win or you die.

Biden's message is it is You Against Him. You either win or you come back and try again 4 years later.

President Trump allowed Democrats to set the agenda. They chose riots and a demand that America apologize for its very existence. They had early wins in pushing down Confederate statues and burning the Stars and Bars.

But then they went too far. They attacked Lincoln and Grant. Even Frederick Douglass -- an actual slave -- is no longer safe from vandals.

At Mount Rushmore, President Trump said, "In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.

"Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery and progress.

"To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol and memory of our national heritage."

He spoke the language of the people.

62 million Americans will not vote for him this time.

70 million will.


  1. Have to say, D, that the trash posts (as above) do have a certain entertainment value. "Start earning from $600 to $754". Still not able to get to $755? Oy.

    1. I'm still trying to figure out what ecarning is. It sounds vaguely naughty.

  2. 100% agree

    Keep up the good work DS

  3. Great column.

    President Trump allowed Democrats to set the agenda. They chose riots and a demand that America apologize for its very existence. They had early wins in pushing down Confederate statues and burning the Stars and Bars.

    No, that's where they went wrong. Most of us Yankees were raised to respect the Men of the South for their honor, courage, sacrifice, and endurance. I doubt many people liked seeing statues of Robert E Lee disgraced.

    My wife, who as cousins in TN who never stop talking about how us Yankees cheated in the War, said to me the last time the hooligans began defacing statues of Confederate heroes, "I never cared a whit about the Confederate flag".

    "Until now".

    She saw this coming. As did I.

  4. In Portlantifa-they burn statues of an Elk because or something.This whole effort is unfocused hate of this country and history.
    Trump is focused.
    The Demonrats will lose.

    1. For many years that elk statue was our meeting point both before and after running the Portland Marathon. Now, we absolutely will not set foot in downtown Portland, and if we need to drive in the area, we'll go around.
      Let the inner cities continue to melt down. There's a whole lot more of us out in "flyover country" than there are in the noisy headlines, and we will prevail in November.

  5. Don, what's your take on the Roger Stone situation?

    - Toby Flenderson

  6. Here is my suggestion, for what it's worth, for a second-term MAGA agenda, beside the economic management that has worked so well.

    When the Constitution was framed, the United States was smaller in size and much smaller in population. Accordingly, it was deemed sufficient to limit our system of checks and balances to the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. As we grew from sea to shining sea and our population grew by leaps and bounds, complaints arose that certain giant business enterprises had aggregated excessive power that was unaccountable to the public. Therefore, Congress enacted the antitrust laws to bring them within checks and balances. Likewise, when Big Labor acquired too much unaccountable power, Congress passed Taft-Hartley to bring the unions within checks and balances.

    We now have four segments, in my opinion, that have also grown too powerful to be excluded from checks and balances. For the good of the nation, we need to bring unelected bureaucracies, Big Academia, Big Media and Big Foundations (and other non-profits into checks and balances as well. All use loopholes and doctrines to dodge their accountability. That must change.

    We need to apply the oversight President Trump obtained for the Veterans Administration to all branches of the civil service. They either produce satisfactorily or are terminated.

    We need to end the sanctuaries of university campuses by imposing academic standards, as well as protection of free speech for students, as a condition for them to receive public money. We also need to tax endowments above a certain level to limit the hoard used to flout our values.

    Since we have laws requiring truth in lending and truth in labeling, we need a law requiring truth in media reporting. Consumers of information are entitled to nothing less than the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. While individual errors are forgivable, policies and patterns of false, misleading and deceptive reporting need to be banned and punishable, remedies for slander and libel need to be strengthened, and censorship of otherwise permitted speech by Big Tech strictly prohibited.

    Finally, Big Foundations need to be held accountable for their undue influence on politics. Their endowments should be capped, interlocking directorates prohibited and the commingling of philanthropy and politics banned under penalty of loss of tax exempt status.

    I suppose wiser heads than mine can work out the details.

    1. NB, you make too much sense especially your comments about the unelected bureaucracies which is a good idea concerning the peoples enemy the MEDIA and the other three. Thank you

  7. Lincoln preserved nothing and he set the stage for the mess we see in the country now. He ordered a war to make the country safe for the deep state and scum like Soros.

  8. Here's my suggestion. Get out of the way and let the Donald do his thing. He sets the agenda, but you do not fight when the enemy is destroying himself. The enemy is totally unprepared for what is coming.

    1. Bingo. If PDJT has proven one thing above all else, it is that he a THE master of timing and pacing to achieve his goals in this reality sh*tshow. And I have no doubt that he has gamed out his second term with a spectacular MAGA agenda. NB above has some good ideas, but we have over 100 years of "Progressivism" to undo, and it won't be easy or pretty. We need to be prepared for a whole lot of ugly between now and then.

    2. Yes you are correct about the timing, President Trump is leading us in the transition back to what our Republic and Constitution started. The ideas that NB has given are sound and a good beginning for us, We the People to follow and work with, if our elected leaders won't do so, it will be up to us.