Jimmy Sengenberger

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Trump Tweets in Perspective

August 18, 2019 2020 Elections brilliant, disturbing, fighter, globalism, Tweets

August 14, 2019
Greetings Fellow Citizens,
This inquiry from a British friend motivated me to sum up my views regarding Trump tweets (below) and his presidency generally.  I hope you find the exchange useful.
Dear  Marv,
Seriously… with everything that’s going on in the world and all the terrible things that are happening in American right now, I wonder if it disheartens you, or disturbs you a little, that your president is still trying to big himself up as a reality TV star, and sends out tweets like these (only yesterday)?
Myself, I find it perplexing and somewhat unhinged.  Am I missing something?
best wishes
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
So funny to watch little Donny Deutsch on TV with his own failing show.  When I did the Apprentice, Donny would call me (along with @ErinBurnett & others) and BEG to be on that very successful show.  He had the TV”bug” & I would let him come on though he (& Erin) had very little..
..TV talent.  Then, during the 2016 Election, I would watch as Joe Scarborough & his very angry Psycho wife (?) would push Donny to the point of total humiliation.  He would never fight back because he wanted to stay on TV, even on a very low-rated show, all in the name of ambition.
My response:
Dear Robert,
Trump is that rare human being that has prodigious reserves of energy and the ability to transform negative energy directed at him into effective counterpunches even as he absorbs the positive energy of rallies and turns that towards the tasks he feels matter and do matter.  I mean, the man sleeps a maximum of 5 hours per night and doesn’t nap and he is in his 70’s!
He appeared on the scene at the perfect moment.  The slide towards a globalist order had been accelerating with the hollowing out of the economy in the mid-west and the undermining of democratic norms increasingly subsumed by international decision making and permanent bureaucracies either administering permanent programs or actually writing out, through regulations, how the people will live.  All this while the connected grew wealthier and increasingly looked upon ordinary middle class people as inferior or even deplorable.
Meantime the main stream media, the Democratic Party have since moved ever leftwards towards idiotic utopian policies such as the Green New Deal, Medicare of All, etc.  This process was already so far gone in 2016 that the leadership of each of the principal intelligence agencies, the executive branch, the media and the Dems conspired to overturn the will of the American people in the 2016 election when it didn’t go their way.  You doubted this at the time but I’m sure by now you can see it was all true and then some.  To me, this was and is, to use your words “…unhinged,…disturbed,…(and) disheartens”.
In America, conservatism as an alternative and check on statism had devolved into an intellectual exercise centered in academic magazines.  The writing was often brilliant but the Republican Party was content to go along with the D.C. crowd because in part they too were in on the game and because they were also cowed by the guaranteed counter-attacks that they feared from the media in the form of conformist political correctness.
Into this maelstrom came a fighter who had been toughened by his Manhattan real estate battles and had excelled in business and as a TV personality with his hit show.  No other Republican (forget about any Democrats) could have risen to this occasion and taken on the Establishment class and their self-serving outmoded policies at home and around the world.  I mean, really, de facto open borders (undermining sovereignty,) inaction on North Korea, the absurdity of the Paris Climate Accord (I could say lots more on this one,) the giveaway to Iran insuring they would become a nuclear power with only death on their mind in but a few years.
And, perhaps above all, taking on a rising communist (make no mistake about it) China seeking to challenge and overtake America by committing intellectual and cyber theft, (including military secrets,) strategic investments in the U.S., as well as a host of unfair, mercantilist, trading policies while restricting our own reciprocal participation in their economy.  Unfair not free trade in its extreme form.  Despite bi-partisan agreement in the U.S. of the threat posed and deals struck, China reneged on all key agreements concluded during the Clinton, Bush and Obama years.  In short, our ruling elites did nothing to hold China accountable.  Trump was the first to take the threat seriously.  His stance may prove to be the most important and impactful initiative of his presidency.
Trump first succeeded in setting the table for the greatest period of prosperity in U.S. history with the highest wage growth in the poorest sectors (8.5% among the lowest 10% of workers) and 3.2% overall.  You name it – his administration has set all-time records for African-Americans, Hispanics and women, reduced food stamps by over half, instituted huge job growth, etc., etc.  The stock market is up 7,000 points and the GDP average is well above what Obama declared was no longer possible leading O. to argue – remember? – that we should just get used to a lower GDP.
His tweets, let’s say 90% of them, are brilliantly composed, timely and right on the target.  I am amazed almost daily.  Sometimes I ask myself: could I have said that and said it so well, and I have to admit the answer in no.  And some tweets are, even to a supporter, maddening.  But often it turns out there is, indeed as you suggest, method to his madness.  I think of it this way: He puts the ball in play and trusts he can roll with the outcome and find new opportunities to move his agenda forward.  I doubt that it is all planned out. I think, instead, his opponents whose fundamental position is so weak and they are so filled with themselves and their arrogance and entitlement, that their responses end up being traps they have set for themselves.  His approach might fall flat against a worthy opponent but then again, who knows, would he prove flexible enough to change under those circumstances?
The tweets you sent me were gratuitous to be sure.  I don’t even understand them or their relevance.  But it doesn’t bother me.  What I know is that he is on the job.  He is not constantly on vacation or lying (like Obama,) or avoiding key questions or shutting up in the face of attacks (like Bush,) or not keeping campaign promises (like all of them) so he gets a lot of latitude from me.  I’m certainly not wasting my time shaking by head about poor, irrelevant or even awful tweets rare though they may be.
What disturbs, disheartens and distresses me is the march of the Left through our institutions and my view that at a certain point there will be no going back and republican government will be no more than a shell of what it was.  I’m confident that the American people will beat this back in 2020 but it is going to be all hands on deck.
All my best,