The Enigma and the Rage

“Double standards are part of the human condition” [Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe]; ” Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.” [Evan Sayet ,Towhall]

On August 4, 2017, the late and highly respected journalist, Charles Krauthammer, has this to say about President Donald Trump. “At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency. Consequently, Donald Trump’s worst week proved a particularly fine hour for American democracy.”  He lists them, as follows:

1) The military says no to Trump on the transgender ban.

The president tweeted out a total ban on transgender people serving in the military. It came practically out of nowhere. The military brass, not consulted, was not amused.

2) The Senate saves Sessions.

Trump’s relentless public humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was clearly intended to get him to resign.

3) Senate Republicans reject the Obamacare repeal.

The stunning Senate rejection of repeal was also a pointed rejection of Trump’s health-care hectoring.

4) The Boy Scouts protest

5) The police chiefs chide.

Trump is a systemic stress test. The results are good, thus far.

On November 2, 2018, a column  inaccurately attributed to Krauthammer appeared in several media prints, but was in fact the work of Mychal S. Massie, a former Christian who presently runs the Racial Policy Center [RPC], a think tank he founded in 2015, considers Trump as a pragmatist who does not have  political agenda. This is how he views Trump:

Immigration is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, because they do not promise to accommodate.

Businessmen like Trump, who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality, understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work, you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

In an Op-Ed on Townhall dated July 13, 2017 by Evan Sayet, “He Fights”, the author makes a strong case in favor of Trump. It is in answer to his “leftist friends” and “never trumpers” who constantly ask him if he is bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.  In particular, does he not think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”   His answers:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.  We tried statesmanship.  Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?  We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?  And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.  I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.  I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weapon- zing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.  Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

Times of Israel, July 7, 2018 – “A Canadian who supports Donald Trump” by Henry Roth, a TOI Blogger. A few of his meaningful  comments:

Donald Trump is a boorish, anti-intellectual, reality show womanizer. But we don’t vote for a Chief Virtue Officer. We vote for the person who we think will best protect the interests of our country.

It is impossible to ignore the role the media plays in the public’s perception of Donald Trump. The overwhelming majority of broadcast and print media in the US are liberal/progressive in their orientation [even more so in Canada], meaning that they are pre-conditioned to find fault with whoever Donald Trump says or does. It never seemed to matter what Barak Obama actually achieved so long as he spoke confidently and appeared Presidential.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.

Trump is fighting.  And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”  That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.  I don’t care.  I can’t spare this man.  He fights.

Times of Israel , July 19, 2018 “Defending Donald Trump Part Two” by Henry Roth. A follow up blog.

In my blog of July 17th, I presented what I thought was a reasoned, factually supported defense of Donald Trump’s record. Unsurprisingly, I received a great deal of negative feedback, mostly along the lines of  “if you support Trump, you must be inhumane and ignorant.”

People, I was not defending Donald Trump’s personal traits, behavior, tweets, lack of language skills or any of his numerous and well documented personal failings. I was addressing the actual accomplishments  of his administration and comparing that record to his predecessor. Not one responder  to my commentary even attempted to counter my arguments with facts.

American Experiment , January 29, 2018: “I Was Wrong Trump is a Great President”. Dennis Prager in conversation with Peter Zeller. Trump was Prager’s last choice in the Republican primaries but he strongly supported him in the general election against Hillary Clinton. And, to date, Prager was obviously impressed by Trump’s accomplishments.

Prager said “a president’s actions are a more important metric of presidential success than a president’s demeanor” and “concerns with a president’s demeanor should be secondary to broader analyses of a president’s impact”.

First, it is unlikely that any other Republican would have defeated Hillary Clinton. Second, he has not only surpassed many of our expectations but also thus far governed in a manner more consistent with conservative principles than any president since Ronald Reagan, and arguably Calvin Coolidge.

For myself, I don’t think there’s any question that Donald Trump is a very imperfect vessel and that everyone wishes he did many things differently.

Bottom line – does Trump hate his own daughter ? Then, how can he be an anti-Semite?  Does he hate individuals of color? Then, how would you explain allegations of racism in consideration of his closeness to Herman Kane and Dr. Ben Carson.”Trump as an anti-Semite is no implausible, but it is absurd and libelous. It would also suggest that his strong support for Israel is inauthentic, when it’s something he has worn on his sleeve for its entire adult life.”[Rabbi Shmuley Boteach]. The rabbi also draws attention to Obama’s conduct visa avid Iran in the context of supporting Jew hatred.

What is in need of condemnation is the vile and crass behavior of the hysterical leftist mob during the  Kavanaugh hearings. “More than 30 women were arrested for protesting at the hearing over concerns about Kavanaugh’s stances on issues from abortion to LGBT rights, according to the Women’s March, which claimed credit for the protests.” This verbiage is a gross understatement for savage behavior and total lack of decorum. it surely represents  a gross infringement on democratic rights. Are these individuals lacking in education? Do they consider screaming and shouting, banging on doors in the given setting  normality? Were they raised in the jungle? Have they any sense of what civilization entails? If they have proved anything, it is that there is a considerable difference between democrats and republicans.

Why the uninhibited hatred directed at Trump? There are indeed valid reasons for criticizing some of his “loose cannon” assertions. His judgment at times is indeed questionable. On the other hand, balance is in order. He certainly deserves credit for making a difference on major issues concerning the US and the world. One finds quite often voters who selected him simply because they regarded his opposition, the less than lady like Hillary Clinton, intolerable.

Charles Krauthammer looks upon President Trump  as a successful businessman who has weathered the changing tides of economic  reality, one who understands what it takes to make  business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work , you don’t continue trying  to make it work hoping that at some pint it will. He says, further, “I argue that America needs pragmatists, because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them . They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.”

Krauthammer suggests the following reasons why some may not like Donald Trump, because:

[1] he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering  backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;

[2] they are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered  by the financial shackles of those who he owes vis-a-vis  donations;

[3] he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology;

[4] he says what he is thinking , is unapologetic  for his outspoken thoughts , speaks very straightforward using everyday language that can be understood by all [and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway] making him a great communicator , for the most part, does what he says what he will do and;

[5] he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

President Donald Trump can best be described for what he is, an enigma i.e.  mysterious or difficult to understand.

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.