Opinion written by George McClellan:
‘Hope’ is a simple word but in practice a fleeting concept lacking any substance and one easily dashed. ‘Change’ is, well, we know it when we see it. Together they can create a vision but it’s still only a slogan, basically on the level of propaganda or, as Shakespeare put it, “a storm in a tea cup, full of sound and fury all signifying nothing.” We’ve experienced this “nothing” nonsense for the past eight years now, happily, about over. The lies will end, and the truth will out!
I have hopes, we all do. My ‘hope’ is that all traces of the past eight years will, like foot prints on a tropical beach, disappear completely with the lapping tide and as quickly, be forgotten. Actually, my hopes appear to be happening faster than I thought and Donald Trump is doing it by wielding a unique power he hasn’t even officially been given yet.
The power Trump has been wilding since the moment he became the Republican nominee increased exponentially after he defeated the clueless Clinton. His power comes from his lack of fear in confronting his enemies, especially the media, an entity that the Republican party has wilted before on every occasion they raised an issue contrary to Liberal orthodoxy. Trump doesn’t care what the Left thinks. He challenges them every time they attacked him. He criticized the medias main purveyors of fake news, made them defend their positions and dismissed as irrelevant the cautions of the party’s leadership, the democrat leadership and the think tank pundits who write policy. He won, and we saw, and we marveled.
Mere hours away now, from Trump’s inauguration, the Republican leadership is now warning its Senators in states facing elections they could lose, to get on board with Trump lest he should use his powers of “tweet’ to defeat them. Populism is the new direction America is going for the moment and Trump is its leader. Trump knows his supporters and he knows his enemies.
Astute politicians now recognize the powers Trump has and it’s not powers granted to him by law, yet, it is powers granted to him by the “deplorable’s” who listen to his words, read his tweet’s and understand his plain and simple talk and rallied to his cause. That’s power, he knows how to wield it but, it’s his to lose.
Consider what Trump has already done to foreign trade, starting with Carrier Air conditioning, then Ford Motor Car Company, Boeing and Lockheed Aircraft companies. For now, they’re staying in America spending their production money on American labor. It may not last due to technology and robots, but we see how Trump, not even president yet, has affected world trade.
Trump is not afraid to confront the growing menace of China’s ambitions to become the worlds next great imperial power. He’s not afraid to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He’s apparently not afraid to build the wall between the US and Mexico to control the growing invasion of peons and embedded Islamic Jihadists into America’s hinterland. He’s not afraid to talk with the Russians instead of shooting at them. Trumps powers comes from his ability to negotiate at the bargaining table, not simply capitulate to tyrants because they think they have an overpowering message. China is concerned.
Trump knows that our military, especially our navy, absolutely needs to be restored. It will be! What he does with it is unknown but I suspect it will probably be akin to speaking softly but carrying a big stick. Today is Obama’s last full day. Good bye! To me, Trump’s Inauguration song could very well be: “Hit the Road Jack, and Don’t You Come Back No More, No More…” Remember, Freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (19 Jan 2017)