Source – nationalpost.com
- “…There is plenty of room to dislike and disagree with Donald Trump, but he is an astonishing political phenomenon: the only person in American history who gained the presidency without ever having sought or held a public office, elected or unelected, or having held a prominent military command. He changed parties numerous times waiting for his moment. Trump, unlike virtually the entire commentariat and the professional political class, saw that approximately half the country was seriously alienated by look-alike bipartisan politics that left the working class and lower middle classes and the disadvantaged behind. He won an overwhelming victory in the Republican primaries and, contrary to almost all predictions, he successfully transformed his celebrity and a platform that was critical of both major party establishments into victory”
SM…The greatest thing about Trump is, he can always be counted on to bring a bazooka to a knife fight….
Conrad Black: Trump-haters gonna hate
It is one of the pleasures of writing these columns that friendly readers send me items that are often usable as material for future columns. Such as a column I received this week that was published in the Hamilton Spectator and written by Geoffrey Stevens, former Ottawa columnist and managing editor of the Globe and Mail. His offering on Oct. 10 about the upcoming midterm elections in the United States reminded me of his fierce attention to accuracy. He began: “Canadians do not pay close attention to the biennial midterm elections in the United States, when all 535 members of the House of Representatives … come up for re-election or replacement.” In fact, the midterm elections are every four years and there are 435 members of the House of Representatives. I recalled when Stevens reproached me in 1992, after I’d held a dinner in Toronto for former U.S. president Richard Nixon, who as cant and emotionalism subside, is increasingly seen as an outstanding president. Stevens accused me of trying to make Nixon “the sixth president on Mount Rushmore.” Arithmetic can be a challenge, but there are only four presidents on Mount Rushmore and their effigies are all about 18-metres high.
In his column, Stevens said that the midterm elections might “reduce the negotiating room of the friendly Biden administration,” or it might show that “the end (is) nigh for Donald Trump, the cancer on American politics.” Over 74-million Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2020 and polls show him 25 points ahead of the nearest contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, and that he might win that election in a rematch with “friendly Joe Biden” (who cancelled our Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office and is inundating this continent north of Mexico with millions of illegal migrants). To complete Stevens’ metaphor, if Trump is the cancer on American politics, he is a 100-pound tumour on a 200-pound patient.
Credulous readers of the Hamilton Spectator will be anxious to learn that democracy in the United States is under attack from “the hard-right, from that witch’s brew of extremists with QAnon conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine views, and election denialism, opponents of abortion, gay rights and same-sex marriage, plus assorted neo-fascists, racists, anti-Semites and simple thrill seekers.” Stevens is hallucinating again; there are many quacks in a country of over 330 million people, but those mentioned aren’t any threat to democracy. He then wandered off into a series of rhetorical questions and tired pieties about the evils of violence and the virtue of peaceful demonstrations. He is a decent man and he had the decency to spare us the customary sophomoric bilge that “the walls are closing in on Trump.” These were the bywords of the sacked or demoted Trump-hating CNN commentators, Jeff Zucker, Brian Stelter, Don Lemon, Chris Wallace and others. The walls (i.e., the absence of viewers), mercifully, closed in on them.
I don’t want to be unkind to Geoffrey Stevens; he is a benign and likeable man and a competent writer. Of course he is entitled to express his political views, which for over 50 years have been the almost inevitable soft-left pablum that has paralyzed this country in a narcissistic wasteland of inept government. There is plenty of room to dislike and disagree with Donald Trump, but he is an astonishing political phenomenon: the only person in American history who gained the presidency without ever having sought or held a public office, elected or unelected, or having held a prominent military command. He changed parties numerous times waiting for his moment. Trump, unlike virtually the entire commentariat and the professional political class, saw that approximately half the country was seriously alienated by look-alike bipartisan politics that left the working class and lower middle classes and the disadvantaged behind. He won an overwhelming victory in the Republican primaries and, contrary to almost all predictions, he successfully transformed his celebrity and a platform that was critical of both major party establishments into victory. He ran against the Bushes, Mitt Romney and John McCain as much as he did against the Clintons and Barack Obama. Donald Trump achieved more in his career prior to becoming president than any other president in U.S. history, except those vital to the founding of the country (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison), and victorious commanding generals in great and just wars (Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower).
Democracy was indeed threatened by the politicization of the intelligence establishment and the FBI and the reduction of part of the Justice Department to the status of an adjunct to the dirty tricks division of the Democratic National Committee. A pastiche of lies and defamations commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign was represented as authentic intelligence and we have just learned that in its zeal to defeat Trump, the FBI offered $1 million as a reward if this false Steele dossier could somehow be substantiated. Although he was outspent in the 2020 election two-to-one and was rabidly opposed by the majority of the national political media, he only lost the election by as little as 50,000 votes in Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin.
The one miscalculation the Democratic strategists made was that when they rejected Sen. Bernie Sanders as an unelectable socialist, instead of seeking a plausible president, they installed a waxworks dummy who campaigned by following the COVID science in his basement, and now the world is stuck with the most incompetent U.S. administration since before the Civil War. Millions of illegal migrants poured in. Biden has been reduced to begging (unsuccessfully) for oil from the House of Saud and even socialist Venezuela, after Trump virtually stopped oil imports from that country. Inflation and crime rates have skyrocketed. And the Americans fled from Afghanistan, handing that country back to medieval gangsters and leaving billions worth of American military hardware behind for them.
We need look no farther than the shambles in Washington, and at almost suicidally simple-minded comments like Geoffrey Stevens’ pap last week, and our largely unperceptive media, to see where the real threats to democracy are.