45 – A Post Mortem

As the Trump Presidency goes to an unmerited end, I think that we should make some reflections about what went right, and wrong, in his very particular way of doing things.

We all know what went right, and history will be, when the current crop of bastard journalists and historians die, be very benign to this man and his Presidency. Successful Presidents like Taft only served one term. Theodore Roosevelt won only one election. Grover Cleveland failed to be reelected (first attempt!) The list of Trumps’ accomplishments is very long: from the rejection of the Paris Agreement to the Wall, from the destruction of ISIS to the tax reform, and from the end of NAFTA to the booming markets, this guy was just amazing.

What could have been done better, or at least differently? I dare to make a couple of considerations. Again, this should not be considered a real criticism of the greatest president after Ronald Reagan. Merely a sort of note for future years.

As a rule, I think we can say this: that Trump was too much of a New Yorker. His “New York Values” moved with him in the White House on day one in form of, first of all, Jared and Ivanka.

“Jaranka” is, I think, at the root of other unforced errors he made: the horrible personnel choices particularly in the first two years; the sleeping on the Wall for, again, two years; the lack of attention to homosexualist issues; these and other mistakes like this one (the indecisiveness on the illegals, the inaction on Twitter and Facebook until it was too late, or the bump stock ban come to mind) reflect the mindset of a man who is evolving toward the right values, but is not quite there. Basically, Trump went out of New York, but New York never fully went out of Trump. Whilst a Ronald Reagan had the right stuff running through his veins, Trump was, in the literal sense, a (brilliantly) recovering Democrat. This is a particularly interesting comparison, because both left the Democrat party. Still, one did it because the party veered to the left and went away from him; the other did it because the party he had always supported was not able to help him push the populist agenda he had in mind. 

Another big pass was on Big Tech. Whilst many decried the danger represented by Google, Facebook and Twitter, Trump barked a lot, but did little. In fact, he never even left his Twitter account, when he could have given a big dent to Twitter’s power just by leaving them and choosing a different platform. Guess what? Facebook banned him (I think for life) yesterday. Twitter can’t be far behind.

Welcome to the world of tech giants dominating the Country, Mr Trump. Did you think this would never happen?

I know, Trump was distracted by the impeachment attempt. But again, if he had built the wall in the first two years, I think it can be safely said that the impeachment would not have happened, period. 

The last observation that I want to make is that the boisterous nature of Trump went, at times, a bit too far. I loved the assertiveness on social media. But I have already complained about the whining transpiring from some of his tweets. We also had another example only on the 6th, when he made an extremely combative, wonderful speech, and his relatives assured everybody the fight was just starting, only to throw in the towel hours later.

In my world, if you bark, you bite. Right or wrong, Lincoln had the guts to invade Maryland and occupy their Congress in order to avoid risking their secession. I think he also had two Governors arrested. Trump should have been ready to have Governors arrested, declare a partial martial law, have the matter sorted the hard way and let the chips fall where they may; or, alternatively, he should have been wiser in being more cautious in his public statements. It’s not good when a President promises you wonderful events for a week that basically starts with him losing. 

We are now entering the Age Of Fraud.

I hope it means, as a little consolation, the end for an entire generation of traitors.

Pray for this man; who, with all his shortcomings, was the greatest thing God gave to the United States and the West in a long time.

 

 

 

Posted on January 8, 2021, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. You seem to be missing Pence’s grave failure in this post. That was the key to the anger and desperation that led to the Trump supporters’ forceful entry , although some say they were let in by the guards and were mostly peaceful, one man interviewed on a Pro-life news site spoke of his feeling of desperation and stated he did enter the chambers and even prayed there with some other peaceful Trump supporters. What is not being taken seriously is the voter fraud, especially the transfer of votes by computer and the fact that several key states have asked to have the votes investigated but Pence needed to withhold certification, extend the time for a few days for the investigation and let the electors change their vote if it was made on the basis of fraudulent data. Pence was expected to do this as the states requested, but instead he claimed he could not change or decide the election, which is something he was not being asked to do. People did not know that Pence had already certified the electors until after Trump’s speech in which he basically outlined in some detail the case for voter fraud. If we have lost the right to valid election, we have lost everything this nation stands for….and we can never depend on another election again, because fraud is readily certified .

    Regarding the invasion, some violent intruders scaled walls, entered windows, forced doors, etc. Witnesses say that these violent intruders arrived by bus to the rear of the building and some have been identified by facial analysis as the same people who participated in violent demonstrations during the summer…so arguably they wanted to make the peaceful influx of desperate Trump supporters look bad, and/or just take advantage of the opportunity to destroy government property and create chaos and violence.

    P.S. Trump has never won New York, but he has won the increasing support of serious working class people there .

  2. I never thought Trump was once out of line. Or went too far.
    He was attacked 24/7 by the corporate world order and had to defend himself. Twitter was his only means of communication with the outside world over the head of the media it was a necessity for him to use it. A second term which was stolen from him may have seen the development of a new media for the American people and we may still see such a development.

    Trump was fighting alone, GOP party traitorous and cowardly. I saw Mike Pence at White House receptions and was always looking behind his neck to see if I could see a valve like one on a balloon where someone blew the air in. These people live in a fantasy world of media whom they follow slavishly as the power in this country and have taken away the voting rights of the American people.
    I do wish people would pull the plug on their social media like Twitter and Facebook as Malcolm muggeridge said of the television just remove it, it’s a painless operation.

  3. Trump should have declared martial law? You are quite naive. For his declaration to mean something, his subordinates should obey him and do what he orders. Are you sure they would? Don’t you think that the selling out and extortion of the critical figures in Trump’s command line might have something to do with the whole matter? You are being very very naive.

    • Perhaps I am, perhaps I am not.
      Was Lincoln naive when he decided to take unprecedented action? Was Trump so isolated that he would not have been followed?
      I doubt it.
      I think that, had he chosen to do so, the army and millions of armed civilians would have been on his side.
      Did he think of it? I don’t know.
      Did he try to see if it was possible and realised it wasn’t? I doubt.

      However, the point is not even that, and you have missed my point:
      the point is that you either want and can bite, and then you give the defiant speech.
      Or you know you are about to lose, and then choose to strike a different tone.

      Trump was a great President. But in the end, he wasn’t the ultimate warrior. I don’t blame him, I would probably not have done it, either. But George Washington, who risked lfe and wealth for his and his family, might beg to differ.

  4. I seriously appreciate your points, probably because I would not have thought of them as high priority. But on second thought, ‘Jaranka’ was a big fail. I consider them part of the fail with social media, which I did not consider, and which you suggested: if he had gone to Parler, or any other site that would have welcomed him, 100s of 1000s of people would have joined him there. This might have been his biggest, most easily corrected problem, especially early on.
    And the wall should have been built! This may also have been attributable to bad advice from family. I had almost forgotten this.
    I don’t know if conservatives have it within them to fight in the next few years. And there is no way to defy the now leading liberal troops but by strong resistance. I continue to pray for help for our country and for the West. And I thank you for your thoughtful post.

    • the Wall was largely built. However, Trump did nothing on it for the first two years, endlessly claiming that it was for Congress to give him the money. It was only when he lost the House, and Ann Coulthard called him a “faggot”, that he decided to act using his executive powers rather than awaiting for Congress (who would never do it, because of the many enemies he always had) to do it.

  5. Other considerations:
    —Being too enamored of the stock market as an indication.
    —Unsure the military would follow his orders.
    —Most important was careless hiring.

    Nonetheless, I think we have not heart the last of Donald Trump. Hopefully, he will form a 3rd Party and get re-elected in 2024—if he doesn’t get assassinated in the process.

  6. If Biden – or Harris – were inaugurated, the USA would become a literal kleptocracy, ruled by thieves.

    It is easy post factum to come up with any number of criticisms of President Trump.

    Considering that he almost certainly had more information than any of us, so much to do and so little time and (now obviously) so little personal support to do it, we should consider ourselves and him God-blessed that he achieved the good that he has done to date.

    And we should continue to pray for God’s protection over him, his family and close supporters, as well as for their continuing conversions.

  7. Correction: The media did not “allow” the narrative to be distorted, they created that narrative as part of their takeover of America.

  8. Thank you for your blogging.
    I expect that yours will be one of the first to be de-platformed as we watch this new round of censorship run its course. We are only at the beginning.
    Can anyone spell that four-letter word that was short for “nazional-socialist” party?
    As I recall from the history books ‘big-industry’ (Krupp, I.B.Farben, et al) was on that party’s side as well.

  9. Thank you for this succinct analysis. I concur with the points you raise. He had opportunities to actually effectively address the civil unrest and censorship, but offered bluster and nothing else. There were many missed opportunities in this Presidency. That being said, I voted for him twice and should he ever run again, I will vote for him again.

  10. President Trump remained a deal maker to the very end of his term. He was essentially a benign figure, not a rabid narcissist as portrayed by the corporatist cabal. He believed that by creating a humming economy that all would benefit and have to accept such a success. If anything the President was as much of an optimist, if not more so than Ronald Reagan. The Jared and Ivanka effort was an attempt to make a bridge to various groups that were not interested in engaging. The President was hamstrung by personnel and by the necessity to get the economy moving asap, which required engagement on all levels with the corporatist and administrative state vipers. Unfortunately, Trump did not have a movement that included large numbers of disaffected, converted members of the administrative state who were loyal to him and his populist aims. On the other hand, Ronald Reagan unified a group of government experienced troops who were primarily motivated by Reagan’s effort to topple the Soviet Union. Reagan was never the threat to the corporatists as Trump.

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