“It’s almost as if Don Rickles were running for president.”
FORMER FOX NEWS star Bill O’Reilly writes books now and then, and they’re always big sellers. But I’d never bought one till now. His latest is The United States of Trump, and it’s a goodie, a sober look at the phenomenon in the Oval Office.
It’s a 320-page history, neither pro nor con, as objective a view as you’ll find, of Donald John Trump, his childhood, the ups and downs of his real estate empire, his family life, his The Apprentice fame and finally his spectacular leap into politics.
Love him — as I do — or hate him, it’s a well-written and informative bio. O’Reilly looks at Trump’s pluses and minuses, his touchy personality, his love life, the near collapse of his real estate empire in the 1980s, its resurgence in the 1990s, his driving ambition, his tendency to steamroll opposition, his love of self. You name it, O’Reilly addresses it.
O’Reilly, clearly a conservative but who claims to be an independent, is what journalists are supposed to be, but so rarely are anymore, objective. Believe it.
The quote at top is O’Reilly’s. He is referring to Trump’s 2016 race, a campaign that shoved the boundaries of normally accepted presidential standards of behavior onto new ground, a territory where gravitas does not exist, where only victory matters.
Buy it. Read it. You won’t regret it. Thank me later.
IT IS WELL established that my former field, the news media, has abandoned its primary purpose of providing news in a balanced, fair manner. Sad.
With the occasional exception, and it’s just occasional, of Fox News, about the only reliable source of information about the accomplishments of the Trump Adminstration is the White House newsletter. You can subscribe on theWhite House website.
To lift your spirits, I have compiled some of Trump’s good works.
Strong jobs market. This from MarketWatch: “Americans still think plenty of jobs are available and companies are offering better pay as they compete for a shrinking pool of available labor, new study by the New York Federal Reserve shows. The Fed study is the latest proof the jobs market continues to sizzle.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy has added over 5.5 million jobs since President Trump was elected.
Prison reform. In December 2018, President Trump signed the First Step Act which brings “commonsense criminal justice reform that is helping prisoners get a new lease on life and is making America safer.” Even former Obama staffer Van Jones praised Trump’s “great work” on the issue. If you want details, do an internet search.
Helping women. On April 17, Ivanka Trump, representing the president, spoke at the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative in the Ivory Coast, her last stop of a four-day tour of Africa. The goal of the trip was promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a $50 million project launched by President Trump in February to encourage women’s economic empowerment in developing countries.
Opportunity Zones. On April 18, President Trump brought state and local leaders from both parties together at the White House for a conference on “Opportunity Zones” — a signature piece of his 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rather than spending more money on yet another government program or Washington bureaucracy, Opportunity Zones offer tax incentives for long-term investment in more than 8,760 low-income communities throughout America.
Opportunity Zones are a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to the American communities that need them the most. The census tracts eligible for the program were chosen by governors, then certified by the U.S. Treasury Department. All told, the program is anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment.
Economic boost for Latinos. According to a story in the Washington Examiner, American Latinos have enjoyed their third consecutive year of income growth, and their workplace participation rare has increased. More details available here.
And, of course, black Americans are enjoying their lowest jobless rate in decades.
This is just a small sampling of positive work coming from the Trump Administration, news that is ignored by the news media. Again: Sad.
SEAN HANNITY deserves a Pulitzer Prize for this very spirited commentary about the two years-plus of nonstop lying by the corrupt mainstream media/Democrat party, which are one and the same. It’s well worth watching.
But if you’re one of the leftists who lurk here, avoid the video. It will put you in a funk and worsen your TDS. Best to just re-read your last dog-eared copy of Mother Jones.
While the MSM has been hyperventilating over the phantom collusion, it has been burying all news of positive accomplishments by President Trump, which have been legion. About the only place I’ve found this available is on the White House website. Scroll down near the bottom and sign up for updates directly from the administration.
Ninety percent of the positive news available about the Trump Administration is found there because the MSM/Democrat Party simply ignores it. Sad state of affairs.
(President Trump gave an excellent State of the Union address last night. No matter. Democrats loathe everything about him and, apparently, everything about America too. Guest poster Joseph Curl describes the situation beautifully.)
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If you were an alien being who swooped down to earth and landed inside the House chamber just in time to catch President Trump’s first State of the Union address to a joint gathering of Congress, you would think that one side of the room loved America, and the other sides literally hated its guts.
Praise to the U.S. flag? One side stood and cheered, the other side sat silent. Applauding America’s gritty veterans? A no brainer, right? Wrong. Republicans stood and clapped, Democrats didn’t budge. Freedom and democracy? Yawn, said the Democrats, as Republicans whooped and hollered.
When Trump touted the fact that black unemployment has hit a record low, you’d think the Democrats — the party of black America, seeking always to divide the races — would have at least fallen into a polite golf clap. Think again.
That’s right, black Democrats hate Trump so much that they refused to cheer the rise of the black community — or even acknowledge that whatever fears they may have had about Trump, he’s done, so far, anyway, all right.
Throughout the 80-minute speech, Democrats were downright glum. None apparently wanted to be captured by cameras applauding anything Trump said, but it all just got weirder and weirder as the night went on.
“That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to friends of America, not enemies of America,” Trump said. Applause from the right side of the room, crickets from the left. So, Democrats object to that pledge — that America only aid friends, not foes? That’s a tough sell in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or Abilene, Texas.
When Trump told a heart wrenching story about two young girls killed by MS-13 gang members — their parents were in Trump’s box and sobbed softly — he said: “Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents … so that this cannot ever happen again.”
The camera panned the room: One side clapping, the other side, nothing. In fact, boos and groans were heard when Trump began his story. Again, so Democrats are on the side of MS-13 and they DO want that to happen again?
It all got more silly. At one point, dissing the NFL, Trump said “we proudly stand for the national anthem.” Republicans stood. Democrats sat. So petty.
“Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker.” Democrats didn’t applaud that, either. They seemed sad — angry, even — that Americans are getting some of their money back. The Middle Class they’re always saying they fight for? No joy for them. But then again, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has called those “thousands of dollars” mere “crumbs,” so that makes sense.
At another point, Trump expressed solidarity with the people of Iran. “When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.” Republicans cheered, Democrats sat stonefaced.
CRUX — THEY REFUSED TO APPLAUD FREEDOM IN A COUNTRY THAT OPPRESSES WOMEN AND GAYS! ALL BECAUSE THEY HATE TRUMP SO VERY MUCH.
A shot on Fox News at one point caught Democrats looking at their phones and chatting with each other during the speech. They had decided, en masse, that they wouldn’t listen to Trump — and they certainly wouldn’t agree with anything he said. But they missed a helluva speech.
In a section on North Korea, Trump told an amazing story that led to the picture of the night. He told the tale of Seong-ho, who in 1996 as a small boy tried to steal a lump of coal to trade for food. Exhausted and starving, he passed out on some train tracks and was run over and gravely injured. He underwent multiple amputations, but still had no food — his family sometimes ate dirt.
But he made it out. “Today, he has a new leg. But, Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those old crutches as a reminder of how far you’ve come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all. … Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom,” Trump said.
Seong-ho stood and, with tears streaming down his cheeks, held aloft those old crutches, worn and beaten. The room erupted in applause.
But only a smattering of Democrats stood. They couldn’t give Trump even this small moment — they couldn’t cheer one man’s escape from tyrannical rule merely because it was Trump telling the tale!
In his famous orations, former president Barack Obama was all about himself. In his first State of the Union, he said “I” nearly 100 times. In another speech, he praised himself a whopping 156 times.
But Trump was different last night. He said “we” 129 times, and offered his hand repeatedly to the Democrats.
Too bad they hate Trump so much they now hate America.
At the end of the speech, Trump launched in to some soaring rhetoric about America. The audience, moved, began chanting “USA! USA!” Rep. Luis Gutierrez — an advocate for letting illegal aliens stay in America — was clearly triggered. So distraught was he at the chants that he rose quickly and fled the House chamber.