Things I don’t understand

| March 19, 2017 | 62 Comments

When I went to vote last November, I didn’t know what I would do when I walked into our local community center. I wasn’t happy with my choices. The only thing I knew was that I wasn’t going to vote for Hillary Clinton. It took me about a half an hour of staring at the ballot before I finally voted for Donald Trump – not because I wanted to vote for him, but because any other vote would have benefitted Clinton.

Well, now I’m glad I made that decision, not solely because Clinton is NOT the president, but also because President Trump is doing all of things that Conservatives have said they wanted to do since Jimmy Carter was president. He wants to punish companies that are leaving the US taking jobs with them and he’s cutting taxes for companies that stay here. He’s slashing funding for social spending and increasing defense spending. He’s planning to cut aid to foreign countries that aren’t really our allies. He’s cutting government aid for Planned Parenthood and the arts subsidies.

He cut funding to EPA for crying out loud! Conservatives have claimed to want to do that since Richard Nixon created that agency,

Trump has made his fight against illegal immigration the center piece of his administration. He’s trying to make it harder for terrorists to sneak into our country. All of these things are what conservatives have claimed that they want to do for decades. So why aren’t conservatives standing behind the president? It turns out that he’s putting his reputation where his mouth is and he’s more of an activist conservative than anyone else in Congress who have claimed to be the true conservatives.

If their only reason for not supporting him is his hair or his demeanor, they should just go join the Democrat Party – that’s where people who only care about superficial bullshit have a permanent political home. Lead follow or get the f*** out of the way, Republicans.

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  1. 68W58 says:

    I wasn’t a Trump supporter in the primaries, but I have to give his supporters credit: They said that they didn’t want another establishment politician and that Trump was the best fit for that sort of President. I didn’t believe them, but they were right.

    Now the Republican party has to show that it stands for something (not that they are just nominally against what the Democrats say that they are for). Like all politicians, they are scared to take an actual stand. But if Trump can make them show some spine, he may show the wisdom of his early supporters was prescient.

    • desert says:

      I think Trump is doing a great job, and only beginning, for any that don’t like what he is doing, go join the communist/leftists because you are as deceived as they are…by the way, the elite in the world that have deceived so many with their satanism….want to get rid of Trump by any means including assasination…PRAY FOR TRUMP, HIS FAMILY AND PENCE AND HIS FAMILY….because satan and his demons cannot stand against Almighty God!!

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Right on, Jonn!!!!

  3. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Jonn – I was like you when it came to the vote in November. Couldn’t/wouldn’t vote for Cankles McPantsuit, and the GOP didn’t have a better candidate. Still willing to give PDT a chance to show me what he’s got to make things better and to kick a few “professional” politician’s asses on both sides in the process.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    I voted for Cruz in the Primary; I didn’t think Trump was a serious choice. I was just as surprised as everyone else when he got the nod, and the vibe was definitely there despite the polls. The idea of The Pantsuit and her philandering husband back in the White House was repugnant. Fortunately, she ran the most inept campaign in recent history, while Trump just kept on working the electoral college votes. And prevailed in a landslide.

  5. CDR_D says:

    Yeah, I was for Walker or even Webb.. but they were gone early on. I voted Cruz in the primary but when Trump got the nod, what to do was clear.

    So far Trump seems to be pissing off all the right people, so he has to be doing well.

    A wary eye should be kept on Sen McQueeg (RINO-Cuckoo’s Nest). It wouldn’t shock me if he were to pull a switcheroo like that Anal Sphincter guy in PA did a few years ago.

    • AW1Ed says:

      “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…”

    • USMC Steve says:

      I know a number of Marines who served with Webb, and they didn’t cut him any slack at all on his behavior in congress. They as did I, held him more accountable due to his service as a Marine Officer. He went along to get along, and that didn’t wash for a lot of us. Better than Hildabeast, but not by much.

  6. The Other Whitey says:

    Say what you will about Trump, but his Cabinet picks have all been spot-on. The democrats have managed to embarrass the hell out of themselves with their opposition, and it’s been showing their true colors to quite a few folks who used to buy their bullshit.

    Das Hildabeast would have led this country straight to hell. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a fantasy. I certainly had my reservations about Trump, but she would have been a disaster.

    The democrats are pretty much unanimously showing themselves to be self-serving jackasses (no surprise there). Far too many Republicans are siding with them for the sake of status quo, which is the Holy Grail for any political party, and it will hopefully cost them as well. The whole two-party system, especially the two parties picking who we get to vote for, was never what the Founders intended, and the past year especially has demonstrated why. It needs to die, and it needs to take the incumbent democrats and the RINOs with it.

  7. Poetrooper says:

    As the more or less semi-official Trump drum beater on this site throughout the campaign, I am both relieved and pleased to see him follow through on his campaign promises. As I tried to make clear in my writings, yet didn’t always succeed, my support, like Jonn’s vote, was more a protest against Hillary than an affirmation of Donald Trump. An Old South habitue, I was put off by the brash, big-city, New York bluster and I confess I couldn’t watch him make a speech without wincing in embarrassment.

    But you know what? The guy has grown on me. While he can still make me wince and cover my face sometimes, he has me cheering and high-fiving far more often, and it’s for all those reasons Jonn cites above. All our professional politicians have talked conservatism for decades but it has taken an American businessman to actually be a conservative leader in Washington and enact conservative policies.

    Then there’s the entertainment value of having Trump in the White House. The past few months have been some of the most enjoyable of my life as I see the arrogant coastal media being kicked to the curb by Trump and his administration. At last, conservative politicians who don’t fold their tents and run for cover for fear of being labeled a racist or a Nazi by the media. I absolutely love it!

    As for all the crying in Hollywood and New York City, well let’s see how I can put this gracefully:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha! Bwa ha ha ha ha! Bwah ha ha ha ha!

    If Trump keeps going throughout his term like he has this first few weeks, I’m gonna love the guy more than all the Founding Fathers rolled into one.

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Career politicians–the ruling class–are antithetical to our republican democracy. Some accumulate great wealth as public servants, quite miraculously, through shrewd investments that somehow escaped them before winning office. Others, mainly in the Senate, were wealthy through inheritance, marriage, or personal business success, and sought a seat in the world’s most exclusive club for power and the crowning jewel for their epitaphs. Trump was and is different. He has thus far made good on his stated agenda but is learning that he needs those people on Cap Hill to get many things done. If the Repubs get in lockstep and Trump falters, they have much to lose. If they don’t and the country remains in Trump’s camp, will lose too. It’s a helluva time in American politics. It really is. And I like it. Whatever the source, the tension that must exist between the exec and leg branches is a wholesome thing for our democracy.

  9. Green Thumb says:

    Good article.

  10. Thunderstixx says:

    The best part about Trump is watching the snowflake libidiots melt down every time he opens his mouth.\I have supported Trump since Cruz dropped out and proudly pushed the voting lever for him when the time came.
    I have had a good feeling about him since he started and I am very happy to see that I was right.
    And larsy-boi, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!
    Go fuck yourself with a prickly pear cactus you fucking moron !!!

  11. Former 13D says:

    I wasn’t a Trump supporter and wanted Walker but voted for Cruz in my state’s primary. But now, I’m a die hard supporter. Didn’t think he would pull off what he has done but I’m glad he did. His cabinet choices surprised me – more conservative than what I had expected. Now, if only he would be able to full fill the rest of his campaign promises….looks like his opposition will be his ‘fellow’ Republicans in Congress, as the Demo’s are ineffective. I guess it’s the establishment fighting the outsider.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I myself was VERY skeptical about President Trump when he first announced his candidacy but I warmed up to him when my Dad suggested he could be another Teddy Roosevelt and so far I’ve been quite pleased. President Trump has given the inner DC establishment Country Club a hard kick in the teeth they’ve been in dire need of for at least decades and I hope he keeps it up, they NEED to be kicked off their pedestals and high horses and I mean on BOTH sides of the aisle to include critters like McVain, IMHO he’s a detriment to the GOP.

    “Lead follow or get the f*** out of the way, Republicans.”

    I myself prefer “MOVE, shit or GET OFF THE POT!!!”

  13. For me it was a easy as ABC! As others here have noted – I don’t regret voting for Trump. YET!

    Oh yeah, ABC in this case, stands for Anybody But Clinton.

  14. LC says:

    So why aren’t conservatives standing behind the president?

    I think President Trump has done some good things (amidst a sea of things I disagree with), but I think the fundamental issue isn’t necessarily what he’s done, but the environment he’s created while doing it.

    And I think it’s also a bit too early to judge what the long-term effects are.

    To pick an example, yes, his budget blueprint proposes more funds to the military. For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that’s a good thing. The first question is, will it help? Will it go where it needs to go? After all, throwing more money at schools didn’t exactly solve education, and the Pentagon isn’t exactly known for being an excellent steward of public funds. But even if we assume that it’ll result in an increased warfighting capability and decreased demands on the men and women who serve, this increase comes in the midst of his attacks on our own IC, huge cuts to State, frustrations amongst our strongest allies with his comments and policies, and all of those impact our ability to effectively wage war, too.

    At the end of the day, the question isn’t whether Trump’s singular action of recommending an increased military budget is good for the country, it’s whether it outweighs the damage he’s doing in other areas relating to global strategy.

    If the President would spend more time getting things done and less time tweeting, I think his support among Republican politicians, not to mention Republican and independent voters, would be a bit higher. The sideshows he creates aren’t doing the country any favors.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      “…it’s whether it outweighs the damage he’s doing in other areas relating to global strategy.”

      What global strategy and what damage? Try to be specific, please. The broad brush approach isn’t helpful.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      LC: So why aren’t conservatives standing behind the president?

      For the most part, it’s because they are not really conservatives. They are that when it’s convenient and will reward them, but in general, they are not.

  15. 26Limabeans says:

    “It took me about a half an hour of staring at the ballot”

    So you’re the guy that had the line backed up all the way out the door and down the street.

  16. OWB says:

    Among other things, what I admire about Trump is that all the blame being heaped upon him seems to have no impact. He didn’t create the mess we are in yet seems somehow to already have done more to clean it up than anyone has in at least decades if not since the Boston Tea Party.

    Every criticism thrown at him is greeted with, “Yeah, and that is why we elected him!” from us ordinary citizens fed up with the Washington elites ruling us while they get rich or richer doing it. We are done with them no matter their party.

  17. HMC Ret says:

    I was pro-Trump early and often.

    IF the Republicans can further solidify their gains in the 18 elections, he will see much more support from the RINOs, b/c they will feel he will be reelected in 2020, and they won’t want to miss out … a high tide lifts all ships, so to speak.

    I was happy to have had to wait a little while to belly up to the voting booth. It was an indication to me that a greater number of people were voting and I felt that bode well for Trump.

    Wideload in the WH with her lowlife husband? YGBSM.

    The more bureaucrats he can kick to the curb with his swamp draining, the happier I will be. Every assistant to the assistant doesn’t also need an assistant. Of course THAT assistant will need at least one assistant, who will need …

    Equally important with the WH incumbent is the number he can get on the Supreme Court. If he is a two termer, I think he can possibly get three on. Two are 80+ y/o and one, Breyer, is pretty close I think.

    It’s early on, folks, with much time remaining for even more positive action to come from President Trump. President Trump … that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it liberals?

    President Trump … kind of rolls off the tongue.

  18. Duane says:

    The fact that he has career politicians afraid for their jobs has made more of a positive impression on me than anything else, and I think more people are waking up to the reality that we needed a strong hand in the White House. I wish he had been in there prior to my retirement from the military instead of BHO – I’d be honored to have had his signature on my letter. Like so many have clearly stated, it wasn’t that he was by far the best choice we had, but we knew for certain that we did NOT want Hildabeast and her entourage in power. I truly hope that he can continue to make changes and do what our country needs to become a strong nation again – he seems to be on the right path so far in getting rid of so much of the bull crap legislation that was passed in the 11th hour.

  19. ex-OS2 says:

    I proudly voted for Trump, no regrets.

    The precinct that I cast my ballot in stopped a few out-of-towners from voting at their fourth precinct that day. Yet many say that rarely happens.

    In other news, I see that HRC and Huma emerged from the woods, dodged indictments, went for the poor mans haircut & coloring in NYC and are now ready to fight and win!

  20. Perry Gaskill says:

    It’s seemed evident to me that Trump was elected to be the bull in the china shop. It’s what the voters wanted because the status quo ante was a mostly self-referential construct of Manhattan news media and the inner-beltway of Washington. What Trump offered was simple: How about we start taking care of the rest of us for a change?

    It’s also not a mystery that Trump’s brashness was part of the equation; after eight years of Broadway Barry and the prospect of another Clinton spin cycle, nothing but a metaphorical shovel upside the head was going to get anyone’s attention.

    My own view tends to focus more on the news media bias side of things than it does the specific politics. What’s interesting is that although there are still some in a state of denial, a large portion of the news media is starting to wake up to the fact it has a big problem of its own creation. What’s also likely true is that the press will change not for altruistic reasons but because its financial survival depends on it.

  21. akpual says:

    But, but, but, it was her turn. booohoooooo.

  22. ALVO says:

    I’ve been a Trumpeteer since the first day he announced his intention to run. I knew full well he’d take the skank to task, and then bitch slap the Beltway Bozos around. That he make the snowflakes howl just makes me giddy with joy and I hope they meltdown so badly that “catatonic” is how their psych charts describe them when commited to the rubba roomz.

  23. W2 says:

    The President killed Elmo and Big Bird (prolly with a scary black gun) so I think he’s got some splainin’ to do. And don’t tell me they had to die because some WV Coal Miner can’t afford a couple of bucks for Elmo or Thomas the Tank Engine either.

  24. Atkron says:

    When we were all chanting Drain The Swamp….we weren’t picking on just one political party.

    All this proves is that the Republicans and the Democrats are not really all that far apart politically. Sure we get a token investigation out of them once in awhile. Sure we get some false indignation a few times a year. But nothing has changes in Congress or the ginormous bureaucracy that actually runs the show.

    DJT is a breath of fresh air. We don’t have to guess how he really feels, he tells us. He’s unfiltered for the most part. Sure it gets him in trouble, but I would rather know how our elected Reps, Senators, and our President really feel on a subject…not the Party line, not the vetted statements, not what they think we want to hear.

  25. David says:

    Now if the supposed Republicans would actually get behind their party’s President… the establishment Repubs have spent more time sniping at Trump and denying responsibility for him than they have been trying to accomplish anything we, their supposed constituents showed we want. Ryan, McCain, et al have really demonstrated that there are two voting groups, and it ain’t Repub/Dem split – it’s the political establishment vs. the easily duped electorate.

  26. The Old Maj says:

    He’s just another politician and most of them are awful. He says whatever he needs to say to get elected and then breaks with it at the first opportunity.

    – The “wall” becomes a “fence in places”
    – The “built with American Steel” pipeline becomes “built with steel”
    – HRC goes from “lock her up” to “Don’t want to hurt her”

    and on and on… I am sure many more will fall before it is all over. Just another pol and nuttier than most. Sure a few good cabinet picks but they serve at the pleasure of the President and can go any time.

    Back to your original thesis though, the best thing he has going for him is that he is not HRC. That’s a good thing. It is good for us too. The vast majority of the media hates his guts and will pressure him and the fed with endless scrutiny, unlike the last one who pretty much did whatever he wanted and the media went out of their way to not report anything negative, less FOX. Scrutiny is good.

    The next best thing is the SCOTUS. The preservation/ loss of rights happens mostly through the courts. Hopefully that will make it worth dealing with this nutter for a few years.

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