17.12.15

THE ANSWER TO A FAILED CULT OUGHT NOT BE ANOTHER CULT.

That appears to be Derek Hunter's objection to Donald J. Trump as president.
I’m not looking for a dictator I agree with. I’m looking for a leader who can restore what Obama, and Bush before him, and Clinton before him, eroded. I’d love it if it were done quickly, but I demand it be done legally. For that to happen I need some specifics.

The example of Obama must be rejected, and it must be rejected the right way. The next president must get things done by leading Congress, resisting the urge to bypass Congress when it won’t go along and using the bully pulpit to rally the people to support his initiatives. Persuade the people, and you persuade their representatives.

The people need to know not only where their president wants to lead them, but how we plan to get there. Trump is not the only candidate to be nebulous on some issues, but considering his lack of political experience, history of contradictory statements and current position of leadership in the polls, it’s time for him to share some specifics.

Failing that, one has to assume he doesn’t offer details because he doesn’t know them.
Particularly where national defense is concerned, that's a valid fear.

But Conrad Black sees the failure of the Cult of the Presidency in Mr Trump's continued popularity.
In general, his policy positions, though vague in places, and subject to being moved around in response to his apparently spontaneous aperçus and reminiscences, are not especially radical or provocative. The Trump effect appears to rest on his talent for shocking conventional opinion, and on his extreme contempt for the conventional wisdom, the degraded political modus operandi, and the snipers’ gallery of the biased and lazy senior media. He still leads the polls of those for whom people absolutely will not vote, and I suspect that in the end the elected Republican politicians will stand on each other’s shoulders and deny him the nomination, while making profound concessions to his policy preferences.

Donald Trump — who, I should disclose, is an old friend, a fine and generous and loyal man, and a delightful companion — is striking very close to the heart of the American problem: the corrupt, dysfunctional political system and the dishonest media. My view, as persevering readers know, is that it all started to go horribly wrong with Watergate, when one of the most successful administrations in the country’s history was torn apart for no remotely adequate reason and the mendacious assassins in the liberal media have been awarding themselves prizes and commendations for 40 years since. Ten times as many people believe Rush Limbaugh as Bob Woodward (and they are correct in that assessment), and Donald speaks in fact (obviously not ex officio) for many more people than Obama. I suspect the Bush-Clinton era, which had its moments, is ending, and that whatever happens next year, Donald Trump will have played an important role in it.
I hesitate to describe the Nixon Administration that codified and extended the so-called Great Society as successful, and yet, in Mr Black's essay there is plenty to support the proposition that Business as Usual is More Decline.

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