Saturday, 8 July 2017

To Tweet, or not to Tweet - that is the Question

I may not support all of President Trump’s tweets, but the obsession and behaviour of the media is distorting his many accomplishments. While some of his tweets maybe off base and downright obnoxious, I believe that this new form of communication is neither un-presidential or out of place. Perhaps we should focus more on the policies rather than the tweets.

Since his election President Trump has demonstrated that he is not your run of the mill politician, in fact he has very rarely acted like a politician in the past 6six months. The Democrats have done everything to scuttle his presidency. Helped by an increasingly hostile and biased media, the Liberal left has decided to form a ‘Resistance’ force as their strategy to regain power.

The Democrats in the Senate have obstructed many of his appointments and President Trump still does have a complete cabinet. The failed policies of the Obama years are being reversed and the Democrats are helpless. As a result they have resorted to a barrage of accusations, many unsubstantiated. The Russian ‘collusion’ accusations have now turned into an Independent Council investigation. His firing of the FBI Director has come under scrutiny, despite the fact that he has every right to hire and fire personnel. His travel ban, very similar to the one ordered by Obama, has been stopped by lower courts in a purely political move. Despite the fact that the Supreme Court unanimously suspended lower courts bans, the Democrats are still trying to prevent its implementation.

Failing all their attempts to oppose his policies, the Democrats are trying to use the 25th Amendment to declare him insane or of unsound mind to govern. I believe they tried this with Reagan and failed. The burden of proof is so high that it is unlikely that it will ever happen. Nevertheless it will be used as another tool and the resist and obstruct strategy to undermine his Presidency.

Comedians and Hollywood types who still cannot believe that he won the lections have resorted to very nasty so-called satire to attack him. Late night shows, programs like the ‘View’, Morning Joe and cable TY including CNN and MSNBC have led the charge in an unprecedented attack on any President before him. The Washington Post and the New York Times have done their utmost to publish stories from undisclosed sources to inform the public and yet they are offended when he calls them Fake News.

Today every time he tweets, there is uproar from the left as well as some on the right. Their comments are always accompanied by the word un-presidential. The content may be obnoxious and sometimes vulgar; however what should be considered un-presidential,in my view are the following:
·         The continued apologist tour by former President Obama who goes around the world undermining Trump’s policies to safeguard his failed legacy.
·         President Johnson sitting on the toilet while the door is open and conducting the affairs of the State.
·         President Clinton’s affair with an intern.
·         President Kennedy’s affair with an actress and the wife of a mobster.

The real issue is that Trump has chosen a different path from any of his predecessors. He has decided that he will fight the media at every corner and opportunity when he feels that he has been wronged or not. This is a trait lagging among conservatives today. He seems to have a vindictive personality that he has honed over the years as a businessman. Too often the problem with his tweets is that he uses language which goes beyond what a normal politician will use, especially when it comes to women. The use of 142 characters tends to limit the ability to fully express his thoughts. On the other hand it seems that this type of communication resonates with his base and the ordinary men and women of America who voted for him. We may quibble with the content of his message but in many cases he is right on context.

I am also a supporter of his foreign affairs strategy; if that is the one he has chosen. He seems to disparage every previous international agreement; for example he berated NATO and then got members to pay their fair share. On trade, in particular NAFTA he wanted out and then got the partners to agree that some changes have to be renegotiated. He refused to participate in the Paris Climate Agreement, and it seems that he may get the rest of the world to make changes to accommodate the U.S position, which I believe he won’t change. Once again his use of Twitter to make theses pronouncements is a tool to change the conversation to what he wants, and not to what the media wants.

In my view just like the first TV debate was the turning point between Kennedy and Nixon, today social media is the new means of communication that Trump uses to disarm his opponents. Should he stop? In my mind, an empathic –No. Should he change the style? A resounding -Yes. I believe that he should counter punch at every opportunity, on policy  but not on purely personal issues. His favorite tool - Twitter gives him the ability to reach millions of people without resorting to the hostile media.
This presidency has brought some of the most hostile and nasty environment to politics. The delusional left must come to the reality that they lost the last elections, not necessarily because of the Russians, or even Trump, but because of their failed candidate and their failed socialist policies. To continue on a path of ‘Resistance’ instead of doing their job to serve the public, will result in nothing less than further defeat for the Democrats at the ballot box.
Trump’s tweets if used properly and with better vocabulary will defeat the politicians, the media and the vacuous delusional Liberal elite of Hollywood every time.

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