CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 2, 2017 — Judging from the response of media analysts and polls of American citizens, President Trump’s address to the Joint Session of Congress was a success.
Some experts say that Trump has changed, that he has at long last became President Trump. Others say that he hasn’t changed at all; the tone and delivery may have been in keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, but the message was not. Those who say he changed didn’t pay attention.
Whatever the truth is, Trump is certain to become the most thoroughly analyzed president in history. Much of that comes from the simple fact that those who buy into the Trump-has-changed school of thought still do not understand where the president is coming from.
If they don’t get it by now, they may never figure it out, regardless of polls and expert analysis.
In many ways, mainstream media react to Donald Trump much the same as they do to Islam. But all it takes is a little research to find answers that are staring journalists right in the face.
If the Koran is the primary guidebook for how a Muslim should live his life, then it makes sense that reading and understanding that book should provide the basic information you need to understand fundamentalist Islam.
Trump did the same thing in “The Art of the Deal.” His ideas, philosophies, and methods of conducting business are laid out there, and they describe precisely how he will function as president.
Perhaps the media’s aversion to President Trump is that they still cannot accept the fact that, for the most part, the president is doing exactly what he said he would do. There are and will be bumps and diversions, but so far Trump ranks high on the trustworthy meter compared to other administrations.
This raises one major question that no one has answered yet. It is a given that Trump’s opposition is apoplectic about the man and the fact that he occupies the White House. Nor is it any secret that many people who voted for Trump would have preferred a choice other than Hillary Clinton.
Pulling the lever for Trump was never a lesser of two evils choice; it was a last ditch effort to save the country from liberal policies. Donald Trump was the only choice.
Trump has only been in office for five weeks; his negatives are high because they were already skyrocketing when he took office. He remains a novice in the job. He is still trying to find all the doors in the Oval Office and his cabinet is still being cross-examined by congress.
So why are so many Americans so adamantly opposed to Trump that they sometimes won’t even talk to family members who voted for him? Divorces, broken friendships in both the real world and social media world, strangers on a plane refusing to sit next to someone they think may have voted for Trump are all commonplace.
Why? It makes no sense.
In the eight years of the Obama administration, the country became as divided as it has been since the Civil War. As his final year in office came to a close, it seemed that not a day that went by when the president did not misrepresent the truth or lie to the American people. When natural disasters struck or terrorist attacks hit other countries, Obama was more likely to head to the golf course or a fund raiser to attend rather than focus on his office.
When natural disasters struck or terrorist attacks hit other countries, the impression was that President Obama was more likely to head to the golf course or a fund raiser to attend rather than reaching out to the nation.
Our other choice last November, Hillary Clinton, was much the same. She lied about Benghazi. She set up a foundation that made her family wealthy based upon a massive but inaccurate resume that predicted she would be the first female president in this country.
Clinton has been a divisive lightning rod since the day she became the First Lady, throughout her New York senate position and particularly as the secretary of state where the question of her global influence selling became a negative element of her presidential campaign.
Through all of Mrs. Clinton’s positions in “service” to our country, she made certain that her interests were served first and foremost.
Given that track record as compared with a man who understands business and has had personal dealings on an international scale, if not diplomatically, at least corporately, why would so many people continue to insist that the status remain quo? That trying something new to right the course of America is so anathema?
The United States is never going to be right on every issue. But every American knows, or should know, that when this country is strong, the world is safer and quality of life is better around the globe.
If you want to go live in the ashes of a scorched and burned America, feel free. I’ll take my chances by rebuilding and hoping for the best.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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