CHARLOTTE, NC, January 23, 2018: Mentioning that Donald Trump is brash, unorthodox, crude, undignified and thin-skinned is the ultimate redundancy.
On the other hand, there is a flip side to that coin that strikes at the heart of why so many people on both sides of the political aisle have difficulty adjusting to Mr. Trump’s erratic methods of governing.
Washington’s governing style
For decades Democrats have used scare tactics, misinformation, spin and a left-leaning media to fight their battles and win votes among various minority groups seeking government handouts for just about any cause, perceived or otherwise.
Not that the Republicans have been much better, but the difference is they haven’t been in charge for as long.
The Trump Card governing style
Enter Donald Trump, a street fighter by nature, who does not play by the rules and chooses to engage his opponents using their own playbook.
Suddenly, the shoe is on the other foot and the writers of the rules don’t like to be beaten at their own game.
Donald Trump has officially been in office for a year. Next week he heads to Capitol Hill to deliver his first State of the Union address. The pundits will call it the most important speech of his presidency. Republicans will stand and applaud while Democrats sit on their hands.
Trump’s comments will be rosy and positive and the press will count the number of inaccuracies.
Nothing will change.
The rhetoric will continue on both sides for a day and then Washington will return to doing what it does best, talking much and accomplishing little.
Democrats lose the government shut down play
The government shutdown is now officially over. From most reports, this time the Democrats felt the brunt of being on the losing side. Meaning, of course, that Donald Trump can, and will, toot his own horn on Twitter which will serve to further raise his opposition’s hackles.
Could it be however, that as the comedian and conservative speaker Evan Douglas Sayet expresses,
“through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ‘s first wartime president in the Culture War.”
Republicans have been in second-place for so long, they have forgotten how to play the game. Perhaps what the “Never Trumpers” really dislike about Trump’s tactics is that they resemble those of their opponents. They cannot accept the president’s methods, even though they are effective much of the time.
The Trump Card: A governing strategy that wins
That is not to say that such strategies are particularly appealing, but it does follow the philosophy that “in order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.” In that sense, it is good that Trump refuses to back down.
All too often in the past, Republicans have stuck their heads between their legs to slink into the shadows and await their next defeat.
Benghazi: Americans have short political memories.
How quickly we forget the scene in the airport hangar when President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi to their families in front of flag-draped coffins by blaming a YouTube video.
Democrats governing over Islam
What about the never-ending apologies for Islamic terrorism following virtually every attack by extremists throughout the world? Usually, those assaults were followed by inaction.
When Obama finally did take the microphone his response was always the same standard pap about hunting down the perpetrators until they paid for their crimes.
The list goes on with far too many examples to cite. Like Donald Trump’s Tweets or not, he is reaching the people. Even as he is being forced to circumvent a media that distorts even the most minuscule acts by the administration.
Evan Douglas Sayet on Patton
“General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.”
Sometimes you just need a maverick to take charge. Distasteful as Trump may be at times, he is not afraid to fight back. Nor does he back down against heavy odds.
The country may not like his style, but until Republicans adopt more contemporary ways of governing, rather than remaining card-carrying members of the “good-ole-boys club” that defines Washington, nothing is going to change for the better.
Barack Obama governing out of the Rules for Radicals
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals.” It was Barack Obama’s guide through the eight years of his presidency. It would have been Hillary Clinton’s primary source of action as well.
Alinsky wrote that “the most powerful weapon of all” is ridicule. If Obama and Clinton were able to use ridicule, as in Clinton calling Trump supporters “deplorables”, then why can’t Trump?
You have to be a cynic to enjoy the political sniping and backstabbing in Washington and the media today. On the other hand, there comes a time when realistically you have to accept that it isn’t going to change.
When you attempt to deal honestly with an opponent who refuses to live up to his word, the only thing to do is to fight back using their own methods.
A new Republican Backbone: The Trump Card
After 50 long years, the Republicans finally have someone with a backbone thick enough to challenge the Left. Donald Trump may be incompatible with the way most Americans believe statesmanship should be conducted. But at the very least he is fighting fire with fire.
Perhaps it’s time for Trump’s own party to learn some lessons before it is too late.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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