Two Presidents?

Over the last few days, I have been responding to questions about my support for Trump in the comments section of the most recent post. Both of the exasperated questioners are friends of mine who can’t quite believe that I would support a president whom they (with varying degrees of passion, I think) consider loathsome. It seems that though we share the same citizenship and love of country – to say nothing of our friendships with each other – we have completely different presidents.

Their president is a compulsive liar, an unstable man whose childish antics might be amusing if he didn’t have executive power. He was plainly guilty of abusing his office for political gain and almost certainly has been playing footsie with Putin for years. He’s a bigot whose contempt for the rule of law – and our institutional norms – is as plain as the typeface on The New York Times. His environmental policies may well doom the planet. And he and Mitch McConnell are in the process of hijacking the judicial system.

My president, on the other hand, is a showman who relishes throwing mud right back at those who throw mud at him – but behind his showmanship is a steely will.

Politically, to an exceptional degree, he’s a promise-keeper – whether his promises were to build a wall on the border with Mexico, cut taxes and regulations, get tough with China, strengthen the military and defend our troops while doing his best to avoid new wars, appoint judges who respect the Constitution as written or move our embassy to Jerusalem. By actually doing all these things, he’s created an environment that has helped the rich through a strong stock market and the less well-off through the best job market in modern times. In fact, the less well-off, for whom the Democrats presume to speak, are doing better than they have ever done by any number of objective measures.

My president has stood up against Russian revanchism in ways that Obama did not, by providing Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and cycling American troops through the Baltics. Further, his encouragement of fracking has both made America energy-independent for the first time since the 1960s and dramatically discomfited the Russians, the Iranians and others who really don’t wish us well. The fact that most of the dominant media companies and Democrats in the House tried to get rid of him by alleging improprieties with Russia and Ukraine tells us a great deal more about their infantile and anti-democratic (resist!) desperation than it does about him or his policies. They don’t want to talk about the Bidens’ obvious corruption or about the Obama administration’s spying, but it looks like they’re going to have to when John Durham finishes his work.

My president is no bigot. He’s an America-firster: he thinks it’s us against the world with, crucially, all citizens included in that “us”.  Those who came here – or who would like to come here – in contravention of our laws, not so much.   

(Remind me again which side respects the rule of law…).

Finally, through his sometimes truculent diatribes, my president has punctured the phony pretense of objectivity in the overwhelmingly progressive major media; they are exposed as partisan combatants in our great debates rather than as the impartial reporters they claim to be. The masks are off, which is all to the good in my book: might as well see things for what they are.

Many on the other side hate their president with a blinding passion; I quite like mine. Perhaps eventually their passions will cool, the fog will clear and they’ll begin to see what I do.  Actually, I’m pretty sure of it. After all, we only have one president, and the country is doing better.

M.H. Johnston     

4 comments to Two Presidents?

  • Jeff Mehl  says:

    I’ve FINALLY found someone who can verbalize what I’ve been trying to explain to my ‘Trump-Hating’ friends who can’t understand how I can support such an imperfect individual, and you say it so much better than me! I just quoted it on my Facebook page, giving credit to this blog. Thank you!!.

  • Dennis Paine  says:

    Thank you, Mark.

  • Anonymous  says:

    Hmmmm. Two presidents? Or two reactions to the policies being enacted?
    Are the prosecutors resigning over the Stone case political operatives working against our president? Does Vindman deserve to be prosecuted? Does writing post comments questioning our president get one onto a watch list for possible future repercussions? So many literate and thoughtful people here find reasons to place trust in the man who is our president. Have any of you met him? Done business with him? Or is this support based on analysis and observation aided by the same media you say is irresponsibly biased?

  • M Johnston  says:

    Dear Readers: I unintentionally – and permanently – deleted two or three legitimate (and critical) comments on this post while cleaning up a whole boatload of spam. Sorry.

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