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    Some years go I read a book that reviewed and rated the U.S. presidents. The author used three broad criteria:

    1. Did the president leave the country stronger, in better shape than he found it?
    2. Did the president leave his Party stronger?
    3. Did the president successfully effect his vision for the country, changing the paradigm, our view of ourselves and our place in the world?

    Perhaps the third seems most important, but they are interlocked. It's hard to succeed at #3 if you fail at #2.

    By this rubric FDR was a great president; Jimmy Carter was not. Short term presidents (JFK, Ford) really don't have time to qualify.

    Obama arguably succeeded at #1 (I disagree), but clearly flubbed #2, and because of that, left much of his "legacy" to be undone by his successor.

    Trump isn't done, of course, and it's too soon to make the call. 2018 saw a setback at #2, arguably. Around this point GW Bush may have been rated pretty well, but it fizzled considerably by the time he left office, tarred with unpopular wars and a financial crisis.

    But Trump's on a roll. The economy is "the best in our lifetimes," someone said. And though I believe to a certainty we'll have to endure a downturn before 2024, I hope it will be (more typically) short and sharp. Trade agreements are being rewritten. I believe the one he just signed with China is the first. Our enemies are on notice: red lines really are red lines.

    I believe the beginning of Trump's tenure is very auspicious. If this keeps up, or even close, it's within reach for Trump to be considered the greatest peacetime president in about 200 years. Hmm, that's calls for a re-posting of the screaming-helplessly-at-the-sky pic.



    2020 will certainly be a test.
    • “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions, weakness is pointing your finger at someone else in a time of crisis." — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, blaming Trump.
    • "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, you know, the thing." —Joe Biden, explaining the Creator.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    And the more successful he is, the more the left hates him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    And the more successful he is, the more the left hates him.

    Mark
    Speaking of which, this paean to Trump tees off from a heated rant by James Carville.

    “I think that Trump and Trumpism is the greatest threat this country has faced since the fall of communism. And the only way to deal with it is to defeat it. If Michael Bennet is a Democratic nominee, you’re going do get 55 percent of the popular vote and pick up 55 Senate seats. It will be the end of Trumpism. Trumpism doesn’t have to just be defeated at the polls. It’s got to be decimated. It’s got to look like a beat — it’s got to look like Clemson looked like night. Beat and ready to quit. Michael Bennet is the best choice among any Democrat to accomplish that.”
    It looks like the last decade hasn't been to kind to Old Snakehead, but it hasn't taken the edge off his tongue. Here's what he wrote in his 2009 book Forty More Years / How Democrats will rule the next generation:
    When future historians begin to examine the absolutely disastrous events during the term of President Bush, from massive incompetence to blatant falsehoods and the trampling of the Constitution to the savaging of the good name of the United States around the world, they will look for one of these events. The stealing of the election of 2000 in Florida is going to be a leading qualifier. . . .
    I guess if you drag a two dollar bill through a Cajun swamp you never know what kind of snake will poke his head up.

    Anyway, the "paean" I mentioned makes your point, plus it uses Billy Jingo's new word, "Trumpism":
    James Carville says Trump is the greatest threat to America since the fall of communism. It is easy to laugh away such a declaration, but I think there is an invaluable truth expressed. Trump is as important in stature as the United States' most formidable military and political opponent of the twentieth century. Trumpism as an ideological force has the mass and acceleration of a Soviet Empire that threatened to conquer the world. Nobody speaks about the Bush Doctrine in such terms. Nobody confuses the Obama Doctrine or the Carter Doctrine as projecting that kind of power. Yet here we are, just three years after the election, and somehow the belittled and mocked hotel owner from Queens has stumbled into creating a movement that matches in strength and potency what took Marx, Lenin, and Stalin over a century to perfect. Consider the fear that Carville and his ilk must harbor about what is to come.

    What does he see that makes him tremble so? In a word, greatness.
    The author considers Trump a transformative president, a "change agent":
    The media are blind to the moment, but future historians will see. Almost everything in the public sphere is now defined in relation to Donald Trump.

    He stood on the dais during his inauguration and practically said, "See all these Republicans and Democrats and their great plans for our country? I'm going to destroy them all and burn down most of what they've built since World War II." No wonder both sides joined hands with the Deep State and attempted to do by coup what Hillary could not. Winning the American presidency is one thing, but shining a bright light on what the American government has become is something else entirely.

    Consider how many powerful ideas Donald Trump has cast into the national consciousness. He has exposed both major parties as socialist globalist cults more concerned with government health care and foreign nation-building than a policy for American freedom. He has exposed how free trade can never be free when based on slave labor. He has exposed how the silent destruction of towns across the Midwest came not from China's comparative advantage, but from American companies' use of slavery by proxy. He has redirected investment away from Wall Street and toward Main Street for the first time in over thirty years and has unleashed three decades' worth of pent up entrepreneurial energy in the very towns long deemed dead. He has questioned how the federal government can have any legitimacy if it fails at enforcing its very own immigration laws.

    Not one Nobel laureate imagined this American renaissance of GDP and stock market surge, record-low unemployment, wage growth, and low inflation in one bubbling cauldron. It took a change agent. Not one foreign policy mandarin suggested unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of the American oil man in order to destroy our enemies' power over us permanently. It took a change agent. Not one State Department official questioned why the United States was still subsidizing Europe's generous socialist welfare system seventy years after WWII. It took a change agent. Nobody wondered why we were enriching China at our own expense and preparing for a world where a communist dictator would lead. It took Donald Trump.

    Without worry or apology, Donald Trump stands before the world with a giant mirror, and the world does not like what it sees. At a time when Western governments have found common cause with murderous dictators in demanding limits to free speech and free minds, Donald Trump goes to Poland and excoriates European socialism as the newest iteration of human bondage. He celebrates the very Western civilization that the West now works to bury. More than anyone on the world stage, he argues for individual freedom as the indispensable ingredient for civilization itself and free nations as the essential bulwark against international governance and tyranny. In speech after speech across the globe, he stands alone and pushes back against the weight of history's currents.
    In fairness to the Democrats, they did endorse his confrontation with the Chinese. But they also supported killing terrorists (see Osama). And like border security, which Democrats also used to support, or late term abortions, which Democrats used to oppose, they simply cannot bring themselves to endorse any action that might make someone uncomfortable (except conservatives).

    This (added):
    The world has noticed. It is Donald Trump to whom Nigerian Christians turn for survival from Islamic terror. It is Donald Trump who has strengthened Israel by keeping promises his predecessors lacked the fortitude to see through. It is Donald Trump whose name is often whispered by freedom-fighters in Venezuela, whose American flag is respected by regime protesters in Iran, and whose image is waved by thousands demanding freedom in Hong Kong. Nobody clamoring for freedom is waving pictures of Angela Merkel in the air, but in Hong Kong and Taiwan, a photoshopped image of Donald Trump as Rocky Balboa is easy to find. At a time when the German chancellor argues for limiting free expression, those people most desperate to escape China's yoke see the American president as the only fighter who might help set them free. He is our American president, but he belongs to the world now, too.
    The author, J.B. Shurk, writes that all this is true regardless of what happens next:
    Whether he ultimately succeeds in shifting various equilibriums is irrelevant to his role in history. In victory or defeat, he represents a firm marker against which past and future events will be viewed. What his fiercest adversaries are only now realizing is that Trump has shifted the trajectory of history permanently. He is not operating on their terms; they are all actors in the Trump Era.

    How do you go up against an era? That's like going up against a season. Whether you like it or not, summer and winter are with us. No wonder James Carville is afraid.
    • “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions, weakness is pointing your finger at someone else in a time of crisis." — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, blaming Trump.
    • "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, you know, the thing." —Joe Biden, explaining the Creator.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    This also explains something of why Trump won and at this point, seems likely to win next time. People had had enough of social soothers and ineffectual bureaucrats. They already knew that both party machines were only interested in amassing power - not in seriously improving citizen lives.

    Most Americans regardless of party affiliation simply want to get on with working, having a family, and being free of crime, needless government interference, and all the progressive tribalism wars.

    Trump is a change agent.
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