Crossed Wires – Trump and the Problem America has with Islam and Obama
Hand it to “the Donald”… No one in a generation or two, perhaps even going back to FDR in the 1930’s, has mastered the art of media manipulation the way that Donald Trump has done, and with such little effort.
Be it “the wall”, or the “temporary ban”, or the multiple slams against members of the media or his political opponents in both parties, every time the man says something that no one else has the “cajones” to say, the media goes into a hissy-fit and his poll numbers rise and rise and rise, again.
Such a phenomenon is making even the most arrogant media pundits scratch their collective heads, and wonder in bewilderment how this can possibly happen in an America whose thought processes were once believed to be under their strict and presumptive control.
The short answer is that they just don’t get it- “they” meaning the Obama Administration, the Democratic National Committee, the Democrat candidates for president, the Republican National Committee, most of the Republican candidates for president, both the Republican and Democrat leadership in the U.S. House and Senate, and most of the media including Fox News who are ALL screaming about Donald Trump’s latest proposal to delay Muslim immigration TEMPORARILY until we can improve our procedures for screening Muslim immigrants and visitors, alike.
This can only mean one thing….they are all deathly afraid that the man can win the Republican nomination and win the election…..and here is what they don’t seem to get.
Often in the course of history, Americans have often elected a president as a direct result of, and in absolutely polar opposition to, his immediate predecessor.
In 1920, Americans were fed up with Woodrow Wilson’s internationalism and, realizing the futility of our entry into Europe’s “Great War”, elected a Republican isolationist, one Warren G. Harding, who ran on a simple platform of returning to “normalcy”. While the term was coined at the time, and never really cogently defined, Americans knew what he meant and he was swept into the White House by a substantial margin.
In 1932, Americans were fed up with Republican Herbert Hoover’s laissez-faire approach to the Great Depression, and elected a progressive Democrat who promised a “New Deal”, one Franklin D. Roosevelt, despite warnings that much of what FDR advocated was socialism, bordering on bolshevism.
In 1952, Americans were fed up with Democrat Harry Truman and his “police action” taking place in Korea, which was costing tens of thousands of American lives with little to show for it, and elected a Republican “non-politician”, one Dwight D. Eisenhower, who promised to go to Korea and end the stalemate.
In 1960, Americans were fed up with the bland and blasé Republican Eisenhower administration, and elected a Democrat with movie star good looks who promised to “get America moving again”, one John F. Kennedy, who spoke of a “new frontier”, which sounded exciting as America entered the 1960s.
In 1968, Americans were fed up with the Democrats JFK-LBJ war in Viet Nam and its domestic backlash here at home, and elected Republican Richard Nixon, who supposedly spoke for the “great silent majority” of Americans who wanted this country to return to a time and place where such upheaval did not exist.
In 1976, Americans were fed up with Nixonian corruption and Republican Gerald Ford’s pardon of his predecessor, and summarily elected an unknown Democrat, one Jimmy Carter, who ran on a promise to tell the truth.
In 1980, Americans were fed up with the fecklessness and incompetence of Jimmy Carter’s lack of effective response to Iranian Revolutionaries who had kidnapped American hostages, and elected Republican Ronald Reagan who ran on a platform touting a “New Beginning for America”.
In 1992, Republican George Bush was turned out of office, by a combination of baby boomers who sought the election of one of their own, aided and abetted by a third-party run by Bush’s nemesis, H. Ross Perot, and that is how Democrat Bill Clinton got elected.
In 2000, Americans were fed up with corruption in the Clinton White House, and weary of Clinton’s womanizing ways, and elected Republican George W. Bush, a born-again, religious man whose marriage and family life more equated the values of Middle America.
In 2008, Americans were fed up with Republican Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, with the help of an adoring media who failed to properly vet the unknown “outsider”, elected Democrat Barack Obama president.
Approaching 2016, America finds itself fed up with Barack Obama and his insistence that radical Islam is not the problem associated with terrorism, here in the United States, and across much of the world. Americans are fed up with a politically-correct mantra of not offending anyone- be they illegal immigrants from Mexico, or radical Muslims coming here from the Middle East, when most Americans know, even in their own silence for fear of being labeled a “bigot”, that open borders and lack of proper screening of Muslim refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East, pose the potential of great peril for our own national security…
…and into that void enters a man who is not afraid to say what many Americans, admittedly or not, are thinking- “We need to seal our borders and we need to arrive upon the means by which we can better screen immigrants from countries and cultures who wish us harm”- one Donald Trump. Donald Trump is nothing, if not a man of the times in which he exists, and the all-American antidote to a feckless and cowardly apologist for Islamic extremism, one Barack Hussein Obama. He is (or seems to be) to Obama, what Harding was to Wilson, what FDR was to Hoover, what Eisenhower was to Truman, what Kennedy was to Eisenhower, what Nixon was to JFK-LBJ, what Carter was to Nixon and Ford, what Reagan was to Carter, what Bill Clinton was to the elder Bush, what the younger Bush was to Clinton, and what Obama, himself, was once to the younger Bush….and yet…
…they still just don’t get it !
-Drew Nickell, 11 December 2015
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