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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

When you've lost Ann Coulter...

She wrote a book called "In Trump We Trust", yet she nowadays is only one tweet away from asking for his impeachment:
It was four nights after Coulter had aimed a bitter Twitter blast at the 45th president of the United States—who had complained last Friday, after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained generous funding for liberal social and cultural programs favored by Democrats, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but zero dollars for his vaunted wall, that he would never do such a thing again.
“Yeah, because you’ll be impeached,” Coulter had tweeted to her 1.94 million followers, one of whom is Trump. (Later during the debate, she repeated a report that the president was seriously considering vetoing the spending legislation, but after White House chief of staff John Kelly explained that such a veto would mean missing his planned weekend at Mar-a-Lago, Trump said “f--- it!” and signed the bill instead.)

Of course, it is not easy to defend Trump and yet be coherent with any system of thought, if we can be kind enough to call her Nativism as such, given Trump is so erratic a thinker (again, I am very kind). It is then no surprise she nowadays hedges like this:

“I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,”

Well, I can't quite agree the man is lazy - he could be spending all of his time in Mar-a-Lago,  like any other good Floridian retiree, yet he is out there making the biggest reality show we've ever seen. No, lazy he is not.

At least Mrs. Coulter, sad as she is because that Wall keeps not coming, can still keep her sense of humor:
So you are in favor of giving the president a spanking?” Long quipped—the night’s only reference, and a veiled one at that, to the Stormy Daniels situation.
At which Coulter laughed and said, “I do not remind him of his daughter!”



6 comments:

Bret said...

Clovis wrote: "...it is not easy to defend Trump and yet be coherent with any system of thought..."

Hillary is not president.

Clovis e Adri said...

At this point, does it make any difference? It is all very farcical.

Bret said...

Any difference? Of course. Given a butterfly deciding whether or not to flap its wings (Lorenz effect) changes the entire world and beyond, things are certainly at least that different given Trump instead of Hillary.

Is the US better off because of Trump? For some yes, for others no - there's always winners and losers for every set of policies, actions, attitudes, etc.

Is it farcical? Well, I've said that Trump has made me laugh more than the rest of the presidents in my lifetime combined (and he's barely made it through a year!) so I agree it's farcical. And humorous!

But I'm glad Trump is president instead of Hillary precisely because it's farcical. Even beyond the laughter he's brought me.

I think too many people have, until now, believed that the government is far more competent and effective and far less corrupt than it actual is. Far, far, far, far, fewer people look at this government under Trump and say, "Oh yeah, government is wonderful and competent and effective and honest and ..." In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a single person who believes that!

Sure, some still say, "well, once we get rid of Trump it'll all go back to being wonderful" but I think a lot of people are now questioning the benefits versus the costs of big government and thinking perhaps limiting government a bit might not be such a bad thing.

And I like that very much. At least so far. Yeah, the world might come crashing down because of Trump, but I'm not sure how long it would've lasted under progressive leading the way either.

Clovis e Adri said...

Bret,

You mean, after a XXth century marked by figures like Hitler, Stalin, and all sorts of small minded dictators around the world, it is Mr. Trump the one to finally wake us all up to the perils of big govt?

Pretty awesome. Is there anything the man can’t do?

Bret said...

Clovis,

I think that in America, a "kinder, gentler" socialism via big government has been embraced for a long time based on the belief that government folk (especially bureaucrats) would be tolerably competent and not too terribly corrupt (nobody ever expected perfection). This is simply different than Hitler and Stalin and the rest, but as Hayek asserts in "The Road to Serfdom" can end up in much the same place.

And just to be clear, Mr. Trump didn't wake us ALL up. Some of us were well aware and others can't be woken no matter what. He's only woken some of us.

Clovis e Adri said...

Bret,

I was just being ironic - because even that option, Trump as a wake up call to some, is IMHO just another farcical aspect of it all, another bit of rationalization in order to justify what you can't.

You don't need to burn the house to prove that it is not fireproof.