1. The Syrian strike reveals that Trump’s response, even to ghastly attacks, is a firm “just enough.” I compare it to smacking a dog’s nose with a newspaper, or spanking an unruly child in aisle 3 of Walmart. It’s not an act of war. It’s an act of “Yo, we’re back.” It’s a message that our diplomacy has more muscle than simply shrugging disapprovingly while checking Tinder. Hillary would do, and wanted to do, the same thing. You can damn Trump for changing his mind, but you would have damned him for doing the opposite.
There are two ways to explain the Syria strike. You can explain what happened: “Missiles hit a facility.” Or you can explain what it means: “This strike is exactly the perfunctory minimum we will perform to maintain a persona of resolute toughness without igniting an actual conflict with people we’re perhaps on the same side with when fighting ISIS.” That’s all it is — the comfortable middle ground between the impotence of doing nothing and the hysteria of escalation. Yes, America, you elected a centrist.
2. Pragmatism prevails, as was predicted by many who refuse to give in to apocalyptic notions about Trump. Even an oddball like me knew this: The guy is a non-ideological technocrat who is willing to shift gears to clobber the conspiratorial, transient opinions of his sweatiest ideological henchmen when hard facts enter the room. There are consequences: Principles of yore are obliterated by the bait-and-switch pragmatism that pulls leaders toward the center. But it happens in both parties, in every cycle.
Side note to righties: if you find yourself deceived by Trump and stuck idling in a conservative cul de sac — that’s your fault. New Yorkers always talk tough, then become “flexible.” But your naiveté is sweet. It beats looking phony after deriding “squishies” and “cucks” or whatever self-appointed bouncers of the Right tweet between laundry runs — only to defend Trump’s centrism later.
3. Economic nationalism will also show itself out, as global deals and coalitions call for cooperation. The world’s top dog, like it or not, should say “me first.” But “me” means the whole thirsty world gets a drink, because sooner or later, all bad things make their way to us, as all our good things make their way to them. You can’t isolate yourself in a phone booth. Just make your home safer, and then invite friends in.
At the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get ’em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters. Trump’s attorneys sought to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. But Hale noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”
Trump and his team will undoubtedly dismiss this latest example as yet another activist judge who is out to get him. But yet again, they are forced into the position of saying that Trump’s words shouldn’t be taken at face value — that he didn’t mean what he actually, literally said.
I’ve argued before that this is a completely unworkable standard when it comes to the media’s coverage of Trump. It allows Trump team members to retroactively downgrade whatever they want to, while leaving the good stuff intact — essentially a Get Out of Jail Free card they can redeem anytime they want to.
But while Trump’s supporters have certainly bought into that arrangement, the courts have yet again proved unwilling to grant the president that Get Out of Jail Free card.
Jesus, what a bullsh!t article that is! LOL!
Trump has said some mind blowing things, I’ll admit that. But not every word that comes out of his mouth is as horrible, negative, and damaging as these people think they are! Seriously, these people are so sensitive I can’t figure out how they survive day to day life. They must need a lot of baby powder and lube.
“Get ’em out of here” is inciting violence?! Are you serious?! Telling his security detail to remove disruptive protesters is inciting violence? There isn’t enough play dough and coloring books on Earth to take care of these people.
Yeah… so like I said earlier, I clearly woke up in a parallel universe this morning.
It began last night, and I woke up to it this morning 1000 fold. Meryl Streep said something on TV and it wasn’t nice, about Donald Trump.
This morning, everyone everywhere is talking about it. My RSS feeds are nothing but Streep and Trump’s response. The news people are all about it.
When did her opinion become important?
Really, when did any of these people become more important than the rest of the USA? When did they become important at all?
I don’t care about their whining about moving to Canada, or how they want the electoral college done away with, or how this one is racistsexistislamaphoictransphobicblahblahblah. And no, I don’t care about the two “conservative” celebrities who were glaring at her, either.
We all have an opinion. That includes celebrities. Their opinions may be a little more public than ours, but that doesn’t make them any more important. These people have a career of playing rolls in movies or creating music of various degrees of worth. But we as a society have decided to make people famous for stupid things, and then we worship them like gods.
Now, I could go into the whole history of how at one point actors were looked down upon like the scum of the Earth and any number of other things, but those days are long gone. There is no point in bringing that into the argument since we now have people who are so unfulfilled in their own lives that they feel they must live vicariously through and take direction from celebrities.
I just want to point out that the entire country is what matters. Celebrities don’t write law, pick our politicians, or shape our nation. They just yell the loudest. And that alone does not make their opinion more important than yours or anyone else. Personally, I’m tired of hearing what celebrities have to say about anything, and I don’t care if those celebrities are liberal or conservative. I don’t care.
The rest of us chose our politicians. We chose our president – without the help of California that I really hope does leave the country – and we chose our house and senate. All three are not liberal. Regardless of how much they whine about the president, the house and senate are not liberal, either. So the people have spoken. And in the USA, the people are the most important voices. Yes, that includes celebrities… inside the ballot box. Beyond that, their opinion is no more or less important than anyone else. It’s just that when you say something or tweet something, it doesn’t make my RSS feed.
Can we please, as a nation, stop worshiping celebrities as gods? They aren’t. They are overpaid for a job they do, and not always well. They aren’t as special as they think they are, and we need to stop encouraging them.
P.S. Mr. Trump… you need to stop caring about what they say, too. We chose you. Let them whine. Laugh, and move on.