I usually don’t give up anything for Lent but this year I made an exception. Many of my readers, lately, have complained that I was too negative on Donald Trump - some even accused me of being “unhinged”. To give everyone a respite, I decided to give up criticizing the president for Lent - a much tougher task than I realized. Nevertheless, the self-imposed censorship has turned out to be extremely positive. The fighting with my readers has virtually disappeared. It has forced me to broaden my horizons and that has led me to joining the #YangGang (I will be writing more on this subject). It has also forced me to find positive aspects of the Trump presidency besides saving the country from the Hillary Clinton. One such aspect is ending the Reagan Era in Republican politics.
If Senator Sasse was really interested in saving the lives of viable babies, he would not have introduced such a narrow bill. He would have introduced legislation that required the delivery of a fetus once it reaches viability. If fetus is able to live outside the womb (albeit with medical assistance), the argument that a woman has the right to control her body is moot. The pro-choice argument “her body, her choice” no longer applies since her body is no longer needed. Instead, Sasse opted for virtual signaling and, unfortunately, pro-lifers followed his lead and basked in perceived moral superiority while denouncing the “evil baby killing pro-aborts” who opposed the bill.
Whether Donald Trump will face impeachment or be allowed to hobble along until the end of his term, also doesn’t matter. The Mueller investigation has successfully blocked the populist agenda he ran on. It has forced Trump into becoming another conventional Republican president bragging about tax cuts, military spending and Wall Street getting richer. The bold talk about draining the swamp and returning power to the people has been replaced with advocating for regime change in Venezuela. The status quo has re-established its firm grip on Washington while Trump is busily trying to fool his supporters into believing that bollard fencing paid by our taxes is the same as a concrete wall paid by Mexico.
Carlson exhibits a very nascent understanding of the situation. He criticizes not the MAGA agenda but the failure of its primary messenger at implementing it. Further, he rightly recognizes that the president, his administration and the MAGA movement have faced tremendous opposition right from election night two years ago. As it became clear that the procession of Hillary Clinton from Democratic nominee to president-elect had been stopped, forces on both sides of the proverbial aisle, whether conspiring or Democrats taking an active and Republicans a passive role, “withdrew into a defensive crouch,” as Carlson put it, to oppose the new administration’s agenda.
But seriously, a Justice should not just be able to disappear for months and all the public gets is statements from family members. Given RBG's history of bouts with cancer, including the recent removal of cancerous material from her lungs—likely the metastasis of her previous bouts with either pancreatic and colon cancer—it is not an unreasonable request from either the President or the Republican Senate to require a visit with Ginsburg by a medical doctor of Republicans’ choosing if she is a no show this Tuesday.
In other words, for Trump to have a successful presidency he needed to cast aside the populists, nationalists or the very voters that provided his margin of victory. Generally, presidents seeking re-election work to expand their base, not contract it or create a completely different coalition, especially when the new coalition requires winning voters that have consistently shunned the GOP. Apparently, Trump bought into the strategy suggested by Scaramucci - no doubt with the help of Princess Ivanka. A few days after the interview was aired, Steve Bannon left the White House and the “forgotten man” was forgotten again.