President Fail: Bidding Good Riddance to Barack Obama.

The twentieth of January is upon us, the end of a four-year cycle. This means that later today, the USA will have a new chief executive. Many people are looking forward to the forth-coming installation, either with gladness or grief, but for me the day holds one flicker of eager anticipation: the end of the reign of President Barack Obama. As he leaves office, there are so many retrospectives already written that go into the details of his eight years, both critical and in praise of; I won’t do that here. What I will do is openly reflect on what the Obama’s Presidency has meant to me, as well as give what few general highlights important enough to mention from his misbegotten management.

When Barack Obama was inaugurated, I didn’t feel grief-stricken nor celebratory. Though I wasn’t a supporter, I did have an appreciation for the historicity of the first non-white President taking office. I think many were, at least in some small way, desirous of this, even if (like myself) one didn’t think race added much to one’s inherent qualifications. For the most part, it was a bit like routing for an underdog football team, and for no other reason than that a win for them would mean more than for a perennial victor. Still, beyond this was the whispered promise that his election and leadership might deliver something towards making race in the U.S. more insignificant. This was tantalizing, to have a national catharsis of racial grievance, allowing the American people to move past the pain of the past and start viewing each other as individuals rather than groups. I don’t know exactly how much hope I held for this, but I was open to its possibility. Undoubtedly, believing such an idea was encouraged in the Obama camp. However, I certainly didn’t predict Obama being the active participant in furthering racial polarization that he turned out to be. Call it naivety, but I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

In addition to Obama’s failure on being (as Colin Powell put it) a “transformative figure” for the country, the achievements of the Obama administration are abhorrent. Because he was too weak a President to work within the existing legal structures, and since his lack of humility precluded his working with the loyal opposition to hammer out any real compromises, most of his legacy was written on an etch-a-sketch rather than chiseled in stone. That which will survive Obama’s Presidency is the damage he’s caused. He matched the worst recession since the 1920’s with the worst recovery since the same, and this while he held all the cards of government. He played fast a loose with the law, illicitly rewriting passed legislation and ruling through executive fiat. He politicized departments of the executive, such as the Justice Department and the IRS, becoming the reality of what was feared under Nixon. He illegally expanded the powers of the Presidency, setting precedent that he now passes to incoming President Trump and any successors. With his party, he greatly increased the authority of the federal government over the ordinary citizen, taking decision-power out of their hands in unprecedented ways. He doubled the national debt, enlarging it to such an extent that it now exceeds our own GDP. He engineered the US’s decline in the world, emboldening our enemies while discouraging our allies. He squandered our military victories abroad, birthing new threats, leaving a world on fire for his lack of steadfast leadership. He crusaded against nuns and people of conscience while praising and coddling murderous dictators. His administration was fraught with incompetence and scandal. He leaves behind a government more corrupt, life more difficult and expensive, and the citizenry less free. And in a seeming farewell rebuke, he is pardoning and commuting the sentences of as many rapists, terrorists, traitors, and murderers as he thinks prudent, unleashing them upon us and the world. One would almost think that this was his way of rewarding a country for failing to grasp his dubious splendor.

The reason for the almost complete fiasco of Obama is a doctrinal one. If a computer has faulty programming, it can only produce error. Obama’s blind faith to progressive philosophy, beliefs that proceed from false premises and lack of understanding, guaranteed that he would repeatedly miss the mark. However, like a bad factory machine left unrestrained to churn out monstrosity, he continued as planned, sure that the results he wanted would come despite failure being his constant companion. For as weak as Obama was, his political adversaries were still weaker and could not, or would not, stop him. In Obama we have a superlative example of the terrible nexus of confidence and incompetence demonstrated in the way that only power can tell.

I don’t know how the eye of history will judge the Obama administration. Who can know what historians will dispassionately record when distanced from a contemporary media and academia that are determined to make the first black US President a resounding success, even if they must change the English language to do so? Nevertheless, this is my epitaph for the Presidency of Barack Obama: few US Presidents (perhaps none) were swept into power with higher approval, well-wishing, and (dare I say) hope; and no other President failed as badly to justify his people’s faith in him as did he. Obama leaves the USA and the world worse off for his inept stewardship than when he came in, by every estimation that matters. I can’t say that I’m glad to see him go; glad’s not the right word. I mourn the fact that he ever was President. His absence is welcome, but can never truly compensate for all the mischief he’s made in this country. The Trump Presidency’s history has yet to be written, but Barack Hussein Obama is leaving the bar for an American President so very low that it will be a challenge for Trump to fall beneath it. Time will tell if Trump meets that challenge or not.

 

– Ryan Thorson

Streep Fighter vs The Twitter Warrior

Did anyone catch Meryl Streep’s speech last night? Donald Trump certainly did! His tweeted response was typical Trump fair: attack them personally, link them to your political opponent, deny the charges, remind the audience that Trump is a winner, attack the media, etc. Well, without unpacking Streep’s whole speech, here are a few thoughts on it. ‪
It was enevitable that the left, and its propaganda arm in Hollywood, was going to find something not to like in a Republican President. This would have been the case whether the occupant was the walking faux-pas that is Trump or the less flawed Marco Rubio. That being said, it is disingenuous, bordering on the ridiculous, for Trump to pretend that Streep had no point. Trump did poke a little fun at a certain reporter’s disability. He told his rally audience, “You gotta see this guy,” and then begin flailing his arms around in mockery of this person’s particular affliction. Hey, he can do that if he wants to; he’s breaking no law! If Trump wants to establish new heights for the avant-garde of sticking-it-to-the-establishment by bucking their stupid rules about not attacking weaker people, he can. Seems a silly crusade, but ok. However, he shouldn’t lie about it, especially when the reality is so obvious to anybody with access to YouTube. Also, the PEOTUS shouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people, even Hollywood types, find his particular form communication troubling. If Donald is a little ashamed or embarrassed by what he did, he should try apologizing. However, at least be man about it.

As for Streep’s other concerns, not everything was objectionable, at least on its face. Besides her plea for civility from those in power, she called for the need of a “principled press” to hold power to account while making an authority appeal to the Constitution. What’s to disagree with? The President does need to be accountable to the Constitution, and held to account by a watchdog press (lately playing Obama’s lapdog). Assuming I disagreed, don’t even vapid liberal actors, who are as far removed from regular people as Michael Moore is from a salad, have just as much right to use their particular platform to advocate for their beliefs as anyone else does?

There is one issue, however, regarding the Golden Globes editorial that deserves addressing: consistency. I must have missed the time that Ms. Streep showed concern for the Constitution and an independent press when Barack Obama was ruling through executive fiat and having his Justice Department conduct raids on reporters who were investigating his administrations various scandals. For some reason, that didn’t seem to bother Meryl, or at least she didn’t use her fame then to criticize the President on some of the more troubling abuses of his authority. Don’t misunderstand me. It’s nice to hear from all these born-again federalists! Welcome to the party! However, it is noteworthy that when a more favorable tyranny was being perpetrated by one from her own political persuasion, Streep saw fit to not speak out.

There are many areas that Donald Trump is and will be deserving of critique. Certainly, Streep’s performance was only one of many salvos yet to come from the S.S. Tinseltown. Yet, until Streep and her class of actors-cum-political gurus address and apologize for 8 years of turning a blind eye to the violation of the principles they now seem to have whole-heartedly embraced, they’ll have zero credibility. Their criticisms will fall on deaf ears, persuading no one that doesn’t already agree. Good thing for her, credibility or persuasion isn’t what Streep’s after, nor Martin Sheen, nor any number of celebrities that have been popping up to do insipid and homogeneous political ads. Rather, what they want is to signal to their pals, other vapid Hollywood actors, to say “Look at me! I’m a good person!” Well, to that I’d say, “Mission accomplished!” Be satisfied, because you’ll have little else. I still loved Streep in Julie & Julia, however!

-Ryan Thorson
**UPDATE***

New info has come to my attention that Trump wasn’t mocking the aforementioned man’s disability. Though the video on its own with Trump’s words seemed pretty clear, I have to admit that this time I got it wrong.

New President, Same Problems, Same Bad Solutions.

Well, it’s official. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. The electoral votes have been certified and the 2016 election is over. So what does this mean? Well, apart from the fact that there’ll be fewer political ads, not much.

For those (both hopeful and lamenting) expecting that Trump will usher in the Fourth Reich, you will be disappointed/relieved. For those hoping for substantive change in the way of reducing the power of the federal government over the lives ordinary citizens, for a new age of fiscal and personal responsibility, and for a renaissance of the Constitution and the ascendency of individual liberty over group entitlements, you also will quickly be disabused of such ridiculous notions.

The ensconced brokers of power are all still there, playing the same game, taking and giving nothing back. Zilch will be done about the problem of government, it’s just that the infernal machine will get a new pair of hands, pulling the levers that control our lives. Donald will do his deals with the ruling class, but don’t be surprised if you won’t be favorably included in them. The age of Trump will be not unlike the age of Obama. We will have a President who respects the application of power, not necessarily the traditions of the country nor the limitations of law. The President wants what he wants, and he’ll get it legally, if he can, but he’ll get it.

High on the Trump agenda will be some kind of a infrastructure bill, spending a lot of money that we don’t have, and doing as little good as when Obama tried it. Also, the Trump daughter’s pet entitlement program will be passed, another permanent leech on an already desiccated budget. And lest we forget, Trump will get his tariffs, which are the political equivalent of threatening to slit your own throat if your opponent doesn’t play fair. How would you like to pay four times the price you currently pay for your iPhone? Who wouldn’t?

In the end, the federal government will expand its power, balloon its debt, adversely affect commerce, and hope that the generation that pays the piper for all this can handle it while also funding our retirements. At $200 trillion in unfunded mandates and counting, I wish the little tykes luck!

Very little of any substance will change under this new regime. The car is still careening towards the cliff, only this time it’s the Democrat’s turn to feel bad about it. 2016 is the year the right officially un-friended the truth in exchange for the same feels-driven politics we used to criticize the left for. I imagine, the results will be just as spectacular.

If you are looking for real solutions to any of these existential national problems, you won’t find them in a President nor anywhere in DC. Too many voters and even leaders are too unprincipled and too uneducated about the issues to change any of this. And of those left who know better, they are more desirous of being a part of power than making tough choices that could save the US for future generations. The solution will have to come from the sovereign states.

For the people of Texas, we had better decide quickly whether it’s better to be a sad witness to a enormous car-crash or a passenger in that careening car. That cliff is getting closer each day, the steering is locked, and the breaks don’t work. Texas has everything it needs to be a successful independent nation including the legal right. Now it remains to be seen if we have the will and courage to act. We don’t have much time left to vacillate on this. Either we crash and burn or we tuck and roll.

-Ryan Thorson

One More Lecture From Monsignor Obama: Trumpies and Russians and Hackers, OH MY!

Today, we received another preachy press conference (thank heaven there’s not many more of these!) from outgoing POTUS Barack Obama. His focus was, of course, the current assement that Russian hacking was intended to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump.

The Russian hacking situation is bad, and everyone should be concerned, but besides saying “Knock it off!” what did Obama do about it? Last time I checked, Obama’s still President, but his standard operating procedure seems to be talk as if somebody else is. While speaking on what few positive accomplishments happened during his administration as if he personally took charge of every aspect, he likewise seemed to act like none of the negative aspects were ever his fault; he found out about every disaster first through the news and he condemns each scandal from his administration like he’s a critical outside voice standing in judgement rather than the guy running the show! The positive side of this is that his retirement should be an easy rhetorical adjustment.

He’s right that the hacking situation is disturbing, but the hack of a political party is not the same as a hack of the government nor the same as an attempt to stuff ballots. Also, in addition to Obama not taking decisive action when the hacking occurred and culprit identified, he wasn’t so “prime-directive” when he sent money and personnel to try to unseat Israeli PM Netanyahu, nor when he attempted to influence the Brexit with threats against trade relations, nor other attempts to influence elections in Canada & South America.  Additionally, and more to the point, Obama didn’t seem in the slightest concerned with the millions in foreign donations that found their way into HRC’s war chest in an attempt to influence both candidate and election!

Although I’m not too hopeful for anything substantially good out of the Trump administration, I am very much looking forward to the end of the sanctimonious Obama administration. He talked a good game, but in the end, he diminished the USA, drove up the debt and unemployment, drove people further apart, a left a world on fire. I don’t have the stomach to hear him any longer. I can’t wait till these hypocrites are gone, and we have, at least, fresher and newer hypocrites!

– Ryan Thorson

Romney Apology to Trump, If I Were Writing it!

(Photo: Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_6)

Rumors of a Romney apology to Trump, the price of his being put forward as the nominee for Secretary of State, circulate in the ether of the internet. What he’ll actually say, if anything, is a matter of conjecture. Romney made a lot of scathing accusations of Trump! How do you take back those statements made with such seeming earnestness and still hold any credibility? Well, this is my approach. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Romney apology that should be. Enjoy!

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press. Thank you for your kind attention today. As you know, over the last several days, there has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of me filling the Secretary of State slot in a new Trump administration. Certainly, it is well known that I have been meeting with Mr. Trump lately, and this possibility has been discussed. However, the President elect has requested that before a formal offer of the Secretary position can be made, I must first issue an apology for my criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign. After giving this a fair amount of consideration, I have the following Statement.

 

In the fog of the 2016 campaign, I made several critical remarks of Donald Trump. I said that he wasn’t a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan.1 I also said that that his business successes were exaggerated, his policy prescriptions were flimsy, his foreign policy ideas were ridiculous and discriminatory.1 Should he become President, I said, his economic policies would lead to recession. Additionally, I claimed that dishonesty was his hallmark, and that bullying, greed, braggadocio, misogyny, and third-grade theatrics marked his personal character.1 I said all things, and many others still, but I think you get the picture.

 

Anyway, since the election, I’ve had time to reconsider these beliefs and observations on Donald Trump, some of which were made over the course of years. I’ve been paying close attention to Donald, and how he has performed since his victory over Hillary Clinton, and I have come to an inescapable conclusion: my critique of Donald, given during the campaign, was essentially correct. As of this moment, there exists little new information that compels me to change my mind or revise my conclusions. Donald Trump remains essentially the same morally bereft con-man, now, that he was before the election. Donald has demonstrated this in many ways. For instance, consider Donald’s failure to deliver on his promise to set himself apart from his business dealings should he win the Presidency. To date, Donald has not sold his businesses, put them a blind trust, or turned over his companies to his children, with Donald staying out of company affairs and they staying out of state affairs. No. He continues to operate both the affairs of state and business, intermixing them along with his family. In fact, in countries where he holds interest, like Argentina, he seems to have used his inevitable office to benefit himself and his businesses, receiving the permits that had hitherto been stalled. The timing and the appearances of this point to impropriety. If true, this would be a gross dereliction of the grave responsibilities of the great office that Donald will soon occupy. Donald knows better.

 

Adding to the warning signs that Donald will be nothing more than a politician after the most cynical tradition is his rapid retreat from some of his more important campaign promises. Donald promised to tell his Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate possible crimes committed by Secretary Clinton, but has since backed away from this promise on more than one occasion. Certainly, an argument could be made about preserving the independence of the AG by not demanding an independent prosecutorial appointment, but that is not the argument being made by Trump and his surrogates. Instead, they echo the need to move on, to not hurt her, or more ridiculously, to “help her heal.” What about justice, Mr. Trump? Doesn’t that bear consideration? If Secretary Clinton committed crimes (as it appears she has) shouldn’t she get her day in court as any less politically connected American citizen most certainly would? And if not, what signal would that send to the would-be corrupt and powerful? More importantly, what does the decision to allow Hillary Clinton to escape justice portend for how the Trump administration will conduct its business? The answer to that likely will fill the country with doubt and apprehension, not hope for the country’s stability. They might ask themselves, “What separates our country from so many Banana Republics, run merely on the whim of a strong man?” What, indeed?

 

And what about Obamacare? Donald promised to repeal this very unpopular, failing, and oppressive law. However, it seems that after one meeting with the current President and his no-doubt highly flattering reception of Trump, Donald is willing to retain some of the more expensive and crippling parts of that law. This is disturbing, not only for how easily pliable Donald seems to be under the influence of a complimenting tongue, but also how it calls into question Donald’s convictions. I give credit to all involved for being compassionate towards those with pre-existing conditions, and certainly this is an issue that needs to be dealt with, but using the power of government to force insurers to accept them is not only improper, it will result in the government having greater involvement in the healthcare industry (which historically has been a net negative), including employing greater public funds from an already bankrupt government. Donald needs to keep his promise of a full repeal of Obamacare, and also develop free market solutions to solve this and other healthcare issues, and not just offer big government by Trump rather than Obama as a solution. As President, he’s supposed to be the people’s servant and act in their best interests, and not do merely what is politically expedient. It’s not about him. He can’t treat the U.S. as if it were merely one of his casinos, one that he can cast aside in the event it goes belly-up, safe in the knowledge that he’ll be protected while his investors have to pay the piper.

 

I could go on. Trump’s issues are not confined only to the one’s that I’ve mentioned. That is not to say that none of Donald’s solutions have been completely lacking in merit, but he’s shown little that he has the knowledge of nor any interest in dealing with the important and even existential issues that the U.S. faces, such as the $30 trillion dollars in debt that looms on the horizon like a hurricane. Should things not dramatically change in this area, meaning the dramatic reduction of federal expenditures (something Donald is loath to do), the U.S. faces an economic calamity possibly worse than any that world has yet born witness to.

 

I really wish that I was wrong about these things, or that Trump had, in some significant way, reformed. Unfortunately, the only thing that has changed since the primary is that this severely morally-compromised man now has real power. This does not please me. I take no joy in saying these things nor pleasure in my predictions being proved right. I care about my country, and this country needs a wise and capable President, now more than ever. I will remain ever wishful that Donald has an epiphany motivating him to rise to the requirements of his august office, but this is not the lesson of history. As Edward Johnson of the old Massachusetts Bay Colony once observed, “Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad…But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn…[T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer ill ones.”2

 

It has been suggested that Donald’s consideration of me for Secretary of State has always been a charade, and that Donald never really intended to nominate me for the position. Instead, what he wanted was to humble me for my previous comments, to get me to apologize and then give the position to a less independent person. Putting in Donald’s terms, he wanted to get me on my knees, as, during the election, he once bragged he could do if he so chose. Well Donald, I’m not in the habit of apologizing for telling the truth. Furthermore, I have no interest in serving in an administration where, because of Trump’s Machiavellian machinations, the status quo is such that honesty is always in doubt, where conservative solutions are often seen as means to pacify the base instead of being the determined plans of the President, and where it seems corruption is firmly ensconced even before the oath of office is administered.

 

Like many Republicans, I support my party for its ideals and values. I don’t support it because I like the color red. Likewise, I opposed Hillary and the Democrats based on principle, not party loyalty. If, under Donald’s leadership, my party comes to represent the antithesis of the time-honored and time-tested values of inclusion, limited government, and individual liberty, principles that have served it and the country well, then the party will no longer have me as an advocate. If recent reports are true, that Trump advisers are circulating in Congress the idea that this is no longer the party of Reagan, then I’d say that the GOP is already on that lamentable track. Under Trump, the only real principle is personal loyalty to Donald himself, not loyalty to the country, the Constitution, conservative principles, or even decency. My serving as Secretary of State would do little to changed that, and so I would rather not have history attach my good name to that of Trump. Those that have condescended to associating with Donald, good and principled people, instead of positively affecting Donald have only found themselves ethically or ideologically tainted. I will not join them. I’ve tried too hard to be an honorable person to throw that away for anyone. My public service was motivated through an interest of being some use to our beloved country, for the good. I am not so interested in power that I would principally change who am in order to gain it. Therefore, as if it’s not clear by this point, I am not interested in being Trump’s Secretary of State nor serving in a Trump administration in any capacity. I will not apologize. It is up to President Trump to prove me wrong, to prove to me and the rest of the country that he is more than just the lesser evil of a deeply divide election. Should he do this, proven though sustained ethical and wise leadership, then, I will happily apologize. To that end, I wish Mr. Trump success, and to America, I bid good luck!

 

 

Ryan Thorson

 

  1. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/full-transcript-mitt-romneys-remarks-on-donald-trump-and-the-2016-race-220176
  2. http://restoreamerica.org/pastors/quotes/

TRUMPENSTEIN: UNBOUND

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it? It seems that the polling for the 2016 Presidential election was a tiny bit off, with many news outlets giving Hillary Clinton a near 100% chance of winning! I’ll admit, I was surprised as anyone. I assumed that the information, which had been until this point had been largely accurate, was correct… It wasn’t. Whether the reason for this was faulty or deceptive polling methods or the emergence of the mythic “hidden Trump voter,” ALMOST EVERYBODY WAS WRONG! And to the horror of many, Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States of America.

Those that follow my blog know that I considered myself a part of #NeverTrump, and the reasons for this are easily understood: Trump is a pathological liar (even for a politician) and he doesn’t seem to have any apparant moral scruples or transcendent philosophy that guides him. I’ve called him a “paleofascist” because he has an almost total ignorance when it comes to the Constitution or limited government, and his governing philosophy can be best summed up in “I want things done! You, go do them!” I believed that because of Trump’s lack of moral character and less-sophisticated take on government he would turn off enough conservatives and conservative leaning independents. This would (I suspected) depress the GOP turnout enough that Hillary, who is also morally bankrupt and a fascist ideologue (different from Trump’s an instinctual fascism), would be a shoo-in by Democrats, who aren’t as concerned about personal moral issues and limited government. This turned out to be incorrect. Trump ended up defeating Hillary in a historic upset that was probably caused by some combination of depressed voter turnout for the Democrats, Bernie supporters rejecting Clinton and instead voting for Johnson or Stein in key areas, Hillary’s criminality in government outweighing Trump’s own foibles among Republicans, and white voters sending a message that they are so sick of central casting in the media and the White House making them perpetually the villain of History, culpable and punishable. To many voters, Trump was tool, a conveyance for then to give the whole politically correct establishment the finger for telling them they must be eternally deferential because of the color of their skin and religion.

People all over the world, as well as in the U.S. reacted in many ways to the news that Trump would become the 45th President. In Russia, there was a sigh of relief as the prospect of war with the U.S. seemed small under a President vocal about wanting to avoid antagonizing them. Countries, like the Philippines, who have had their issues with the current administration, were congratulatory towards Trump. In the American media, there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. I reacted to the news of a new Mr. President pretty much as I predicted I would: Shock and disbelief… but then something else. It didn’t take me long for me to savor the fact that Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most corrupt woman of my lifetime, on the eve of her realizing her life’s ambition, would have all her dreams of avarice snatched from her grasping wrinkled digits and crushed, and in the most dramatic and humiliating or ways: bested by a two-bit con man. This was supposed to be her moment! All the laws she broke, all the corruption, they were all necessary and justified sacrifices leading to the end-goal of power! And she who holds the brass-ring has all her sins washed clean! However, she failed. She does not go directly to heaven! Instead, she must wonder (with the rest of us) will President Trump make good on his promise to go after her, Elliot Ness like, with all the powers of the Justice Department? This has all the makings of a great tragedy! If she wasn’t so thoroughly wicked (not to mention unlikely to pay for her crimes under a likely magnanimous Trump), I might just feel sorry for her! Yet, after all this schadenfreude, one must return to the reality that now Donald Trump will be the President, and that proposition is not nearly as enjoyable.

Now, I’ve said a lot of mean things about Trump, and I want to be clear… I take none of them back. What I’ve said about Trump was true before the election and still is. Trump’s character does not improve for having won. Donald does not magically become a moral person or devoté of conservatism for having slain the dragon. I wish it were so, and I would love to be shown that Trump is that rare historical exception. One could hope that Trump could be so awe-struck by the reality that he will now sit among such august peers as George Washington that he would be changed for the better, but how realistic is that? As Ben Shapiro observed, power tends not to make an awful person good. If Trump wants to reform himself, that’s on him to show us. What’s undeniable is that Trump now has power. Setting aside the debate on how much credit Trump personally deserves for his own victory, the reality is that he is the recipient of the spoils of his circumstance. He has beaten the odds, survived his own party’s attempts to abandon and remove him, and Trump probably feels empowered to any application of authority that he wishes. The monster sparked to life through a perfect storm of progressive overreach, congressional inaction, and media corruption is now loose. Trumpenstein is unbound!

If you’ve seen the old Universal Frankenstein films, you know that there always attempts to control the monster. However, those attempt always end badly. Those that believe that they will likewise be able to harness Trump toward conservative action may be just a bit naive! In the coming months, you will find various groups trying to control Trump, for better or worse, but I would submit to you that Trump will only let himself be led into areas that he wants to go. Conservative voters and evangelicals that largely gave Trump his victory will be disappointed as Trump breaks promise after promise to them. Trump’s not a conservative, and you should have known better. Your reward is not being under 13220858_1770521176524460_552307388196780575_nHillary, but that maybe it. Obama will try to control him, to get Trump to salvage Obamacare. This Trump will do, but only because his instincts tend towards big government. He may not keep it all, but he’s already indicating he will break his campaign promise of a complete repeal of the ACA. Congressional leaders will try to control him, but I think they’ll find very quickly it is they that will be controlled by him. Trump became President with only wavering support from Congress, and so Trump holds the cards. Hillary Clinton will try to control him, to avoid prosecution. If she’s nice to him, Trump will most likely break his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary’s illegal activity, just as I predicted he would. Trump’s only dilemma seems to be how to make his voters accept that he will not give them what he promised, such as his signature policy idea: the wall. This will not be difficult with his hard-core supporters (as evidenced by his campaign pivots). They will go where they’re led, but it will be more difficult with those that only reluctantly voted for him and still hope for conservative ends. Other than that issue, Trump will feel free to do as he pleases. He has no equals and will be controlled by nobody unless they have leverage over him or are willing to stroke his ego. No chains will hold him. No means of dispatching him has yet been devised. The media, lock-step detractors of Trump, has been largely rendered impotent. For months, they’ve railed against him while mostly ignoring Clinton’s obvious felonious actions. The result was that they’re ignored by the public, and this scathing rebuke has even led some media outlets to cry, “Mea culpa,” on their bias. The villagers, horrified that democracy can result in their ideas being rejected, have emerged from their parent’s basements with pitchfork and torch, marching in a futile attempt to bring down the monster! But even they, in their whinny and violent indignation, can do nothing to stop him. Trumpenstein stands atop a burning windmill, inviolate and invincible.

Anyway, as we go into this new age of Trump, let me end this piece with a kindly word of warning to our President-to-be and perhaps just a shred of hope for those of us who had hoped for a principled reformer as our President. Trump’s win had much less to do with the people’s love of him than it did with the people’s frustration at an intractable and corrupt political system that continually operates outside of its legal mandate, steals the freedom of its citizens, and continually lives outside its means. I realize that it is not humanly possible for Trump to keep all his often-contradictory promises, but he does have a chance here to do something great and prove to the country that he is not merely the lesser evil. First, he should Recognize that he has few friends to be made on the left. The riots and the safety pin campaign should have convinced him of that. However, he has yet possible allies on the right, and If he has the guts to restore the constitutional balance of limited powers, deal with the existential threat of U.S. debt and deficit spending, and resuscitate the idea of personal Liberty and responsibility, then he could not only eliminate any future conservative primary opponents but possibly go down in the annals of Americana as the President who gave the U.S. back her true self. Instead of being vindictive, using the powers usurped by Obama, perverting conservatism, and making palatable the idea of tyranny he could recognize the wisdom of our founding fathers and preserve it for future generations. If not, then Trump will be (as I suspect) essentially the same as the many more mundane Presidents and politicians that proceeded him: just a new pair of hands on the infernal machine. I hold a slim hope that Trump can show us and the world that he can be more than is, but even slim hope is better than none. He may be a monster, but who’s to say that a monster can’t be good? In fact, to reform this government, it may take a monster and their monstrous determination to see it through. So, on behalf of all Americans of good-will and on behalf of justice and Liberty, Mr. Trump, please, be our monster.

 

– Ryan Thorson

Texit? Meet The Folks Making The Push For The Second Biggest State In The US To Secede

Here’s an article by the Daily Caller about the Texas Nationalist Movement featuring me and some of the other good folks at TNM!

Texit? Meet The Folks Making The Push For The Second Biggest State In The US To Secede