‘Trump Is America’ Shows A Lack Of Critical Thinking
The superficiality of Smith’s writing (“Realizing Trump Is America,” P-J, Nov. 16, 2019) is mind-boggling: stereotypical characterizations and platitudes, one upon another; lack of critical thinking about America, Americans, and President Trump in particular; and statements made without any supporting evidence. All are exemplified in a single article.
Using the maxim “Make America Great Again,” President Trump espoused a theme of restoring American nationalism that resonated with many Americans. His campaign promises, all duly kept, promoted this thrust and elicited the voters’ trust. After eight years of Obama berating and apologizing for our country, all the while pushing the “new world order” mantra, Americans have a President returning us to rule of law, focus on the Constitution, and promoting American pride!
Smith fails to acknowledge Trump’s strengths — is he even willing to recognize them? — and instead reduces his actions to base motives of “demand for money and power.” Has Smith forgotten that Trump gives away his salary to other organizations? Hardly the actions of a person whose only consideration is his own bottom line. He can be biting to incompetents and those who are disloyal, says Smith, but “contempt toward anyone who might dare challenge our superiority”? Oh, please! Where is your evidence, Mr. Smith? And getting people back to a state of gainful employment, independence, and off government dependence hardly connotes “lack of compassion for the less fortunate.”
Yes, there are times when President Trump acts in a boorish manner. Those who support him overlook these behaviors because he is not a politician, and for that we are grateful. His dedication to protecting the presidency despite illicit and unrelenting attacks upon him and the Office of President by swampites is admirable. The level of stress that he has had to endure would conquer a less committed man.
Interestingly, Smith couples “grotesque history of racism” with over-indulgences of “eating” and “spending.” One wonders if Smith confused “slavery” with “racism’? The Founding Fathers addressed the problem of slavery in the Declaration of Independence. Congress outlawed slavery in 1808 and it was banned in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Moreover, didn’t Americans pay a heavy price in fighting a Civil War addressing this very issue? No one can read about the Battle of Shiloh and not be moved by the price paid. What was “grotesque” was rectified in powerful ways.
“This is the least racist, multicultural, multiethnic country in the world,” Dennis Prager unabashedly stated (Nov. 4, 2019). He went on to say, “This is an unbelievably non-racist country.” Smith, his hate-filled supporters on the digital P-J, and leftists have difficulty accepting Prager’s statement because it would leave them bereft of an agenda. Thinking persons, however, recognize the steep decline in racism since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the present time.
Attorney General William Barr, in a speech to Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention, stated that “[i]n this partisan age, we should take special care not to allow the passions of the moment to cause us to permanently disfigure the genius of our Constitutional structure.” But isn’t this precisely what Washington, D.C. swampites are attempting to do: shredding the Constitution, weakening the office of the Presidency, weaponizing governmental agencies, fabricating lies in order to remove a duly and legally elected President Trump from office?
“As we look back over the sweep of American history,” said Barr, “it has been the American Presidency that has best fulfilled the vision of the Founders.” He went on to add, “It has brought to our Republic a dynamism and effectiveness that other democracies have lacked.”
Trump is America, Mr. Smith, but not the one of excesses you characterized. He is the America of concerned citizens who recognize elitists, swanpites, and leftists using the tools of anarchy described by AG Barr (Nov 17, 2019), the tools of “resistance,” “sabotage,” “harassment,” and “militancy” to overthrow the people’s choice for their president. Is this something you support, Mr. Smith?
Deann Nelson is a Jamestown resident.