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Offline mystery-ak

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What Exactly Is Trumpism?...By Victor Davis Hanson
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:42:13 AM »
 What Exactly Is Trumpism?
First sketches of a list, starting with tradition, populism, and American greatness
By Victor Davis Hanson — January 10, 2017

Donald Trump is hated by liberal Democrats because, among other things, he is likely to reverse the entire Obama project. And, far worse, he probably will seek fundamental ways of obstructing its future resurgence — even perhaps by peeling off traditional Democratic constituencies.

The proverbial mainstream media despise Trump. Culturally, he has become a totem of their fears: coarseness, ostentatiousness, flamboyance, and the equation of big money with taste and success. His new approach to the media may make them irrelevant, and they fear their downfall could be well earned.

The Republican Washington–to–New York establishment is alienated by Trump. It finds his behavior reckless and his ideology unpredictable — especially given his cruel destruction of in-house Republican candidates in the primaries and his past flirtations with liberal ideas and politicians. That he has now brought them more opportunity for conservative political change than any Republican candidate in a century only adds insult to their sense of injury.


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Re: What Exactly Is Trumpism?...By Victor Davis Hanson
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 08:12:32 AM »
I hope Trump cleans house within the Republican Party and gets rid of all the old Bush family retainers that run the party. Reagan never did this, and within 2 years most of his legacy was gone.

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Re: What Exactly Is Trumpism?...By Victor Davis Hanson
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 08:53:21 AM »
It seems that surrogates and other supporters routinely have to explain what Trump meant, what they are sure he will actually do in spite of contradictory statements, and what his philosophy is.  As with Obama, Trump's followers treat him as a canvas on which they can paint their own hopes and beliefs.  Others do their best to describe a philosophy which has not been articulated by its embodiment and therefore must be inferred.

Although I am not as pragmatic as the Trump described by Hanson, I could more nearly respect and even support such a Trump if that Trump could say these things himself.  If he could put as much effort into describing clearly what he believes and why, as he puts into self-aggrandizing social media, I think he could win over grudging converts among Conservatives.

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Re: What Exactly Is Trumpism?...By Victor Davis Hanson
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 09:10:14 AM »
Continuing to repeat the false hopes despite facts and reality saying otherwise. (Draining the swamp by bringing in swamp creatures like Reince Priebus)

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