Trump decided way back in January to close our borders to all Chinese. It was an unpopular decision bound to get him a lot of flak, particularly from the Dems who could label the decisions with all kinds of xenophobic labels. Biden was one of those who disagreed with this unprecedented decision.
But that’s what a real leader does. If he or she thinks they are right, they make the decision and go ahead with it despite its unpopularity — because it was the right thing to do. They don’t back down because popular opinion doesn’t happen to agree with them. Instead, they make the decision and go ahead with it and are willing to take the heat. That’s what a real leader does. That’s what Trump did, and the result? Perhaps a million American lives saved because of this — according to Biden — “mistake.”
But I have to laugh at them — now the Dems are trying to blame Trump for the deaths in the pandemic. The Dems would have kept our borders open.
Democratic Party Platform
Trump gets police endorsement.
First time we’ve had a truly forceful president since Reagan. Trump is not going to tolerate rioting in cities — period. A less forceful president would have caved on this issue, particularly in an election year. Not Trump.
Trump would probably identify with the ancient and ironic comment about the good king: “A king’s lot: to do good and be damned.” Trump does good work and is damned for his efforts.
Romans and the Plague
Trump-initiated plan for settlement of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict — will it be successful? Time will tell.
Trump Plan for Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
There’s a lot of idle sniping at President Trump relative to how his administration has handled the virus. Much of this comes down to cheap shots by political opponents who don’t pay much attention to the niceties of how things were at any given point in time.
What is very clear in retrospect is that Trump closed our border to the Chinese very early on, way back at the end of January, when it was just a few bare weeks from the date when it was first discovered that something malevolent was happening in China — despite the efforts of their communist government to conceal this fact. Sadly, we have suffered almost 100k death so far, but could that have been 300k by now had Trump not acted as swiftly as he in fact did act relative to closing down entry to Chinese?
As to what subsequently happened, I remember very vividly my flight back to Boston from Atlanta on March 16th. On that particular airline, there were exactly 2 people, on the entire jet airplane, wearing masks. And there weren’t many masks being worn at the Atlanta airport or in Boston at Logan either. Masks then were so rare that it was still a bit of a shock to see someone wearing one as of mid-March. I can attest to that.
And when I finally did get back to my PC and Internet access in my apartment, all the chatter among the scientists and smart set, in mid-March, was whether this was really even a pandemic or not — given the relatively modest number of those infected outside of China. The other much debated subject at the time, again as of mid-March, was whether one should be wearing a mask or not. The experts were divided on that one as well.
All of that indecision and confusion by the cognoscenti — the people who should have known better but clearly didn’t — came to an abrupt end at the end of March with the explosion of a hot spot in northern Italy. That the virus had taken on a virulent character beyond the borders of China meant that the Genii was out of the bottle, and everyone was now at risk. Trump’s reaction was to close entry to Europeans and ultimately to England, just as he had closed entry to the Chinese.
Again, while the scientists/academics dithered, Trump acted. Had he not closed the border to Europe as a response to what was happening in Italy, would our death toll now be 400k — or more? I think so.
Jumping Into A Puddle
I think all the presidents have been egomaniacs to some degree — Trump is perhaps a little more conspicuous than the others…the boastfulness, the strong opinions about everything and anything. But Obama too was something of an egomaniac…he was known for lecturing people like a professor in a quiet but very condescending way, i.e., he knew better than you or anyone else. Egomania is a kind of qualification for the job.
Therefore, it is best to judge presidents not on their personalities, which, like most of us, can be pretty strange, but solely on their actions.
Trump is one of the strongest presidents we’ve had in decades, and all the country can do is disdain him because he’s rude and gauche. That should tell you something about the value of public opinion.
Looks like there may be another win for Trump. Chinese announce they will be lowering many of their tariffs next year.
How is the liberal press going to twist that story?
The people who opposed Trump thought this was just a campaign slogan.