I have always been a huge fan of journalist Peggy Noonan from her days with Ronald Reagan. That is why she so easily broke my heart when she began writing articles so personally derogatory against Donald Trump. To get her archived posts in full go to Patriot Post. If you go to the Wall Street Journal where she is also syndicated you must be a subscriber to see her posts in full. Below is the link to the Patriot Post archives of her works.
If you start reading from July on you will notice how much she dislikes what she thinks Trump is and represents. Now in her favor I challenge you to read her articles from Nov. 5th to her latest one of Dec. 10th. As a lover of her work I see in those, a gradual softening of opinion toward Donald Trump. A getting away from the personal to more of the reasoned thinking I so prize from her.
Peggy Noonan’s instincts usually were spot on, she could see through all the hoopla in the past and put things in perspective. With Trump she seems to have gotten caught up in that very hoopla she was in the past so good at seeing through – hopefully just for a while.
What I always liked about Trump was his openness, he was a clean slate politically. As Peggy noted he was all about the deal. The difference between us is perhaps that I saw the possibilities where she drew her conclusions from the negatives which in my mind was the surface clutter. The aim high, make the deal in the middle mentality of the businessman.
The evidence was out there for all to see but few did – except for the millions of his supporters, the ones who would stand in line for hours to fill his venues. I and I’m sure Peggy Noonan believes in her heart of the ability of the American people to see through the BS and understand the truth. That is the core belief and promise of America – a country of, by and for the people. As the press everyday blasted Donald Trump about what he said or didn’t say and tried to lynch him with a “consensus” of media doom and gloom. His supporters didn’t deviate one bit. Were they stupid or something else?
From all the contact I’ve had with these people from where they live and work, they saw the promise of what I saw. The promise above the hoopla. They trusted the man. They trusted his ability to get things done. Sure the way Trump would do things would be different, but they knew he would try with all his might for them. The rest, was all political gibberish. He was not an ideologue. He was a doer.
The reason I always liked Peggy and looked to her for inspiration was her ability to look past the “mind numbing” ideologies and look to and help me find the best uncluttered way forward. During the Trump Campaign especially in the primaries Ms. Noonan seemed to fall prey to all the anti-Trump rhetoric and she would try to put that in her own soothing style. The result sounded logical, well-reasoned, sound and soothing however it wasn’t so much based on firsthand knowledge but more on propaganda put out by ideologues. On both sides. It didn’t quite ring true to the Trump I heard.
Kind of making a computer model based on the wrong first facts. We have had plenty of those.
Since however Mr Trump has become President Elect Trump his real personality, character and ideals are coming to the fore through his actions as the next President of the United States of America. In this case – especially in Trump the Deal Maker’s case – the end result is what reflects the true Trump.
Peggy Noonan in her article “No More Business as Usual: Mr. Trump” she makes the case that Trump should get rid of his businesses. She says “And now, for the first time in his life, money, profit, the deal is not his job.”
Ponder that statement from a prominent believer in Free Enterprise.
What the people who elected Mr. Trump for, was his ability to get results as evidenced in Peggy’s next article about the Carrier deal. The people indeed wanted someone who was all about money and profit and deal making - success. They voted for a businessman not a politician. We’ve had enough of politicians who promise to fix the problems which they don’t do. Instead they build a huge bureaucracy around them nurture them and the problems just keep getting bigger. Just ask them.
I understand her qualms about getting some sort of big money ego driven tyrannical leadership all too ready to abuse power: but we’ve been there and understand what we have seen when a political and ego driven tyrannical government has been in power for 8 years. When things become so overdone for so long; the things needed doing to change it back need to be overdone. My father once told me that the more things are out of hand the more work you need just get them back to normal.
Making a deal for a new used car, earning enough to put some away, having a fence around what you own, and fighting for what is yours are things ordinary people understand, it is something I understand. All the rest is for idle talk around the $10.00 coffee lattes or whatever they call it now with your friends. The fighting for your own is for $1.00 coffee at the local diner, drank in a hurry on your way to work in a cold pickup truck. Which, yes it probably has a Trump/Pence sticker on it. You have to look close as there are 2x4s and plywood in the way.
That bumper sticker was put on with pride under the uniting banner of Making America Great Again.
Regards, Bob Carr
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