Everyone Is Smart Except Trump

Dov Fischer put an article up at The American Spectator yesterday. It says some things that need saying. Let’s have a look.

Remember the four years when Anderson Cooper was President of the United States? And before that — when the entire Washington Post editorial staff jointly were elected to be President? Remember? Neither do I.

The Seedier Media never have negotiated life and death, not corporate life and death, and not human life and death. They think they know how to negotiate, but they do not know how. They go to a college, are told by peers that they are smart, get some good grades, proceed to a graduate degree in journalism, and get hired as analysts. Now they are experts, ready to take on Putin and the Iranian Ayatollahs at age 30.

That is not the road to expertise in tough dealing. The alternate road is that, along the way, maybe you get forced into some street fights. Sometimes the other guy wins, and sometimes you beat the intestines out of him. Then you deal with grown-ups as you mature, and you learn that people can be nasty, often after they smile and speak softly. You get cheated a few times, played. And you learn. Maybe you become an attorney litigating multi-million-dollar case matters. Say what you will about attorneys, but those years — not the years in law school, not the years drafting legal memoranda, but the years of meeting face-to-face and confronting opposing counsel — those years can teach a great deal. They can teach how to transition from sweet, gentle, diplomatic negotiating to tough negotiating. At some point, with enough tough-nosed experience, you figure out Trump’s “The Art of the Deal” yourself.

Trump’s voters get him because not only is he we, but we are he. We were not snowflaked-for-life by effete professors who themselves never had negotiated tough life-or-death serious deals. Instead we live in the real world, and we know how that works. Not based on social science theories, not based on “conceptual negotiating models.” But based on the people we have met over life and always will hate. That worst boss we ever had. The coworker who tried to sabotage us. We know the sons of bums whom we survived, the dastardly types who are out there, and we learned from those experiences how to deal with them. We won’t have John Kerry soothe us by having James Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend” carols.

Yep, you know it, I know it, everybody who ever worked for a living, as opposed to flapping their gums, knows it. Life is swimming upstream, in molasses, in January. It’s a place for tough guys and girls, who know how to fight for what they need, not for effete wankers who think only words matter. I’ve eaten my words on occasion, they were neither palatable nor nutritious, I prefer a USDA Prime Porterhouse although your mileage may vary.

NATO is our friend. They also rip off America. They have been ripping us off forever. We saved their butts — before there even was a NATO — in World War I. They messed up, and 116,456 Americans had to die to save their butts. Then they messed up again for the next two decades because West Europeans are effete and so obsessed with their class manners and their rules of savoir faireand their socialist welfare states and their early retirements that they did not have the character to stand up to Hitler in the 1930s. Peace in our time. So they messed up, and we had to save their butts again. And another 405,399 Americans died for them during World War II. And then we had to rebuild them! And we had to station our boys in Germany and all over their blood-stained continent. So, hey, we love those guys. We love NATO.

And yet they still rip us off. We pay 4% of our gigantic gross domestic product to protect them, and they will not pay a lousy 2% of their GDP towards their own defense. Is there a culture more penny-pinching-cheap-and-stingy than the fine constituents of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? These cheap baseborn prigs will not pay their fare. They are too cheap. They expect America to send boys to die for them in one world war, then another — hundreds of thousands — and then to pay for their NATO defense even a century later.

And then they have the temerity to cheat us further in trade. Long before Trump, they set up tariffs against us for so many things. If the average American knew how badly Europe has been ripping us off for decades with their tariffs, no one in this country would buy anything European again. We would say, as a matter of self-respect and personal pride, “I no longer will buy anything but American, no matter what it costs.”

That too is obviously and ineradicably true. It is all simply beyond argument. And there is quite a lot more truth-telling in his article, so do follow the link above and read it.

Here’s the bottom line:

What has Anderson Cooper achieved during that period? Jim Acosta or the editorial staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post? They have not even found the courage and strength to stand up to the coworkers and celebrities within their orbits who abuse sexually or psychologically or emotionally. They have no accomplishments to compare to his. Just their effete opinions, all echoing each other, all echoing, echoing, echoing. They gave us eight years of Nobel Peace Laureate Obama negotiating with the ISIS JV team, calming the rise of the oceans, and healing the planet.

We will take Trump negotiating with Putin any day.

Theodore Roosevelt put it better than anyone back in 1910.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

That’s you, that’s me, and that is Trump, and above all that is the America we love.

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38 Responses to Everyone Is Smart Except Trump

  1. Scoop says:

    Well that was refreshing to see put into print what so many of us know instinctively if not directly.

    But the article, at least the parts cited in the post, did not say is what these blowhards have going for them. And not just them but most of the folks in Congress, nay, in politics in general, have a good grasp of . . . if they are successful.

    You know, things like schmoozing, name calling, inciting crowds to anger, creating straw men, dividing people in small groups that can be manipulated, how to enrich themselves and the art of scratching each other’s back and selling their souls for another vote or for advancing their careers.

    So they do have some expertise in areas not credited to them. And yep, we have seen them in life everywhere. We get tough skins after awhile and I only hope the generations that they have educated learn from their mistakes and toughen up as well . . . though they do at times seem to be on their way to becoming just like these parasites; whining and crying over spilt milk and demanding that they get another free glass of milk when it happens. Everyone is a victim and they have rights, of course, to compensation.

    Some people know that life is hard. Others think that the only thing that is hard is not getting everything they want . . . and by golly they deserve it don’t they? After all they marched in all the protest marches and they worked to elect socialist and marxists to pamper them. So they are worthy after enduring these trials and tribulations in their life.

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    • the unit says:

      Blow hards and rim jobs?

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, I smiled broadly as I read this yesterday.

      They do have expertise in denigrating those who oppose them, but we have learned (most of us, anyway) to simply ignore them. Sort of an aside, but the thing that mst annoys me on Fox is that the leftists never learned that saying something louder and louder, not to mention over and over again, doe NOT make it true, but it does irritate rational folks, just like it did when five year olds tried it.

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      • Scoop says:

        I know. I’m getting tired of FOX covering these idiots and their marches and their inane arguments. Best to ignore them and not have to listen to the same old thing day in and day out. It would do wonders for our blood pressure if they would simply ignore them and they would be mad as hell if they didn’t get any press.

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        • NEO says:

          Agree, probably a good thing that I don’t have a fireplace, I might end up like that retired AF officer who threw his andiron through the TV while watching Saigon fall, live and in color with inane commentary.

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        • Scoop says:

          Indeed. I’m still waiting for the news to get back to covering the fast a furious scandal and Benghazi as well. Seems these things get traction for a while and then we leave them. But the left never quits on anything that they set their sights on. What is the matter with the political right? We simply don’t have the brassies we ought to have.

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        • NEO says:

          Might happen, someday in Trump’s second term, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Trump’s fighting for the future right now. I can live with it, but I don’t have to like it.

          Liked by 2 people

        • Scoop says:

          Shouldn’t have been his fight anyway. The republicans should have kept screaming about these things like the left does until we got some action on it. Holder and HC should be in jail and we all know it.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, we do. But the Repubs are an anatomical anomaly, vertebrates without a spine. A ramrod up the butt was the old solution.

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        • Scoop says:

          Seems that might be a solution.

          Liked by 3 people

        • NEO says:

          About as good as any, I think.

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        • the unit says:

          Ramrod. Was just thinking. We sometimes elect a new congress person, who says conservative repb, then shortly gets to D.C. and gets castrated and/or female eqivalent, whatever gender ascribed to that day. There’s a day, a week, a month?, has a name, but can’t recall. Anyway a program for the newbies to learn how Washington works and learn how to do his/her/its job. Initiation, indoctrination, How To Represent For Dummies. Whatever it’s called.
          Saw on CNN, some senator demanding to know what went on behind closed doors with Trump and Putin. We need to know what goes on in that newbie program and install the Ramrod in that training program. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          I already checked on that Unit. The training begins with chemical castration and ends with drugs, booze and sex.

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        • the unit says:

          Training should end with distribution of nuclear option poster for their next election. 🙂
          https://www.thirdmindbooks.com/pictures/2846.jpg?v=1483733803

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        • Scoop says:

          Few will ever see the flash from the explosion as they are normally holed up in a dark motel room with their sweeties.

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        • the unit says:

          I don’t know if this is so, but I heard what when Newt smacked his a$$ was in his wife’s hospital room with some legal papers to be served and maybe signed.
          Again, don’t know. Probably just part of the training.

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        • Scoop says:

          Oh yes, extensive divorce proceeding instructions. And, I see that I said that they were in a motel room with their sweeties. I meant to say that they were there interviewing for new interns. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          In understand that both sides of the aisle use the same textbook: Advanced Techniques for Interviewing Interns by Ted Kennedy.

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        • NEO says:

          With a forward to the new edition by Bill Clinton

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        • Scoop says:

          That could well be.

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        • the unit says:

          Family matters anyway. Maybe he was summoned (not by court, but her) for attending to business, like i.e. letters I been getting since starting Medicare, ‘Senior Final Expense Program’.
          You know, like when I be lying there, hope I have enough left tell wife where my cookie jar hidden. Know she has one too, and been stashing for 37 years.
          Would be honest about it, but last time I was summoned I got slmonized. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          You got a wax job did you? See, you needed to monitor the Congressional Brainwashing Classes for newbies. All your problems would be solved and all expenses could be laid on the taxpayer if you work it right. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Neo, Bill’s way wasn’t called forward. It was ‘Third Way’. 🙂

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    • the unit says:

      “So they do have some expertise in areas not credited to them.”
      Oh muh gosh, next we’ll have Liz W. all tatooed up. 🙂
      “The spider web is also linked to the dreamcatcher and Spider Woman, whom is a Native American character. Spider Woman was a very important figure to several different Native American tribes. Spider Woman would weave protective webs over the cradleboards of all newborns. By doing this, the newborns were protected from all that is bad. As a tattoo, the spider web can symbolize protection.”
      https://tatring.com/tattoo-ideas-meanings/Spider-Web-Tattoos-And-Meanings-Spider-Web-Tattoo-Ideas-And-Pictures

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  2. the unit says:

    My, my, hadn’t read of heard the term Seedier Media before. Yep, truely up is down and down up these days. Found this on it. ‘Nother term mentioned. “Outhouse Press.” 🙂
    https://books.google.com/books?id=6KC36MHH3j8C&pg=PT43&lpg=PT43&dq=seedier+media&source=bl&ots=57yq49T_ek&sig=k0VBMOM_uRkQOIg2xCGfBgjm8BA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwipl6mMpKvcAhUEq1MKHQz_AdsQ6AEwEHoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=seedier%20media&f=false

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  3. Scoop says:

    Is that something like a 200 pound bench press?

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  4. the unit says:

    They’ll never get it. What Fischer is talkin’ about. They’d not ever be concerned if grab bar was fastened to a wall stud behind the tile. Wall stud? What’s his first name?

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