Keep Up the Skeer

From Victor Davis Hanson:

The new post-Mueller media narrative is “weariness” and “exhaustion” with President Trump’s tweets, his cul de sac Sharpie controversy, his ideas about buying Greenland, his unorthodox art-of-the-deal foreign policy that resulted in a plan to talk to Taliban leaders in the United States, and his firing of arch-conservative John Bolton.

The Drudge Report, once a go-to site for Trumpism, now seems unapologetically anti-Trump, in its often trademark snarky style.

Are Trump supporters then weary?

Well, are we? I can’t speak for you, but I’m weary as hell of the Dims, the news media, and even the Labour party (BIRM) attacking western society. Would I prefer that Trump didn’t feel the need to Tweet so much? Yeah, but then again, it’s about time somebody stood up for the normal people, and that is what he does. So I can live with it, while what the rest keep saying is simply sickening.

When we look to alternatives, all we seem to hear is multi-trillion-dollar hare-brained schemes from radical progressives and socialists masquerading as Democrats at a time of record national debt. The Green New Deal, Medicare for All, free healthcare for illegal aliens, reparations, the abolition of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and free tuition for all—are the stuff of fantasies and either would have to be repudiated by any of the Democratic nominees who actually was elected, or would destroy an already indebted nation.

So, again, where exactly is the supposed dissension in the Trump ranks, given that in 2020 he will be only the alternative to the above? […]

Google the phrase “Trump weariness” or “Trump exhaustion” and dozens of progressive articles pop up suggesting that Trump’s base is worn out by Trump’s antics. Julie Kelly has summarized (and dismissed) the same phenomenon among the Never Trump bloc. Trump supporter Michael Walsh worries about the effects of “Trump trauma” on the 2020 election: Trump’s supporters are seen as tired of his detour Twitter wars, impatient that he appointed deep swampers like Christopher Wray at the FBI, and now sense a distracted Trump’s only half-heartedly pursues his appointments or MAGA agendas.

All that may be true—but only to a certain extent.

Trump certainly did not need to assume the role of a discordant weatherman at a time when the Bahamas were flattened, or kneel to spar with nutty George Conway, or remind the nation that his new transient primary rival Mark Sanford is seriously delusional. Trump can be funny, as when he did not take the media bait by saying he didn’t like the Democratic debaters, but instead had “respect” for anyone willing to undergo the ordeal of a presidential candidate (such as he had done), or, earlier, speculated what alcohol might have done to a type-A personality such as himself. More of that, and less of tweeting about Greenland and the huffy Danish ambassador of course might be wise.

Then again maybe Trump’s clarity is a good thing. There are many enemies of western civilization no longer hiding in the weeds but out in public telling us how awful Trump is. Every time I read them, and it’s nearly every day, I thank God for a man who fights my battles better than I could. And you know, the world is noticing, in Hong Kong, in Venezuela, even in Great Britain,  where as people who think the same way as we do, tend to distrust Boris (and who can blame them really), they see an American president standing up for our shared, essentially Anglo-Saxon beliefs. The leader of the free world, indeed.

Trump was elected on the apostate position that if China is not stopped now in its systematic destruction of the global commercial order, it will end up as a hegemony that will devour the West. To that end, no one so far has come up with a more effective lever than the rusty iron bar of tariffs. Pre-Trump, our policy was to shrug or offer a whine or two about China.

No one in the Republican party previously believed that either offshoring or outsourcing was all that bad. Republican orthodoxy was more or less to let the Midwestern out-of-work deplorables eat cake, defined as getting in their old pickups and heading to the fracking fields in between oxycontin flare ups. The market alone would adjudicate their dismal futures.

Much more at the linked article, and it’s all good. Do I get tired of the constant commotion? Of course, I do, just as you do. But you know, I’m beginning to believe that if we “keep up the skeer” we just might survive as a free people, and yes, as the city on the hill that keeps the fire of freedom burning for all the world’s people.

It took a long time for it to get this screwed up, we’re not going to fix it next week. But we fought for seven years against the greatest empire of the age to assume our place in the world, now is no time to give up the fight  Thomas Paine told us long ago:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”

It’s the same the whole world over.


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4 Responses to Keep Up the Skeer

  1. audremyers says:

    Another excellent article. I like the ones that are more of you – you’ve a native intelligence and manner of speech that is not only refreshing but well considered and factually correct. We thank you for your insight.

    I watched the Trump New Mexico rally; I thought he looked a bit tired and was a little (for him, anyway) low energy. But gosh – the folks love him. It’s an amazing thing – want to see the people get excited? Tell the truth. You wouldn’t think that was such a big thing to ask but evidently it is.

    There IS a weariness; it comes from hearing liberals, progressives, socialists always saying the same things, over and over and over again. The best YT videos are the ones showing how MSM use the same words – across all the left-leaning media – mostly without even rearranging the words! I’m weary of collusion, obstruction, impeachment, recession, slurs, slams, misrepresentation of facts…

    I AM weary. And dread the coming campaign. It’s going to be bloody awful! It will be a blood bath and I’m so sick of that crap as well.

    Yup, I’m a weary Trump supporter – guilty as charged. Except – it’s not Trump I’m weary of.

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