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Old 05-11-2018, 10:05 PM  
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Can We All Finally Admit Trump Is A Good President?

Can We All Finally Admit Trump Is A Good President?

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

By MICHAEL J. KNOWLES

May 10, 2018
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The Iran Deal in tatters, three American hostages safely returned from North Korea, which now offers to denuclearize and end the Korean War after 68 years, five top ISIS leaders captured — and that’s just this week. On the domestic front, in just a year-and-a-half, landmark tax reform has made the U.S. more competitive, fewer illegal aliens are entering our country than at any time in the past 17 years, and dozens of federal judges have taken the bench to defend the rule of law and our constitutional system. According to a poll from CNN of all outlets, more Americans today think the country is headed in the right direction than at any time in over a decade.

The Left unsurprisingly remains steadfast in their opposition to President Trump. What’s disappointing is that a handful of “Never Trump” Republicans remain equally unwilling to admit the obvious: Donald Trump is a good president. Indeed, the remaining anti-Trump voices on the Right seem more desperate than ever to take down the president, if only to prove that, actually, they were right all along.

An oft-abused Ralph Waldo Emerson saying comes to mind. Clumsy pedants misquote the transcendental essayist absurdly insisting, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” In reality Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” The distinction is crucial. Logic requires consistency, but logical premises can be proved wrong. The madman who is convinced he's a banana and therefore peels off his own skin follows a consistent logic; the trouble is that his premise isn’t true.

People are stubborn. More precisely, they easily fall prey to commitment bias, whereby individuals become more convinced of their position once they have declared it publicly. The more people defend their opinions, the more difficult those opinions are to dislodge even as evidence mounts to rebut them. Foolish ideologues, presented with evidence that reality contradicts their theories, reject reality for their theories.

Some conservatives and Republicans refused to vote for President Trump in 2016, and they did so for a variety of reasons. Some feared Trump would turn out to be a left-wing wolf in sheep’s clothing. Others insisted that Trump’s rough speech and boorish personal behavior would preclude his governing as a conservative and diminish the United States in the eyes of her citizens and the rest of the world. After 17 months, not only have none of those fears come to pass, but indeed all available evidence points in precisely the opposite direction: excellent governance at home, peace through strength abroad, and a long-absent hopefulness in the hearts of Americans.

Reality has refuted the “Never Trump” premises. That fact ought to be a cause for celebration among all but those who wish our country ill. Nevertheless, some still stubbornly hope President Trump will fail our country so they can avoid the indignity of having been wrong. But changing one’s mind in the light of new evidence is no vice; and consistency in the defense of fantasy is no virtue.

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:19 AM   #301
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You guys will believe anything anti Trump, that's what has been shown since the election.

There is no evidence anything that has been done was with the goal of his own financial gain. As Pat has pointed out to you he is negotiating a trade deal.

If we get ****ed by China (worse than we are) in a new trade deal feel free to cry foul. If we get a much better deal for the US then what the **** are you complaining about? Licensing fees?

Libs are crying about people staying at his hotel etc...and forget the $ made from that is going back to the US government.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...-treasury.html
It's fact that Trump eased sanctions on China days after China approved money for Trump's project. There's no belief required.

Funny how the article you put forth as defense mentions in the last paragraph that Trump is still being sued by many attorneys general over potential emoluments clause violations.

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“With this announcement, President Trump’s businesses seem to confirm that they accepted payments from foreign governments in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” Rob Marus, a spokesman for the District of Columbia attorney general, said last week. The D.C. attorney general is one of several suing Trump over potential emoluments clause violations. “Whether the Trump Organization donated the proceeds from those foreign emoluments is irrelevant to our case,” Marus added.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:21 AM   #302
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thought trump wasn't a politician. thought he was gonna drain the swamp...

whelp...
Crazy how quickly their tune changed to "Trump's just doing what every politician does!"
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:25 AM   #303
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It's fact that Trump eased sanctions on China days after China approved money for Trump's project. There's no belief required.

Funny how the article you put forth as defense mentions in the last paragraph that Trump is still being sued by many attorneys general over potential emoluments clause violations.
You don't read very well.

Its not Trump's project. And the State of Maryland can **** off.

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UPDATE: A federal judge Wednesday allowed a lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump is unlawfully benefiting from foreign leaders who stay at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., to move forward. The lawsuit, brought by the state of Maryland and D.C., argues Trump is violating the emoluments clause that prohibits elected officials from accepting gifts from foreign entities. The plaintiffs argue they have the right to bring the lawsuit before the court because Trump’s involvement with the hotel gives it an unfair advantage. They say foreign leaders are more likely to stay at Trump Hotel than at other hotels because they are seeking favor with the president, and, as a result, those other hotels lose business.

The judge dismissed other parts of the lawsuit that claimed the president was benefiting through the Trump Organization in violation of the constitution.

Furthermore if foreign leaders are more likely to stay at Trump Tower and the profits go to the US treasury HTF is that a bad thing?

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:34 AM   #304
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It’s all part of his haggling over trade with the Chinese. It remains to be seen whether it pays off in the end. CNBC is reporting that China is close to removing/reducing tariffs on agriculture imports in response to this.

What more is there to say?
Maybe Trump should allow ZTE to traffic cocaine and heroin into the U.S. like Barry did with Iran.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:22 AM   #305
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:27 AM   #306
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Normal negotiations? ... no past president has ever broken campaign promises to make foreign negotiations that would financially benefit his own personally owned company. Get real, pat. Trump has pulled one over on his supporters in order to make himself richer.
I have to say that the squealing from Trump critics makes everything a little sweeter even if it isn't and shouldn't be the main goal.

How much does Trump stand to gain personally from this? Through what mechanism will this enrichment happen?
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:04 AM   #307
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Funny how the article you put forth as defense mentions in the last paragraph that Trump is still being sued by many attorneys general over potential emoluments clause violations.
That's been part of the Opposition's plan since Trump was elected—to sue to the point of exhaustion. It's just a tactic. It's being played on many other issues too like admission of refugees, immigration.

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Old 05-16-2018, 07:42 PM   #308
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I have to say that the squealing from Trump critics makes everything a little sweeter even if it isn't and shouldn't be the main goal.

How much does Trump stand to gain personally from this? Through what mechanism will this enrichment happen?
"If it pisses off the libs, it's a good thing."

Thanks for making your position clear on this.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:47 PM   #309
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"If it pisses off the libs, it's a good thing."

Thanks for making your position clear on this.
Well it's true, pissing off liberals means you're doing good things and God approves of you.

Does God approve of you?
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"If it pisses off the libs, it's a good thing."

Thanks for making your position clear on this.
Not all Trump critics are libs, Mr. Brownshirt.
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"If it pisses off the libs, it's a good thing."

Thanks for making your position clear on this.
I come here for entertainment. Thanks for dancing.
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Not all Trump critics are libs, Mr. Brownshirt.

Trump critics that aren't liberal can be critics of his style. If they are critics of his accomplishments and actual policies they are being intellectually dishonest or are truly liberal in nature. It can't be both.
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They should start with yours...
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"If it pisses off the libs, it's a good thing."

Thanks for making your position clear on this.



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