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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 05-13-2018, 12:55 AM   #76
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That sounds very odd. But she's young. She still has a shot at maturing a lot over the next couple of years. It's best that she's doing her thing now for both of ya
I agree Mr. Banecat. I hope our little break has helped her mature relationship wise a bit. Once we ever interact again it'll be a lot different because I'll know not to allow it to go towards "those" areas again to where she feels a certain way or that even I do.

The thing is, she's totally the type of person we like to hang out with. She's so free spirited and open minded about things, and that's what I like, and most of my friends are like. So it sucks seeing someone you kinda believed in go cold all the sudden, but whatever. Lesson learned on my part since I'm such a relationship idiot.

Tbh since that, I avoid meeting people as much. I don't want to get to know anybody because I don't believe anybody has the same genuine nature that I do anymore. I'm such an open book with my life and people take advantage of it and it sucks. So I'm learning to reel that in a bit.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:39 AM   #77
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What's been going on in the Middle East is an atrocity largely created by the last administration. I'm not interested in carrying Barack Obama, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton's water.
That’s true. My point was simply that Syria isn’t in control of Syria anymore. They’re completely dependent on Russia and Iran.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:40 AM   #78
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What's been going on in the Middle East is an atrocity largely created by the last administration. I'm not interested in carrying Barack Obama, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton's water.
There’s some truth to that. My point was simply that Syria isn’t in control of Syria anymore. They’re completely dependent on Russia and Iran.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:24 AM   #79
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Where in this Forbes article does it say "The real reason"....What I read said "This COULD be the real reason. In other words - speculation.

Nice try, however.
Pretty comical that a possible theory is once again being treated as fact. Lets say its true....

Here is a new little spin on this for Lex and company.

NK ramping up their testing as they were desperate to respond to the harsh sanctions and warnings from the US may very well have caused the destruction of their test sights.

In other words it was a direct result of US policy under Trump.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:15 AM   #80
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-Make America great again seems to be a unifier for ALL Americans

If you first accept the premise America was not great.

-Protect our borders?

From who and at what expense? Immigration reform has been a subject everyone has a stake in, the question was always how to go about it. Apparently tearing families apart makes Trump's America feel safer?

-Bring back jobs to America?

Jobs have been "coming back" since Obama. The raw employment numbers don't tell the whole story such as jobs that pay above the poverty level, those working multiple part time jobs, recent college grads having to work jobs they are over qualified for...

-Take cuts for everyone?

Blow up the debt, mostly for the rich, and then try and grab social security to claim as a "balanced budget" solution.

-Out of horrible TPP

Now wants back in it

-Out of even worse Paris Accord scam

Not sure how this list is making him a great President, just a great President for his small base. That scam still participated in by the rest of the world as well as the most productive states in the US.

-Shot a missile into Syria so they knew we had a red line unlike Obama

Shot insignificant targets the first time, didn't end chemical strikes. Warned Russia and everyone else, they were coming the second time so they could properly prepare.

-Negotiating face to face with Kim Jung Un with pressure from China

Gave North Korea what they wanted, world standing they do not deserve (remember when you criticized Obama early in his Presidency for suggesting he would do the same thing?)

-Putting Russia on notice (quietly but he has)

Uh huh. You expelled how many diplomats! That's not what I wanted!

-Shutting off Cuba

Yes, because that was a pressing issue.

-Working on fixing trade imbalance with China

"Working"? Sure. More like getting played.

-Touting the military and police all the time

Unless they are investigating him or having to offer condolence calls or slandering McCain

-Lowest black unemployment in history

Was already going down when he took office and still doesn't address the general employment situation as noted above.

-Crime going down in Chicago finally after he warned he was sending in the Feds

OMG! You really believe that? So, its not about the internal outreach programs within the city starting to bear fruit, its because he made an empty and Unconstitutional threat to send in the Feds! Wow.

-GDP at 3%

I'll give him that for now even if the majority of the wealth still goes to the richest Americans.

-Coming out of horrible Iran deal

Yes, because we're safer on a more possible path to war

-Expose the mainstream media for the bias frauds they really are!

Don't know how this is more than a partisan observation. Seems like the exposing is going both ways.

-Punch back at his opponents unlike the weak spine RINO's and SWAMP creatures.

Yes, what a tough guy!

-Renegotiating NAFTA

Is that all done?

-Building the wall

Repairing the old wall.

-Stock market stability and growth

Umm, seems like we've had some pretty big corrections.

-Moving Israeli capital to Jeruselum

Jesus is coming back soon!

-Appointed Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court and quietly has more conservative appointments going to district and federal courts than any POTUS in years.

Don't know how this is more than a partisan thing.

-Rolling back tons of over regulations including Dodd Frank that was PASSED legislatively

Yes, who needs that, when has deregulation ever steered us wrong?

Seems like a lot of things you listed divide us as a country: Judge appointments based on ideology, attacks on the environment for crony profit, immigration policy, punching back, funneling wealth to corporations and the wealthy. I'm not sure your definition of "country" is as inclusive as you think.
You are delusional and living in an alternative universe. Good luck with that!
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:22 AM   #81
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A swarm much as has been done in 18 months, imagine the accomplishments that's could have been done without all of the vile, hateful, spiteful witch hunt by the crazy cat ladies of the left. Their temper tantrum has been mere speed bumps.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:36 AM   #82
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LOL

This stupid article again?

"Becoming a billionaire is so easy, anyone can do it!"

I'm pretty sure Donald Trump doesn't need to take financial advice from Claire Groden.
Becoming a billionaire would be easy if you started out with millions of your daddy's money.

If he actually was a good businessman, he'd have more money and wouldn't have to rely on Russian money to finance everything. His biggest legitimate source of income prior to becoming president was putting his name on stuff. The money laundering was doing well for him as well.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:57 AM   #83
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and you said you weren't jealous...
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #84
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You were broken up enough to make a thread. And she wasn't old enough to drink, but ya got her a good buzz?
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She gets high every single day of her life. Giving her a little wine was probably doing her a favor. It effected nothing. She was without her Michigan Wolverines T-shirt well before any wine was even drank.

The key to that story wasn't THAT night. It was everything after that night.

Why she came after me. Why she was so comfortable with me and she would continuously text/snap me.

That thread taught me a lot tbh. I never realized how naive I was with women. I didn't realize it was such a game. Needless to say, she is still the first person to check each of my Snap stories. Also her most recent "story" she took a pic of herself and said "Got Games?"... I took that as assuming she's already having a BF issue or that he's playing games. Time will tell.
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ya, because everyone born into money doesn't EVER lose it...


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