Trying to sort through the hysteria pile concerning the Trump/Putin “summit”. This is a portion of conversation I had with a good friend:
- World leaders never upstage each other on the same stage; the idea that Trump would berate Putin in a press conference is idiotic and childish. Set your Wayback Machine to 1972 and recall that President Nixon met with and shared a stage with Mao Zedong, numerically the worst butcher of humans in history. No one expected Nixon to Mao, and it would have been a disaster had he done so. Event though Mao had the blood of some 60,000,000 people on his hands.
- Trump’s style, near as I can figure, is to co-opt his rivals. This is a classic business approach that we see every day on Wall Street. If you can’t beat them, join them or better yet, buy them. No, we won’t buy Russia but maybe instead of treating them like an enemy (they aren’t), try to get them on our side in terms of getting along. This may not work, but it has seemingly borne fruit in North Korea.
- The one fault I may have with Trump is publicly calling out the intelligence services, but it’s a minor quibble. From long before the 2016 elections, the alphabet soup of our “intelligence” agencies have seemingly embraced a unitary purpose: The downfall of candidate-now-President Trump. Should he be a “bigger person” than that? Perhaps. But as a shot against the “deep state (more on this in a minute) it was a darn effective shot precisely because it falls in the category of “you just don’t do that”. Kinda like with Air Force One flew direct from Riyadh to Israel. Trump was told that no one does that. He said, essentially, “hold my beer” and had it done. That is good in my eyes.
- Back to Russia quickly. At one point the Soviet Union was publicly on record as seeking to destroy the United States (and just about everyone else in the west). They were enemies then. Now, at best they are rivals, more like China but with the potential to be co-opted as if not an ally, a reasonable party. China is a much bigger concern to us and to Russia. It makes sense to see if we have mutual interest.
- (last one): Call it the “deep state”, call it Leviathan, call it the Elite. Whatever you call it, it is…not good for this nation. There was a great study performed a few years ago that got turned into a long-but-not-too-dry book. It’s called “What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions About the American People” by Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg. The Cliff’s Notes of the Cliff’s Notes: Laws are passed by elected representatives but regulations are written and implemented by a massive unelected bureaucracy that is not only unaccountable to the people, they statistically are at odds with the majority of people on most issues. Furthermore, many of these folks couldn’t possibly tell you what the average American thinks because they live, work and breathe in a bubble. This is the essence of that FBI agent saying that you can “smell the Trump support.” That dripping condescension runs deep in DC.
So along comes Trump, speaking out against Leviathan to great effect. Much of what you see on the news is the reaction of Leviathan to Trump and by extension the American people. The “deplorables”, as Hillary called many of us. In my view, the more the media screams, the more they are all scared that at some point enough people will decide “enough” and start electing battalions of Trumps. Not the most pleasant thought, I do understand that. But this $4 trillion per year blob sucks the life out of the nation and uses the media as its mouthpiece, constantly berates people like me as morons, racists and worse, and frankly goes on its way and does what it wants regardless of who we elect. It probably will never change. But I will enjoy it when Trump makes it squirm.
Do these folks run the world????