Our Progressive neighbors can't let go of the failed slogans and rhetoric from the losing Clinton-Kaine campaign. We keep hearing them breathlessly calling Trump by their progressive swear words. By default they continue to paint us as deplorable.
A prominent local Democrat says that she is appalled that I won't join her and chant the leftest mantra that Trump and his supporters are racist. My answer to her and to all of them is, please don't stop insulting the American voters. Democrats are busy driving a wedge through the middle of their traditional base, I sure don't want to discourage them.
The Democrat strategy is to divide us into our respective tribes and to pit one group against the other. The Trump plan is to make the entire country great again. He wants to bring us together, and that drives the Left insane.
The Port Townsend Leader asked me a series of questions about the recent election. Since most of my answers did not make it into the paper here are my responses. The Leader's questions are underlined. Steve Crosby
heard that the election was hard on Chimacum High School students and that the
high school was split over this: What do you tell young people about Trump’s
victory? What does it mean for them?
don't always get what you want" Rolling Stones
I have empathy
with their feelings. I was very
unhappy last spring when Trump sewed up the nomination. I had donated and volunteered for Senator
Cruz. I had heard disturbing sound
bites that play on a continuous loop on CNN.
I did not understand what some voters liked about him. When Trump secured the nomination I was
certain he would lose. I was wrong. I began to change my mind when I attended the Trump rally in
Everett and listened to what he had to say instead of listening to what people
said about him. I consider myself smart
and well informed, it was hard to admit
to myself that I had been wrong - I
expect it will be hard for others but they will get there.
I would tell
these students that whatever you think about Trump today, they may find there
is an important lesson to be learned here about presidential campaigning. In 1964 when I was a senior in high
school, my classmates were certain that if the Republican won we would be drafted
and have to fight in Viet Nam. LBJ was
the peace candidate; we were thrilled when he won. He went on to send 65,000 members of my generation to die in Viet
Nam. Democrat campaigns do their best
to scare voters. I'd ask students to
Google the famous "Daisy Girl" ad from 1964. If this election scared you it is because
the HRC campaign with it's billion dollar war chest and Madison Avenue with
it's power of persuasion worked overtime to scare you.
I would also tell
them that there are two Donald Trumps.
The real one and the Frankenstein monster created by partisan
rhetoric. A stupefying delusion exists
in the media echo chamber that Trump is a racist and a white supremacist. There are two sources for this delusion:
ignorance and malice.
In order to
understand our new President, one has to break out of the sound bites and hear
his message. Those who are unhappy
today should allow themselves to view Trump in the context of his 40 years in
the public eye. They will come to
realize that he is a brash outer borough New Yorker and he is liberal on social
issues. He is also a builder. When Trump says he will rebuild our
infrastructure and inner cities, be assured, he has the skill set to do exactly
might find, you get what you need"
A footnote for
dynasties are not good. In 1990 we
stationed troops in Saudi Arabia. The
first Bush president said this was evidence of a "new world order". Our troops stayed in the Middle East and the
new world order continued for 8 years of Bill Clinton's presidency and then
escalated after 9/11 under G.W. Bush.
The Bush family has a long term relationship with the Saudis. The Clintons have accepted millions from the
Saudis. Under Obama our adventurism
has expanded to Yemen, Syria and Libya.
It is my considered opinion that the Clinton/Bush foreign policy has
used our military to execute the Saudi's agenda. The Bush family supported Hillary.
Trump says he
wants to knock out ISIS and then begin a process of extracting us from the Middle
East. He wants detente with
Russia. I don't know if he can succeed,
but I say to the students of Chimacum High:
'Give Peace a Chance"
What do you
expect Trump to do in the first 100 days?
I expect he will
appoint a Supreme Court Justice who will be faithful to what the Constitution
actually says instead of what progressives wish it said.
I think he will
move to secure the border and to remove undocumented immigrants who have
committed crimes in this country. I
expect he will order ICE to root out members of violent drug cartels and the
MS13 gangs. Border security is not just
for the Southern Border, it includes Visa overstays.
He will suspend
immigration from terror prone areas.
He will take
immediate steps to streamline the creation of jobs in private industry. He will declare China a currency manipulator
and act to enforce the trade agreements we already have in place.
He will work with
Congress to repeal and replace or repair Obamacare while protecting people with
He will introduce
a tax plan to make our business taxes competitive with taxes in other
industrial countries. He will actively
discourage companies from out-sourcing jobs overseas.
He will develop
an infrastructure plan that focuses on renewal of our poorest urban areas.
He will introduce
a plan to help families with child care and to ease the burden of student
To view his
agenda one simply needs to read the points on his Gettysburg "Contract
with the Voters". To enact his agenda
he will need Congress. I expect some
conservatives will be disappointed with Trump.
Keep in mind Trump is the guy who wrote the "Art of the Deal"
and who has a long term relationship with the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck
For years the
public has wanted an outsider who was not in debt to political donors. No one should doubt that there is corruption
in our government. Trump is the only
President in my lifetime who is free from the bondage of campaign donations,
let's let him run with the ball and "drain the swamp."
What we can
expect beyond the first 100 days is that Congress will reassert its role in the
checks and balances of our government.
President Obama ruled with his pen and his phone; that abuse of power is
over. Trump will have to work with
Congress and that's a beautiful thing for democracy.
would you like to tell the Dems about
In 1948 Harry
Truman made whistle stops all over the country and compared Dewey to
Hitler. That Democrat campaign message
worked and has continued, in some form, in every election since then. Jefferson County Republicans were gleeful
when Hillary told us we were xenophobic, homophobic, Islamaphobic, racist,
sexist, deplorable, irredeemable and un-American. Obama went so far as to associate us with the Klan. Democrats have finally over played the
Hitler card - it's past time to stop.
The slander that
Trump is somehow anti-gay is especially absurd and it should serve to help people see that the rest of the slander is
suspect. Hillary raised over a billion
dollars largely from Wall Street, Hollywood and the Silicon Valley 1%-ers. She used that money to run attack ads
non-stop in the swing states. It did not work. I get that there will always be negative campaigns, but let's
leave room for a discussion of issues.
Yes, Trump gave
as good as he got. He attacked Hillary
and called her a crook. I think when we
get past the emotion of the election, people will come to understand that Hillary
is corrupt. The Clintons raised
millions by trading cash for influence.
She was FBI certified as careless with national security. Hillary took millions from Goldman Sachs and
Wall Street and then worked toward trade deals that enriched Wall Street and
harmed working people.
thugs to beat up attendees at Trump
rallies and then blaming the violence on Trump was craven. Supporting the violence of BLM and ignoring
the assassination of police officers astonishes me. Putting your Party's finger on the scale to defeat Bernie Sanders
was pitiful. Cheating with the debate
questions was especially foolish.
I wanted to have
a local Trump rally with representatives from the state Trump campaign. But, having experienced Democrat Party
bird-dogging first hand in Everett I concluded that a public event would be
disrupted and we could not afford to hire security. Edel Sokol and I attended the Trump rally in Everett, we were
bird-dogged - don't tell me it never happened. Video evidence suggests that the paid thugs were financed by the
DNC though Mr. Foval and Mr. Creamer.
What I would say to the Jefferson County
violence like we are seeing in Portland.
that there were legitimate reasons other than sexism to oppose Hillary.
pretend that a legal election can be reversed because of protesters.
role as the loyal opposition to our new president.
I am hereby
inviting the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee to meet with its
Republican counter parts and drink a campaign toast to the president on
inauguration day. I am buying.
were no Republicans elected to office in JC this year - obviously - so what do
you have to do to rebuild your party locally?
Let's be real,
Democrats are a colossus of political
power in our county. Candidates
without a D after their name don't win.
This was not always the case and it won't be the case forever. Paradigms shifted over time and they will
Between 6000 and
7000 county residents vote Republican.
We are gratified that our membership has grown this year and attendance
at our events is up. We work to
identify GOP voters. One problem we
encountered in our Get out the Vote effort this year is that a number of
Democrats mischievously voted for Trump in the primary. If any of your readers voted in the GOP
primary then they are identified as a Republican. No hard feelings about this, we get it. I'd ask the Democrats who voted in the GOP primary to email
GOP@BROADSTRIPE.NET and ask to have your name removed from our rolls.
We've had a booth at the Quilcene Fair for years. Something was different this year - excitement. Let's face it, a lot of people in our county are not usually into party politics, we expect polite indifference at fairs and events. This year Trump has energized the public. People wanted to visit our booth and talk about our party and candidates. We distribute flyers and yard sign, we even ran out of Trump signs.
Shown in top photo is Marty McClendon, candidate for the crucial Lt Governor position. Marty is working the crowd and shaking hands on both side of the street. Behind him is the energetic Danille Turissini and her campaign team. Just ahead of Team Turissini is Jane Schwencke waving a Trump sign in one hand and McLaughlin sign in the other.
Gene Farr starring as Uncle Sam riding the convertible with Lynn Hise. Taking up the rear is Brody Turner with his three wheeler towing he biggest Trump sign any one has ever seen.