FDR Told Us not to Fear; Trump Tells us to Fear
In many ways Trump is the counter FDR. He gave us the entire form of our modern New Deal government. FDR was a GOP nightmare as he used executive power to make the government activist.
Trump is the hope of the GOP that the New Deal can be reversed. Fittingly the GOP has more power than they have had since 1928, the last time there was no New Deal.
Trump is not just here to destroy Obama’s legacy but potentially LBJ and FDR’s. If Trump fails to do this then we will learn once and for all that the New Deal is simply impregnable as this is their best chance yet.
And when you think about FDR his slogan was that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Trump’s is the opposite of this. He’s the President who tells us we must fear. We must really fear Muslims.
French authorities are indeed investigating the incident as possible terrorism. But other than the critical wounding of the assailant, there were no injuries, except a slight cut to the scalp of a soldier.
“Trump’s reaction to the Egyptian attacker who had shouted “God is great” in Arabic also stood in stark contrast to his public silence on the killing of six Muslim worshipers five days earlier at a mosque in Quebec City.”
“The episode spoke loudly to the fact that stoking fear — a strategy that helped get Trump elected — is emerging as a central part of how he plans to carry out his governing agenda.”
“He wants people to understand that he is aggressively going to combat anybody who seeks to do us harm and he’s going to put the safety and security of this country first,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. “He’s not going to sugarcoat it.”
That is a theme to which Trump has returned again and again at critical moments — from his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that conjured “crime and terrorism and lawlessness,“ to his dark inaugural address, with its vivid image of “American carnage.”
The message is clear: be afraid, be very afraid. The Muslims are going to get you. And only I, Herr Trump, will save you.
Scott Sumner, has a rather optimistic take on the future with Trump:
“The strength of American civic virtue is one reason why I fear Trump much less that many others, even as my contempt for him is unsurpassed. I could see the next Russian leader being just as bad as Putin. Ditto for the Philippines. On the other hand, our next President will be far less of a demagogue than Trump. There’s a reason why Putin is far more popular than Trump. America will change Trump much more than Trump changes America.”
Obviously, I hope he’s right. But I think with Trump I may hope for the best but I expect the worst. It also seems to me that if we expect the worst, it’s less likely to happen.
In this same vein, Nate Silver has given us 14 possible roads the Trump Presidency could take.
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Besides helping me make something with my blog, any donations can also help me with a new endeavor I have planned: to commission a poll here in the 2nd District of NY to assess what people here think of Trump’s Muslim ban-and what they think of Congressman Peter King for supporting it.
What’s interesting about King is that he has gotten very conservative starting in the W years but he has won elections in districts that mostly support the Democratic presidential ticket. So he’s been the beneficiary of a lot of split ticket voting. Maybe people don’t realize how conservative he really is?
Anyway, I ant to commission this poll from SurveyUSA. The guy who runs it is very enthusiastic about it actually, but it’s actually a lot more costly it turns out to commissioning a poll in a district is much more expensive than the entire state-as it has more rigorous parameters.
And this poll, I hope, is the first step to launching a challenge against King who has been entrenched in Congress for many years and is a lock step vote for the Paul Ryan-Donald Trump machine.
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