I Want a President Who Tells Us His Sense of the World

Why is the U.S. in Syria? Why is the U.S. in Yemen? What was the point of dumping Khadafi in Libya? Do you have a clue what is going on? I don’t have a clue about any of that either.

And that’s the story of the Obama administration. He never tells us why.

Why not? It’s because the Democratic operatives in the media will support him, willy-nilly, so he never feels he has to appeal to the American people for our support. And if we knew the real reason for his actions we wouldn’t like them.

The result is that we don’t have a clue what the Obama policy is, what his strategy is, how he sees the world and America’s place in it. The same goes for Hillary McSauce.

Notice the difference with the notorious Reality TV president-elect. I’ll bet you a nickel that Trump’s supporters have a pretty good idea what he intends to do as president. It’s because he told us, again and again.

This whole thing reached clarity for me when I read a story about retired Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s nominee for defense secretary. A young captain reports in 1994 to his commanding officer Col. Mattis for what he thinks is a five-minute “go get ‘em Tiger” interview. Instead, Mattis sits the youngster down in his own chair, and then talks to him, man to man, for an hour.

Mattis laid out his warfighting philosophy, vision, goals, and expectations… He laid out history, culture, religion, and politics, and he saw very clearly not only where we would fight, but how the Seventh Marines, a desert battalion, fit into that fight.

Many years later “he was proven precisely right.”

Of course, a president cannot just sit down with the American people and outline his philosophy, vision, and goals, plus history and culture and all the rest. But he should certainly do a better job than President Obama.

We know why President Obama is such an enigma. His problem is, as Rush Limbaugh puts it, that liberals cannot tell us who they are. That came through loud and clear in the president’s equivocal statement on the death of Fidel Castro. Obama knew he could not praise Castro. So he could not tell us that he venerates Castro as a revolutionary and a practitioner of “fundamental transformation.” Nor could he tell us what he is really doing with ObamaCare or what his grand strategy is in Syria.

If he did, we wouldn’t like it.

President-elect Trump does not have that problem, because he is right where the American people are. He believes in economic growth, but also protecting American jobs, and he says so. He believes in repealing ObamacCare but retaining the right to health insurance with a pre-existing condition. He wants to drain the swamp but not touch Social Security. Trump attacks political correctness but wants to bring jobs to the inner city.

You may say that Trump’s goals add up to “fundamental contradiction,” and you would be right. But which would you prefer? Trump’s blustering contradiction or Obama’s weaseling equivocation?

The reason we have Brexit and Trump and the French Front National and the German Alternativ für Deutschland is that the elitist-globalist “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” weaseling equivocation has finally lost the support of the people. It has lost that support because it pretends to support the peoples’ patriotism while sneering at them behind their backs.

Meanwhile all educated people agree that the worst thing in the world would be a return to fascism, that rancid combination of nationalism and socialism.

Well yes, snowflakes, except that nationalism-socialism rather nicely combines a sense of belonging to something greater than a tribe with the age-old promise to protect you if things turn south. That is what the political geniuses Mussolini and Hitler found lying in the street in the 1920s. The trouble was that they were evil geniuses.

Also, they were dumb. They could not appreciate the genius of a Bismarck, who ginned up a nice little war with France, unified the whole German nation, got his king proclaimed Kaiser of the Germans in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, and then went home.

The modern equivalent would be for the European elite to gin up a nice little war with Islam, beat the crap out of them at Dabiq, declare a European nation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and then go home.

Meanwhile we have Trump. Somehow, I don’t see him as a man behind a curtain. His presidency is likely to address the question of what we Americans believe in, what we owe to our country, and what our country owes to us. Right in plain sight.

Nobody will doubt what President Trump thinks about the world, and what he proposes to do about it.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

Why is the U.S. in Syria? Why is the U.S. in Yemen? What was the point of dumping Khadafi in Libya? Do you have a clue what is going on? I don’t have a clue about any of that either.

And that’s the story of the Obama administration. He never tells us why.

Why not? It’s because the Democratic operatives in the media will support him, willy-nilly, so he never feels he has to appeal to the American people for our support. And if we knew the real reason for his actions we wouldn’t like them.

The result is that we don’t have a clue what the Obama policy is, what his strategy is, how he sees the world and America’s place in it. The same goes for Hillary McSauce.

Notice the difference with the notorious Reality TV president-elect. I’ll bet you a nickel that Trump’s supporters have a pretty good idea what he intends to do as president. It’s because he told us, again and again.

This whole thing reached clarity for me when I read a story about retired Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s nominee for defense secretary. A young captain reports in 1994 to his commanding officer Col. Mattis for what he thinks is a five-minute “go get ‘em Tiger” interview. Instead, Mattis sits the youngster down in his own chair, and then talks to him, man to man, for an hour.

Mattis laid out his warfighting philosophy, vision, goals, and expectations… He laid out history, culture, religion, and politics, and he saw very clearly not only where we would fight, but how the Seventh Marines, a desert battalion, fit into that fight.

Many years later “he was proven precisely right.”

Of course, a president cannot just sit down with the American people and outline his philosophy, vision, and goals, plus history and culture and all the rest. But he should certainly do a better job than President Obama.

We know why President Obama is such an enigma. His problem is, as Rush Limbaugh puts it, that liberals cannot tell us who they are. That came through loud and clear in the president’s equivocal statement on the death of Fidel Castro. Obama knew he could not praise Castro. So he could not tell us that he venerates Castro as a revolutionary and a practitioner of “fundamental transformation.” Nor could he tell us what he is really doing with ObamaCare or what his grand strategy is in Syria.

If he did, we wouldn’t like it.

President-elect Trump does not have that problem, because he is right where the American people are. He believes in economic growth, but also protecting American jobs, and he says so. He believes in repealing ObamacCare but retaining the right to health insurance with a pre-existing condition. He wants to drain the swamp but not touch Social Security. Trump attacks political correctness but wants to bring jobs to the inner city.

You may say that Trump’s goals add up to “fundamental contradiction,” and you would be right. But which would you prefer? Trump’s blustering contradiction or Obama’s weaseling equivocation?

The reason we have Brexit and Trump and the French Front National and the German Alternativ für Deutschland is that the elitist-globalist “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” weaseling equivocation has finally lost the support of the people. It has lost that support because it pretends to support the peoples’ patriotism while sneering at them behind their backs.

Meanwhile all educated people agree that the worst thing in the world would be a return to fascism, that rancid combination of nationalism and socialism.

Well yes, snowflakes, except that nationalism-socialism rather nicely combines a sense of belonging to something greater than a tribe with the age-old promise to protect you if things turn south. That is what the political geniuses Mussolini and Hitler found lying in the street in the 1920s. The trouble was that they were evil geniuses.

Also, they were dumb. They could not appreciate the genius of a Bismarck, who ginned up a nice little war with France, unified the whole German nation, got his king proclaimed Kaiser of the Germans in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, and then went home.

The modern equivalent would be for the European elite to gin up a nice little war with Islam, beat the crap out of them at Dabiq, declare a European nation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and then go home.

Meanwhile we have Trump. Somehow, I don’t see him as a man behind a curtain. His presidency is likely to address the question of what we Americans believe in, what we owe to our country, and what our country owes to us. Right in plain sight.

Nobody will doubt what President Trump thinks about the world, and what he proposes to do about it.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

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