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    www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, July 6, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 51 under theHAMMER by John Hammer According to the mainstream media, the president is evidently not supposed to send out funny tweets. I guess President Donald John Trump didn’t get the memo because the tweet he sent out of Trump pounding a person with a CNN logo for a head is funny. The mainstream media didn’t see it as humorous and claim that it promotes violence – like the network shows where people get beat-up and killed every few minutes don’t promote violence. But if the tweet promotes violence against people who have CNN logos for heads, I think that’s OK because there aren’t many of them. People who didn’t like the way former President Barack Obama ran the country often brought up the fact that he had been a community organizer. Americans should also consider that Trump is a dealmaker. Trump is always negotiating, even when the rest of the country and world might not realize it. Here’s another thought on Trump’s tweets. Opponents say that tweeting is not “presidential.” Trump is the president, therefore by definition whatever he does is presidential. People can say they don’t like it. And they can say it isn’t presidential if they want, but they are wrong. I have a very different opinion of Trump from most people. I don’t like or agree with everything he does, but overall I agree with his actions and I like the way he speaks his mind. I also like the way that he works. He treats being president like the job that it is. He’s trying hard to get things done and finding that getting things done in government is 20 times, maybe 50 times, maybe 1,000 times harder than it is in the private sector, but Trump seems to be adjusting. One of the reasons that I think my attitude about Trump is different is that I watch him at press conferences, I listen to his speeches and I read reports on what he has done and is doing. What I don’t do is watch the network news. I do read the articles in liberal papers about what he is doing because there are so few conservative news outlets. But whatever I read I try to keep in mind that the writer and the editors all hate Trump with an unhealthy passion. If there is a way to spin a statement to make Trump look bad, it is done without questioning whether it is accurate. It’s like during the Republican primaries when I decided to support Trump. People thought I was crazy, and I usually asked if they had ever sat down and watched an entire speech by Trump or had they only watched the excerpts they showed on the national news. Most had seen clips but had never watched an entire speech. The clips made Trump look like a raving lunatic. But when you could see him and hear him in context, what he was saying and doing made sense. He did a great job of responding to people in the audience. You can’t do that if you go out to read a speech written by a team of writers, but if you’re going out to the podium to talk to people, which is what Trump was doing, then it works, or it works if you happen to be really good at it, and Trump is. The only thing the Republicans have going for them at this point is that they are better than the Democrats. The Republicans have control of the House, the Senate and the White House, and what have they done since January? Has any significant legislation been passed? I don’t know of any. Both the Senate and the House have allowed themselves to be distracted by investigations of their own Republican president. It’s incredible. It’s like no one told them that there is a Republican in the White House. They are playing right into the hands of the Democrats, fighting amongst themselves and showing a complete lack of leadership. It’s a shame When Obama was elected president in 2008, I was not surprised but I was disappointed. I thought that Obama was a far-left liberal in moderate’s clothing and I think that turned out to be true. However, he was my president and I hoped that he would do well. I tried to focus on the potential benefits of his presidency. I thought one was that he could go a long way toward healing the racial divisiveness in this country. He was also pretty much an outsider and I like the idea of electing someone who is not part of the Washington establishment. Finally, he was young and I hoped he would bring some new ideas and initiatives to the government. I hoped that he would be a great president. When Obama won in 2012, I had no such illusions but I hoped that with the knowledge that he didn’t have to ever worry about running for office again he might decide to work with both parties, to find areas of common ground and do something about the dismal mess he had helped create in the Middle East. Because Obama’s father and stepfather were both Muslims and he was the leader of the country on which Israel depends for support, I thought he had a real opportunity to help bring some kind of resolution in the Middle East. Just about all of my hopes for Obama remained that – just hopes. And as he proved that he wasn’t going to do much that I could support, I was not shy about attacking his policies and Obama himself. But I never once said or wrote that he wasn’t my president, because he was. Usually a president has a honeymoon period where his opponents and the press back off and allows the new president time to breath, learn his way around the White House, establish a White House staff and get to work. Trump has received no such honeymoon period. The attacks on his presidency started on Nov. 9 and continue to get more and more ferocious day by day. Former President Bill Clinton and former President Richard Nixon faced similar situations during their presidencies. Both were looking at near certain impeachment. Nixon, for the good of the country, resigned rather than be impeached. Nixon certainly believed the votes were there to impeach him and perhaps remove him from office, but impeachment was fairly certain, so rather than put the country through that process – where Washington shuts down because everyone is concentrating on the impeachment proceedings – he resigned. Clinton looked out and saw the same scenario, certain impeachment and the possibility of being removed from office. Clinton decided to put the nation through that trauma, something that had only happened once before in the nation’s history. Clinton’s impeachment did bring turmoil to the country. Washington for all practical purposes did shut down until the impeachment and the trial in the Senate was over. Clinton was impeached, but the votes were not there to remove Clinton from office. However, 50 senators did vote to remove Clinton from office – far short of the 60 needed, but it is a telling statistic that 50 senators believed that Clinton should be the first president ever removed from office. Nixon made the decision that was based on what was best for the country, not best for him personally. Clinton made the opposite decision doing what he thought was best for him, not for the country. Yet today, Nixon is still considered a political pariah and the mainstream media rarely mention that Clinton was the only elected president in the history of the US to be impeached. Trump is under a lot of criticism because he still owns his corporations. He doesn’t have anything to do with running them, but he still owns them and the mainstream media keep attacking him for not giving billions of dollars away to be president. Did George Washington give away his farm when he became president? Did Thomas Jefferson hand Monticello off to someone else so he could be president? It’s easy for someone in office not to have any business entanglements if the people elect a professional politician like Bill Clinton – who didn’t even own a home when he was elected. Obama did own a home, but his first full time job out of law school was when he was elected to the US Senate. He depended on his wife (continued on page 48)

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