www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, July 6, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 51
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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