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PostTrump as "Protein in the American Diet"? Not So Fast (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 08/26/19 2:59 am)
I beg to differ with David Duggan's appraisal of Donald Trump (August 25th).
1. As regards the economy, if it makes sense to give credit to Trump for the decrease in the unemployment rate from 4.7 percent at the end of the Obama presidency to the current 3.7 percent (as of July 1), should you not also credit Obama for the decline from 7.8% at the end of the Bush presidency to 4.7%?
2. As regards American workers, what percent do you think have savings in the stock market and benefit from its being at an all-time high? What percent have actually benefited from being able to get insurance under Obamacare? I am thinking mainly of workers with pre-existing conditions who would otherwise be denied insurance or have to pay well beyond their means. Do you think the efforts to do away with Obamacare will be remembered as further evidence of the value of the Trump presidency?
3. On Trump being unfairly maligned: I cannot think of any recent President who has verbally lashed out at anyone who dares not agree with him. Why is it OK for Trump to malign and unfair for him to be maligned? You think the birther moment right after Obama got elected was fair? Pray tell us, who was a prominent face of that movement?
4. The end of the death penalty lead to increased crime? Ad hoc ergo propter hoc? Should we credit the Trump administration for the surge of hate crimes? Mass shooting casualties?
5. I offer no defense for red lines re Syria. But is not Trump indulging in drawing lines on the sand as regards North Korea, saved only by how much he and the North Korean leader are in love with each other? Will he also fall in love with the leadership in Iran?
But this is really a defense of the return of manliness to the presidency. No more apology tour, got the pumps and pipes read to drain the swamp, no more letting miscreants walk all over us, animal spirits surging, no more banana-mashing and no more egg white-based flan. And the punch line: Americans are now getting a robust meal of protein. (You may want to reflect on the relationship between a high protein diet and cancer risk.)
What David sees as manliness, I see as macho posturing. Trump is obsessed with looking like a tough guy and leveraging that appearance to outcompete others and rally those who cannot see the difference between manliness and macho posturing. I fail to grasp the analogy with Teddy Roosevelt. Can one imagine Trump saying speak softly and carry a big stick? Challenging himself in the wilderness?
Trump is a loudmouth and not a leader. Neither Clinton nor Obama served in the military. But it was "bone spurs" Trump who maligned war prisoner McCain and got away with it. Can you imagine candidate Obama saying that he preferred soldiers who did not get captured and not paying a huge price for that piece of mindless bombast?
But "while Christ and his saints slept," Trump became the President.
JE comments: Protein or not, this topic has led to a meaty discussion. Trump has a way of doing that. I was also taken aback by David Duggan's assertion on the elimination of the death penalty in Illinois and Maryland. Hasn't the "capital punishment as deterrent" argument been definitively debunked?
In this chart of world cities ranked by murder rate per capita, only three US cities make the top 50: St Louis (death penalty state), Baltimore (recently abolished death penalty), and my own Detroit (never had the death penalty). It would be hard to draw any conclusions from this.