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Trump's Presidency

Updated on January 22, 2017

Just A Dream

Just a dream, or more?

We vote for what we most want.

What we get is less.

Walk, or ride?

In some ways the world is like this photo:  a narrow path forward beset by a slew of problems.
In some ways the world is like this photo: a narrow path forward beset by a slew of problems. | Source

Now he is in the driver's seat, but who is coming along?

One of the many interesting observations made immediately after President Trump's inaugural speech went like this: "Having just lambasted the previous presidents and the sitting Congress, who is he going to have left to work with?"

President Trump's supporters may be with him, just as they were in the recent campaign, no matter what he says and does.

But starting Monday, January 23, 2017 the "doing" became the testing of the man.

His supporters were not surprised by anything in his inaugural speech. In fact it is likely that they hoped for the inclusion of the campaign promises, and that those promises would remain Trump's vision for the path ahead.

His opponents, however, seemed aghast that his speech seemed to have no faint echos of his November victory speech's acceptance of the need for a fatherly call for unity going forward.

President Trump appears to retain his father's dictum that the world is made up of winners and losers, and the folks who count are only the winners who the less they allow themselves to be encumbered by the losers, the more successful they will be.

Trump is a verbal pugilist. He doesn't mince his words. His resolve is to do exactly what he says he will do, and to do it his way because he is confident his way is the best way, so why approach it any differently.

That he seems to have chosen advisors who have been outstandingly successful in their own chosen professions, men and women who have what appear to be more reasoned and realistic views of what it will take to carry out Trump's stated goals, offers hope of approaches that will temper his steel.

No matter who finally won the American presidency, the path ahead was going to be fraught with dangers and limitations. With America's leadership chosen, it seems certain that nothing will stay the same. Things will either get better, or worse.

President Trump's supporters see in him a man who realizes his ambitions and gets results.

His opponents see him as many things, mostly negative, and little short of an impostor and a bully to be resisted at every step.

Such divergent views of Trump's potential leadership can lead to the same stalemate that his predecessor faced in his eight year presidency.

Winning an Electoral College presidency, while losing the popular vote, is an opening round handicap to be overcome in the rounds ahead.

President Trump's personal and political life will receive even more scrutiny than even he might have expected. That scrutiny can prove him or destroy him, and strain his apparently tight family bonds in the 48 months ahead.

As with all leaders at his level (and he currently sits on the peak) he can reflect on another Republican president's thoughts and prayers. When, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was told that things would go well, if the Union was on God's side, Lincoln replied that things would only go well, if God was on the Union's side.

So it will probably be with President Donald John Trump's presidency.

By the time when cherry blossoms adorn the trees of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C., we should all have a better idea of what those first 100 days of Trump's presidency have amounted to, and of his path ahead.

Cherry Blossoms and a white house....what birds will come home to roost?

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. I think we have two years. Will anyone or everyone in the legislature align with him or distance themselves from him in an election.

      I started a new business once. 3 months in we were literally hungry. 7 months in and we were paying off debt and living the high life. At a great 12 month mark I got diagnosed with a stage four cancer. Bye bye business. Getting it done is sometimes painful, especially when the failure comes out of left field and is not anyone's fault.

      I just get frustrated and bite my tongue when any of my children stand static. I beg them to try and fail.

      This next year is going to hurt. My home expects it. The result could be ruined by natural disaster or war. But the need to grow is paramount. In mid term elections I will be ready, informed and committed one way or the other.

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      Yves 3 months ago

      The pendulum always swings the other way. This time around, it swung drastically...but this shift had been happening all along. Let us not forget that the Democrats lost about 1000 seats in the eight years Obama was in power.

      Trump is bombastic, but he also is a very hard worker. Let's see if he can learn to schmooze across party lines. Certainly, Obama never did. We just have to wait and see. I will say, he isn't wasting anytime getting started. It's too bad the Democrats are now stalling confirming his cabinet picks, out of pure spite. I think there is hope, primarily because the GOP is now the majority, and because Trump is not enamoured with large government, which frankly, never works for any nation that wants to be prosperous.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey gorgeous. (sorry you do not leave your real name and you do leave a rather provocative picture) So we assume mentioning you by your looks is appropriate. This may be why good women march. If that is wrong let me know.

      I think we are at a point where there is no barrier. In the last ten years or so I have seen no new barriers. But I say move forward and move with force, our new first lady will not ignore you.

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      Yves 3 months ago

      Lol. I didn't mean to be provocative. I'd just had my hair done and I took a selfie to send to someone who had recommended the hair stylist. (She must have done an even better job than I thought. Haha.)

      Anyway, Melania is unlikely to know me. Scratch that. Never going to meet her in a million years. At any rate, she is a beautiful First Lady. It will be fun to see all the beautiful things she wears.

      And yes, I will stay strong (Mostly).

      My names is Yves.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Her focus will be on anti-bullying, and we can use all of that she can dish out!

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      Yves 3 months ago

      Awesome. I'd heard her say that once, but had completely forgotten. Thanks, Demas.

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      Jack Lee 3 months ago from Yorktown NY

      BTW, Melania is not only beautiful, but smart. Her IQ is 156.

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      greenmind 3 months ago

      If you voted for Trump, he's all yours. If you didn't, it's time to resist those things that offend you. We all know that this is how democracy works, so let it work.

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      Yves 3 months ago

      What things, pray tell. He has been President for 3 days. The left is being ridiculous and intolerant, as usual. Ever heard of waiting to see what someone accomplishes before passing judgment?

      Wait, silly question. The left is incapable of doing that. They've driven that fact home, over and over again. Their intolerance is tiresome, and a waste of energy.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      greenmind - I did just that this morning with both a Question for Hubbers and a satirical poem to set the scene.

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      Jack Lee 3 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Greenmind, I totally agree. What one does to "resist" is the question? Is the riots in DC part of that? Is the peaceful rally in NYC part of that? Is the speeches made by Madonna part of that? ... all good and fair questions. Is obstruction in Congress part of that? Is boycott inauguration a part of that?

      Is putting out fake news a part of that? Is the paid protests by George Soros funded groups a part of that? I can go on...

      The real effective way to bring about change is the model of the TEA party after Obama's election. They accomplished what they set out to do over the years peacefully...despite the false claim of racism...

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      Jack Lee 3 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I agree, let the debate on issues begin...

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      Yves 3 months ago

      Demas, I could give you a dozen examples of Obama's not taking the high road. Like when he broke the law by targeting conservative groups via the IRS, or when he secretly got phone records from AP Press journalists, or when he had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process, or when he had Susan Rice lie about the Benghazi attacks, claiming they were a result of a video, or when he was fined $375,000 by the Fed Election Comm. for breaking campaign finance laws, or when he forced through 20,000 extra pages to Obamacare, bypassing the need for Congressional approval. I could go on, but BHO is not the president anymore, in part because he did Not take the high road.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      jackclee lm - When former president Obama, looking ahead to what would come after his presidency, made it a point to appeal to our democratic principles, traditions, and heritage (some more perfected than others) he took the high road, while some others from both major parties have demonstrated the low road by their actions following the end of his second term.

      When things cool down, and they must, we can all get to the serious work of trying to make America become true to its potential, or have the extra burdens of dragging others along kicking and screaming.

      Our HP opportunities allow us to debate with each other and express our written opinions and our hoped for proposed solutions. Solutions are the keys we might want to concentrate on.

      The 2016 Election campaigns allowed the vitriol and shouting. Now it seems time for reasoned watchfulness and patriotic discussion toward reasoned accomplishments across party lines.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      savvydating - I have hidden a much earlier comment (the one you justly responded to) to make it clear exactly when I thought Obama had taken the high road (namely in his January 2017 speeches looking forward.) Thanks for calling me on my non-specificity.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for responding to my comment here. Yves is a great name. As I thought about our First Lady, it kind of hit me that we will not see much or her in action until around June. I understand she is devoted to her and until summer break will be busy with him.

      Oops that reminds me I have to go pick up my son from school!

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      Jack Lee 3 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Perspy, I heard Obama's farewell speech and I praised him on it. The problem was, as I commented at the time, he should have given that speech 8 years earlier and followed his own advice. He would have had a more successful legacy.

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      Yves 3 months ago

      Demas, thank you for clarifying things. My understanding is that Obama's inaugural speech was identical to one he had made before. I heard it on Frontline. Will try to find another source.

      Anyway, my point is that the speech was disingenuous in that BO knows how to use lofty rhetoric to his advantage...even if he has to use basically the Same Speech, for his presidential inauguration, that he had already used before.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There is a wonderful linguistic notion of city versus country. Highfalutin language turns off those of us raised country. I can do highfalutin but not if a want a ration of bacon down at the general store.

      City slicker Trump clearly has deep roots from when he grew up, maybe Brooklyn or wherever but he talks straight. I trust that more than BHO or guys like him. Harvard makes me squirm. Yale is almost livable. Fancy words to these folks is like a diamond necklace on their own neck.

      No heart to it.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good commentary, one and all. Glad you joined in.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Disregard this extra one was a duplicate of the previous comment.

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      Yves 3 months ago

      My son said the same thing about Trump's having been raised in Brooklyn. His feeling is that Trump was exposed to everyday humanity on a daily basis. I hadn't thought of that, but there might be something to it, Eric.

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      Sanxuary 3 months ago

      I think expectations are predictable. Mean people do not become nice in a day. Rich people especially really rich people are on no level with ordinary people. Those who believe they are above the law will break the law when they believe they can. Penalty's mean nothing as long as you can pay them. If you lie constantly you will no longer recognize the truth. Your opinion is not stronger then public opinion. Every person you hurt also hurts those around them and they are innocent but innocent no more. If you attained your position by ruthlessness you have taught your adversary's that ruthlessness works. What is served will be returned to you later because it tasted like crap but they are still waiting to see whats on the plate.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Sanxuary - I thought as I read you comment above, about those same arguments having been made against both Donald and Hillary during the 2015-2016 election campaigning. Someone also made a related comment about Harvard-educated elites with a side mention made about Yalies. My mother taught me "Handsome is as handsome does" and I see no value in a poll that measures public approval of Trump after no more, and perhaps less than one day of leading this country. I'll stick with a future look at "Handsome is as handsome does."

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      This is an interesting overview of the situation and a well-presented argument of possibilities. We can only wait and see. I find our change of circumstances here in Britain refreshing and full of hope so maybe the same will apply to the USA. There are many who seek to put us down for the sheer pleasure of doing so, the doom-mongers and the power-seekers, but I'm trusting that good and reason and foresight can win.

      Ann

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      abbart - Your comment reminds me of this quote: Bryant S. Hinckley taught his son that "Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve."

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      Demas W Jasper 2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Keep in mind whenever you are frustrated by some political maneuvering that keeps what seems to be the right thing from happening: "There's more than one way to skin a cat!"

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      Demas W Jasper 2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Today I purchased a souvenir of the Inauguration, a 1/20/2017 receipt from a Wendy's restaurant for two Junior Fried Chicken Sandwiches. The cost was $2.14 including Utah County's .0685 sales tax.

      Any time I want to I can subject the Trump Administration to my "Chicken Test."

      Namely how does that $2.14 change during the next four years.

      I want service workers to make better incomes. I want Americans, myself included, to sacrifice for a strong military and secure borders, I will "buy American" (even at an increased cost) so American workers make American quality products and earn American quality incomes.

      So my "Chicken Test" may not be fair, but show me the changes I want and the changes in the "Chicken Test" won't matter as much. (Demas in a Letter To The Editor of Newsmax, 1/20/2017)

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      Jack Lee 2 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That is a good and simple test. A better test would be the actual number of people employed, the U6 number combined with the average hourly wages. These two are the true economic indicator. Finally the average GDP is a gage on the rate of growth over the next four years. The 8 years of Obama averaged only 1.9 %.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      jackclee lm - Thanks, as always, for a comment with substance.

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