Donald Trump, Black History Month, and Made Up Outrage

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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President Trump has taken a lot of crap from the left over his recent acknowledgement of black history month.

His short speech has caused a firestorm of criticism and ridicule over Trump’s highlighting of one famous black icon, Frederick Douglass.

As most are aware Trump said of Douglass, that he “is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more I noticed…”

From that statement, virtually everyone on the left concluded that Trump thinks that Douglass is still alive and that he doesn’t know anything about Douglass. Really? It couldn’t be that Douglass just doesn’t get the press, or constant recognition that other, modern day civil rights leaders receive, because that’s they way I understood it. I thought it was just another Trumpism – that anyone Trump appreciates or likes, does, or has done, “an amazing job.”

When that row between Trump and John Lewis, the once civil rights leader and now democrat sell-out, occurred, we heard from Lewis on countless occasions – as well as other black leaders. I listened to many of those speeches and commentaries. I don’t recall hearing the name Frederick Douglass come up once. read more

I’d Cast My Vote for Trump’s Speechwriter

by: the Common Constitutionalist

On his Monday evening radio program, Mark Levin spoke of Donald Trump’s foreign policy/immigration speech. He said: “Trump gave a pretty good speech today and people ought to listen to it. When he’s focused – when he’s on message – and when he says things that most of us agree with, we ought to acknowledge that – if we’re going to be intellectually honest.”

This may be the first time I’ve kind of disagreed with Mark. I, like Mark and many true conservatives who haven’t yet partaken of the Trump Kool-Aid, thought it was a great speech – probably the best he’s done. But this wasn’t a Trump speech. It was measured and well thought out, lacking (most of) the usual bombast – a speech I personally don’t believe Trump could write himself. And that’s my problem. I’m not sure this is Trump’s message – at least not consistently.

We’ve all heard Trump speak extemporaneously and it’s not pretty. It used to be effective, but now it’s just tiresome and repetitive. But lately he has confined himself, for the most part, to reading teleprompter speeches – which is much better for him.

However, it is painfully obvious when he strays from the prompter. He repeats himself – he overemphasizes his statements to the point where they sound cartoonish. He then either run’s out of exclamations or realizes he’s strayed and it’s back on the teleprompter. read more

Trump Is a Fitting End to the Week of No

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This past week seemed to be the week of no. As predicted by anyone with any common sense willing to really look at the overall fiscal health of America and the world – surprise surprise – the Fed announced there will be no interest rate hike. This despite rumors that there might be one this time around.

But of course there wasn’t. Everyone knew it. Not even the stock market reacted this time. Now there are rumors that there won’t be even a hint of one for the foreseeable future. Ahh – the Obama recovery – almost 8 years along.

Then there was the assurance (again) from Mitch McConnell that there will be no government shut down. Now there’s a shocker! Under no circumstance will McConnell allow for a shut down. Not over spending and certainly not over Planned Parenthood (those pesky social issues).

But you just wait until after the Republicans take the White House. Then he’ll come out guns a-blazin! Right.

And of course, to end the week – there still has been no apology from The Donald for something he didn’t say. The nerve of him not apologizing for something he didn’t say. read more