Well, how did it go?

As a matter of fact, it could not have gone any better. Ross Cameron came and spoke on Donald Trump. Mark Latham came and spoke on Donald Trump. And then I spoke on Donald Trump. And as a coincidence it was also the 100th day since Donald Trump had become president. So a few highlights.

First, to find a room entirely full of Trump supporters is one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in many a while. For most of us, you know someone here or there, and occasionally come across someone else who, after oh so carefully venturing an opinion here and a comment there, and then listening very closely to the kind of response you proceed to sort of, very tentatively, go on to sort of venture into a slightly more open discussion until you find that well, bless my soul, this other person also would have voted for Trump, which since we are in Australia, no one actually does. This time, instead, it was a whole room full of such people – although it did turn out there was a media person from the Fairfax organisation who actually revealed him(her)self and in so doing, did not in even the slightest end up in fear for his/her life. But for the rest of us, a very good time was had by all.

And while a blogger’s life is spent in front of the console typing out whatever thoughts one has, public speaking is a different kind of art and we were genuinely blessed with Ross Cameron and Mark Latham. A reuniting of The Outsiders reminding us of those Sky News vandals who have broken up the set. I could have listened forever – absolutely outstanding presentations but others who were there are invited to add their own thoughts – but eventually it was my turn, where, more or less, I followed the script I had outlined so I will only discuss a few added bits from the Q&A that came after.

So there was the question, what have I been surprised about these first hundred days, both on the plus side and then on the negative. For me, there has not been a negative of any kind. I am aware there are some who seem to think that these first hundred days should have been a major disappointment, but the only thing I have had confirmed, as I said on the night, was how useless the actual Republican Party is. Without Trump, nothing of any serious importance would change. The average of the spectrum across the party is Hillary-lite. Trump has made all the difference. As for what I have discovered that was unexpected on the plus side is how temperamentally sound he is. He does politics at an amazingly high level. No doubt he had plenty of time to learn the trade negotiating within New York and elsewhere about various projects he has had to bring through political systems of one kind or another. And now, having to deal with the consequences of Obama’s incompetence and outright anti-American malice, he has enough on his mind to occupy three presidents. I do have to say that more than ever, if you thought Obama was all right in some things and not so good in others, your political judgements are less than useless. If you are not endlessly grateful that it is Trump and not more of the same I really cannot tell you how great a fool I think you are. There are plenty of them, but their lives will only continue to work because they are oblivious of the harm Obama did and the good that Trump is capable of bringing, if he can only get the Republicrats to go along.

And the point I also made was that we do not live in Montana, where an isolationist US which has pulled its international outreach within its borders, will make little immediate difference. We are out here at the south end of Asia in the middle of the Pacific an isolated outpost of Western values. If you like this way of life and want it to continue, you had better hope that Trump continues to seek to enforce the Pax Americana that has existed since the 1940s.

The other thing that came up was my offhand comment to the effect that the parties of the left have never accomplished a single positive outcome on anything. They have brought with them mass misery through the various communist revolutions we have seen around the globe. But even where they have not been able to completely subvert our free communities and market economies, they have limited our freedoms and lowered economic outcomes, repeatedly impoverishing the bottom rungs of society by pretending to provide benefits they never quite seem able to achieve. Every government of the left is eventually thrown out because of the damage they do, but back they come as soon as 50.1% of the population have forgotten the mayhem that comes with socialist practice. And having said it, I have not been able to conjure up in my mind a single counter instance where a party of the left has done some kind of general good. Meanwhile there is the shining example of Venezuela before us to remind those with the wit to understand exactly what happens if you let these people take over the political control-room with no means available to get them out again.

You can buy your own copy of The Art of the Impossible from the Book Depository for a mere $A32.48 with worldwide free delivery. The more I read the papers, the more I see the need for this book since it reminds you of the cultural-Marxist world we have been spared but which our brainless and fantastically ignorant media and political class will pull us back into the first chance they get. Read it and remind yourself of the narrow escape we have had, which will also hopefully fortify you for the ongoing assault by these 25-watt low-grade political elites and graduates of our schools of journalism.

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20 Responses to Well, how did it go?

  1. Rabz

    The day it became clear he had been elected my stock portfolio plummeted $17,000.

    In one afternoon.

    Brexit only saw a reduction of around $10,000.

    Within three weeks of FT’s election it had gone up $27,000 and kept slightly increasing from then.

    I’m still waiting for some concrete announcements of tax cuts, though. I know he’s been chipping away at the excessive regulatory burden in the meantime.

  2. Roger

    The more I read the papers, the more I see the need for this book since it reminds you of the cultural-Marxist world we have been spared but which our brainless and fantastically ignorant media and political class will pull us back into the first chance they get.

    Goodness, Steve!

    Spared? Cultural Marxism reigns in our institutions.

    The battle has only just been engaged.

  3. Shy Ted

    Don’t forget to watch the ABC version of Trump’ first 100 days this evening, chaired by Mr Trioli who, along with all the other academics at the United States Study Centre, predicted a Clinton win. It’s Australia’ most trusted source of news don’t ya know. Without bias or agenda no less.

  4. Malcolm

    First, to find a room entirely full of Trump supporters is one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in many a while.

    What your bathroom? And, Kates, it seems you only like having acolytes rather than critics. I thought this blog was about libertarianism not self promotion or ego. Conflict of interest warning is warranted.

  5. Malcolm

    Sometimes I think Steve Kates wants to be like Kim Kardashian. Only Steve is less attractive and less intelligent than Kim.

  6. politichix

    Malcolm, you’re talking complete shit.

  7. Malcolm

    politichix no I’m not. All of the other contributors to the cat – Sinc, I am Spartacus, Rafe etc do not engage in self promotion. Steve Kates has consistently used this blog for self promotion. Shameful.

  8. Rob MW

    Sometimes I think Steve Kates wants to be like Kim Kardashian. Only Steve is less attractive and less intelligent than Kim.

    Good point mate. From behind the keyboard you could have 1,000 trolls agree that you made a good point. Steve’s jealously of Kim Kardashian is completely obvious when he recites his attendance at a function that has nothing to do with tits & arseholes.

  9. Jimf

    The comment about a room full of head nodders is counterproductive Steve . When libertarians bemoan the cancer of lefty group think ( rightfully) they shouldn’t celebrate the same when it suits .As for the Fairfax droid; at an event like this would have been better to proactively invite and encourage ABC, Guardian etc types . Much more clever to romance the enemy …
    Sounded like a terrific night though , well done . If DT does nothing except drastically reduce the tax burden on business in the US then he’s been the change needed . All good things come when enterprise can flourish. The rest is noise. Progressive noise .

  10. Eddystone

    There’s nothing wrong with enjoying being among like-minded people.

    As Steve said earlier, even in the Australian, the anti-Trump undercurrent makes much of it unreadable.

    One of the sports writers even injected an anti-Trump barb into a golf write up! Apparently one of the players had Mexican ancestors, and that was enough to trigger a little dig. It just gets tiresome.

  11. Bad Samaritan

    For Malcolm etc; It’s Proverbs 13:20 over and over again.

    “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

    OK, so Kim Kardashian is walking with the wise and Steve Kates is in the company of fools? Is this really how you see it, Malcolm?

  12. Tailgunner

    Much more clever to romance the enemy …

    Yes,yes, that’s the way! Spinning bowtie “real Conservatives” know this is true.
    JimF reading from the book of Trumble…sheesh!

  13. Techo

    Certainly a night in good company. Interesting point Ross made that nork test missiles were landing in the sea the exact distance to Tokyo. Hadn’t seen that. No wonder they’re sh*** themselves.

  14. Docket62 (deplorable)

    Well done Steve.. will buy a copy on return to Oz. In France and fortunate to be here for elections… and so many here are for Le Pen… but as soon as the socio economics drop (and the welfare kicks in) the pointer swings the other way. Can only hope the same thing happens here….

  15. Helen

    Well done Steve, I am glad it was a good night and would have been happy to be in the company of those with whom I did not have to think about what I was about to say before I said it. So relaxing. And recharging.

  16. Jo Smyth

    Who is this Malcolm. Is his other name Turnbull and is this his only way of getting a dig at Trump because he will have to be so falsely nice when he meets him in person.

  17. Tel

    Sounded like a terrific night though , well done . If DT does nothing except drastically reduce the tax burden on business in the US then he’s been the change needed . All good things come when enterprise can flourish. The rest is noise. Progressive noise .

    Not entirely, if US government spending blows out and runs into an even more massive deficit, something will give out. Not sure exactly how, but it won’t be good.

  18. Defender of the faith

    So. Anyone with sincere doubts about Trump is a fool. And this from a trumped up 🙂 lifetime bureaucrat.

  19. papachango

    to find a room entirely full of Trump supporters

    surely this wasn’t a libertarian gathering then? Apart from some promised tax cuts that haven’t come through yet, Trump’s policies seem rather anti-libertarian. More isolationist, protectionist and nationalist I’d say

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