Washington diary

Since I have arrived in North America almost every first conversation with everyone we met was some form of declaration of their disdain of President Trump. None of them knew my own beliefs or what I have been writing. It just seems to be the present-day version of talking about the weather. The most strange was my first ever meeting with my eight-year old cousin who showed me her aquarium with her Siamese fighting fish, strewn with plastic chairs and a desk, with the fish called “Donald Trump in his Office”. She had no particular political views but her parents did, and so has everyone else.

Here in Washington I have been at a series of right-side meetings which have been quite fascinating, and I have listened to Republican legislators on a number of occasions, but not one has said so much as a positive word about PDT. Meanwhile there is no story but Donald Trump Jr having met for a quarter of an hour with a Russian lawyer. Meanwhile the president has himself been in France where he apparently did or said something to the French President’s wife that has led to further frenzy. If anything else happened, I haven’t seen what it is.

But I did come across a black man in a coffee shop with a Trump-Pence sticker on his laptop. So I asked him if he was dinkum so he showed me his Trump cufflinks! So we shook hands and I moved on.

Will also note that the Washington Post sells for $2 and the Washington Times – if you can find one – for only $1.

Anyway, cannot delay. Off to GMU today – the RMIT of the north.

ONE MORE THING: Should also mention the gift shop in the National Gallery on the Mall. They had postcards of Obama but none of PDT so I asked them why. And the answer was that the Donald Trump post cards had all sold out. Everything is possible, but some things are more possible than others.

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25 Responses to Washington diary

  1. Malcolm Thomas

    … but everyone else is wrong and only you are right, as usual eh Steve.

  2. Warty

    This is by no means an original idea, but we tend to mix with those who share our view points, feeling a sense of gratification that our world view is confirmed when these ideas are echoed back to us (invariably an empty can rattling sound).
    I had an interesting conversation with my neighbour’s now fifty something year old school mate. We had got on to politics and he was dumbfounded when I told him I was a conservative.
    ‘But I thought you were an ABC/BBC sort of man’ (his first assumption).
    A little later I told him I submitted articles to several conservative publications . . . ‘not too conservative, I hope’, he replied (his second assumption).
    Well there is much one can say about my interchange with him, apart from the fact that he’d held a number of untested assumptions about me, having met me at David’s place on just two previous occasions, and that he was defensively attempting to stabilise his world view, when these assumptions were exploded.
    What is not uncommon amongst those on the left is that they feel their view point is some sort of social default position. This is often called the ‘moral high ground’. As for me . . . I delight in slumming it.

  3. bobby b

    You’re in D.C. Of course they all hate Trump. D.C. is now the richest area in our country, and, if we followed Trump’s lead, that would end.

    Even if you’re out of D.C. and merely on the coast, you’ll meet few people who will admit to liking Trump.

    This really is a “coastal versus non-coastal” fight.

  4. Helen

    Warty, what applies to your neighbour’s school mate also applies to you.
    You are also caught up in the bias confirmation circle. You should consider whether the ‘left viewpoint’ really is the social default position.
    I follow both right and left wing blogs, and am continually fascinated by how similiar they are in their certainty of occupying the moral high ground.

  5. Zatara

    bobby b,

    The coastal generalization thing only works until you realize that the US has more than 2 coasts. Trump is quite popular on the Gulf Coast for instance, having swept up all of them in the election, and he won most of the states bordering the Great Lakes as well. He also won the southern East coast states.

    A big city vs. the rest of the country is probably more accurate as the big cities are where most of the entitlement industry is concentrated.

  6. A Lurker

    Trump derangement writ large.
    Latter historians will have fun trying to explain the early 21st Century.

  7. Tom

    Warty, what applies to your neighbour’s school mate also applies to you. You are also caught up in the bias confirmation circle. You should consider whether the ‘left viewpoint’ really is the social default position.

    Always the towering arrogance and condescension from leftoids. I bet Helen also thinks the green left is the Sensible Centre, from which Little Lord Fartleroy (h/t Habib) is destroying the party he hijacked.

  8. one old bruce

    American elites think they understand the world. Much like Germans and French but for different reasons, their knowledge of the British Empire is often crude and spectacularly wrong, as they project their own alien experiences onto something beyond their experience: joint families, tribal loyalties rather than ‘faith’ or ‘beliefs’, caste and mass sacrifice; above all, hierarchy.

    Or try to have a nuanced conversation with an American college graduate about say Galileo and be amazed at their cartoonish statements. It seems that mass education has propagated a lowest common denominator mass ignorance about anything beyond their borders among Americans. Starting from such false basis, is it any wonder they have no idea of their place in the world or how they are viewed?

  9. one old bruce

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump is of course a product of the American elite, but as an outsider. He has come to represent ‘ordinary Americans’ who don’t pretend to world awareness, but have the basic common sense of any rural peasant class. What US elites fail to see is that the world’s enthusiasm is for ordinary Americans, not the pretentious and arrogant elites. In the last war, Australians relly fell in love with ordinary Americans and their basic decency and sensibleness, not their leaders so much (MacArthur?) Let us be led by ‘ordinary’ Americans, not their supposed betters.

  10. Texas Jack

    I go to a lot of investment conferences and market talkfests – attending one held by a US investment house only yesterday. How many speakers use Trump as the obligatory session ice-breaker? Since January I haven’t attended one where Trump wasn’t the focus of derision for the lame sake of warming an audience. It’s been noticeably repetitive, but perhaps more disappointing in that everyone but me seems to give back a kind of tacit acknowledgment by laughing at whatever inane comment presenters make, like bogans laughing uncontrollably at a Billy Connolly gig. Surely they weren’t expecting him to use “fook” a zillion times..!?!

    Whatever, the problem is Team Trump’s to resolve, and, sure, maybe they don’t want to and all that because, you know, they’re the Alt-Right and don’t give a toss, but if the average Midwest and rust-belt voter decides they’re sick of their Billy Connolly the Trump presidency will be as useless as some of us have worried it might be. He needs to start getting some wins where it counts. Start surprising. After all, the expectations couldn’t be lower.

  11. struth

    Going to Washington and claiming everyone here hates Trump, is expected.

    It’s like going to Canberra to find a conservative.
    The real ones are few, if any, and are in hiding.
    The ones that claim they are, are lying.
    Same shit, different hemisphere.

    Get out of the termite nests of leftism.
    Hit the unbridled joy that is the freedom of the greatest nation on Earth, by using the many roads, (beautifully maintained compared to ours) to get out of there.
    The left wing termites of Washington blindly build their own colonies and never venture out into the light.

  12. Warty

    In response to Helen, much of what you say is quite right. It boils down to the habits of the individual. Not wanting to pat myself on the back, I do attempt to listen to what others have to say, though I love to debate those issues I know something about.
    My earlier point was mention something I have observed in some of the circles I move in, i.e. that many of those people do have this left leaning default ‘memory chip’. My experience is that I am often the conservative in the woodpile.

  13. IDefender of the faith

    Kates’ blind spot persists. Steve; you might note the facts that emerged in the Trump Jr emails rather than dismiss the “Russian lawyer” meeting as more noise. The email proposing the meeting refers specifically to Russian govt support of the Trump campaign. Trump Jr not only takes the meeting without rejecting the expressed purpose he says he “loves” it. The emails were released by Trump. They confirm that all of his denials about this campaign having encouraged Russian govt support and denials of meetings are lies.
    Krauthammer, who has defended Trump, abhors these lies and has said so publicly.
    This is why everyone who pays attention is deeply worried by Trump. He is wholly unfit for the role.

  14. struth

    Kates’ blind spot persists. Steve; you might note the facts that emerged in the Trump Jr emails rather than dismiss the “Russian lawyer” meeting as more noise. The email proposing the meeting refers specifically to Russian govt support of the Trump campaign. Trump Jr not only takes the meeting without rejecting the expressed purpose he says he “loves” it. The emails were released by Trump. They confirm that all of his denials about this campaign having encouraged Russian govt support and denials of meetings are lies.
    Krauthammer, who has defended Trump, abhors these lies and has said so publicly.
    This is why everyone who pays attention is deeply worried by Trump. He is wholly unfit for the role.

    Why were they meeting Russians?

    To find out what Hillary had been up to.

    They weren’t meeting Jamaicans to find out what Hillary had been up to.
    Why?

    Besides, nothing they are did is a crime and nothing the Russians could do could effect a democratic election of a dirtless candidate.
    Trump jr wasn’t part of the government and still isn’t.

    But here’s the fact the left don’t get.
    They were only talking to Russians about Hillary due to Hillary’s involvement in Russia.
    This is what the press should have been doing.
    Trump is making them do it now.
    And from Monty to the democrats in the U.S., they are too dumb to see it.

    I bet there are a few democrats that want this all shut down.
    This is beautiful to watch.

  15. Fulcrum

    Lets not kid ourselves, the demented anti-Trump syndrome also exists in Australia.
    The anti christian lobpooy, the anti male loby, the anti white lobby , anti heterosexual , anti democratic loby.
    and anti truth loby in the media have things under under control.
    What is left of history is fast disappearing just like the impartiality of the law.
    Wake up.and smell the coffee, while you can.

  16. Pusnip

    Wow struth, what a powerful defence of Junior, Jared’s and Manuforts’ meeting with the Russians – not. Junior released the emails because they were about to be published. They exposed that his first statemen on the meeting WA a lie. Today it emerges that there was also a former Russian intilligence operative at the meeting. The Trump team have lied – they call it memory lapses – consistently.
    Give up on the Conway/Fox ‘alternative facts’ and talking points – you are only disgracing yourself further.

  17. Pusnip

    And Fulcrum, while like you I detest the proliferation of political correctness in the MSM here, you only besmirch a good argument when you lump anti-Trumpism in with PC reporting. Trumps problems in the US MSM are mainly his own doinv. Weekdays interesting is that when MSM operatives lie, they are fired; for the Trump team, incits media spokespeople, lying and obfuscating is at the top of the job description.

  18. IDefender of the faith

    Struth: you seem to have totally missed the point. Trump Jnr acknowledged and encouraged Russian Government interference in the US presidential election. The emails trump released document this and confirm that Trump has been lying consistently about it. The only way you exonerate trump on this is to wilfully ignore the facts.

  19. mh

    But I did come across a black man in a coffee shop with a Trump-Pence sticker on his laptop. So I asked him if he was dinkum so he showed me his Trump cufflinks! So we shook hands and I moved on.

    The Left would call him an Uncle Tom.

  20. alexnoaholdmate

    Or try to have a nuanced conversation with an American college graduate about say Galileo and be amazed at their cartoonish statements.

    I was once sneeringly informed by an American with a masters degree that we all owed an enormous debt to the Democrats because they had freed the slaves.

    Also, Kennedy had defeated Hitler.

    Also, Richard Nixon started the Vietnam War.

    And again, this was not some moron off the street. This was someone with a masters degree – a future leader of that nation.

  21. struth

    Couldn’t be bothered arguing with TDS sufferers.
    If there was a shred of wrong doing Trump will be going down.
    If the slightest fart could bring a president down the entire MSM , and most of the world really,would be hanging around his freckle with microphones and trying to work out ways to have him eat nothing but baked beans.

    Get back to me when you have something.
    Sad fucks.
    You should have learned by now.

  22. bobby b

    Zatara
    #2441345, posted on July 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    “The coastal generalization thing only works until you realize that the US has more than 2 coasts.”

    Nits are being picked.

    In the geosocial world of the U.S., we have two coasts. We have the East Coast, and we have the West Coast.

    We don’t have a South Coast in our political terminology, and (Great Lakes or not) we certainly don’t have a North Coast.

  23. True Aussie

    Try getting out of your bubble for once Steve. DC is full of leeches sucking life out of the taxpayer and Trump looks to them like a big carton of salt so of course they dob’t like him. If only there was a politician in Australia with the balls to crack down on taxpayer funded parasites in the APS and academia.

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