Trump as a non-political pragmatist

A piece attributed to Charles Krauthammer is circulating by email. Snopes said that it has been around for some time and it was written by someone else. It is supposed to represent second thoughts by Krauthammer who initially did not go for Trump. In any case it is an interesting take and worthy of discussion.

Read what he thinks of him now!

To my friends “of a different persuasion” I’m not trying to sell anything or anyone but I do feel this is an interesting take on our very controversial president who I truly believe is not Republican or Democrat.

A different take on Donald Trump. He has a non-political agenda.

Trump Is Not a Liberal or a Conservative. He’s a “Pragmatist.”
(Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straight forward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.)

I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. It is my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.

Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.

Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being. Denial of what the real problems are, weak, timid, ineffective appeasement oriented leadership that amounts to a government afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

Immigration isn’t a Republican problem, it isn’t a Liberal problem, it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

The impending collapse of the economy wasn’t a Liberal or Conservative problem, it was an American problem. That said, it is a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution. It would never have been fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect.

Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.

Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it.

Here again, successful businessmen, like Trump, who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work, you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers.

I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because:

(1) he is opposed to the “good old boy” method of brokering back room deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;

(2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who he owes regarding donations;

(3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology;

(4) he says what he is thinking, is unapologetic for his outspoken thoughts, speaks very traightforwardly using everyday language that can be understood by all (and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway) making him a great communicator, and for the most part, does what he says he will do, and;

(5) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us?
Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

I submit that a pragmatist is just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence and call it arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives. It’s also common among politicians who have never really solved a problem, because it’s better to still have an issue, or issues to be solved, so they can be re-elected to solve them, (which never really happens), and those politicians who have always played it safe because they’re not willing to risk failure while trying to achieve success.

Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job. That says it all.
He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he loves his country.

God Bless America
~ Dr. Charles Krauthammer

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59 Responses to Trump as a non-political pragmatist

  1. Singleton Engineer

    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.

  2. RobK

    Someone of Trump’s means and experience is up for a challenge. I believe he has much to offer, like putting public service back in the public servants.
    I think this article is pretty well on the money. It’s a uniting force. Everyone(pretty much) likes winning.

  3. Confused Old Misfit

    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.

    That does not disqualify him as a pragmatist. And the other candidates, of either stripe, were no more or less acquainted with veracity than he.

  4. mh

    President Donald Trump SPEECH at White House 4th of July Picnic for Military Families – July 4, 2018

    Melania looking as hot as hell.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qK-s5RWb874

  5. Confused Old Misfit

    Melania looking as hot as hell.

    BUT

    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.

  6. RobK

    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.
    What is this supposed to mean?

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    Trump is a stranger to the u,n,communist globalist fascist “truth “ ,as concocted by the u.n. Department of disinformation you know the “truth” the left media prints and spruiks.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    RobK
    #2755950, posted on July 5, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.
    What is this supposed to mean?

    It is supposed to mean that Trump perambulates on the outskirts of veracity.
    Short version: He lies.
    Reality: His hyperbole sometimes pushes the boundaries of veracity. Nevertheless, he is no worse than any contemporary public figure and certainly a great deal better than any of the Democratic alternatives.

  9. If you follow Q, you will develop a perspective of the conflict involving the support team for POTUS 45 and the insane corruption, treason, and sedition at work in the Deep State, and in previous administrations in particular.

  10. RobK

    Thanks COM,
    It was either that or:
    He is also a stranger to the truth. (like the rest)

  11. Perth Trader

    Deep down people can tell bullshit from a mile off. That’s why no ones listening to the major parties. Trump isn’t offering crap..its the real deal. Building a wall, rebuilding industrials, deporting illegals,no more climate rubbish. Whats not to like?

  12. BorisG

    There is some truth (and I said it before) that trump is not a conservative but a pragmatist. Many conservatives are going to be disappointed when he does not push for social conservative agenda.

    However some stuff in the article is kind of BS. Like stuff about China and trade. Being unburdened by ideology is also being unburdened by basic theory like economics 101.

    And risk to Trump’s ‘financial empire’. LOL

  13. BorisG

    Any minimally serious article on trump should analyze both his successes and failures.

  14. Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being. Denial of what the real problems are, weak, timid, ineffective appeasement oriented leadership that amounts to a government afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

    This sounds like our Malcolm and his cronies.

  15. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    “Melania looking as hot as hell.
    BUT
    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.”

    Says more about you than he. From your remark I could claim you are a mysognist and unlike DT not pragmatic. The old saying ” How can you tell when a politician is lying? …. when their lips are moving” says it all. They all fudge and well all know it! Now lets let DT get on with it while our Emperor Mal fiddles while Rome aka Canberra burns.

  16. classical_hero

    If you compare the majority of President Trump’s policies with President Clinton, you will find very few differences. That’s what I find funny is how far left the left have gone that President Clinton and what he did is considered extreme.

  17. Mother Lode

    Trump is also a stranger to the truth.

    What is this supposed to mean?

    It is one of the hodge-podge of random unconnected accusations and claims to be thrown about which, for lack of context, are generally ignored as the eruptive suppurations of people unable to articulate an argument.

    But when enough of these get tossed about they begin, due to ubiquity, to be accepted. Then they can be hauled out later when you want to make an accusation when it does matter.

    Like Ronald Reagan’s supposed dotage while he was President, or GWB being an idiotic religious nutter – GWB had flaws enough but he was no more idiotic than his predecessors and immediate successor, but he was a hell of a lot more ethical.

    Or Obama being a great speaker.

  18. Mother Lode

    Any minimally serious article on trump should analyze both his successes and failures.

    A brand new criterion of ‘serious’ hastily minted just so this one article can be dismissed.

    The article is about how Krauthammer was wrong about Trump. If his point is that Trump is better than he expected than why should he talk about anything other than how – without having to reiterate defects he has previously stated.

    If the difference between the old view and the new view are plusses, and the article is talking about the differences between his old take on Trump and his new take on him, then the subject matter will be all positives.

  19. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    “Or Obama being a great speaker.” Used to play his speeches to cure my insomnia.

  20. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    Mother Lode you speak too much sense. This will confuse the swamp dwellers.

  21. Gary

    Mother Lode exposing the BorisG code better then I can.

  22. Mother Lode

    Alexi,

    Remember Obama giving Queen Elizabeth an iPod with, among other things, recordings of his own speeches.

    He seemed really to believe he was the greatest orator ever.

    Imagine if he was in Churchill’s position and, somehow, he hadn’t been able to placate Hitler with a leg-tingling speech and abject surrender.

    If…if…if…if…if I choose to stand up to him, all Europe…er…uh…er…may be free unlike the s…s…s…s…slaves they oppressed for centuries and the…I…I…we…and the life of the world may move…er…uh…yeah, we’re gonna…errr…forward into broad, uplit sunlands I remember from my old neighbourhood. But if…if…if…if we fail, then the whole world, including…er…er…I…uh…me……..the United States…uhh…and the dark stain of slavery on white…er…America…er…um…, including all that we have known and cared for…er…er…like I care for…uh…Michelle…will sink into the abyss of a new Dark…er…er…or should I say White Age made more…er…er…uh…sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of sceptical, non-peer reviewed science. Let you therefore…er…er..erm…brace yourselves as I…I…I do to our duties, and so bear ourselves…er…me…I…uh…I…we…me that, if the British err…err…uh…Empire…I mean…if…if…if…if…I last for a thousand years (Allah willing), the whole panoply of genders, sexual orientations, races, legal…er…uh…er…statuses and species, all speaking from a single er…er…erm..I…I single bathroom, will still say, “This was his finest hour.”

  23. mh

    It’s official. Hottest FLOTUS on record.

  24. Louis Hissink

    Lying is all about avoiding anticipated pain, so it’s a natural defence mechanism.

    It’s the ideologically driven who see lying as a moral issue.

    Which suggests Trump isn’t ideologically driven, but avoids policies that don’t work. It’s negative thinking in the sense that determining what something isn’t leads, albeit slowly, to what it might be. Positivists, on the other hand, assert what something is, and when contradiction appears, refuse to admit their positive view might be at fault; so act the ideologically driven.

    No wonder his opponents, left and right, are confused.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    Obama was like his fellow traveller giliard , semi literate , never read a decent book in their lives and lapped up the socialist crap because it was easier than thinking ,serious thinking can damage your tiny brain ,,take the teleprinter away and he was virtually speechless ,like giliard take away the speeches written by an English speaker and she was Shazza from the ministry houses .

  26. Lying is all about avoiding anticipated pain, so it’s a natural defence mechanism.

    It’s the ideologically driven who see lying as a moral issue.

    Wow Louis, you really have no moral compass at all.

    Also I see Q was invoked in dead serious manner upthread. You lot are going insane. Or are just very, very dumb.

  27. Indolent

    Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job. That says it all.
    He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he loves his country.

    This is what I’ve been saying from the very beginning. What he is doing is nothing short of self sacrifice. At a stage when most people retire, he could be sitting back enjoying the fruits of his labour for the rest of his life lionized by the very people who are abusing him now.

  28. Felix Kruell

    A pragmatist usually has a straight forward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.)

    Yes that definitely describes Trumps completely unemotional twitter rants…

    For a pragmatist who doesn’t use the old boys special deals way of doing business, Trump is remarkably adept at awarding jobs to old friends. Not that there are many left now…

  29. Hottest FLOTUS on record.

    That would have been Marylin Monroe or Jefferson’s black mistress.

  30. mh

    That would have been Marylin Monroe or Jefferson’s black mistress.

    Except neither of them were First Lady.

    Not sure why you are doing this to yourself, Dot.

  31. Gary

    Wow Louis, you really have no moral compass at all.

    He! m0ntys trying to get to high ground by using a greased stripper poll.

  32. mh
    #2756377, posted on July 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Um yes, what on earth made you think I thought JFK was actually married to Marylin?

    Do you have a touch of autism this week?

    Sheesh.

  33. Boambee John

    What is this Q that the reactionary running dog lackey of the fascist left establishment is rabbitting on about?

    He seems critical of it, yet at the same time strangely familiar with it.

  34. J.H.

    Donald Trump is shifting the political landscape… It’s fascinating to watch. This man is truly extraordinary.

    He has literally shaken the geopolitical tree and whole branches of rot have come down, monkeys and all. Donald Trump has pulled the plug and not only Washington’s swamp, but swamps all round the world are gurgling. Citizens are now demanding that things change. The political class in Europe are being forced to do their actual job, and represent their own countries and citizens needs and concerns instead of “Saving the World”.

    Donald Trump is a little bit like Winston Churchill…. A man for the moment, because the at the moment America requires a man like Trump… Indeed world politics requires America to have a man like Trump.

    And the Socialists are seething with hate over it.

  35. Boambee John

    And the Socialists are seething with hate over it.

    But enough about m0nty.

  36. Donald Trump is a little bit like Winston Churchil

    We shall fight them on the golf course, we shall fight them in hotel rooms with porn stars, and we shall fight them while sitting on a golden toilet.

  37. Egor

    The Socialist’s current extreme trauma is because they really truly thought they had become the permanent default American culture.
    Reasonable, they believed that their capture of education, the media, the bureaucracy and anti nation state globalists everywhere gave them game, set, match.
    And then there was Trump, whose continuous campaign rallies, latest in Montana, make the Democrats look like they’re led by Nancy or Maxine or Chuck or some other marxist joke.

  38. struth

    Monty, sniffs, hands in pockets (as usual), kicks the dirt, waddles home with the sulks.

    When will the day ever come?
    When will it be THE day?

    Anyhow, I think the writer here over thinks things.
    Trump is a President employing Republican values.
    It’s just the Republicans haven’t been doing that.

  39. RobK

    J.H.
    He has literally shaken the geopolitical tree and whole branches of rot have come down, monkeys and all. 
    I like that.

  40. Egor

    Want to see a Democrat shrivel up?
    Tell him his favourite anti Trump print organisation Reuters is calling immigration and the economy as the major issues for the midterms.
    Oh, the humanity.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-immigration/immigration-top-issue-for-u-s-voters-economy-a-close-second-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1JV31K

  41. Makka

    You lot are going insane. Or are just very, very dumb.

    Note; this from mOron the resident graduate with honors of wrongology.

  42. Makka

    Everyone has a view on Trump and many hold strong positive and negative views at the same time. So. Be. It.

    What is undeniable however is that Trump is successfully transforming the US to greatness, for her own people and her future. He is systematically dismantling the Obama leftist legacy and demonstrating to the US population ( and the world) the potential of their nation. He is doing this while exposing the treasonous left filth in the US bureaucracy and their treacherous MSM, smashing them at every opportunity. The treason that has been going on for decades.Exposing them with crudity, crassness, brutal truths in fact whatever works and hurts them.

    Trump is fighting back. He is winning on every issue he engages in. That is driving scummy leftists like mUnty and their sympathizers like NeverTrumpers literally insane. Why? Because they know that once you know, you can’t UNknow it.

  43. I agree with Ross Cameron when he says “Trump is the greatest living Human.”

  44. Louis Hissink

    Wow Monty, so what’s that make me? Amoral or immoral?

  45. tgs

    Karabar
    #2755999, posted on July 5, 2018 at 10:26 pm
    If you follow Q, you will develop a perspective of the conflict involving the support team for POTUS 45 and the insane corruption, treason, and sedition at work in the Deep State, and in previous administrations in particular.

    You don’t really believe that stupid QAnon conspiracy theory nonsense, do you?

    Also, there was no way on Earth that article was written by Krauthammer. Nothing like his writing style at all.

  46. Empire 5:5

    A piece attributed to Charles Krauthammer is circulating by email. Snopes said that it has been around for some time and it was written by someone else.

    Snopes is a progressive propaganda outfit branded as a trusted source of fact. Therefore the probability of the letter being Krauthammer’s hand is: HIGH.

    Regardless of the author’s identity, the letter confirms the author’s rational disposition and understanding of the exestential threat a capable political outsider poses to the corrupt establishment.

    More popcorn, please.

  47. Tel

    Donald Trump is a little bit like Winston Churchil

    Self confident, bombastic, rotund, largely uninterested in polite decorum?

    I know… they both only became leaders because people were desperate at the time. That would be it.

  48. Empire 5:5

    A piece attributed to Charles Krauthammer is circulating by email. Snopes said that it has been around for some time and it was written by someone else.

    Snopes is a progressive propaganda outfit branded as a trusted source of fact. Therefore, the probability of the letter being Krauthammer’s hand is: HIGH.

    Regardless of the author’s identity, the letter confirms the author’s rational disposition and understanding of the existential threat a capable political outsider poses to the corrupt establishment.

    More popcorn, please.

  49. Entropy

    We shall fight them on the golf course, we shall fight them in hotel rooms with porn stars, and we shall fight them while sitting on a golden toilet.

    I must admit, that would by my ideal for the odd spot of recreational warmongering.

  50. Linden

    As I have said to my partner who rants about Trump at times, he is not a pollie, your seeing a President who sees the job through business eyes and not political ones, that’s my two bobs worth anyway. The ensconced public servant etc can’t handle it, they much rather the ‘yes minister version of things.

  51. Paridell

    Charles Krauthammer was a polished writer who wrote several drafts even for a newspaper column. He would never have written such a fatuous line as “Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job.”

    1. Trump did not his place his “financial empire” at risk by running for president. In the first place, the Trump family holdings are not a financial empire, like, say, the Rothschilds’, but one based on real estate. Secondly, there was widespread speculation when he ran for president that he was only doing it to boost his business or establish a new TV show or channel after he inevitably lost.

    2. Krauthammer would never have indulged in so idle a speculation as that Donald Trump did not even want the job of president. This too was circulated by some of Trump’s more vapid critics early on, and they were proven wrong. Trump obviously did want to be president and Krauthammer would certainly have acknowledged this.

    Unfortunately, Krauthammer is no longer around to reject this taking of his name in vain.

  52. Linden

    True, but I see the wankers over there are running the clock on Trump now, I think someone will tell them that it is at least another 4 yrs of of the mark. Would not be surprised if he wins bigger next time around.

  53. Rob

    We shall fight them on the golf course

    So, Trump is taking the fight to Obama.

  54. Empire 5:5

    Is fakestream media propaganda still effective? How much longer can narrative control wield the ‘conspiracy’ sceptre?

    Krauthammer shilled for the neocons.

    In the same way, secrets do not need to be absolute – except in cases where the truth is so virulent that the very idea of its possibility (rather than its establishment to the satisfaction of those who would rather not hear it) would undermine the plan, however plausibly denied or dismissed. This was not such a case – so the odd whistleblower or indiscreet remark could easily be dealt with – and the conspiracy remain, from the point of view of the general public, just as much a conspiracy, even while it may have been something of an ‘open secret’ in the esoteric and clannish circles of the Washington elite, the political class and the low-circulation ‘insider’ press.

    https://surelysomemistake.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-transparent-cabal-by.html?m=1

    A quality review of Sniegoski’s book by Wilkinson, with debate between the two in the comments.

  55. Tel

    Krauthammer shilled for the neocons.

    I think he genuinely was a neocon, in as much as that’s what he believed. He also supported disarming the general population, which is a step towards Feudalism when the peasants were kept under the thumb. It’s an entirely self-consistent position if you have a vision for society built around strong leadership by an elite class of powerful people.

    The main difference between the Neocons and the “Progressive” leftists is they disagree over who should be included within that powerful elite.

  56. Bad Samaritan

    egor (3.02pm, yesterday) Here’s something else on the true reaction to the illegal parasites now breaking US law by invading the US…….

    “In June, Laura Ingraham’s show, The Ingraham Angle, posted its best ratings yet with an average of 2.654 million viewers, with 544,000 of those falling in the key adults 25-54 demo. That marks the Fox News program’s highest-rated month…….The numbers come despite a public outcry and call for another advertiser boycott of the program over comments Laura Ingraham made regarding the separation of children and parents at the U.S. southern border. The Ingraham Angle was also one of the top five cable news programs in both total viewers and the demo, reports Variety. The other top programs with the most total viewers include: Hannity with 3.368 million (Fox News), The Rachel Maddow Show with 2.752 million (MSNBC), Tucker Carlson Tonight with 2.697 million (Fox News), and The Five with 2.233 million (Fox News).

    Ok, so Fox has four of the top 5, and the fake “outrage” of leftists wankers has had no effect whatsoever on Ingraham’s ratings….except to propel her forward.

    Enough of the kowtowing to fascist totalitarians paper-tigers. Go the Donald!

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