Who’s the Buffoon?
Yesterday morning I wrote a parody and scheduled it for this column. As parodies go, it wasn’t going to win any prizes… but it was fun to write. My plans changed however, when this morning I ran across a couple stories that are significant and instructive, to say the least.
The first one is the May Jobs report: The U.S. Department of Labor released its report for May jobs growth yesterday indicating that 223,000 jobs were created last month, lowering the unemployment rate to 3.8%, the lowest rate in nearly 20 years. According to the New York Times, economists expect the strong economic trends to continue.
The second story also came yesterday, when President Trump announced that his meeting with North Korean Leader Kim will go ahead on June 12 as originally planned.
The third story came a couple days earlier when Mr. Trump said that he would go ahead with the 25% tariff on certain imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico.
Here’s what caught my attention about these three items:
Mr. Trump’s political opposition, the vast majority of the news media, and many in his own party, like to speak of him as a buffoon, and as I have said plenty of times before, he helps them along with so many of his Tweets and ill-advised off the cuff remarks. In spite of this, it would behoove us to remember that Mr. Trump is many things, but a buffoon is not one of them. Many scoffed at his promises to deliver a robust and strong economy after the economic malaise of the previous 8 years, claiming that he would bring about economic catastrophe. So far, the only thing catastrophic about Mr. Trump’s economy is how it relates to the political fortunes of his opponents.
When North Korea suddenly changed their tune, after a second meeting with the Chinese, and began skipping meetings in advance of the summit with both South Korean and US officials, the first thought that ran through my mind was that Trump should cancel the meeting. Mr. Trump did cancel the summit shortly thereafter, and his critics danced in the streets.
Evidently, they’ve never been in a negotiation.
As one would expect, the North Koreans changed their tune yet again, just like any party to a negotiation would do at such a juncture, if they wanted a deal. Despite the fact that his critics have nothing but contempt for him, often calling him “unstable, unhinged and dangerous” (just for starters) Trump’s entire career has been based upon negotiation, posturing and keeping his opponents off balance. His critics ridicule his optimism, yet Mr. Trump has been saying that the North Korea negotiations will be long and difficult and says “we’ll have to see” over and over.
Mr. Trump’s critics seem to miss this every time, as though their personal hatred is blinding them…
…which brings me to the third story. When the President said the other day that our trade negotiations with Canada, Mexico and the EU were going nowhere and that he would go ahead with the tariffs, it seemed as though the whole world had kittens. His critics jumped up and down on the table, set their hair on fire and pounded their chests with fake outrage, promising dire consequences.
Here’s a free tip for Canada, Mexico and the EU: In the past, your phony outrage and big threats intimidated American presidents who feared negative headlines in US media. Trump doesn’t care about negative headlines; he will get them no matter what he does because the Us media is driven by its hatred of him. If you would like to move forward, and we all know that you must move forward, then take a lesson from that nutjob Kim Jong Un and get ready to sit down and negotiate for real. Understand that, unlike the last guy, Trump is willing to walk away, so you’re not going to make him give away the store.
Here’s a free tip for Trump’s media critics: Trump is playing you like a fiddle.
Here’s a free tip for Trump’s political opposition: If you don’t want your famous “Blue Wave” to disappear completely, you’re going to need a lot more than naked hate to run on.
Just for record, no, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, and I am not one of his fans…