Rebuttal to Dennis Marek column in Kankakee Daily Journal on 9/9/17. Original column can be seen by cutting and pasting link below.
I’m certain my buddy Denny Marek knew he would be hearing from me as soon as he hit the send button on his keyboard with the weekend opinion column. I would be delighted to point out to Mr. Marek why we, Trump supporters, still like our President.
You see, Denny, in the area surrounding Washington DC there exists reptilian creatures living in a murky, dangerous…almost “Swamp-like” ether. The beings inhabiting this area, which comprises ten of the top twenty wealthiest counties in the US, have become incredibly prosperous, insatiably gorging from troughs of money and power that the rest of the country provides. Over the course of the past 25 years or so those in the “Swamp” have created this “good-ol’ boys (and gals) network that the middle-class is only allowed to provide sustenance, without participation.
Please understand that the genesis of this situation is not that politicians outworked us or were any smarter than the rest of us. No, those folks, the people we trusted and elected to do a job for us, by all appearances banded together to conspire against us and changed laws to which they excluded themselves in order to live lavishly off our labors. And we, the great unwashed, are supposed to stand by passively so as not to be called out as racist, homophobic, misogynistic, dull-witted, uncivilized, or just plain ignorant by an all too complicit media.
So, We the People, banded together this past November and elected ourselves a man who seemed to understand, like us, that the system has been broken for the past quarter of a century and was in need of a shake-up. Perhaps it was time for the Swamp to be drained. And Donald J. Trump seemed just like the man who could do it.
Now, if a foul-smelling Swamp is rotting and in need of drainage, one wouldn’t call a fine attorney such as yourself, nor would we call a sophisticated banker, a hard-working truck driver, or even an over-worked housewife. We certainly couldn’t call someone from the Hollywood elite, a pro athlete, or any of the collegiate crowd in order to get a dirty job done. No, we needed somebody that couldn’t be bought, would roll up his or her sleeves, and get down in the muck and sludge to help pull on the plug at the bottom of the Swamp.
Who would be better than a brash billionaire from New York? He didn’t need our money or more power – he was one of the most famous men in the world. He outwitted sixteen Republican opponents in the primary and one pre-ordained establishment woman in the election to snatch the highest-ranking seat in the world. And at 70 years of age and more money than he could spend, what other reason would he have to go through what it took to win a primary and an election unless he thought, like the rest of us, our country might be headed in the wrong direction - particularly after eight years of Socialist-like policies from Obama, eight years of bumbling politics and gamesmanship from Bush, and the eight-year saturnalia that was Clinton?
Now that I have put our presidential selection in proper context, Denny, please allow me to answer you, paragraph by paragraph, so that you have a better understanding inside the mind of a “Trumpster:”
Financials - So what he didn’t provide his financials. We all know he is wealthy. You want to show us yours? Did Obama show us his transcripts? The mention about Russia was low, Denny. Even the media has figured out that dog won’t hunt, particularly now that it looks like the Clintons were more involved than Trump.
Twitter – I’ll give you that – it appears unseemly. But at least his message is not filtered through agenda based media outlets such as the Washington Post or New York Times. Your remark about his limited vocabulary was also a low-blow – most people cannot enunciate like a politician. His lack of sounding like a politician is what got him the job. Voting for velvet-tongued politicians hasn’t worked out so well for us lately.
Blaming Obama – Are you kidding me? Obama spent eight years blaming Bush.
Golf - Obama golfed 333 times during his presidency, including immediately after the beheading of James Foley and during Justice Scalia’s funeral. Trump has been in office only eight months and to our knowledge, no complaints have been lodged that he was vacationing during national issues.
Secret Service Overtime for Trump – Yes sir, the Secret Service has about used up its budget protecting Trump and his family. The last time that happened – 2016 – the last year of Obama’s presidency. It’s been a regularly occurring problem for the last decade.
Accomplishments - despite the Democratic-Republican Swamp Coalition against anything Trump, he has in fact accomplished many achievements, although not nearly as many as he wanted, due to the aforementioned Coalition. To name a few:
Dictator – Unlike Germany, we have three branches of government – it was the genius of the Founding Fathers. The dictator remark was yet another low blow. I seriously doubt President Trump hates our court system, other than those like the 9th Circuit, which have their opinions overturned 80% of the time. (Why do we need a Circuit that is wrong 4 out of every 5 times?) Trump probably feels, like I do, that if liberal judges, upon simply an Obama nod, can override his actions without the benefit of being elected by the people, they need to be replaced.
Sheriff Arpaio Pardon – This was really a stretch, my dear friend. The sheriff has been the only person Trump pardoned – for the “crime” of contempt of court, found by Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton appointee. Obama pardoned 212 people and commuted the sentence of another 1,715 people, including traitor Chelsea Manning and terrorist Oscar Rivera.
Republican Opposition – He already has that. And it upsets us Trump voters greatly. More to come in upcoming elections.
White Males - You got me there, Denny. I’m guilty of being a white male so I’ll just have to concede this point to you, Councillor. Usually, once this card has been played, it’s time to shut up.
So, yes, us "Trumpsters" still like our President, warts and all, and for good reason. He is strong, assertive, and willing to do what most in Washington won’t - stand up for the rights of American's. He may not always be smooth or say the politically correct thing, but, if you don’t want to support him, I suggest you get out of his way and let him resurrect this country from the doldrums we find ourselves wallowing in.