The Bush family became enormously wealthy colluding with the vile Saudis. The Bush family of course called it the “oil business” However historians one day will correctly judge them. After 9/11 and Bush knew full well that it was the bizarre medieval Islamic Wahhabi that inspired the 9/11 terrorists and that the corrupt Saudi regime knew of the planned attack but did nothing. Bush failed hold the Saudis accountable but instead began chanting that Islam was the “religion of peace” and attacked instead Saddam’s Iraq which was a prime threat to the Saudi regime. Bush can never be forgiven for the 6,000 dead, the tens of thousands more who have been physically and psychologically maimed and the trillions squandered. He confused the American people and corrupted the Republican Party. His stupidity more than anything made the disastrous Presidency of Obama possible. Bush expanded and deepened the swamp especially within the State Department that Clinton had corrupted so well. Obama went on to transform the Federal bureaucracy into a veritable globalist fortress. The interests American people are no longer served by the Federal institutions they have established and pay taxes to support.
Face it. The future of America is not secure. There no longer exists a common reasonable social or political consensus. It will take a leader far smarter and politically sophisticated than Trump to repair and revitalize the American nation.
So, who do you suggest, Allendale??
“It will take a leader far smarter and politically sophisticated than Trump to repair and revitalize the American nation.”
Sophistication and “book smartness” are social skills - great for manipulating and deceiving. They are not at all what we need in a leader right now.
If you mean “street smartness”, then I might agree that is part of what we need in a leader - and Trump has plenty. In fact, I don’t thing you could find a leader with more street smarts.
Even in book smarts, Trump is far beyond what he lets on - but he stops short at platitudes and philosophies that are inapplicable to real life solutions, or ideologies that coerce and manipulate.
Some of the “smartest” and most “educated” academics are Marxists and such, which doesn’t say much for being book smart.
“Sophistication” is even more dubious as a credential. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that sophistication is about appearances and acting. Wealthy aristocrats send their children to “finishing school” to become sophisticated. They are then armed with the proper manners, pronunciation and vocabulary to pass muster in high society.
I know people who are jealous of other countries - they wish we could have a president more like Justin Trudeau. They were pretty happy with Obama - and yes they are all lefties - which underscores the problem with “sophistication” - it is a thin disguise that is very effective at leading people who don’t think for themselves. Independant thinkers are usually drawn to straight-talkers and no-nonsense pragmatists with real world experience, and are not fooled by a fancy degree.
Is sophistication really what we need? I don’t think so. Trump is the best we could have hoped for - he is a straight shooter and a problem solver - he’s fearless, beholden to no one except the people, who he genuinely seems to love.
Whether it will be enough depends on the rest of us -are there enough people left to take advantage of Trump’s sacrifice? Are there enough lovers of Liberty?
I have my doubts - we may well fail to get back on the right track - but it won’t be for lack of a good leader. Trump is doing his part.
...or a Pinochet type caudillo who will be unafraid to take the draconian measures required to permanently turn things around.