33. How do conservatives square 8 yrs of calling Obama a “tyrant” while supporting an actual tyrant?
Obama was not a tyrant, but I understand why many people considered him one; he did tend to rule by executive order. Actually, he abused them. If he couldn’t get something done through Congress, the way he was supposed to, he got it done through the bureaucracies (EPA regulations), executive orders, or abuse of governmental powers (Tea Party targeting by IRS). He did have a reputation for being a bit dictatorial.
Trump has not exhibited anything different that Obama. He’s simply using the same executive order process, but he’s undoing the damage done by his predecessor. He’s also working to get the bureaucracies, such as the EPA, back under control. Congress is supposed to make law, not bureaucracies. And he’s also working to get politics out of certain governmental organizations.
I don’t see tyrant when I see Trump. Not any more than I saw tyrant in Obama.
28. Do you believe Trump will significantly revive the manufacturing industry thru higher tariffs and alienating trade partners?
I have mixed feelings about the trade agreements we hold with different countries. Perhaps he can work out better trade deals than what we have in place, but whether it helps or hurts manufacturing will be seen.
Part of the problem I have, is that you could certainly create a deal that makes it more viable for American businesses to hire American workers here at home, but what will that do to the cost of those goods? We enjoy low prices on a lot of imported goods, so while we may be put more people back to work with more manufacturing, we may simultaneously be hurting the poor.
The goal needs to be to not only put people back to work, but keep the cost of living down, and that’s going to be a fine line to walk.
25. Are you at all concerned that Trump is undermining our national security? Kremlin links? Australia fight? NATO?
Do I think he’s currently undermining our national security? Simply put, no.
I think the the Kremlin links are exaggerated by leftist mainstream media organizations such as the Communist News Network (CNN). Ha ha! See what I did there?
I also think the Australia fight was exaggerated.
And let’s face it. NATO needs to be looked at, just like our UN involvement. That doesn’t mean we turn on back on allies, but we do spend way more in money, resources, and manpower than we should be. There is nothing wrong with reassessing our involvement, especially if other countries are not pulling their own weight.
But when it comes to national security, to be honest, I think Democrats are a bigger threat–open borders, poorly vetted immigrants and refugees, refusing to acknowledge Radical Islamic Terrorism. How many times have we been told that climate change is a bigger threat than ISIS? Really? I haven’t seen “mother nature” chopping people’s heads off.
Now that doesn’t mean he couldn’t undermine our security later, but I don’t see it happening how. I also believe that he loves this country, whether you like the way he shows it or not, and I don’t think he would intentionally undermine it. I think that he’s doing what he thinks is best for the U.S. in the long run, and I happen to agree with his stated plan of attack. No pun intended.
The NFL is coming out against President Trump’s “divisive” comments, but he didn’t say anything that half of the American people weren’t already saying. Yes, he was more abrasive in his approach than most, but not all. I have heard worse! He simply echoed what many fans have been saying all along, but the NFL was too engrossed with themselves to pay attention. If they had been paying attention, his comments shouldn’t have shocked anyone. Maybe the NFL wouldn’t have been surprised by Trump’s comments if ESPN hadn’t fired all their conservative commentators.
This is not Trump’s fault.
Blaming Trump for the fiasco is a typical liberal tactic. Blame someone else for our foolish actions, because whether you agree with Trump or not, it doesn’t change the fact that an NFL player started it, and it’s primarily NFL players that have kept it going.
Ultimately, it’s the NFL’s fault that it’s still going. The NFL should have put the kibosh on this from day one. Colin Kaepernick should have been fined for the first offense, and if it continued, suspensions, and yes, even firing. The NFL says they can’t stop someone from expressing their speech, but is that true? In 2003, John Kitna was fined $5,000 for wearing a “baseball-style cap marked with a cross.” While that fine was later rescinded, there are many fines that haven’t. Here are 14 Crazy and Ridiculous Fines NFL Players Have Received.
“One of my biggest pet peeves is disrespect,” Ebron said after the game. “And I felt we were disrespected as an organization.1”
This is apparently a common theme among those disrespecting the flag, but it speaks volumes as to how out of touch the NFL is with it’s fans. NFL players have been disrespecting the American flag for months, and they didn’t have anything to say about disrespect. Until now. It’s like they’ve been ignoring their fans. It doesn’t matter if it was only a few players here and there, the NFL wasn’t doing anything about it, and it was still making people angry.
Get Back To Football
So, what’s needs to be done next? The NFL needs to put an end to this. Start issuing fines. $10,000 for the first violation, $100,000 for the next violation, and $100,000 and a game suspension for the next. Get politics out of the game so that fans from both sides–liberal and conservative–can get back to the one they share in common.