Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Would You Say To President Trump if You Had His Ear For A Few Minutes?
Fausta Rodriquez Wertz: First and foremost, Pres. Trump needs to STOP TALKING. He can do it – think of the press conference with Peña Nieto in Mexico. He walked in and was pitch-perfect.
The White House staff must focus its message and drive it through as many outlets as they can find, including Pres. Trump’s own Twitter feed, as the news cycle will be dominated by all sorts of Special Counsel scuttlebutt.
The Republican legislators must, at this point, legislate all the Republican agenda items that got them elected, especially tax reform. Our country needs growth now.
Form the Testudo, guys. Get your act together.
The battle’s on.
Rob Miller: Mr. President, It’s an honor to meet you and to speak with you. Since we seem to have a few minutes, I hope you won’t mind if I share a few things with you.
First off, I want to say how proud I am of you and all you’ve accomplished so far.You have Mar-a-Lago, Melania, your children and grandchildren, and you could have chosen to sit back to enjoy them and a pleasant life. Instead, like the patriot you are, you saw the country in grave danger and chose to answer that call. George Washington made a similar decision, but at a younger age and a bit more risk of his own neck. But you showed up, and no one can take that away from you. The hatred you and your family have reaped as a result should be a badge of honor considering where it comes from, and some day more Americans will realize that, just as they did with Ronald Reagan. Don’t let the naysayers on your own side distract you from achieving what you set out to do. Thomas Paine in Common Sense had a few words to say about people like that. This is usually what happens in any revolution when things look dark. Some people expect quick results and forget you are dealing with undoing a quarter century of American decline, not to mention a whole infrastructure of people who want to continue it for their own selfish reasons.
Remember that you are the president and were elected against all odds because G-d, who rules over nations willed it so. You are part of His divine plan. Take strength from that realization.
Practical stuff? OK. Remember how successful you were with the media when you held them in open contempt? Go back to what worked. There’s no need for so many press conferences or even so much access. Most of the American people realize what liars they are. Court your allies in the press and the media. Make sure you drive the news cycle rather than them. If you are going to have a press secretary, you need to find something else for Sean Spicer to do. He lacks the moxie and self-confidence to deal with these swine. Remember what Ben Rhodes, Obama’s spinmeister said about the average reporter, that they’re 27 and know nothing? You need someone who can show them exactly how little they know when necessary.
The leaks? Well, first off we both know a lot of this stuff is made up. ‘Sources say’ is the giveaway. But you can use that to your advantage. Anyone who reveals classified information or conversations between you, your staff or world leaders is breaking the law. Don’t be afraid to throw a few reporters in jail as accessories for awhile until they reveal where they got their information. Remember Judith Miller? At the least, it will reveal a lot of Fake news when the reporters confess they have no source, while at best it will show these people you mean business, and make them think twice before doing it again. At the optimum, it will allow you to put some leakers in jail.
Cleaning house is a necessity. Don’t make the same mistake you did with Comey. Fire the Obama appointees or move them to positions where they can’t do any damage until you can dump them. And you might think about a new Chief of Staff. Reince Pribus is a good political strategist and a hard worker but he lacks the fear factor. You need someone who can communicate top the troops that he’s someone who can literally ruin their career in DC. And an FBI director who will apply the law and work with you to achieve your agenda. Oh, and one thing…find someone who knows a great deal about civil service and the laws governing it. Aside from the vast amount of money to be saved there, a trusty, knowledgeable advisor can show you how to reform the arcane laws to make it easier to get rid of people or at least move them somewhere they can’t do any harm.
Please don’t forget why people elected you. It was to stop our economic decline, get rid of ObamaCare and other facets of Obama’s failed policies and get rid of a substantial number of illegal migrants. You’ve made a good start on the first, and a decent beginning on the second and on the third. Eventually people will see that, but unfortunately the media isn’t reporting it. So you need to cultivate acolytes and advocates to help spread the news of what’s actually going on. Your website is a fine idea. Publicize it. And think about the allies you have in the blogosphere. Utilize them and finance them. Learn from George Soros.
Foreign Policy? A few quick ideas, if you don’t mind. Your speech today was magnificent. At first I thought you were simply appeasing the Arabs again, but you built the thing and in the middle, you made it quite clear that it is their responsibility to combat terrorism based on Islam in their own countries, to deny them financing, support and havens. And it appears that the Saudis are on board. They lack the old oil weapon these days, and they need us far more then we need them. But you were gracious in welcoming them and their cooperation, you saved their face, and you put out a vision of what could be.
All the economic deals that got made and the jobs they will create wasn’t too bad either.
The focus on Islamist terrorism and on Iran is welcome. We’ll see how much the Sunni Arabs really cooperate.
Keep in mind that the Sunnis are being cooperative only because they are petrified of the Iranians, and need U.S. support badly. That’s no guarantee of future behavior or of actual military support, except maybe by Egypt. You’ll recall that George H.W. Bush found that out in the first Gulf War with his ‘coalition.’. The Arabs like the infidels to do their fighting for them. The only real allies we have in the region are Israel and al-Sissi in Egypt, which is one more than we had when you took over.
Also, realize that Mahmoud Abbas has neither the desire or ability to deliver peace. He’s a corrupt, 82-year-old Soviet-trained dictator and anything he agrees to will not be accepted by Hamas, PFLP, Palestinian Islamic Jihad or most of the Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria. And that he’s been imbuing his people with hatred and making terrorism profitable for three generations. You understand deal making. While the Israelis have a lot Abbas wants, he has nothing to give them that they don’t have already or don’t need.
We have allies in Europe, and it makes sense to concentrate of them. But we also have enemies. Be aware that the Germans are livid about anyone attacking the EU, the scam by which they have been able to dominate Europe in a way Hitler never did. The German press is about as fair and balanced where you are concerned as MSNBC. On the other hand, I see real promise in our relationship with the UK.
Your balancing act with Russia and China is exactly what you should be doing. Take Dr. Kissinger’s advice on that.
Please make sure that you take care of your health. And remember that you could be Jesus incarnate and the same people would still hate you,spread lies and slander and try to obstruct you at every turn. There’s no sense getting angry or upset about how these creatures behave or complaining about it. Concentrate on fighting them and destroying them. As I’m sure you know, victory is the best revenge.
May the Almighty watch over and protect you and our beloved Republic in accordance with His Divine will.
Don Surber: My advice to The Donald is simply this:
Keep on truckin’, baby. Draining a swamp is hard, messy work. The stench would knock out the best of men, and you smell it every day when they deliver the Washington Post. The mud is deep and quite a bit of the mud isn’t mud at all. But nothing worthwhile happens without a lot of sweat, blood, toil, and tears. They lie all the time. You divulged no secrets to the Russians. Comey wrote no memo. And the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. is still in the Oval Office.
Keep talking — directly to your people. They are called Americans. They see through the lies. Keep talking to them. Make the media pay for its lies.
Mike McDaniel: Mr. President, keep draining the swamp, never relent. But as you do, keep these things in mind:
You are fighting the last political battle for America. If you lose, there will be no future peaceful transfers of power, and America is lost.
You are hearing a great many “conservative” commentators complaining about what you say–actually about what the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc. claim you might have said. They think you’re destroying your presidency. They’re wrong.
Even so, you would be wise to remove “I” from your vocabulary. That’s what Barack Obama’s presidency was all about. Speak instead about the principles that put you in office. You’re the symbol, but it’s those principles–lower taxes, limited government power, the rule of law, the Constitution, all men are equal and all lives matter, our military is our salvation and not a vessel for social experimentation–you know the rest–that have Democrats, the media and many republican plotting a coup against you. Relentlessly identify and call out those that are the very lifeblood of the swamp.
Be very careful what you say, even in private, and to whom you say it. Record everything. Set traps to expose leakers. As Shakespeare–through Octavius–said in Julius Caesar:
“For we are at the stake, and bayed about with many enemies. And some that smile have, in their hearts, I fear, millions of mischiefs.”
Of course the Media will merely make things up, but there’s nothing to be gained in helping them.
Immediately fire every federal bureaucrat–starting with the head of the IRS–that is disloyal to the Constitution. They will also, by their very nature, be disloyal to you–they would be disloyal to any Republican. If they’re a member of The Resistance, if they have resistance sympathies, fire them. They are working against America and Americans. They are working against the peaceful transfer of power and republican ideals that make America possible. If you lose, if you’re run out of office, they win, and there will never again be a Republican president, at least not in principles. America will be a one-party dictatorship with Venezuela’s future.
Congressional Democrats are not only your enemy, but America’s enemies. Know them for what they are and act accordingly.
If you thought by handing Hillary Clinton the olive branch of no prosecution, she would be grateful and leave America alone–well, you see how that worked out, don’t you? Bill Clinton and she are not good people. She is helping the coup. She is working against America. Unleash the Justice Department. If she and her toadies broke the law, prosecute them. If not, you’ve done your duty.
Mr. President, abandon any hope of brokering a Middle East Peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. The Israelis are God’s chosen people. Only a fool stands against God. They are our allies. You’ve already done great work in treating them as such, but do not waver. The Palestinians have poisoned their people, and their children. It will take three generations, if they begin with perfect intentions right now, to purge the hate they’ve bred into their bones, their very DNA. They have no intention of doing anything but murdering every Jew. They have played us for suckers and spent billions of our dollars on terrorism for decades. Remember this above all: If the Palestinians lay down their arms: peace. If the Israelis lay down their arms: genocide.
One final thought: Barack Obama is a traitor. Even now, he is plotting against America–against you. You will have to use overwhelming military force against Iran. Be smart enough to do it on our timetable, rather than at the last minute to try to stave off the genocide of the Jews, and nuclear attacks on our people. The Iran deal does nothing to prevent Iran from terrorism and developing nuclear weapons they will use against our allies and America. There is no deterrence. Anyone telling you differently is not advocating for America.
America is behind you Mr. President, and we know many Republicans and The Resistance aren’t. We don’t believe anything the Media says. Help us make supporting you, and frightening the hell out of them, easy. We’d rather do it peacefully and politically, but we’re ready if that fails. God bless the United States of America.
Oh yes: when Jerry Brown declares California a sanctuary state, when he spits in the face of America, in your face, and then demands billions of taxpayer dollars for high speed rail to nowhere…do I really have to tell you what to say to him? Give the Secret Service practice and let them launch him out the front door.
Dave Schuler: I’d give President Trump two short, simple pieces of advice:
- Fire the Obama appointees. All of them. Now. Until you do they will be a continuing source of leaks and fighting a within-the-administration insurgency against you. Have your subordinates put together a plan for replacing them within 30 days.
- You were hired to reduce the number of illegal immigrants. If you don’t you’ll be fired. That simple.
Laura Rambeau Lee : If I had his ear for a few minutes I would say: President Trump, find the leakers within your administration and prosecute them for their crimes. This must not be tolerated. And please make sure everyone is on the same page with the messaging coming out of the White House.
Bookworm Room : That’s a good question. In no particular order, I would say the following:
1. Get rid of Obama-era holdovers in your administration. Better to be understaffed than to be staffed with a Fifth Column determined to undermine your presidency by undemocratic means.
2. Speak more to the American people and less to the media.
3. Give yourself a ten minute cooling period after writing a tweet before you publish the tweet.
4. If you can manage the balancing act, assume everything you do is being watched by political enemies . . . but do so without becoming paranoid. This is a variation, perhaps, on Reagan’s “trust but verify” expression. D.C. is filled with sharks and, if it will keep them safe, even your closest friends and advisers will turn on you. Comporting yourself with dignity will provide some protection. And perhaps you might want to pull a Comey and memorialize or record everything.
5. Focus hard on the economy. People who are seeing a light at the end of an economic tunnel are inclined to view favorably the president in office at the time. That will give you breathing room.
6. Be careful about the appearance of impropriety when it comes to Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Leftists are convinced they’re using their access to you to enrich themselves. Conservatives are concerned that these young people hew Left and will drag you away from your core principles.
7. Don’t forget that the American people, not the media or the elite, elected you. If you stay true to the People, the People will stay true to you.
Well, there it is!
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