certainly nails his colours to the mast in the first paragraph – don't hold back, Len! So let me set out my opening paragraph. Do I think that President Trump can be an asshole? Yep. Should he stop tweeting? Yep. Does he have the experience to be president and leader of the free world? Nope. But he won! Yes, he was democratically elected through the electoral college, and don't bother with the call of 'Hillary got more votes.' Sorry folks, that's not the way we run our elections.
Trump was hated by the Republican establishment from the day he popped his head over the parapet. Well, he saw them all off. Rally after rally he filled the halls and stadiums. Was his rhetoric dreadful sometimes? Yep. Did he stupidly mock people? Yep. But if his success during the campaign rattled the other Republicans, once he was the nominee it certainly rattled Hillary.
He appealed to the forgotten workers – or, as Hillary described his supporters, 'a basket of deplorables.' When he got the White House there was no one home. No Republican staffers to help him, unlike former Republican presidents who could rely on the political machine. No wonder he said after a few days, 'I didn't realise it would be this difficult.'
Yet, under President Trump, the economy is booming, jobless figures are the lowest yet, and despite what Len Quart says about the tax cut benefiting the rich, Len seems to have forgotten the number of companies who have awarded their employees an ex-gratia payment. Almost everyone will see their taxes reduced.
President Trump also took action over the despicable use of chemical weapons in Syria which our previous president failed to do despite saying there was a red line not to be crossed. The Russians wagged their fingers and told him there would be repercussions if he bombed Syria……Hey Vlad, still waiting for them! North Korea: yes he threatened Kim and Kim knew that he would carry out that threat if ‘Little Rocket Man’ dared to send a missile to hit any part of the US. Now they are to meet.
Len Quart sets out the stall for the areas he would like to see go Democrat in the mid-term election. He gives away his hatred of the lower classes whom he and the Democrats claim lost them the election but whom the Democrats still try to say they represent. ‘White men without a degree’ is the Democrat euphemism for uneducated deplorables. But they will cosy up to them in the coming months with promises of everything and will deliver nothing.
The Democrats have spent their time yelling Ya Boo Sucks at Trump. The main plank of their upcoming campaign seems to be 'Vote for us. We hate Trump more than anyone does.' And as we move to 2020, who will the Democrats chose? Elizabeth Warren who claims American Indian heritage due to ‘family lore’? President Trump would take her to the cleaners and she knows it.
Democrats and those opposed to Trump say he is not fit to be president due to his conduct, his misogyny, his lack of command of the English language, and all the other criticisms thrown at him – all of them true. But does past and present conduct make one unfit for high office? When one looks back to Clinton and further back to Kennedy, well... 'that was another time,' say the Democrats. Oh, that's okay then.
Donald J Trump is who we have as our democratically-elected president and, as one of the white men without a degree said, 'Suck it up snowflakes'...until such time as you can find a candidate to beat him in 2020.
As a parent of a child born profoundly deaf 30 years ago, it was with some relief to read Elga Graves
departing from the knee-jerk praise otherwise heaped on 'The Silent Child.' This is a film whose cartoon-like depiction of the deaf girl's parents lacks not only nuance but also compassion for the dilemmas and fears faced by most parents of a newly diagnosed deaf child (at least those with no prior experience of deafness).
Following diagnosis, such parents are faced with choices and options which they do not fully understand and which each have their own ideological advocates. Is the achievement of speech through a fully aural approach, with the support of hearing aids or cochlear implant, truly realistic? Is a failure to follow the sign language option a denial of the child's deaf culture? Or will reliance on sign language limit the child's horizons and range of friendships?
In truth, it is a fortunate parent who knows the answers, and many will never be blessed with the certainty that they have chosen the best path for their child's happiness and well-being. And whatever choice they make, there will always be those who judge. As Elga Graves suggests, a cruel film indeed.
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