Posted On: Wednesday - November 28th 2018 4:39PM MST
In Topics:   Trump  Americans  US Feral Government  Dead/Ex- Presidents
The DrudgeReport (yeah, I know!) has the headline "Trump Brags : 'I Blow Ronald Reagan Away'". Even with the assumption of usual Donald Trump hype and Matt Drudge ultra-hype, this was one that I just had to click on. The Washington Examiner article is short and fair - the thing is that, name notwithstanding, the "Examiner" series of websites are not part of the MSM, "system media", or Lyin' Press, as Peak Stupidity puts it. Therefore, one can get some fairness. It just used to be, and maybe still is, that these sites have long been terrible usability-wise, hence the general avoidance of links to them here.
In interest of fairness, President Trump stated that per a new favorable book, Trump's Enemies, he "blows Ronald Reagan away", but is still disappointed at the American public's non-realization. of that. Here are his words:
“The amazing thing is that you have certain people who are conservative Republicans that if my name weren’t Trump, if it were John Smith, they would say I’m the greatest president in history and I blow Ronald Reagan away,” said Trump.Due to lack of visibility through the veil of the Lyin' Press, I will not pretend to know about all the 289 victories, but just based on Trump's further talk on this (in the article), I believe he confuses running his mouth with getting things done oftentimes. Don't get me wrong - his heart is in the right place, just like Ronald Reagan, and the bully pulpit CAN make a difference. I know we all appreciate lots of his statements against the current-day ctrl-left establishment. However, I've gotta say this, and those with a long-enough memory to know where this comes from will probably also agree with me: I saw Ronald Reagan. I voted for Ronald Reagan. I wholeheartedly supported Ronald Reagan, and President Trump, you're no Ronald Reagan!. Unlike the original statement of this sort made by Lloyd Bentson*, I don't mean this all in a one-sided way.
“All these guys that if they looked at my agenda with a different name...and he got the biggest regulation cuts in history in less than two years, judges, environmental stuff, getting out of the Paris horror show. If you said that conservative president John Smith did that, they would say he’s the greatest president. Far greater than Ronald Reagan,” added the president.
Trump has often declared that his list of achievements is historic. Secrets recently listed 289 major victories that stack up well against recent presidents.
These two American Presidents are so un-alike that I want to make a whole lot of comparisons now, though I see right away that this will likely take 2 to 4 more posts. Let me just make this one an introduction, starting with what President Donald Trump and the late President Ronald Reagan DO have in common: Both of these men are/were supported by conservative patriotic Americans at a time when things looked like they were, or actually are, going to hell in this country. They were both very anti-establishment and not supported by the mainstream Republicans as they ran for INITIAL election and in the primary elections for the GOP. Peak Stupidity looks favorably on both of these guys, so let's consider all this discussion in light of that.
No, I DO NOT think President Trump "blows" President Reagan "away", by any means. In the interest of not spoiling the ending of this series though, let me make my arguments on the following topics first, and then it'll be time to pick the best man:
1) Differences in personalities, and methods of leading.
2) Difference in principles.
3) Comparison of Foreign Policy.
4) Comparison of Domestic Policy.
The thought of comparing Donnie and Ronnie had never occurred to me until seeing that Drudge headline, precisely because they are so different. More to come, then ....
* Lloyd Bentson was a Vice-Presidential candidate running with Democrat Michael Dukakis and his statement was made in a VP candidate debate with Republican Dan Quayle (running mate to George H.W. Bush - CIA) in 1988. "You are no Jack Kennedy." was the the gist of it, and at the time, I didn't reckon that was any kind of insult at all.