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6 Golf Trips Later

 

Exhibit One:

There have been no refugees implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Refugee Act of 1980. (CNN). Since the Trump Travel ban, there have been three people arrested for terrorism, all white Americans.

“Hatred had become big business in southwestern Missouri, and its name was the Menace, a weekly anti-Catholic newspaper whose headlines screamed to readers around the nation about predatory priests, women enslaved in convents and a dangerous Roman Catholic plot to take over America.…

America’s deep and widespread skepticism of Catholics is a faint memory in today’s post-Sept. 11th world. But as some conservative politicians call for limits on Muslim immigration and raise questions about whether Muslims are more loyal to Islamic law than American law, the story of Aurora’s long-ago newspaper is a reminder of a long history of American religious intolerance.

Today, there are calls for federal surveillance of mosques in the name of preventing terrorist attacks; a century ago, it was state laws that allowed the warrantless search of convents and churches in search of supposedly trapped women and purported secret Catholic weapons caches.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce

President Trump’s band would not have stopped any one of our previous terrorist attacks, as all of the terrorists were either home grown American citizens or from non-banded countries. It must be remembered Sept. 11th was perpetrated mainly by Saudi Arabians.

Exhibit 2:

A gag rule, yes from 1902. The rule says, among other things, “no Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute another Senator or other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” The rule was enacted after a 1902 fistfight on the Senate floor. The body has long been a stickler for decorum. Senate historians recall that, during his vice presidency, Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Manual of Parliamentary Practice that “no one is to disturb another in his speech by hissing, coughing, spitting, speaking or whispering to another; nor to stand up or interrupt him; nor to pass between the speaker and the speaking member; nor to go across the [Senate chamber], or to walk up and down it, or to take books or papers from the [clerk's] table, or write there.”

So silencing Warren while very unusual is really nothing new. What is also nothing new is that the King letter was read into the record by other (Male) Senators who were not stopped. Sessions is also the new Attorney General. This is all History now which is what the Museum is concerned with.


Exhibit 3:

The story is that President Trump does not read much. If he had, or if he’d tuned to the right TV stations, he would have seen that President Obamas biggest surprise in the Presidency was how little power he actually had. President Trump is finding that he is no longer the CEO /Owner of a company whose dictates are law, but that he is a hired executive who has to follow the rule of law. The laws are written by Congress and adjudicated by the courts. His real “power” is in the performance of his office which is to execute the laws written by Congress. This should not be laughed at; how the laws are enforced is just as important as the laws themselves, and in this he can make a yuge impact, but he does not write the laws.

There is some fiat with executive orders, but even those have to be within the letter of the Law. In an average per year, which will take into account how many years a President served, FDR leads the pack with 307. He did have the great Depression and WWII to deal with, and that shows up. Generalissimo Obama averaged 35, whereas W did 36 and Papa George 42. Reagan? 48. Clinton? 46. Silent Cal (Calvin Coolidge) 215, so we now know how he did his talking. Limited in scope, and by Law, Executive Orders can only do so much. Wilson (225) used them to institutionalize Jim Crow among other things.

Exhibit 4:

Hanther made the comment that President Trump was not getting the “usual” honeymoon period other First Term Presidents have, let’s look at the history. Obama 2008, swept in with a big Democratic wave, 100 days of positive expectations was to be, well, expected. W, put into office by the Supreme Court, had a Republican Congress but it wasn’t until 9-11 that his “mandate” appeared. Clinton, taking over from Papa George during a recession got his 100, the same as Ronald did, with expectation of better things to come. Papa George coasted in on Ronald’s coat-tails. Sir Regan himself was the white knight after Carter, see Clinton above, and Obama for that matter as he inherited the Great Recession. Carter took over from Ford, whose insiders’ steady hand had really helped the Republic, but the Nixon legacy brought him down too.
So many times in the modern era the previous administration was in some kind of trouble, and the Honeymoon was just people saying, well this has got to be better than what we had. Trump came into a stabilized condition, a growing economy, but a perception of trouble from half of a divided electorate. He had actively campaigned to that one half, so it is little wonder that the other half is upset as well as the fact that he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. And unlike other new presidents, President Trump hasn't tried to expand his appeal to include those who didn't vote for him. Just 8% of Democrats approve of the job he's doing, by far the lowest standing for any modern president from the opposition party. It was very unlikely that he would get a “honeymoon,” nor does the Museum think Clinton would have either.

At the Exit:

As his Sweden comment shows, President Trump is still getting his information from Cable News and the Internet. While this is fine for a candidate, it is problematical for a sitting President who has access to real time, reality based briefings.

Unkwil

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