by baldilocks

I’m reading Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself at the Federalist and, while I’m not quite finished reading it yet, it brought up a few thoughts I’d been having about the president’s persona in the action-packed eight days since the Inauguration.

Our previous two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, had vastly different personas than does President Trump and I think we became a little too accustomed to that earlier way of dealing with the public.

President Bush frustrated many of his supporters by never answering his critics and never addressing the many distortions about him. Did he ever talk about the found WMDs or RatherGate or the nonsense surround the reaction to Hurricane Katrina in public? I have no memory of any response. I suppose I could look it up and find out, but the fact that no personal defense of Bush policies by the man himself stands out to me–someone who has followed the news religiously for quite some time–is telling.

As for President Obama, his “defenses” of his policies were, usually, not true defenses, but passive-aggressive verbal attacks against those in the domestic sphere who opposed him and his policies.

President Trump is a whole different animal; not just different from his two immediate predecessors, but different from most national politicians in recent memory—especially Republicans. In short, he is an a-hole and is not shy about letting you know it. And I say that without any insult intended. (Of course, it isn’t as if we didn’t know this already.)

I’m of the opinion that, outside of greatly charismatic types, leaders should be jerks. Not out-of-control, illogical jerks, but controlled tough guys/girls who will get things done and who know when to put fire under the backsides of his/her subordinates. They should unapologetically defend their decisions and policies in public and straightforwardly own their mistakes without bowing and scraping or ignoring them altogether. And if the verbal attacks happen, they should be straight-on and not girly about it–even if the leader is a girl.

I haven’t liked everything that the president has done in the past week (tariff), but I like the decisiveness and the lack of weasel.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

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Vice President Pence speaking at March for Life, from Fox News

I watched Vice President Pence’s speech at the March for Life. It was…OK. As far as speeches go, it was along the lines of “Blah blah, President Trump loves you. Blah blah, you are making America Great Again.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he was there, but I wish he had said something like this:

I am so honored to be the first Vice President to speak at the March for Life. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” the first right he listed was for life, for all Americans.

The right to life is amazing because it cuts across all Americans, regardless of color, gender, or any other subgroup you could come up with. Some in America want us to keep these divisions, and we saw that last week. But today, we unite across those boundaries. Today, we welcome those that see life as a central part of this great country.

We also welcome those that perhaps chose death in the past, but now regret that choice. The right to life is for all Americans, including them. I have heard from those Americans, and the suffering they have gone through after making this choice…it just makes me sad. They have a voice in this movement, a voice that we welcome with open arms, just as we welcome them.

I implore you to carry the life affirming message into the world. Talk to your neighbors. Talk to your doctors. Talk to your family. And yes, even engage on Facebook once in a while. The media is happy to squelch what you say, although President Trump and I will do our best to change that. But changing hearts towards preserving life isn’t accomplished through news media. Changing hearts comes from heart to heart conversations that are full of love. Have those conversations with those you love and care about, and even those that perhaps you don’t.

Thank you for what you do and for what you stand for!


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Yesterday was the March for life and one of the signs of the fear of the left was the sudden interest in the twitter Hashtags #march4life and #marchforlife by outraged leftists.

To be sure in previous years you had some but unlike the first 43 years of the March the new president made sure that this was news and the fear, worry and anger of the left online was palatable.

There were many things that might have surprised those who saw the March for life for the first time yesterday, here are the top 3

1. The Number of Women at the March. Anyone who has ever seen a protest in front of Planned Parenthood would know that the pro-life / anti-abortion movement is a movement driven by women, many of who have first hand experience with abortion who deeply regret it and the pain it has causes them. This is completely contrary to the meme pushed by the media and the left that it must have been a real shock to viewers who have been told for decades that pro-life is actually about men wanting to control women’s bodies. This is the exact opposite of truth as any woman who has been pressured to kill her child by the fellow who got her pregnant can tell you.

2. The number of young people at the march.
The amount of youth at these marches is always huge. On TV the left keeps using images of young people when pushing for the right to kill a child but there are always thousands upon thousands of teens and twenty somethings at the march every year. Given that the march has gone on for 44 years there were likely more than a few children and grandchildren of those who have marched in the past there. That’s made possible by not killing them in the womb.

3. Happy, Non-violent and clean:
We have to thank our friends on the left for this one. On inauguration day the American Public saw the Anti-Trump left torch limos and throw bricks thru windows and at police. Earlier this week we saw the so called “woman’s” march (actually the liberal anti-trump march) leave DC covered in trash and signs and heard their leaders shout violent angry and vulgar slogans on national TV.

Yesterday they saw a March larger than either one that had not only had no violence (in fact marchers thanked police for their protection), Signs without body parts (albeit not absent thought provoking images like this one)


Speeches absent of vulgarity or even vitriol,including ones from Kellyanne Conway and the Vice President of the United states and this winner from Mia Love, but a Capital left just as clean if not cleaner that before the marchers turned up.

To those who have followed the March for Life every year, none of that would be a shock, to those discovering it for the first time who have seen the occupods camps on TV or in their own cities and heard the shrieks of angry leftists protesting when Milo comes to town it must have been a revelation.

These sets of facts (Dare I say “Alternative Facts”) that the MSM has never exposed the average news consumer to in the past must have been eye opening. What they choose to do with these facts, well that’s up to them, but it will be a hard thing for the left and their media allies to put that genie back into the bottle.

Update (via Glenn): Bingo

Of perhaps more significant interest, however, is the fact that Keilar and CNN were forced to put the March for Life on the same political footing as the Women’s March on Washington. Equally surprising is the fact that the Women’s March on Washington is already being described as a ‘liberal women’s march’ even by an outlet such as CNN. Instead of being a nonpartisan protest by all women against the tyranny of Trump, all the work and effort put into the Women’s March has been relegated, in the space of less than a week, to a partisan liberal protest that was most prominently associated with Planned Parenthood. All of the supposed moral authority of an entire gender has been wiped aside in favor of a frank and honest acknowledgement that the marchers were merely liberals who were super unhappy with how the election turned out.”