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By Bob Barney


Will Trump be an FDR. or. a Jimmy Carter?

Before my proTrump friends try to assassinate my character, let men first state that I was a pro Trumper before most of the gang that idolizes him today.  Yes, I knew that many of his promises could never be kept- I think most have forgotten how he would have no problem sending illegals back, stopping Muslims from entering the country, and building a complete border wall, even across mountains, never realizing that the liberal courts would stop him at every step of the way, which they have, but I thought that he would change the Deep State in Washington and destroy it.

Don't get me wrong, Trump has been a great president (so were other one term presidents), this economy is roaring, and my businesses have boomed because of it. This is, regardless of what anyone would say, a TRUMP ECONOMY!  His lowering of income taxes, especially on corporations, and his deregulatory initiatives have caused the greatest economy in my lifetime. This economy is far greater than that of Ronald Reagan's at the same time frame of being in office. Trump has done a great deal more than he will ever get credit for.

The sad fact is that he has surrounded himself with never-Trumper's, and the Republican Party is led by DEEP STATE swamp creatures that will always be never Trumper's.   We love to blame the press, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for the problems Trump is having, but frankly we should have always expected this to be the case. It is the Republican Party, and his own Executive branch picks that have caused his weak poll numbers, and that is a problem!   Don't believe the pro-Trump propaganda that he is doing great with the American people because he is not!  In Fact, Trump is the most unpopular president at the 1-year mark, and though a bit higher, he has never passed the 50% mark, needed to be reelected.  As you can see, even Jimmy Carter had better numbers!

Approval, disapproval and net approval ratings of presidents since 1945 after 364 days in office, according to the FiveThirtyEight aggregate

John Kennedy 1961 79% 10% +69
George W. Bush 2001 81 13 +68
George H.W. Bush 1989 78 11 +67
Lyndon Johnson 1963 74 15 +59
Dwight Eisenhower 1953 71 18 +53
Richard Nixon 1969 60 23 +38
Jimmy Carter 1977 55 27 +28
Bill Clinton 1993 57 34 +22
Harry Truman 1945 50 35 +15
Ronald Reagan 1981 49 40 +9
Barack Obama 2009 50 43 +7
Gerald Ford 1974 44 39 +5
Donald Trump 2017 40 55 -15
Average without Trump   62 26 +37

All numbers rounded.

The following excerpts are from an article written by Stephen Hess in 1978 entitled 'Jimmy Carter: Why He Failed'   Mr. Hess wrote this in June 1978, when Jimmy Carter was just midway through his term. We think it’s worth reprinting. It shows how early Carter’s flaws became apparent to eagle-eyed pundits like Mr. Hess.

"Uncertainty radiating from the top, furthermore, lowers morale throughout the permanent government, hence it adversely affects the implementation of programs. While the bureaucracy may be the butt of jokes, it is also the motor force that provides services on a day-to-day basis—and it too looks for consistent signs from a president.

American presidents have not been ideologues. And it is certainly not my notion that Carter should become one. But all modern presidents, whether “liberal” or “conservative”—no matter what their other faults—have had some programmatic view of government in which the specific parts usually could be fitted. This is not the case with Carter’s domestic program, although he does seem to have a firmer view of defense policy (perhaps because of his naval background).

So the basic problem of this administration will not be corrected by rearranging boxes on organization charts or by doing a better selling job to Congress and the public."

 What many may have forgotten about Jimmy Carter was that he was a Democrat with a Democratic HOUSE and SENATE, yet his own party voted down almost everything he ran on.  Sound familiar?  You see, Carter, like Trump was an outside Washington politician, and like Trump, the people wanted someone other than a DC Swamp-like person for their president after what the nation went through with Watergate.  The Democrats did to Carter, what the Republicans are doing to Trump!   Both were outsiders, and swamp creatures don't like any other creature that enters their swamp!  I think a case could be made that John Kennedy was killed by the swamp, and Richard Nixon was forced to resign because of them.   Certainly the swamp tried everything they could do to get rid of Ronald Reagan with Irangate, and maybe even a covered up assassination attempt.

Trump’s approval rating is 22 percentage points lower than the average modern president’s. Meanwhile, his net approval rating (approval rating minus disapproval rating), -15 percentage points, makes him the only president in negative territory one year through his first term. Trump’s closest precedent is Gerald Ford, who had a net approval rating of just +5 points one year in.   Would Trump have won if his opponent wasn't Hillary Clinton.  Heck, not even Joe Biden's family voted for her, it was announced last week.

What Trump must do:

There is a Trump following out there that believes Trump is in total control and all of this negative Trumpism is all part of some plot to destroy the swamp.  This is totally BS!  Trump is not in control of his administration.  To think that he didn't know that the guy he picked (or really someone else did) for Attorney General was Bob Mueller's great friend for 30 years is incredible. To me it shows a guy that is not into details.   Ronald Reagan was also accused of this, but facts revealed much later on was that he was a totally hands on president when it came to details, he only appeared out of control, but knew every detail of every aspect of policy.  Trump does not.   Just because he gets up at 3 in the morning and starts to tweet, does not mean that when it comes down to running the day to day operations of government, he is not lazy, because evidence shows that he is.   Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote "The Art of the Deal," has said, "I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life."  That is quite incredible.  This guy is not anti-Trump!

Rex Tillerson gave an interview to CBS News. In it, he described what he perceived as a difficult working relationship with President Trump.

“When the president would say, 'Here's what I want to do, and here's how I want to do it,' and I'd have to say to him, 'Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way. It violates the law, it violates the treaty,' you know. He got really frustrated,” Tillerson said. “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can’t do that and let’s talk about what he can do.”

Trump and the pro-Trumper's bashed Tillerson (a man by the way I, in The Plain Truth, said would be a horrible person for the job when he was nominated ---How did I know?) as stupid.  Well, WHO PICKED HIM?   And two years later, his picks haven't gotten any better.  From the Plain Truth: Trump Appoints Never-Trumper Elliott Abrams Envoy to Venezuela   and Trump inability to pick a loyal aides: Trump surrounds himself with NEVER TRUMPERS.

Take John Kelly.  Trump picked him for chief of staff.   What did Kelly do?  He fired every pro-Trump person in the White House he could!   Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, and Anthony Scaramucci to name a few.   Then when Kelly leaves, he trashes Trump.   Can anyone honestly think that this is a strategy, or a smart strategy at that?

Then there is this  Q-Anon thing.  There are people that actually hang on every message from anonymous posters that don't even have the guts to be identified!  The most bogus piece of trash post I have ever read.  To me, Q-Anon is the Deep State or Democrat party fooling the brainless never Trumpers, who live in a fairy tale land.  The ship is sinking, yet they think it's all an illusion.

From the beginning I could not understand why Trump, (when he had both house of Congress) did not fire Mueller, ORDER an investigation into Hillary Clinton, The Clinton Foundation, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Dianne Feinstein's Communist China ties (including her own chauffeur who was a Chinese agent, and James Comey. All of the named would have been indicted, yet Trump never ordered it, while allowing decent men that supported him to be arrested. 

Trump is almost out of options, and frankly if he does not change course, and fires all of the never Trumper's, as well as bring his policies in small short but concise White House Oval TV messages to the American people (as Ronald Regean did) he will not be reelected in 2020. In fact, I doubt he will win the Republican nomination!

Trump was weakened for caving in on the wall and government shutdown and the Democrats know it!   I suspect they got him wounded really bad, and they will now try and give him some "wins" to keep him "in play" until 2020.   They don't after all want Pence!

It's not over for Trump, but contrary to what many believe, it almost is.

Just my opinion.   I am still for Trump! I just want him to win.