Skip to comments.Thank the Lord Donald Trump Is Not an 'Intellectual'
Posted on 07/17/2018 8:21:13 AM PDT by rktman
I recently participated in an email chain with conservative writers and thinkers on the inexhaustible subject of Donald Trump. Some of my correspondents, while supporting Trump as a political champion, regretted his "coarseness." He is, they alleged, rather too crude and rough hewn to comport with their ideal of proper presidential stature.
Now I can understand that if Trump behaved like Hillary, prone to hysterics, outrageous and mendacious attacks on opponents, and perpetual grievance-mongering, one might regard him as unmannerly, unstable, and preposterous, as a truly "coarse" human being with a crippling behavior problem. If he had bevies of mistresses shuttling to and from the White House while his wife was away, as did JFK, I could credit similar levels of revulsion. If he used the N-word as did LBJ or enjoyed sexually cavorting with a young intern in the Oval Office, as did Bill Clinton, disgust would be in order. When it comes to The Donald, some proportionality would seem appropriate.
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It is interesting that many of those who like to believe that they are thinking appear to have no thoughts that are correlated with real life and real physics.
Amen to that!
Ever wonder why on Fox News there is never a counter argument given to the wisdom of "free trade"? Fair and balanced, right.
It was every word with Lillian Hellman.
Bet a lot of them need to have their abodes inspected for pods often berserk people see things that aren’t real.
“..If his being coarse is working I’m okay with it.”
It isn’t being coarse so much as it being “unvarnished” truth telling. I think that the people of this country are beginning to see the wisdom of Trump’s “plainspokenness!” I know that for me, for really the first time in my nearly 78 years, I have come to understand, through President Trump, just how badly served (that is an understatement but words that will pass muster here) we have been by ALL of our politicians since at least the end of WWII! It’s up to us now to allow him t succeed for a total of 8 years and to not do as we did with Ronald Reagan, and have him followed with another globalist piece of $hit like GHW BOOSH! Pence is a better man that Boosh I, but he’s no Trump, and he cannot be allowed to succeed Trump unless we see evidence that he’s able to carry on in the same vein. I just hope I get to stick around long enough to satisfy myself that we have left a country for our children, and their children that is like what we were granted by our parents.
Thank the Lord Donald Trump Is Not an ‘Intellectual’
And not a lawyer either....!
I am getting the popcorn out to watch how Trump schools them all. So far, he has not been found by me to be wrong that often, and his handling of Russia, to me, was brilliant.
Now it time to let the feathers fly...
Amen to what you have said!!! Unfortunately not enough people see it this way.....
“I know that for me, for really the first time in my nearly 78 years, I have come to understand, through President Trump, just how badly served (that is an understatement but words that will pass muster here) we have been by ALL of our politicians since at least the end of WWII!”
That is the amazing truth of Trump. He has set the standard so high for accomplishments that politicians following him will be hard pressed to meet. And he has done this while be mercilessly attacked on all sides from day one by media, dems and rinos.
April 19th-20th, 2002
Chicago Illini Union
828 S. Wolcott
This conference is part of the Center's mission of helping to create a more engaged civil society, working towards social change, fostering coalitions between theorists and activists, and combating anti-intellectualism in contemporary culture. It will be both a celebration of ideas and a rigorous examination of the roles and responsibilities that intellectuals play in society.
I. Why Do Ideas Matter? (a keynote panel)
We introduce the meta theme of the conference by hearing success stories from diverse voices discussing their experiences intervening intellectually.
Timuel Black, Chicago activist; Prof. Emeritus, City Colleges of Chicago
Lonnie Bunch, President, Chicago Historical Society
Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern University Law School, Children and Family Justice Center
Gerald Graff, UIC, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Richard Rorty, Stanford University, Philosophy
III. Lunch and Public Encounters
Alternative breakout tours led by Chicago activists. Tours of Bronzeville and other communities, and visits to organizations that are working on partnering theorists with activists.
IV. Intellectuals in Times of Crisis
Experiences and applications of intellectual work in urgent situations.
William Ayers, UIC, College of Education; author of Fugitive Days
Douglass Cassel, Northwestern University, Center for International Human Rights
Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago, Political Science
Salim Muwakkil, Chicago Tribune; In These Times
Barack Obama, Illinois State Senator
Barbara Ransby, UIC, African-American Studies (moderator)
The Center for Public Intellectuals
University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC):
"Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victims stomach! Wild!"
-Weather Underground leader and wife of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, referring to the Manson murders
Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
Thanks - just posted the article on FB. Wonder how many “friends” I’ll lose. :-)
If you lose them, they weren’t “friends”. LOL! Amazing how intolerant the tolerant folks are isn’t it. You are NOT allowed to have a differing opinion!
MBA from Wharton ... not an intellectual...lol
So-called "progressives" of both Parties in recent times, portray themselves as the "intellectual" elite, although they may be totally bereft of any real knowledge or understanding of the great ideas which were the seedbed of Ameria's successful 200-year experiment in liberty.
Today's so-called "progressives," with all of their domination of academia and Far Left politics, seem to fit into a category described in an essay by T.S. Eliot on Virgil:
"In our time, when men seem more than ever to confuse wisdom with knowledge and knowledge with information and to try to solve the problems of life in terms of engineering, there is coming into existence a new kind of provincialism which perhaps deserves a new name. It is a provincialism not of space but of time--one for which history is merely a chronicle of human devices which have served their turn and have been scrapped, one for which the world is the property solely of the living, a property in which the dead hold no share."(Bold added for emphasis)
Without intellectual anchoring in the enduring ideas which provided the philosophical foundation of America's Declaration of Independence and Constitution, their vain imaginations of superiority only expose their limited world view.
Yet, the America which rose from obscurity to greatness, from crude hoes and axes to putting a man on the moon, and from oppression by King George to a symbol of liberty for millions all over the world--that America provides shelter for them, even as they attempt to "change" her into something unimagined by the Founders, and ungrounded in Constitutional principles.
If they are allowed to succeed in their own little provincial experiment, their posterity never will know the "blessings of Liberty" proclaimed by the Preamble to America's Constitution.
Now might be a good time for conservatives to read Dr. Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind, which can be read online, by the way.
In Kirk's last chapter he reviews the works of poets and writers, quoting lines which now seem to bear a striking resemblance to the players on stage in American politics today.
For instance, in Robert Frost's "A Case for Jefferson," Frost writes of the character Harrison:
"Harrison loves my country too
But wants it all made over new.
. . . .
He dotes on Saturday pork and beans.
But his mind is hardly out of his teens.
With him the love of country means
Blowing it all to smithereens
And having it made over new."
Yes, the pseudointellectuals who recently occupied the White House, the "mainstream" media, and much of Congress have fancied themselves "intellectuals."
By their words and actions, however, they display that provinciality Dr. Kirk recalls as having been described by T. S. Eliot (see above) as being one of time and place, having no intellectual grounding in ideas older than their own little experience in dabbling and discussing Mao, Marx, and other theoreticians.
America's written Constitution deserves protectors whose minds are out of their "teens" in terms of their understanding of civilization's long struggle for individual liberty.
It certainly deserves protectors who do not consider it a "flawed" document because that Constitution does not permit the government it structures to run rough shod over the rights of its "only KEEPERS, the People" (Justice Story).
Blasting it "all to smithereens" seems to be the goal of the Far Left and its power-hungry leaders.
Those who have found ways to bypass the Constitution's limits on their power rely on what they believe to be the ignorance of the American people when they assert extra-Constitutional powers. They have been outwitted, however, by an increasingly knowledgeable citizenry who are using the miracles of technology to study for themselves ancient and modern writings on the ideas of liberty versus those of tyranny. As Jefferson wisely observed:
"History, by apprising the people of the past, will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views."
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