What is done matters more than what is said
Did you tune in last week to watch President Trump’s address to Congress? Forty-eight million people did.
Since then the speech has been dissected from the left, the right and from inside out. The bottom line is that most people on the streets believe Trump delivered a presidential-level performance. Of course the majority were wingnuts, but even 40 percent of Democrats thought he did a very good job — and that’s a lot of moonbats.
Mind you, this was Teleprompter Trump, not Twitter Trump. Big difference. Huge. Believe me. When the Donald is on the prompter, Republicans can actually breathe a little bit. If the man goes off the cuff, stomachs churn and faces turn blue in anticipation of a Trump bolt of divergent logic.
For Democrats, raw or organic Trump is an exciting thing because replenishment of political attack fodder is almost a given. They also believe prompter Trump is an imposter and that content delivered via electronic scroll can be dismissed as speechwriter fantasy.
Foggy minds conveniently forget the many off-the-cuff miscues from former President Obama, such as the remark about police acting stupidly that led to the infamous Beer Summit. A brilliant day in the Rose Garden, indeed.
Red lines, keeping doctors, the war is over, you didn’t build that, if my daughters make a mistake don’t punish them with a baby, cling to guns/religion, my son would’ve looked like Trayvon, Trump won’t be president… Sigh, it’s a long list of faux pas that needn’t be chronicled here.
While these slips of the tongue gave insight to the inner man, surprisingly they were not necessarily what riled conservative Americans the most. Frustration came from his calculated speeches delivered via teleprompter to foreign countries and at home, those that apologized for America and shamed our countrymen, castigated law enforcement and inflamed racial and class envy. Obama was a polished lecturer, but the luster of his words never translated into an actionable vision for America.
Elitists such as Jon Stewart, Chris Matthews and others cannot grasp the fact that a majority of Americans understand and can decipher Trump talk. Whether Teleprompter, Twitter or Commando Trump, they hear the same guy: the unpolished orator, non-politician they elected.
His words can at times be simple, even childish descriptors for what might be complex proposals. While the media bashes him for lack of detail, the people are more interested in results and, so far, are willing to give him wide latitude.
Some things have already transcended from words to action. Immigrants are experiencing more robust vetting, the boots of federal agencies are letting up, the stock market continues to soar and the economic outlook is optimistic, Republicans are dusting off alternative health care proposals, allies are stepping up their military commitments, and more.
But doublespeak is still in play: We can’t tear up TPP, then put new trade barriers and tariffs in place; can’t cut taxes across the board and invest a trillion dollars in infrastructure; can’t balance the federal budget without touching entitlement spending. No matter how eloquently said, the proof is always in the doing.
Columnist Michael Raymond can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.