Hate is OK if it’s in your heart and mind that it’s a good thing; we have the right to personal feelings, objections, disagreements and attitudes. I consider hate never OK.

Thankful to be emotionally strong, I am able to accept slanderous, rude, condemning remarks, passing them off as someone else’s problem. Those who viciously attack others by way of accusations and nasty words don’t matter at all.

One writer recently said people don’t change, but I disagree. My thoughts about President Trump have changed on a large scale these past few years.

To be absolutely clear and standing up to the viciousness of bullies who despise and dissect my opinions, I do not approve of “The Donald’s” prior-presidency past. His sexual attitude toward women, philandering, improper encounters, and his insane wealth displayed egoism beyond compare.

Having never met the man, I admit not wanting to during many visits to New York. Fully aware of his unequivocal existence, I realized he was idolized and praised. Most Hollywood actors, producers and directors are viewed the same, morally, along with politicians. I’ve made my point.

I won’t argue previous presidents’ failures, sleazy office encounters, White House orgies or extramarital affairs. Outrageous expenditures, crude comments and behaviors not befitting America’s leaders belong to almost every president.

Admittedly, I was dismayed when Donald Trump decided to run for president; however, he was America’s choice.

I have kept an open mind regarding his many accomplishments, realizing his dedication, determination and kept promises. His strength is impressive. Never have I seen or heard such unwarranted ridicule, lies to denounce his progress, and hatred for those who appreciate reality and will vote for him again.

President Trump is imperfect. He speaks out of turn, rebelling against hate, often childlike, with words better left unsaid, gestures misunderstood, and sarcastic references to those who are equally offensive. For this, he is vilified.

Finding good in this presidency is easy; open your eyes and stop the madness. Let others have an opinion without being subjected to unnecessary damnation.

Joanie Welch

Inverness

(28) comments

Littled

Six paragraphs about why Trump is abhorrent. Two opaque sentences about his undefinable accomplishments. Joanie, either that is "d---ing with faint praise" or you are a master of irony.

CitrusCo Citizen

Miss Joanie: "Let others have an opinion without being subjected to unnecessary damnation."

Others' Opinions: "Trump is a hateful, incompetent, ignorant, narcissistic, lying, cheating, power-hungry, greedy, man in the highest office in the world and he needs to be dethroned before more damage is done to our nation, our democracy and our planet."

Bell-Man

Joanie, Another letter of disinformation. Trump is a good promoter and he excels at promoting himself but his policy's are not good for this country and he has accomplished nothing except dividing the people here and our "eye's are wide open". Your's are the ones that are not. I could go on about all Trumps failures but their is not enough space here to list them all. We certainly wont be voting for Trump and every day more and more people are realizing the mistake they made in 2016 and will be looking for someone else in 2020.

alflorida

Dear cold and timid soul...

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt

jens

Alf, If you believe all that about Trump, then you shouldn't be allowed to drive, vote or even associate with sane people.

alflorida

Your commentary identifies you as one who should be locked away in a padded cell.

jens

Alf, You mean the same cell where all the Trump associates/

/ cabinet members / staff were held? 7 at last count. That cell?

alflorida

President Trump, The Man in the Arena

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt

Ssabmud

"Let others have an opinion without being subjected to unnecessary damnation." Joanie.....are you damning others??????

CH

No. 1, he was not America's choice. He lost the popular vote. He is destroying our Republic, our Democracy, all of our institutions. How can you not see what is right in front of you coming from his mouth and actions?

alflorida

Last time I checked, the Presidential election is decided by the Electoral College process (which, by the way, Democrats are trying to abort or abolish), not the popular vote .

Clinton won 20 states — Trump won 30,

Clinton won 15.6% of the nation’s counties — Trump won 84.4%.

Large urban centers voted overwhelmingly Democratic.

By itself, Los Angeles County had more voting power than 10 states (i.e., 20% of the nation’s voters)!

With a popular vote, a candidate can ignore rural counties/states and concentrate their efforts and money on just the large urban/Democratic centers (e.g., Los Angeles County). This effectively means we’d become a one-party (Democratic) country and more like Russia, North Korea, China and a few others. Is that what folks really want? Having California's values disproportionally imposed on the American people. "Not I", cried the goose. And "Not I", said over 63,000,000 voters.

jens

Alf, none of us need a civics lesson, especially by a trumper. You made a choice to support an admitted sexual predator and a guy that said he'd like to "date" his own daughter. That choice in and off itself diminishes anything you have say to the point of "who cares what Alf thinks?" You want a wannabe tyrant that is right now pardoning and/or commuting sentences of criminals. I feel sorry for you.

jens

Poor Joanie, bless her heart.

DAYSTO

I'm sure I missed so much this Racist Clown loves about our country. I'm sure you can guide me where he loves Everyone the same,including Immigrants. Everyone isn't perfect, but to Display Hate as he does on a constant, What are you seeing that we aren't?....You are right, We are sick of it!!!

Miuke Nelson

There is also much NOT to like. Just one of the many, many, many, many things is his hypocrisy. After bashing Obama for playing golf (at least 27 tweets) today it was revealed that Trump’s 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago brings his golf tab To 334 years worth of presidential salary. There's plenty more if you'd care to hear it.

TOMP

Joannie...you did a good job of listing all the very valid reasons Trump is unqualified to represent our country to the citizens and to the world. Thank you. What you did list were all the good things he has done for We The People. I guess you might list the Trade War...that has cost farmers their lively hood and we taxpayers over $30 BILLION to help them get through this debacle. You could list his executive "decision" to withdraw our country from the AsiaPacific Trade Org which enabled China to fill the void and reduce America's influence in Asia. Oh..I know...the Wall...that Mexico WOULD PAY FOR, except they are not and will not...but diverting funds to support our military will cover at least 200 miles of the 2000 mile border. There is also one truly valid thing he did..TAX CUTS...except they went to Corps (whose net tax liability averages around 11 percent.. before those cuts.) And don't forget all he has done for the top 1 percenters....from Vox.com....

By 2027, more than half of all Americans — 53 percent — would pay more in taxes under the tax bill agreed to by House and Senate Republicans, a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center finds. That year, 82.8 percent of the bill’s benefit would go to the top 1 percent, up from 62.1 under the Senate bill.

And even in the first years of the bill's implementation, when it’s an across-the-board tax cut, the benefits of the law would be heavily concentrated among the upper-middle and upper-class Americans, with nearly two-thirds of the benefit going to the richest fifth of Americans in 2018.

Joannie please enlighten me with more good things from Trump that I missed.

alflorida

Glad you asked.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/what_do_democrats_fear_in_donald_trump_greatness.html?fbclid=IwAR2Gr7IcRO4PuJTaVgVi-8cp6ahRlEG31uqqwTIPhvkxp-Z26cyA28LGKEg

alflorida

Glad to asked. Democrats fear Greatness. See: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/what_do_democrats_fear_in_donald_trump_greatness.html?fbclid=IwAR2Gr7IcRO4PuJTaVgVi-8cp6ahRlEG31uqqwTIPhvkxp-Z26cyA28LGKEg

alflorida

"James Carville says Trump is the greatest threat to America since the fall of communism. It is easy to laugh away such a declaration, but I think there is an invaluable truth expressed. Trump is as important in stature as the United States' most formidable military and political opponent of the twentieth century. Trumpism as an ideological force has the mass and acceleration of a Soviet Empire that threatened to conquer the world. Nobody speaks about the Bush Doctrine in such terms. Nobody confuses the Obama Doctrine or the Carter Doctrine as projecting that kind of power. Yet here we are, just three years after the election, and somehow the belittled and mocked hotel owner from Queens has stumbled into creating a movement that matches in strength and potency what took Marx, Lenin, and Stalin over a century to perfect. Consider the fear that Carville and his ilk must harbor about what is to come.

What does he see that makes him tremble so? In a word, greatness.

How could he not? When you see a man being endlessly ridiculed and scorned brush off those insults with ease and smile back, you know something is different. When you watch a 6'3" sack of energy bustling across the stage four or more times a day in suit and tie before tens of thousands of spectators watching his every move, and he seems more rested and comfortable than the press gallery a third his age, you know you haven't seen this before. When his enemies spend years using the combined forces of corporate media, the legal system, and the intelligence agencies to dispose of him one way or another, and the man responds with an off-the-cuff one-liner that shows he could not care less, you know you are dealing with something rare.

Carville hates the man because he knows what he is. Donald Trump is a world-historical figure. He is not merely a part of history; he is an agent warping it with his own gravity. His ideas and actions represent a firm break from the prevailing paradigms of the past. His is an original voice arguing aggressively against the status quo. If everything about this moment feels different, that's because it is. We are all witnesses to history's play, but few generations see a world-historical figure ascend to its stage.

The media are blind to the moment, but future historians will see. Almost everything in the public sphere is now defined in relation to Donald Trump.

He stood on the dais during his inauguration and practically said, "See all these Republicans and Democrats and their great plans for our country? I'm going to destroy them all and burn down most of what they've built since World War II." No wonder both sides joined hands with the Deep State and attempted to do by coup what Hillary could not. Winning the American presidency is one thing, but shining a bright light on what the American government has become is something else entirely.

Consider how many powerful ideas Donald Trump has cast into the national consciousness. He has exposed both major parties as socialist globalist cults more concerned with government health care and foreign nation-building than a policy for American freedom. He has exposed how free trade can never be free when based on slave labor. He has exposed how the silent destruction of towns across the Midwest came not from China's comparative advantage, but from American companies' use of slavery by proxy. He has redirected investment away from Wall Street and toward Main Street for the first time in over thirty years and has unleashed three decades' worth of pent up entrepreneurial energy in the very towns long deemed dead. He has questioned how the federal government can have any legitimacy if it fails at enforcing its very own immigration laws.

Not one Nobel laureate imagined this American renaissance of GDP and stock market surge, record-low unemployment, wage growth, and low inflation in one bubbling cauldron. It took a change agent. Not one foreign policy mandarin suggested unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of the American oil man in order to destroy our enemies' power over us permanently. It took a change agent. Not one State Department official questioned why the United States was still subsidizing Europe's generous socialist welfare system seventy years after WWII. It took a change agent. Nobody wondered why we were enriching China at our own expense and preparing for a world where a communist dictator would lead. It took Donald Trump.

Without worry or apology, Donald Trump stands before the world with a giant mirror, and the world does not like what it sees. At a time when Western governments have found common cause with murderous dictators in demanding limits to free speech and free minds, Donald Trump goes to Poland and excoriates European socialism as the newest iteration of human bondage. He celebrates the very Western civilization that the West now works to bury. More than anyone on the world stage, he argues for individual freedom as the indispensable ingredient for civilization itself and free nations as the essential bulwark against international governance and tyranny. In speech after speech across the globe, he stands alone and pushes back against the weight of history's currents.

The world has noticed. It is Donald Trump to whom Nigerian Christians turn for survival from Islamic terror. It is Donald Trump who has strengthened Israel by keeping promises his predecessors lacked the fortitude to see through. It is Donald Trump whose name is often whispered by freedom-fighters in Venezuela, whose American flag is respected by regime protesters in Iran, and whose image is waved by thousands demanding freedom in Hong Kong. Nobody clamoring for freedom is waving pictures of Angela Merkel in the air, but in Hong Kong and Taiwan, a photoshopped image of Donald Trump as Rocky Balboa is easy to find. At a time when the German chancellor argues for limiting free expression, those people most desperate to escape China's yoke see the American president as the only fighter who might help set them free. He is our American president, but he belongs to the world now, too.

Because he is actively working to destroy entrenched ideas and institutions, his opposition is clear-eyed and equally aggressive. Rather than the traditional political tug-of-war that pits adverse interests against each other without significant movement toward any direction, President Trump as a world-historical driver of change is engaging in pitched battle with winner-takes-all stakes.

Whether he ultimately succeeds in shifting various equilibriums is irrelevant to his role in history. In victory or defeat, he represents a firm marker against which past and future events will be viewed. What his fiercest adversaries are only now realizing is that Trump has shifted the trajectory of history permanently. He is not operating on their terms; they are all actors in the Trump Era.

How do you go up against an era? That's like going up against a season. Whether you like it or not, summer and winter are with us. No wonder James Carville is afraid.- American Thinker

Ssabmud

Original thoughts not really your forte, apparently , alflorida. A link to real thought processes will suffice.

TOMP

and the man responds with an off-the-cuff one-liner that shows he could not care less, you know you are dealing with something rare.

YES HE DOES....WITH INCOHERENT BABBLE THAT HE REPEATS BECAUSE HE CAN'T HANDLE MORE THAN ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME.

CitrusCo Citizen

. . . yes but only if Alf's thought processes were real, but they're not. It's the alternative world according to Alf.

alflorida

You are only capable of Troll one liners. Totally incapable and unwilling to learn from others. Obviously an indoctrinated product of government (alias public) schools.

MikeBond

True.

WillL

My God, put down the pipe for a few minutes

CitrusCo Citizen

More rubbish from Alf. Yawn . . .

jens

Is Alf Joanie? Or our old pal Redbarron incognito?

Ssabmud

I'm voting for Redbarron. No one was as good at projecting as baron. Must be back in town for the winter.

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