Thursday, January 26, 2017

Liberals Being Rope a Doped by President Trump

Donald Trump may have learned a few things from his friend Muhammad Ali.   

      If you want to understand the American political scene, I give you Muhammad Ali and the Rope a Dope. I'm serious, President Donald Trump is roping Liberals like dopes.  Trump is like  Ali, infuriating his opponents with his antics and trash talk.  They  lash out with a flurry of punches and think that they are scoring big.   The crowd goes wild, and the announcers excitedly predict a knockout is coming.   But Ali steps aside, dodges and deflects the power punches until his opponent is worn out.  By the eighth round, his opponent is fatigued, and suddenly Ali nails him with a right hand and he is knocked out.   
       This is exactly what President Trump is doing to his Liberal friends. He says something stupid or factually incorrect, and the Liberals go ballistic.  They denounce him, deplore him, call him stupid and ignorant, and charge forward trying to knock him out with wild punches, but none of this really hurts him.  For example, do you think Congress is going to impeach the President for questioning the election process?   Go ahead and deplore his reasoning, but  it probably helps him with the average Joe who isn't that intellectually deep into the integrity of voting machines anyway.  Then he'll amend his position later on and his opponents will look foolish.  "Well that's not what he said originally," they will cry.  Big deal.   
        You have been roped, you dopes.  
        The President has the power to make his opponents go into conniptions over increasingly minor issues.  This diverts attention from the major issues like the future of Obamacare. 
      It's a great technique, and  the President's opponents just can't resist falling for it time after time after time.  They over-react and over-react every time, and eventually they start knocking themselves out.  

Here's Muhammad Ali's Rope a Dope of George Foreman:



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Will Mr. Trump be able to Complete his Four Year Term?

Mike Pence may not be anyone's ideal President, but he seems to be honest and highly principled.  I believe there is a very good chance he will be our next President.  


      A year ago, I infamously suggested that Donald Trump was more likely to become the next President than Secretary Clinton.   Well, the Village Elliot does not claim to be very bright, but you have to admit that assessment was not so ridiculous  after all.  
    Let me make another prediction, and I sincerely hope that I'm wrong.  But I think that in about three years, there is a very good chance that  Mr. Trump will leave the Presidency.  
    Currently, the Republicans have a majority in the Senate of 52-48.  That means if 19 Republicans vote with the Democrats, they can have a two -thirds majority.  
    I think there is a significant probability that 19  Republican Senators will decide they would rather have Mike Pence as the President, and if so they could impeach the President.
    As I understand it, the House decides to impeach based on a majority vote, and then the Senate needs a 2/3 majority to remove the President from Office.  The grounds for impeachment can include treason and high crimes, but as I understand it, they are not limited to that.  There does not have to be a conviction on a criminal offense. In any case there are all sorts of ethical violations and other problems that could reasonably be used as grounds for impeachment.
    There are a lot of Republicans that do not like Mr. Trump. It's not necessarily his politics that offend Republicans, but the way he seems to be prepared to represent our country that falls short of standards.  If there is one thing we can count on, it is that all 48 Democrats will vote for his removal, and if they are joined by 19 Republicans, then it would behoove Mr. Trump to leave as gracefully as possible.   I believe he will wisely pardon himself and his family in order to return to his normal life as a billionaire tycoon and reality TV star.  He'll turn a handsome profit on the deal, you can be sure.   We will just want him out with as little mess as possible. 

     Then, in 2020, we will repeat the entire process. Hopefully, the American people will have more control over the process than we did in 2016.